Illinois Gambling Proposal Would Add Casinos In Six Places

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In this May 14, 2003 file photo, visitors to the Empress Casino crowd the crap table while other play the slot machines in Joliet, Ill. Seth Perlman/AP, file
Illinois casino
In this May 14, 2003 file photo, visitors to the Empress Casino crowd the crap table while other play the slot machines in Joliet, Ill. Seth Perlman/AP, file

Illinois Gambling Proposal Would Add Casinos In Six Places

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A significant expansion of casino gambling is back in play in the Illinois General Assembly.

Bill SB9, a proposal to authorize six new casinos got Senate approval this past week. It was one of the few victories in a week dedicated to getting a compromise budget plan through the Senate.

A Chicago casino would be approved for the first time. Others would be spread around the state.

The state has 10 highly profitable casinos. But the legislation recognizes competition would cut into existing riverboats’ profit. So it would cut the tax rate on casino revenue significantly.

One analysis found the addition of six casinos, added seats on existing boats, and slot machines at horse racing tracks and Chicago airports would increase tax profits by only $87 million a year. The bill is SB9.