Head of Chamber of Commerce wants video poker

March 18, 2011

The head of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce says he wants to make sure video poker machines are installed around Illinois.

The state approved an expansion of video poker to help pay for $31 billion worth of construction projects. But a lawsuit has held up those plans.

Jerry Roper, with the Chamber of Commerce, said video poker machines are needed to pay for the construction plans.

"The infrastructure bill, which had attached to it, the video poker, so we'd like to see that going forward," Roper said Thursday. "I think you're seeing more and more cities and countries pushing the video poker so I think it's worth the try."

Roper said he also wants to push a downtown Chicago casino to Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel.

Meanwhile, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton recently suggested raising the cigarette tax instead of installing video poker machines to get the construction projects moving.