Quinn says no ‘loopholes for mobsters’ on gambling expansion bill

July 31, 2012

Jewell Washington

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is doubling down on his opposition to a state gambling expansion bill.

The bill would add five new casinos, including one in Chicago, and slot machines at horse racing tracks. It was approved by lawmakers in May, but Quinn said he still wants the bill to have stronger ethical oversight.

On Tuesday, he told WBEZ’s Steve Edwards on The Afternoon Shift that politicians should avoid campaign contributions from the gaming industry.

“We’re not gonna have any loopholes for mobsters, no way,” Quinn said. “We gotta make sure things are airtight when it comes to integrity on gambling period.”

Some legislators have proposed passing a bill with those safeguards after the fact. Quinn wants them included in the current bill before he signs it.