Quinn, Emanuel continue talks on gambling bill

June 17, 2011

(WBEZ/file)
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is not excited about the gambling bill's influx of video gaming licenses.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn continue to hash out details on a compromise gambling bill. In a press conference Thursday, Mayor Emanuel said he's had good conversations with the governor concerning a Chicago casino.

Emanuel said the governor knows where he stands, and that he wants the Chicago casino for jobs and revenue.

Emanuel said, "I'm going to use that revenue to invest in Chicago's future. Our roads, our bridges, our broadband, our schools construction, our mass transit. That will keep us economically competitive."

Governor Quinn says he remains open-minded to a Chicago casino. But he still isn't happy with the rest of the bill, which he calls bloated.

In a separate news conference Thursday, Quinn said he hasn't decided whether the current bill deserves his veto or his signature.

"We're taking the 400-page bill and dissecting it page by page - will continue to do that," Quinn said.

The governor said he'll continue meeting with the bill's advocates and critics, so he can hear everyone out.