CHICAGO (CBS) — Unlike his predecessor, Gov. Bruce Rauner isn’t slamming the door on a proposed casino for Chicago.
After Mayor Rahm Emanuel successfully lobbied lawmakers to authorize a casino deal three years ago, then-Gov. Pat Quinn later vetoed the measure, calling it “excessive,” as it would have allowed a total of five new casinos in Illinois – in Chicago, an unspecified south suburb, Danville, Park City, and Rockford.
Now that Emanuel has begun a new push for a Chicago casino, Rauner said “I’m open to considering gambling expansion; and whether it’s for the city of Chicago, or other places.”
At the same time, Rauner has reservations about expanding casino gaming in Illinois.
“I’m not a fan of gaming,” he said. “I think it causes some negatives in our communities, as well as positives. It certainly can be a job creator, and a tax revenue generator, so those are both two good things.”