SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state lawmaker is offering two
options to expanded gambling in the state — including one in which Chicago would
get a casino with up to 10,000 positions.
Blue Island Democratic Rep. Bob Rita said he will file
legislation that also offers the General Assembly a second choice: casinos in
Chicago, its suburbs, Lake County, Rockford and Danville.
Legislators have approved two large gambling expansions in
recent years, but Gov. Pat Quinn has opposed them as too weak to combat possible
The Chicago-only casino would be state-owned and -regulated.
Rita said that would answer a concern from past bills about a gambling house
owned by the city.
State revenue would be split between per-student education
funding and capital construction.
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