PEORIA, Ill. -- Don't bet on seeing new gambling casinos in Illinois in the near future. Governor Pat Quinn has vetoed a bill to expand gambling in the state.
The bill approved by state legislators in the spring would have brought 5 new casinos to Illinois and put slot machines at horse racing tracks, a provision that earlier hit a sour note with Governor Pat Quinn. On Tuesday, Quinn vetoed Senate Bill 1849, saying it had too many loopholes.
"The bill that was on my desk was woefully deficient when it came to protecting integrity and honesty in the regulation of gambling in our state. It's very important to have a ban on campaign contributions by the casino operators and gambling interests," he said.
State Senator Dan Brady, who is in Tampa attending the Republican National Convention, supported the bill. Brady says he's disappointed but not surprised by the governor's action.
"It was revenue, it was jobs and it had a component in Central Illinois area, the Danville area, that would be helpful. It was something that was advocated on behalf of the communities that wanted it," he said
Quinn says the bill also failed to provide money for education, unlike existing gaming legislation. If there were enough support for a super majority, the legislature could override the governor's veto in the fall. Quinn says he still wants to work with legislators to see if they can find a compromise.