Casinos Fight State Budget

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A key piece of Governor Blagojevich's budget plan was drawing fire Thursday as being devastating to one of Illinois' most profitable industries.

The governor proposed Wednesday to raise more than $200 million worth of taxes on riverboat casinos. That includes changing the tax structure on boats and increasing the entrance fee for customers at all boats.

Casino owners say they're being unfairly targeted to fix the state's budget woes and the plan would drive patrons to neighboring states.

They say the governor can raise millions of dollars by allowing them to have more slot machines.

Horse track owners also wants slots, and others want to see video poker legalized at bars and restaurants.

Legislative leaders say all of the ideas will be considered as they put together a budget.


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