An Illinois House committee is planning a daylong hearing on gambling expansion in the state. The Executive Committee will meet at 9 this morning. The session will focus on a plan by State Representative Bob Rita to create a large casino in Chicago, but none elsewhere. The session beginning at 1 p.m. will focus on Rita's alternative to build a smaller Chicago gambling house and four scaled-back casinos in Winnebago, Vermilion and Lake counties, and in a south suburb of Chicago. The Blue Island Democrat has proposed alternative plans for new casinos in the state after two proposals in the past three years have failed to win approval from Governor Pat Quinn.
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