State lawmakers will take up debate in the new year over whether to expand gambling.
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.
Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday that he’s still skeptical about a proposal to expand gambling in Illinois to help eliminate a massive budget deficit.
Illinois gamblers would be able to smoke on riverboats for the first time in nearly three years and the state could pick up an extra $200 million a year, according to proponents of legislation headed to the House floor.
State lawmakers are again considering an exemption to the Smoke-Free Illinois Act for casinos.
Outgoing Illinois lawmakers are heading back to Springfield for their two-week lame duck session, and they hope to decide whether casinos will be coming to Chicago and several suburbs.