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Lawmakers in Springfield continue budget negotiations today with new casino licenses on the table.

According to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, it’s about time. For Chicago Public Radio, Sam Hudzik reports.

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For years, Governor Rod Blagojevich has opposed any expansion of gambling in the state. But now the governor says new casinos could play a role in next year’s budget if they help pay for his health care expansion.

Mayor Daley says the governor should get credit for finally realizing the state needs more money.

DALEY: There’s always light at the end of the tunnell. It’s encouraging that people have realized that you have to have revenue to deal with schools. You have to have revenue to deal with public transportation.

Daley says any new casino licenses should be held publicly, so the profits go to support government programs.

He’s urging all state Democratic leaders to come together and resolve the budget stalemate.

For Chicago Public Radio, I’m Sam Hudzik.

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