Gambling Plan Offers Illinois Lawmakers a Choice

By: AP
By: AP

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A state lawmaker is offering two options to expanded gambling in the state -- including one in which Chicago would get a casino with up to 10,000 positions.

Blue Island Democratic Rep. Bob Rita says he will file legislation Thursday that also offers the General Assembly a second choice: casinos in Chicago, its suburbs, Lake County, Rockford and Danville.

Legislators have approved two large gambling expansions in recent years but Gov. Pat Quinn has opposed them as too weak to combat possible corruptive influences.

The Chicago-only casino would be state-owned and -regulated. Rita says that would answer a concern from past bills about a gambling house owned by the city.

State revenue would be split between per-student education funding and capital construction.
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The bill is SB1739.
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Online: http://www.ilga.gov


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