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No Vote On Gambling Expansion Plan During Spring Session

Plans to expand gambling in Illinois were put on hold Friday when the backer of legislation proposing new casinos said he wouldn’t call the measure for a vote until he resolved lingering issues and had key support.

05/30/2014

Gamblers play the slots. (CBS)

Senate Working To Improve Odds For Gambling Expansion

Sen. President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, plans to strip language that would legalize Internet gambling from the bill, after it had become clear that the governor and some legislators who supported previous gambling bills had concerns that could derail passage of the larger package.

04/25/2013

File photo of a slot machine. (CBS)

Quinn Vetoes 2-Year-Old Casino Expansion Plan

Slamming the measure as “excessive,” Gov. Pat Quinn has officially vetoed legislation that would have allowed five new casinos in Illinois, including one in Chicago, after lawmakers held up the proposal for nearly two years due to his promised veto.

03/04/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) and Gov. Pat Quinn (right) discuss negotiations on legislation that would bring a land-based casino to Chicago, during an unrelated event at the University of Chicago on Nov. 30, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor, Governor ‘Very Close’ To Deal For Chicago Casino

Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel both said Friday they are “very close” to reaching a deal that would bring a casino to Chicago.

11/30/2012

Photo Of Gamblers Playing The Slots. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Joliet Mayor Says Illinois Has Enough Casinos Already

State lawmakers could attempt to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of legislation to expand casino gambling in Illinois during their two-week veto session that started Thursday, but one city that already has a casino says enough is enough.

WBBM Newsradio–11/27/2012

Video Poker machine. (CBS)

Governor Thinks County Should Hold Off On Video Gambling Tax

Gov. Pat Quinn said Tuesday an idea to tax each slot machine and video gambling machine in Cook County ought to wait until he sits down with the legislative leaders to talk gambling expansion.

WBBM Newsradio–10/16/2012

Casino Gambling

Bill For New Casinos Soon To Land On Quinn’s Desk

A bill that would create five new casinos in Illinois will likely land on Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk by the end of the month.

CBS Chicago–06/11/2012

Photo Of Gamblers Playing The Slots. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Quinn Rains On Ill. House Gambling Parade

Offering up a direct challenge to a resistant Gov. Pat Quinn, the Illinois House resurrected a huge expansion of legalized gambling Wednesday that includes a land-based casino in Chicago, four more on riverboats and allowing ailing horse-racing tracks to add slot machines.

05/23/2012

Casino Gambling

Quinn Stands By Opposition To Gambling Plan

Gov. Pat Quinn said Saturday that he won’t sign off on a gambling expansion bill until lawmakers “get it right.”

WBBM Newsradio–11/13/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Emanuel Gets Split Decision On Springfield Agenda

It was a “split decision” in the state capitol for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel during the General Assembly’s veto session.

CBS 2–11/10/2011

Illinois House Floor

New Gambling Expansion Plan Fails In Illinois House

The Illinois House has voted down the latest proposal to expand gambling in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–11/09/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Emanuel’s Legislative Agenda Not A Sure Thing In Springfield

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is learning a lesson in power politics from the Illinois General Assembly – that he cannot always get what he wants. Not everything, anyway.

CBS Chicago–11/09/2011

Casino Gambling

Ministers Push For Casino In Ford Heights

A coalition of south suburban ministers said Monday that it’s not promoting gambling, but the ministers do want a casino in far south suburban Ford Heights.

CBS Chicago–10/24/2011

Photo Of Gamblers Playing The Slots. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Emanuel Hoping For Casino Compromise, But Quinn Not Budging

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday called Gov. Pat Quinn’s position on a expanded casino gambling in Illinois “a starting point for negotiations,” but the governor responded with comments that seemed to say “which part of ‘no’ don’t you understand?’”

CBS Chicago–10/18/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Won’t Sign Gambling Bill, Wants Scaled-Back Plan

Gov. Pat Quinn won’t sign a massive gambling expansion bill is proposing, in its place, a scaled-back alternative that would give Mayor Rahm Emanuel a casino in Chicago

10/17/2011

Gamblers play the slots. (CBS)

Edgar Says Future Of Racetracks Depends On Slot Machines

The state’s horse racing industry doesn’t see much of a future unless the tracks get slot machines.

WBBM Newsradio–10/09/2011

Casino Gambling

Black, Hispanic Aldermen Urge Quinn To Support Gambling Plan

A coalition of black and Hispanic alderman urged Governor Pat Quinn on Wednesday to immediately sign legislation that would bring a casino to Chicago, but the governor made it clear he won’t do that, repeating his concerns about protections against mob influence.

WBBM Newsradio–08/31/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn (left) said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) was "putting the cart before the horse" by talking about plans for what the city would do with revenue from a Chicago casino, when Quinn has yet to decide whether to sign legislation for a major gambling expansion in Illinois. Emanuel said he "will not allow Chicago’s future to be held hostage because the state obviously has other financial issues and their resources have been drying up over the years." (Credit: CBS)

Quinn, Emanuel Continue War Of Words On Casino

They profess their friendship for each other, but Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel continued to verbally spar on Tuesday over legislation that would clear the way for a massive expansion of gambling in Illinois, including a casino in Chicago.

CBS Chicago–08/23/2011

Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about the need for a Chicago casino at a City Hall press conference on Aug. 22, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Cites Sinkhole As Reason To Approve Chicago Casino

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday used the example of a big sinkhole that swallowed a car on Saturday to make a point about the need for a Chicago casino – a not-so-subtle shot at Gov. Pat Quinn’s reluctance to sign a bill that would allow for a major expansion of gambling in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–08/22/2011

Photo Of Gamblers Playing The Slots. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Illinois Senate OKs Gambling Expansion Bill

State senators have signed off on a major expansion of casino gambling in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–12/01/2010