Chicago would get a city-owned casino and be allowed to keep all revenue for seven years to help make ballooning pension payments, and new casinos would be added throughout the state under legislation expected to be introduced Thursday in the Illinois Senate.
Unlike his predecessor, Gov. Bruce Rauner isn’t slamming the door on a proposed casino for Chicago. At the same time, Rauner has reservations about expanding casino gaming in Illinois.
Illinois lawmakers have again failed to reach an agreement on how to fix the state’s nearly $100 billion pension problem, and bill sponsors for same-sex marriage and gambling expansion also threw in the towel as the clock ran out in Springfield.
The longtime backer of a push to expand gambling in Illinois has dropped his name from a pending bill over “perceived conflict of interest” with a law firm where he’s counsel.
A refined plan to add more casinos and slot machines in Illinois — clarified to quell concerns over who would control a Chicago casino — was approved by the Illinois Senate on Wednesday, a proposal supporters believe is their best chance yet to expand gambling in the state.
It is sounding like Gov. Pat Quinn is not going to allow the casino expansion bill, which includes a Chicago casino, to become law as it is written.
Gov. Pat Quinn has until Tuesday of next week to decide whether he will sign, reject or alter legislation expanding gambling in Illinois – and allowing a casino in Chicago.
Members of the Illinois General Assembly trying to make a deal with Gov. Pat Quinn over the latest gambling expansion bill have promised him they will pass an ethics ordinance this fall if he will just sign the bill.
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.
Illinois lawmakers are rolling the dice once again on a gambling bill, but its fate remains unclear.
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said Tuesday that he’s not sure casino legislation will be going very far in Springfield this spring.
A new report commissioned by Gov. Pat Quinn says the initial gambling expansion bill passed by lawmakers in May would bring in about $840 million less in new revenue than supporters have claimed.
If a gambling bill is going to come to a vote, it has to happen this week, according to the architect of the latest incarnation of legislation to expand gambling in Illinois.
New figures seem to support the argument that new casinos cannibalize the profits of existing ones.
While Illinois waits for Gov. Pat Quinn to decide what to do with gambling legislation on his desk, the chamber of commerce in one of the cities affected is surveying its members to ask what they think.
Gov. Pat Quinn is telling reporters a decision on a bill to greatly expand casino gambling in Illinois is still very much up in the air.
The Chicago Crime Commission on Wednesday said that legislation to allow for a massive expansion of gambling in Illinois is “deeply flawed” and would be bad for the state.
Campaign donations from the gambling industry aren’t necessarily related to the recent passage of a major Illinois gambling expansion, a review of donations from the industry to lawmakers shows.
Gov. Pat Quinn plans Thursday to meet with Illinois Gaming Board Chairman Aaron Jaffe, as the governor weighs whether to sign the bill that would dramatically expand gambling in Illinois.
Governor Quinn continues to insist he hasn’t decided yet if he’ll sign that major Illinois gambling expansion bill.