Waiting game continues on Chicago casino bill

Gov. Quinn wants to hear from all sides on gambling legislation

June 21, 2011

The wait continues over the future of a bill that would allow a casino to be built in Chicago.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said Monday that he still has more studying to do before he knows where he stands on the gambling package. State lawmakers passed legislation last month that would bring slot machines and five new casinos to Illinois.

Quinn told reporters Monday that he met with the sponsors of the bill a week ago and had a "robust" discussion. Now he said he wants to hear from people in who don't favor the legislation.

"I want to hear from all sides," he said. "I think that it's important that everybody has a voice, and they can't say after a decision is made that they weren't heard."

The governor has previously spoken out against the bill, calling it "bloated." Meanwhile, Chicago's new mayor, Rahm Emanuel, is pushing for the package.