Fearing further setbacks to their negotiated contracts, members of organized labor are heading into the fall veto session this week with raised fists.Their angst is shared by dozens of special interest groups including retirees, casino operators and state vendors competing for scarce revenue in what
The battle over gambling is not unique to Illinois. In the last two years, at least 37 state legislatures sought to do the same: During the past three decades, legalized gambling has become a $92 billion industry nationwide. Journalist Sam Skolnik said this revenue also has its costs.
Illinois' horse-racing industry could know within the next month or so whether the state will join 13 others in allowing slot machines at their tracks sites.Illinois lawmakers signed off on allowing the slots at the state's five major horse tracks last spring.