Sponsor of Illinois Gambling Expansion Plan Talks

By: AP
By: AP

CHICAGO (AP) -- The sponsor of a bill that would add five new casinos in Illinois and allow slot machines at both major Chicago airports plans to revive talks on the measure when the Legislature meets next week.

State Rep. Robert Rita, a Blue Island Democrat, wants to open discussion on several issues that prevented a House vote on the bill during the spring session.

A hearing is scheduled Wednesday in Springfield, though it's unlikely a vote would occur this fall.

The measure would add casinos in Chicago, Rockford, Danville, Chicago's south suburbs and Lake County.

Rita opted not to call the legislation in May, saying he needed time to address concerns.

Among them was criticism from the chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board that there wasn't enough oversight of a Chicago casino.

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