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State Week: Changing Face Of Gambling, Cost Of Saying #MeToo, Fun With Numbers (State Fair Edition)

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois

A new report raises questions about the future profitability of casino gambling, one of the first people to say #MeToo in the context of Illinois politics is still looking for work, and the Illinois State Fair's claim of record revenue is not the whole story.

A new report shows changes underfoot in Illinois’ gambling industry. Video gambling is still doing well, but is it coming at the expense of casinos and racetracks?

Meanwhile, Alaina Hampton says coming forward with a #MeToo allegation against a top aide to House Speaker Michael Madigan has cost her not only the opportunity to work on political campaigns, but also her sense of professional identity.

Finally, the Illinois State Fair claims it made more revenue this year than any year in its history. But that's only true if one doesn't adjust past numbers for inflation, and it also elides the fact that the fair has lost money every year for decades.

Sean Crawford hosts with regular panelists Charlie Wheeler and Brian Mackey, and guests Maureen McKinney and Sam Dunklau of NPR Illinois.

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