Illinois Senate Approves Expanded Casino Gambling

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December 3, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois: The Illinois State Senate passed a bill to allow expanded casino gambling in the Land of Lincoln on December 1, 2010. After, the bill passed the Senate, the State House ended its recent voting session[1]

On a 31-20 vote, the State Senate approved a bill sponsored by Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) that would allow a new casino in the City of Chicago, add casino style games at horse tracks, expand riverboat casinos, along with adding new casinos in Lake County, Rockford, Danville, and Chicago's south suburbs. Link convinced fellow Senators to approve the bill citing increased jobs and bringing needed revenue to the state. The Senator said: “Is it a huge expansion? Yes, I’m not going to deny it. But we’ve got a huge deficit in the state of Illinois.”[1]

The bill awaits approval in the State House. There are a few more lame-duck session days during the month of December before the new session begins in January. Governor Pat Quinn has said on the record to the media that he would veto the bill calling it "a top-heavy measure."[1]