WBEZ | Gambling Bill http://www.wbez.org/tags/gambling-bill Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Head of Illinois gaming board opposed to gambling bill http://www.wbez.org/news/head-illinois-gaming-board-opposed-gambling-bill-106860 <p><p>SPRINGFIELD, Ill. &mdash; Supporters of gambling expansion are refining legislation to improve its chances, but the Illinois Gaming Board chairman still has major concerns.</p><p>Aaron Jaffe says he has submitted a memo to a Senate committee detailing his concerns including oversight of a proposed Chicago site. In it, he questions why rules are different for the Chicago casino. Also, he&#39;s concerned about which authorities would have jurisdiction, State Police or Chicago police.</p><p>This month Jaffe and Senate committee members got in a heated argument about gaming. The proposal adds five new casinos.</p><p>Gambling expansion advocates say Jaffe&#39;s concerns are unwarranted. Jaffe says he&#39;s open to working with lawmakers to craft better language.</p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn has already vetoed two gambling bills. Senate President John Cullerton plans to strip language legalizing Internet gaming.</p></p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/head-illinois-gaming-board-opposed-gambling-bill-106860 Quinn report: State won't get much money from gambling expansion http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-report-state-wont-get-much-money-gambling-expansion-94269 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-01/Casino Slot Machines_Getty_Christopher Furlong.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn's office touted a new report Monday that concludes Illinois wouldn't get much extra money through a massive expansion of gambling, a finding that seems to support the governor's call for a more restrained approach.</p><p>The report says an initial gambling&nbsp;expansion bill passed by lawmakers would bring in about $160 million in new annual gaming revenue for the state and not the extra $1 billion they say some have claimed. That bill was never sent to Quinn, who threatened to veto it because it included slots at racetracks, which he opposes. It did include five new casinos, including the first one in Chicago. Illinois currently has 10 casinos.</p><p>Chicago also would benefit more from gambling&nbsp;expansion if casino-style gambling with slot machines at race tracks isn't allowed, said a summary of the report by the New Orleans-based Innovation Group.</p><p>"A lot of these racetracks with casinos are going to be on top of other casinos. They will dilute the amount of gaming, so that will cause lower amounts for other casinos," said Jack Lavin, Quinn's chief of staff.</p><p>The Illinois horse-racing industry has said it needs slots at tracks to survive and compete with other states.</p><p>The report studied not only the original gambling bill also two other scenarios that excluded slots at tracks and had fewer gaming positions at the casinos. Quinn's office said the report was commissioned in September and cost less than $20,000.</p><p>Democratic Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie, a sponsor of the gambling&nbsp;expansion measure, said estimates can be low when it comes to gaming revenues. But even if the governor's report underestimates how much money a gambling&nbsp;expansion would bring in, it's still new money for the state, even if it's less than proponents have suggested.</p><p>"Who else is proposing $160 million new dollars to the state of Illinois," Lang said, adding that opening casinos would also create new jobs.</p><p>Lang said he's unsure whether lawmakers will try again to advance a gambling&nbsp;expansion bill when they return to Springfield on Nov. 29. Lawmakers are due back in session to try to hash out a tax incentive deal to try to keep several big companies that are threatening to leave the state and at the same time offer broader tax relief to Illinoisans.</p><p>If gambling does some up, Lang said he feels confident he has the votes to pass a bill despite failing earlier this month to pass an improved version of the original expansion bill that was never sent to Quinn.</p><p>Lang said he remains hopeful that Quinn, who has laid out a framework for the kind of gambling bill he might accept, will sit down and negotiate with lawmakers.</p><p>"My door is open, my phone rings, I'm prepared to meet, I'm prepared to do it right," he said.</p><p>Lavin said the new study gives the sides a place to start in negotiations.</p><p>"We need to look at the whole picture of what are the real numbers," he said.</p></p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 13:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-report-state-wont-get-much-money-gambling-expansion-94269 Quinn vague on willingess to negotiate horse track slot machines http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-vague-willingess-negotiate-horse-track-slot-machines-93253 <p><p>Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn remained vague on Tuesday about whether he'd negotiate adding slot machines at horse racing tracks.</p><p>On Monday, the governor detailed his objections to a gambling expansion bill lawmakers approved earlier this year, saying the bill was "too expansive." Quinn also laid out a framework for a scaled down expansion of state gambling, opposing the addition of slot machines at horse racing tracks, the state fair and both Chicago airports.</p><p>In talking to reporters at a press meeting Tuesday, Quinn maintained his call to redraft the bill. The governor said the addition of slot machines at race tracks is "not necessary," but he sidestepped whether he'd be willing to compromise on that point going forward.