If the massive gambling expansion bill now on Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk goes ahead, it would mean extremely tough competition for casinos in places such as Hammond, Ind., and Joliet.
Gov. Pat Quinn has called the pending gambling expansion bill “excessive.”
The city of Joliet expects to lose as much as $6 million a year in gaming taxes if all the casinos in the proposed gambling expansion bill are built.
A huge expansion of legalized gambling in Illinois is headed to the House floor.
Gov. Pat Quinn supports the idea of a Chicago casino, but warned state lawmakers against larding up legislation with all kinds of gambling expansions.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he’s still interested in a casino for Chicago, provided it can be owned by the city. Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports.
Arlington Heights Village President Arlene Mulder is so worried that Arlington Park might close that she “can tolerate” slot machines at the track.
As pro-casino forces continue lobbying Springfield for an expansion of gambling, Ald. Joe Moore (49th) says the people should judge.
Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel said he would accept a casino in Chicago, but an anti-gambling advocate is calling for a citywide referendum first.
Some Chicago business leaders say they would like to see a new land-based casino in the half-vacant Block 37 mall downtown.
A top Chicago business leader says now is the time for approval of casino gambling for the City of Chicago.
A coalition of Christian, Jewish and secular activists is urging Chicago and Illinois lawmakers to resist any effort to expand gambling in Illinois.
Officials say their economically depressed region needs the infusion of gambling taxes.