Slot machines vs. MC Hammer at the fair

August 19, 2011

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn doesn’t see a reason for slot machines at the state fair with attractions like MC Hammer and Lady Antebellum. 

Slot machines can't tough this (state fair).

In the ongoing debate over gambling in the state, Gov. Quinn wasn’t thrilled about the idea of slot machines at the state fair. "Harness racing has been at the fair for a long time. But when you put in slot machines, that's a totally different situation," he said. "I was never excited about that."

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