Revised Gambling Bil Maybe Considered in Veto Session

By WEEK Producer

October 18, 2011 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 2:42 PM CDT

Governor Quinn's announcement Monday that he would veto a bill increasing gambling in Illinois is drawing fire from some members of the GOP.

That's because support for the gambling bill from downstate came primarily because of plans to increase gaming at horse race tracks.

But, the Governor specifically wants to eliminate gambling at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and others horse racing venues.

Quinn is willing to add five casinos to those already in existance...and most are in Northern Illinois.

Democrat Representative Jehan Gordon believes that will assure the General Assembly will pass a revised gambling bill.

"The leadership is behind the bill, Mayor Emanuel, Speaker Madigaan, Senator Cullerton are behind it, so I think we'll vote on a revised gambling bill," says Rep. Gordon.

Gordon did not support the previous gambling expansion bill..because she felt allowing two more downstate casinos would take revenue from the East Peoria Par-A-Dice.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said today he expects Senate leaders to introduce an amended bill addressing Governor Quinn's concerns by Friday.

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