Senate Votes to Dissolve State Gaming Board

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The Illinois Senate Thursday voted to replace the members of the state board that regulates casinos.

The measure passed 32 to 24 and now moves to the House. The Gaming Board is the subject of intense scrutiny over its handling of proposals for a tenth casino in Illinois.

The board decided last week to grant a casino license to a company that wants to operate in the prosperous Chicago suburb of Rosemont.

That angered Senate President Emil Jones, who wants a casino built in the struggling suburbs south of Chicago. He says the members of the Gaming Board are ignoring their
duties and should be replaced, but others argued that it's wrong for the Legislature to replace board members just because of an unpopular decision.