Trying to land a Chicago casino has become an annual sticking point for those who want to expand gambling in Illinois. But Gov. Pat Quinn has axed two gambling bills and invoked images of infiltrating "mobsters."
The Chicago City Council is backing a casino and wants the additional revenue to pump money into local rickety infrastructure.The Black and Hispanic Caucuses successfully pushed a measure through the full City Council on Wednesday.
Illinois opened its first casino in 20 years last month. It was so popular, it caused a major traffic jam on the Tri-State Tollway. So far, the Des Plaines Rivers Casino rakes in enough money to put it on track for a successful year; but that does not mean Illinois can handle more gambling.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel suggested on Thursday he expects Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to sign legislation that would bring a casino to Chicago.Emanuel lobbied lawmakers to pass the monster gaming bill that would allow for five new casinos, including one in the city."
Chicagoans might not know until October if the city will get a casino. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is currently looking over the gambling bill, but it's not officially available to sign.Senate President John Cullerton explained on Monday why he's using a parliamentary procedure to hold the bill."
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.