Gambling Expansion Goes to Illinois Governor

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois lawmakers have again approved a massive gambling-expansion plan.

The Senate voted 30-26 late Thursday in favor of a proposal that creates five new casinos -- a land-based site in Chicago and four more riverboat casinos, including one in Rockford.

It also allows the first-ever slot machines at horse racing tracks. That ailing industry wants additional opportunities to bring in gambling dollars.

The bill could produce at least $300 million in tax revenue for the state annually.

The Legislature adopted a similar measure last year but never sent it to Gov. Pat Quinn because he said he'd veto it. He has frowned on this version too but lawmakers say they added safeguards that the Democratic governor suggested.

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The bill is SB1849.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois lawmakers again approve major gambling expansion over governor's objections.


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