Slots at O’Hare, Midway Airports still up in the air

May 3, 2013

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn said he’ll be reviewing a new gambling expansion bill that passed the state senate this week, including the part about adding slot machines to Chicago’s airports. Quinn has vetoed two plans to expand gambling in recent years that would’ve added casinos around Illinois, including one in Chicago.

One of those failed bills included a measure that allowed O’Hare International and Midway Airports to install slots.

Quinn has been critical of slots at airports before. And that component is back in the latest gambling expansion bill approved by state senators.

“The governor’s point of view on this is very critical to making it happen,” said State Rep. Lou Lang, who’s supporting the bill in the House.

Lang said the whole concept of adding slots at O’Hare and Midway is still up in the air.

“I am not in any way wedded to it,” he said.

Lang said it’s still being negotiated.

Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics at WBEZ. Follow him @tonyjarnold.