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Gambling Foes Spar At Hearing

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:29:53 CDT
By: AP

Anti-gambling advocates say plans calling for more casinos in Illinois will incur social costs. Chicago pastors and a Chicago task force opposing gambling say they're worried about problem gambling and crime. They spoke at a legislative hearing where business groups argued that a proposed Chicago casino would boost business and tourism. The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and others say a downtown casino would complement tourist attractions. State Rep. Bob Rita is a bill sponsor. The Blue Island Democrat is offering two options: A plan to add five casinos plus slots at racetracks or a plan to allow a state-owned Chicago casino. The Illinois Gaming Board says the bills are improvements from previous versions, but has questions about a state-owned casinos and saturation.

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