UPDATE: Senate Approves Refined Gambling Expansion Bill


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Senate has approved a refined gambling expansion plan adding five new casinos including one in Chicago.

Senators voted 32-20 Wednesday, shortly after a key committee approved it.

Lawmakers have twice approved similar plans, but Gov. Pat Quinn rejected them. He said he wanted more ethical safeguards.

In response, lawmakers added a ban on political contributions. The most recent proposal also addresses the Illinois Gaming Board's concerns over control of a Chicago casino. The legislation now says that the state board has regulatory control over the Chicago casino. Day-to-day operations fall to a city board that the mayor appoints.

The legislation adds casinos in Danville, Rockford, Chicago's south suburbs and Lake County. It allows slot machines at Chicago's airports and racetracks.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A Senate committee has approved a refined gambling expansion proposal for five more casinos in Illinois, including in Chicago.

The Senate Executive Committee voted 12-3 Wednesday, sending it to the floor.

Lawmakers have twice approved similar plans, but Gov. Pat Quinn rejected them, saying he wanted more ethical safeguards.

In response, lawmakers have added a ban on political contributions. The most recent proposal also addresses the Illinois Gaming Board's concerns over control of a Chicago casino. The legislation now states the state board has regulatory control over the Chicago casino. Day-to-day operations fall to a city board appointed by the mayor.

The legislation adds casinos in Danville, Rockford, Chicago's south suburbs and Lake County. It allows slot machines at Chicago's airports and racetracks.


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