Gaming board head blasts Ill. gambling expansion

June 15, 2011

The Associated Press

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People play slot machines at Florida casino.

The top Illinois gambling regulator is criticizing legislation to expand wagering as poorly written and difficult to enforce.

Aaron Jaffe (JAF'-fee) is chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board. He said at a public meeting Tuesday that the board's staff would have to be doubled to enforce  laws governing five new casinos, slot machines at horseracing tracks and other provisions in the bill awaiting action by Gov. Pat Quinn. 

Jaffe says, "You can't make perfume out of a pile of garbage." 

He says the measure would usurp regulatory power from the Gaming Board and make blur lines of jurisdiction with other enforcers. He says expansion would  "cannibalize" existing casino business. 

Quinn has called the bill "top heavy" but signaled he might accept a casino in Chicago.