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Gambling measure may be tweaked

Tue, 01 Jan 2013 03:43:43 CST
By: IPR's Tony Arnold

Gambling measure may be tweaked
     Illinois legislators could vote on a plan to add a few new casinos when they gather in Springfield this week for special sessions.
     IPR's Tony Arnold reports:

Lawmakers already approved a gambling plan this session. The expansion included five new casinos - including one in Chicago that would be run by the city. The bill would also allow electronic gambling at horse racing tracks. But Governor Pat Quinn vetoed the bill - saying it needed stricter ethics measures because it includes - quote - loopholes for mobsters. State Senator Terry Link has long been a proponent of expanding gambling - saying Illinois loses a lot of revenue to people who go to Wisconsin and Indiana to try their luck.

"We're still negotiating. We're still talking and if we hopefully can have a bill in January. If not, it'll be one of the first bills introduced in the new session."

Link says the bill would bring in at least 150 million dollars a year to the cash-strapped state. The new session starts January 9th.

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