Emanuel Continues Push For Chicago Casino

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he is still pushing for the Illinois General Assembly to approve a bill expanding casino gambling on the state, and clearing the way for a Chicago casino.

As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Gov. Pat Quinn has threatened to veto any legislation that allows for slot machines at horse racing tracks, or creates too many new casinos.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

Lawmakers have voted to approve such bills, but none has been sent to the Governor’s desk. Mayor Emanuel wants to see a meeting of the minds.

As he has said many times before, Mayor Emanuel says there is already a Chicago casino, but it just happens to be in Northwest Indiana. The mayor says Horseshoe Casino in Hammond takes away revenue that could be coming into Chicago coffers.

Emanuel wants a major gaming operation here, to encourage Chicagoans and their discretionary dollars to remain home. So he is still pushing hard for legislation that would clear the way for a casino in the city.

“I will continue to work with the governor, and the legislative leaders in both chambers of both parties to push for something that has been debated for 25 years,” Emanuel said. “I think the time for debate is over. The time for decision-making is now.”

Quinn objects to the legislation approved by the General Assembly last year, because it allows for slot machines at racetracks. The legislation also calls for slot machines in the terminals at O’Hare and Midway international airports, and at the grounds of the Illinois State Fair.

  • Miguel Rivera

    This just one example that Mayor Emanuel is out of touch with the common folk. He should have talked about the recent crime wave hiting the city. While, he and his family was away in vacation. However, he discusses about the casino. Just bringing a casino, will not help fight and prevent crime.

  • Miguel Rivera

    Chicago getting a casino, without addressing the crime problem properly. For example, conceal carry, deporting illegal aliens. It would be similar to a restaurant that is infested with pests. They expand their property. Then, more pests will infest the new property.

  • missy

    Can you imagine the thugs hanging out from the South Side colored town? Safer at the zoo with the uncaged monkeys.

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