The Illinois Gaming Board says it has way too little staff to properly regulate the massive expansion of gambling the General Assembly is considering. Chairman Aaron Jaffee told Senators the work would challenge an agency that's already understaffed:
"We need 100 more positions right now. But if you pass the bill, we're going to need 400 more positions. It's just that simple."
The plan calls for five new casinos, including ones in Chicago, Rockford, and Danville, plus slot machines at horse race tracks. Governor Pat Quinn has twice vetoed similar gambling expansion plans, but after negotiating with the sponsors, he's indicated he might be willing to approve it.
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