</p><p>"The proposal that the legislature came up with is way too broad and expansive," said Quinn. "It's excessive, and it would convert&nbsp; the race tracks of illinois into gambling casinos. They can call it whatever name they want, I don't think that's a good idea."</p><p>Quinn said he objects to adding slot machines at both Chicago airports and to at the state fair. Lawmakers could discuss the gambling expansion bill in the veto session, which is scheduled to start next week.</p></p> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 21:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-vague-willingess-negotiate-horse-track-slot-machines-93253 Gov. Quinn antes up a scaled-back gambling expansion plan http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-18/gov-quinn-antes-scaled-back-gambling-expansion-plan-93227 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-18/QuinnAPSethPerlman.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Monday was a tough day at the track for proponents of gambling expansion in Illinois. The <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/" target="_blank">General Assembly’s</a> gambling bill never actually made it to <a href="http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Gov. Pat Quinn’s</a> desk; but that didn’t stop him from shooting it down. Quinn claimed that he did not want Illinois to become the Las Vegas of the Midwest--but he did offer an alternative that left the door open for a Chicago casino. WBEZ’s state government reporter Kristen McQueary analyzed the governor’s move on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>. McQueary also reports for the <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/" target="_blank">Chicago News Cooperative</a>.</p></p> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 14:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-18/gov-quinn-antes-scaled-back-gambling-expansion-plan-93227 Key Republican applauds Quinn's rejection of gambling bill http://www.wbez.org/story/key-republican-applauds-quinns-rejection-gambling-bill-93216 <p><p>Illinois lawmakers are reacting to Gov. Pat Quinn's call to rewrite a proposed gambling expansion.</p><p>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.</p><p>State Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale, applauds Quinn for rejecting the current proposal. The west suburban lawmaker says the bill tried to do too much.</p><p>"When it comes to riverboat gambling and gambling, sometimes these packages get so big that they sink on their own weight," Dillard said. "And this one's so big, it has sunk on its own weight, and they're going to have to bail some water here and see if it still floats."</p><p>Quinn said he'll veto the current bill if lawmakers move it to his desk. The proposal would create five state casinos and bring slot machines to horse racing tracks and both Chicago airports.</p></p> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 23:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/key-republican-applauds-quinns-rejection-gambling-bill-93216 State Senator Murphy: Quinn unclear about gambling concerns http://www.wbez.org/story/state-senator-murphy-quinn-unclear-about-gambling-concerns-92873 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-06/roulette wheel_Flickr_Hakan Dahlstrom.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Republican Illinois State Senator Matt Murphy says the Governor is unclear about his objections to a bill that would expand gambling.</p><p>Both the Illinois House and Senate approved the bill earlier this year. It's been on hold by Senate President John Cullerton, because Governor Pat Quinn hasn't fully supported the measure.</p><p>Murphy says Quinn hasn't addressed specific objections to the bill.</p><p>"Somewhere along the line he's got to lay his cards on the table and say, 'I like this, I don't like this, this is what I want,'" Murphy said at a press conference on Wednesday. "And I think it's hard for people to get creative, work on a trailer bill until they know what that is."</p><p>A trailer bill would add more legislation to the current bill that's pending Quinn's approval, with the aim of addressing some of Quinn's hesitations.</p><p>In a press conference on Wednesday, Quinn said he's concerned about casino oversight.</p></p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 21:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/state-senator-murphy-quinn-unclear-about-gambling-concerns-92873 Quinn's office reacts to report on gambling cash http://www.wbez.org/story/quinns-office-reacts-report-gambling-cash-89600 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-25/RS3064_AP100113026742-Seth-Perlman-2010-SOS.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn's office is reacting to a Chicago Tribune report that says nearly three-quarters of Illinois&nbsp;politicians who voted on a major expansion of gambling received campaign contributions from gaming interests in the past 18 months.</p><p>The Chicago Tribune reports the gaming industry gave about $812,000 to legislators, Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel since the start of 2010.</p><p>Asked about the influence of gaming contributions, Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson says the governor decides how to act on each bill based on the merits of the bill and whether it's in the best interest of the people of Illinois.</p><p>The gambling expansion measure hasn't yet been sent to Quinn. But Anderson says the governor is in the process of "closely reviewing the facts" and listening to supporters and opponents.</p></p> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 15:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/quinns-office-reacts-report-gambling-cash-89600 Gambling bill with Chicago casino put on hold http://www.wbez.org/story/gambling-bill-chicago-casino-put-hold-88407 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-27/Cullerton.