Racetracks

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

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

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

Report Commissioned By Quinn Casts Doubt On Gambling Revenues

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.

CBS Chicago–11/22/2011

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

Casino Gambling Slot Machines

State Rep Says Gambling Bill Must Pass This Week

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.

CBS Chicago–11/09/2011

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

New Gambling Proposal Surfaces In State House

The second half of the Illinois General Assembly fall veto session begins Tuesday, with gambling expansion still to be dealt with.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2011

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

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

Crime Commission Blasts Gambling Expansion Plan

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.

CBS Chicago–08/03/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn

Quinn Calls Gambling Expansion Bill ‘Excessive’

Gov. Pat Quinn has called the pending gambling expansion bill “excessive.”

CBS Chicago–06/01/2011

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

House Approves Major Gambling Expansion Plan

The Illinois House has passed proposed legislation that would pave the way for a major expansion of casino gambling throughout the state.

CBS Chicago–05/30/2011

Casino Gambling

State House Set To Discuss Gambling Expansion

While gambling revenues are on the way down, the number of locations where you can place a bet may be on the way up.

WBBM Newsradio–01/06/2011

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

State Lawmakers To Weigh Gambling Expansion

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.

CBS Chicago–11/16/2010