Quinn: Gambling Expansion Remains Up In The Air

CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. Pat Quinn is telling reporters a decision on a bill to greatly expand casino gambling in Illinois is still very much up in the air.

As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, the Illinois General Assembly has yet to send Quinn a gambling expansion bill formally, and there is already talk of some companion legislation to resolve some problems with the first bill that lawmakers have already passed.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

But the governor says when he decides on the legislation, he will only consider what is in front of him. And he has expressed problems with the main bill.

“There’s always the possibility of members of the General Assembly upon reflection, after May 31, coming to Springfield to pass legislation involving that subject or any other subject, and frankly I think there are some areas that the General Assembly has to revisit,” Quinn said.

The legislation would create five new casinos, including a land-based facility within the Chicago city limits. Others would be located in Lake County, the southern suburbs, Rockford and Danville.

The bill would also allow slot machines at racetracks as well as at O’Hare and Midway international airports.

Illinois Gaming Board Chairman Aaron Jaffe has called on Quinn to veto the legislation. So has the Chicago Crime Commission, which has warned that organized crime would likely get involved in the new casinos.

  • dan

    It’s ironic that one of the major concerns the politicians (and others) have about new casinos is organized crime getting involved.

    Isn’t that basically what the state, county, and city of chicago have been running for years and years (organized crime). Politicians take care of themselves, their families, and their friends on the backs of the rest of us.

    If that aint organized crime I don’t know what else is!

    • dennis

      dan, you are 100% correct.
      that is the reason that MOODY’S has the state of illinois rated as the lowest state & of course PAT(quinn) SIMPSON had no comment.

  • Tom

    If the mob is involved, the crooked ass gaming board wouldn’t get their kick backs. I would rather see the mob get rich than the Illinois gaming board or any politicians. They also run a tight ship and take care of their business intrests.

  • FR

    illinois should lower the gambling age to 18. Also, schools should have courses that teach gambling, possibly replacing useless courses such as history. in this economy the only way to get ahead is either with gambling or stock gambling, er- trading.

  • jesse jr.

    That arguement has been used for years,The mob will take over?
    government needs money,communities can benifit,jobs created.
    Not the best jobs,but jobs.

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