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Quinn hedges bet on internet gambling

Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:36:51 CDT
By: IPR's Amanda Vinicky`

Illinois legislators are interested in permitted gamblers to make wagers via the Web. Online betting would be legalized under the latest version of a gambling proposal introduced in the General Assembly. The proposal says that many Illinois residents already engage in the practice. Legalizing the practice would allow the state to regulate it. Plus, Illinois would reap extra money. But Governor Pat Quinn calls the idea "problematic." He says there hasn't been enough review.

But the concept is not new.   Quinn's fellow Democrat, Senate President John Cullerton, suggested LAST spring that Illinois pursue becoming an online gambling hub. Cullerton's office offered no *immediate* reaction. Quinn has been hesitant to sign on to gambling expansion in the past, but appears to have come around to the idea of allowing five more casinos in Illinois. However, the governor continues to hint that he won't go along with any gambling expansion unless legislators first overhaul Illinois’' underfunded pensions.

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