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Will Gambling Reduction Lure Madigan to the Governor's Table?

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Illinois’ legislative leaders are expected to meet tomorrow in Chicago to negotiate changes to a statewide construction bill. That plan stalled in the House this spring.

Governor Rod Blagojevich used a public appearance to pressure his political nemesis, House Speaker Michael Madigan, to show up tomorrow.

MADIGAN: All we gotta do is get the House Democratic leadership to
put aside whatever differences they have on some [these] personalities, come to the table, work on the substance with us and let’s get something done that everybody claims they’re for.

A Blagojevich spokesperson says the governor may be willing to reduce the gambling expansion included in the construction plan. That would address one of Madigan’s major objections to the bill.

But a spokesman for Madigan says the speaker won’t be attending tomorrow’s meeting. He says past talks with the governor have been unproductive. Madigan plans to send another House leader in his place.

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