Committee Rejects Video Gambling Contract Rules

CHICAGO (AP) -- A state legislative committee has rejected rules aimed at tightening who sells contracts for video gambling terminals and who can do business with Illinois.

But Illinois Gaming Board chairman Aaron Jaffe says he'll try again. He said Wednesday that he'll bring the issue back to the panel or to the General Assembly this year.

The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules voted unanimously Tuesday to deny rules that would also create a list of businesses and individuals Illinois won't work with. It's similar to what the state does with casinos.

Committee member Democratic state Rep. Lou Lang says the rules went too far and the board didn't explain its position fully.

But Jaffe says the rules will help keep unsavory characters out of gambling and he's "astounded" they weren't approved.

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