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Illinois Gaming Board members are saying Casino Rock Island should slow down on its plans to move away from the Mississippi River and expand.

The casino wants to move inland onto a manmade lagoon where it can expand and have more parking. It says language inserted in a lengthy state budget bill gives it the authority to leave the river.

But Attorney General Jim Ryan last year issued an opinion saying an artificial lagoon was not the same as the river, and the board had no authority to approve the move.

Casino attorney Donna More says the new legislation clearly allows the move for cities that already have casinos within five miles of the river.

Gaming Board chairman Gregory Jones says the casino's request to appear before the board is premature. He wants More to address concerns that the legislation is unconstitutional because it contains more than one subject.