Sponsor: Gambling Talks Fill In For Negotiations.
Democratic Rep. Bob Rita said Thursday that talks are "advancing rapidly." The bill cleared the Senate and awaits a House vote. Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed two gaming bills but says he's open to a bill with ethical protections and money for schools. Rita didn't say when a vote was expected. Lawmakers adjourn May 31.
The bill proposes casinos in Chicago, Rockford, Danville, Chicago's south suburbs and Lake County. Rita of Blue Island says a south suburban casino is priority because it'll be an economic starter for the region.
Rita became sponsor after Democratic Rep. Lou Lang removed his name over a "perceived" conflict of interest.
The bill is SB1739. More information is available on line: www.ilga.gov
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