Casinos Decry State Gambling Taxes; Critics Point to Profits

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Gambling critics claim that casinos are still making profits.

The two sides sparred during a 4 1/2 hour hearing tuesday before the Illinois House Gaming Committee.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich had hoped the higher tax would bring in $200 million a year to help solve the state's $5 billion deficit.

But a report expected to be released this week by the Illinois Economic and Fiscal Commission estimates the state will bring in only $160 million from the higher tax. That's according to the commission's executive director, Dan Long.