Illinois gambling expansion still up in the air

May 31, 2013

The Associated Press

File: Shuffling cards. Illinois gambling expansion still up in the air.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The sponsor of a measure to establish five new casinos in Illinois says final negotiations are ongoing.

Rep. Robert Rita's the bill's sponsor. The Blue Island Democrat told The Associated Press Friday that he's optimistic but talks with Gov. Pat Quinn's office and others now include numerous issues. That includes oversight of a Chicago casino and questions about revenue from a proposed casino in the south suburbs.

Recently Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle requested that county government get revenue.

Rita says the framework of the bill is still the same. That is, five new casinos including ones in Rockford and Danville.

But final drafts are still being written. He says the uncertainty is typical at the end of session.

Lawmakers adjourn Friday.