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State lawmakers will take up debate in the new year over whether to expand gambling.
Illinois Gaming officials say casino revenues have fallen about 32 percent in three years.
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.
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.
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.
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says the odds are good for an expansion of gambling in the state, including a Chicago casino and slot machines at the racetracks.
Chicago’s Better Government Association is recommending caution before Illinois lawmakers decide to increase the number of casino licenses as a way to infuse cash into the state’s dwindling revenue stream.