CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois will soon have sports betting, and Chicago will have a casino, thanks to the State Senate which approved a gambling measure 46-10.
The Senate also approved a number of tax and fee hikes to finance a $45 billion state construction program.READ MORE: Obamas Return To Chicago For Groundbreaking Of Presidential Center Tuesday
Both plans now head to Gov. JB Pritzker, who has voiced his support and excitement for the bills.READ MORE: Jordan Hassell Charged With Making Multiple Social Media Threats Targeting Chicago Public Schools
“What the skeptics failed to realize is that no obstacle can dwarf the transformative power of a state government and legislature that stands up for working families,” Pritzker said.
Revenue from gambling could generate as much as $700 million in the first year. That would be earmarked for things like construction and building repairs.MORE NEWS: Jury Deliberations Begin In R. Kelly's New York Trial
Thousands of gambling positions could be added to existing casinos and horse racing tracks.