CHICAGO (CBS) — A top Chicago business leader says now is the time for approval of casino gambling for the City of Chicago.

Gerald Roper, President of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, says now is the time for the City to establish a land-based casino in Chicago — one that could bring in much-needed revenue.

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Opponents say the money would be less — and the social problems more — than backers suggest.

But Roper does not expect to see legislative approval anytime soon. He says political considerations and the race for mayor will likely be factors.

Mayoral hopeful Gery Chico hopes approval for a casino comes sooner rather than later. He says it could bring in hundreds of millions in revenue for education.

Gery Chico is the guest on our WBBM Newsradio 780’s “At Issue” program on Sunday and you can hear more of his comments Sunday at 930 a.m. and 930 p.m.

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