Local faith leaders hold casino repeal rally

Local faith leaders hold casino repeal rally

Story and photos by Rebecca Drake
SPRINGFIELD – The promise of jobs and a remedy for a sick economy are the enticements offered by companies and local leaders who want

to build a casino in downtown Springfield.

But a gathering of about 30 local clergy and lay leaders today presented a litany of statistics suggesting that a casino would instead take away jobs, hurt or close Springfield businesses, harm the moral fabric of the community and prey upon the poor.

At the Faith for Casino Repeal Interfaith Rally this afternoon at the Greek Cultural Center on St. George Road, here, six clergy members and a lay representative of the Springfield Diocese presented concise statements to an audience of media representatives and interested residents of Springfield and surrounding communities. more  http://www.iobserve.org