Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 | 2:01 a.m.
A letter in Thursday’s paper, saying that we need a lottery to end the school problems, sounds just like what Big Jim Thompson, then the governor of Illinois, sold people many years ago. While it’s true the lottery supplied the schools with money, the fact of the matter is that the money that had been budgeted for the schools was replaced with lottery money and nothing really changed except that the politicians had more money to play with.
For every dollar taken in by the lottery, a dollar was taken from the budget money.
The schools have the same problems that they did when the lottery started — they’re underfunded.