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>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.</p><p>Senate President John Cullerton explained on Monday why he's using a parliamentary procedure to hold the bill.</p><p>"He's obviously expressed concerns publicly on some of the provisions in the bill. So we're taking the time to go over the bill with the governor to make sure if there's any changes that he wants, that he can make those through a trailer bill," Cullerton said.</p><p>Cullerton says a trailer bill will give the governor more flexibility. In other words, it'll make it less likely that Quinn would veto it and send it back for a time-consuming rewrite. Gambling supporters hope adjustments can be made so Quinn will sign the legislation this fall.</p></p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 20:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/gambling-bill-chicago-casino-put-hold-88407 Illinois legislators to meet with Quinn about gambling bill http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-legislators-meet-quinn-about-gambling-bill-87908 <p><p>Illinois legislators are meeting with Governor Pat Quinn Thursday in hopes of winning his support for a gambling expansion bill.<br> <br> Quinn has spoken out against the legislation -- approved last month-- which would add slot machines and five new casinos.<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Rather than give Quinn the chance to veto or change the package, either of which would likely kill it, legislators used a technical maneuver to keep it from going to the governor's desk.<br> <br> Senate sponsor Terry Link (D-30th) said the hold gives him time to assuage the governor's concerns.<br> <br> "Yeah, we will increase in size but you know we're not up there being another Las Vegas by any means," he said.<br> <br> Link said he is open to talking with Quinn if the governor has any suggestions on how to downsize the measure. But said the casino set to go in his district near Waukegan would have to remain.<br> <br> House sponsor Lou Lang (D-16th) will also be in on talks with Quinn.<br> <br> "To the extent that I can accommodate the governor, I'm willing to listen to him.&nbsp; Willing to hear what he wants to do.&nbsp; But I'm not willing to state upfront that I'm prepared to shrink the bill down," Lang said.<br> <br> However, Lang said he won't accept substantial changes.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 21:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-legislators-meet-quinn-about-gambling-bill-87908 So what would the Chicago-area casino map look like if Illinois Senate Bill 744 becomes law? http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-07/so-what-would-chicago-area-casino-map-look-if-illinois-senate-bill-74 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-06/Casino Slot Machines_Getty_Christopher Furlong.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-06/Blackjack Table_Getty_Joe Raedle.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 330px;" title="(Getty/Joe Raedle)"></p><p>As Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn considers whether to sign or veto a new bill that would expand gambling facilities in the state, we wanted to see what the Chicago-area casino gaming picture would look like if the bill became law.</p><p>If you've been following along, you know that Senate Bill 744 aims to allow the creation of:</p><p>1) A new Chicago casino.&nbsp; This is the big one and it includes a provision that allows for the creation of the Chicago Casino Development Authority, which would market and oversee a casino within the city limits of Chicago.</p><p>2) Four new riverboat casinos in northern and central Illinois, to be located variously in Danville, Park City, Rockford, and in a community in Cook County's southern suburbs.</p><p>3) Electronic gaming machines at Illinois horse racing facilities.</p><p>4) Electronic gaming machines at Chicago's passenger airports (O'Hare and Midway).</p><p>5) Electronic gaming machines at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, IL.</p><p>6) Expanded gaming positions at existing riverboat casinos, increasing the current limit of 1,200 positions to a maximum of 2,000.</p><p>So what's that add up to in the Chicago area?&nbsp;</p><p>If all goes according to plan, 21 gaming facilities would be within 90 minutes of downtown Chicago.&nbsp; That includes all existing casinos, new riverboats, the Chicago casino, the slot machines at racetracks and airports, as well as casinos in Milwaukee, Northwest Indiana and New Buffalo.</p><p>Here's a look at current, future and proposed gaming facilities within the greater-Chicago region.&nbsp;</p><p>Click on the map below to move around the region - and you can click on the individual markers to find out more about each facility.</p> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" width="600" height="490" id="umapper_embed"> <param name="FlashVars" value="kmlPath=http://umapper.s3.amazonaws.com/maps/kml/102886.kml"/> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"/> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/> <param name="movie" value="http://umapper.s3.amazonaws.com/templates/swf/embed.swf"/> <param name="quality" value="high"/> <embed src="http://umapper.s3.amazonaws.com/templates/swf/embed.swf" FlashVars="kmlPath=http://umapper.s3.amazonaws.com/maps/kml/102886.kml" allowScriptAccess="always" allowFullScreen="true" quality="high" width="600" height="490" name="umapper_embed" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer"/> </object></p> Tue, 07 Jun 2011 08:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-07/so-what-would-chicago-area-casino-map-look-if-illinois-senate-bill-74