Gambling Expansion Bill
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gov. Pat Quinn said Saturday that he won’t sign off on a gambling expansion bill until lawmakers “get it right.”
It was a “split decision” in the state capitol for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel during the General Assembly’s veto session.
The Illinois House has voted down the latest proposal to expand gambling in Illinois.
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.
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.
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?’”
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
The state’s horse racing industry doesn’t see much of a future unless the tracks get slot machines.
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.
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.
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.
State senators have signed off on a major expansion of casino gambling in Illinois.