Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says lawmakers will try again this year to pass a gambling expansion bill.Quinn said on Friday he's talked with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton about ways to revive the so-far failed measure in the coming months.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he believes the state is close to passing a bill that could put a casino in the city.An Illinois House committee approved a scaled-down version of the proposed expansion on Tuesday during the veto session, moving it closer to a vote before the full House.
Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn remained vague on Tuesday about whether he'd negotiate adding slot machines at horse racing tracks.On Monday, the governor detailed his objections to a gambling expansion bill lawmakers approved earlier this year, saying the bill was "too expansive."
Illinois lawmakers are reacting to Gov. Pat Quinn's call to rewrite a proposed gambling expansion.On Monday, Quinn outlined his objections to a gambling bill that was approved earlier this year, saying it would "over-saturate" the state's market.State Sen.
Republican Illinois State Senator Matt Murphy says the Governor is unclear about his objections to a bill that would expand gambling.Both the Illinois House and Senate approved the bill earlier this year.
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.