Illinois Senate OKs Gambling Expansion Bill

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — State senators have signed off on a major expansion of casino gambling in Illinois.

The Illinois Senate voted 31-20 Wednesday afternoon to create licenses for four new riverboat casinos in Illinois, plus the first-ever land-based casino in Chicago. The proposal now moves to the House.

The measure, Senate Bill 737, also would allow the state’s nine existing casinos to increase the number of existing gambling positions by two-thirds by 2013.

Six horse racing tracks would be able to add slot machines.

Sen. Terry Link (D-Waukegan) said the expansion would mean $1 billion in additional tax revenue for a state suffering with a $13 billion deficit.

Opponents have said the bill expands state-sponsored gambling too much.

Gov. Pat Quinn has said he’s skeptical about such a “top-heavy” gambling expansion bill.

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  • Joe

    Who says Money can’t buy politician…
    All this crooks can be bought..those who says otherwise, are in it themself..blago was is the only way to get anything done around here…why do you think chicago is called windy city? because of the politics…not because it’s windy…

  • antigambler

    The Illinois legislature itself is addicted to gambling predator campaign contributions.

  • Mike

    We need slot machines at the tracks in order to save all the jobs Horse Racing

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