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Quinn vetos gambling expansion

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 17:03:59 CST

Legislation to expand gambling the General Assembly approved nearly two years ago is finally dead. Governor Pat Quinn vetoed a measure that would have given Illinois five new casinos. This is the second time Quinn rejected legislation that would also have added slot machines at race tracks. Quinn says this version's most "glaring deficiency is the total absence of comprehensive ethical standards." The measure's sponsor, House Democrat Lou Lang, says legislators embrace adopting tougher regulations.

"The governor has never told us with specificity what he wants. He alludes to certain things, but guesswork is not gonna get it done."

Lang says the Governor keeps moving the goal line, although gambling negotiations continue. Quinn's veto message also hints that he won't approve more casinos unless lawmakers first reduce the state's pension costs.

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