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Governor hints at veto of gambling bill

Mon, 04 Jun 2012 16:47:52 CDT

Governor Pat Quinn says it's unlikely he'll sign a measure that would increase gambling in the state. The package passed last week in the final hours of the legislative session. It's the second time legislators have approved allowing slot-machines at race-tracks and creating five new casinos, including in Chicago, Danville and Rockford. But the previous plan was never sent to Quinn after he threatened to veto it. The Democratic Governor appears to have not changed his mind. Quinn says he has ethical concerns with the new version.


If the governor does veto the gambling expansion plan, legislators could try to muster enough votes to override him. The measure's sponsor has also offered up an additional measure intended to appease Quinn. Advocates of gambling expansion say given budget cuts, Illinois shouldn't pass up an opportunity for new revenue.

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