State Gambling Expansion Moves to Senate

By WEEK Reporter

May 30, 2011 Updated May 30, 2011 at 6:23 PM CDT

The Illinois House voted to exapand gambing in the state.

The bill as approved would bring in, according to backers, one and a half billion dollars in fees and another 500-million dollars in increased tax revenues yearly. Both Chicago and Cook County would get a casino under the measure, there'd be four more casinos around the state, and slot machines at racetracks and Chicago's two airports.

The proposal still has to go before the Illinois Senate.

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