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Illinois State Senator, Rev. James Meeks (D-Chicago)

Illinois State Senator, Rev. James Meeks (D-Chicago) in Denver for the Democratic National Convention in 2008. (CBS)

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CHICAGO (WBBM) – While mayoral candidates Gery Chico and Miguel del Valle said they would favor a land based casino in the City of Chicago, rival hopeful Senator Rev. James Meeks is rejecting the idea.

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The Illinois Senate has approved a measure that would add at least 5 new state regulated casinos, including one in Chicago. It would allow existing casinos to expand, and give the green light to slot machines at horse racing tracks. Rev. Meeks said it is a bad idea.

“I voted against the bill. The reason I voted against the bill is that it is the largest expansion of gaming in Illinois history, and I don’t think we should fond our schools with river boats,” Meeks said.

The mayoral candidate said the city should not balance its budget on vices, like people gambling away their car payment, kids’ tuition, or other essentials.

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