The Illinois Senate approved a major expansion of casino gambling late Thursday night. The measure, which now goes to Governor Pat Quinn, allows for new casinos in Chicago, the south suburbs, Lake County, Danville and Rockford. It also provides for slot machines at horse racetracks. Republican Senator Dave Syverson is from Rockford. He says Illinois needs to expand gambling because the state is under economic attack.
"Our neighboring states are intentionally building casinos on Illinois borders. They must not think there's a saturation point. They are taking our tourism dollars, and they're taking our jobs."
The legislature has previously approved similar bills, but they've been opposed by Governor Pat Quinn. A representative of the governor's office appeared before a Senate committee Thursday to say Quinn still has ethical concerns with the latest proposal.
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