With the state budget stretched to the limit, supporters of gambling expansion see the final days of the legislative session to be their best opportunity.
Lawmakers return to Springfield this week for the last days of the old legislative session. On Wednesday, new lawmakers will be sworn in.
During the session's final days, gambling supporters may try to add casinos in Chicago and other cities, but gambling deals have a long history of growing and growing, then collapsing under the weight of all the demands people make.
What's more, Gov. Rod Blagojevich has consistently refused to say what kind of expansion he would approve, and lawmakers hesitate to pass a controversial measure without knowing whether he will sign it.