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Illinois Slots & Casino Bill On Hold

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SPRINGFIELD Ill. (IRN) - A bill that would allow an expansion of gambling in Illinois is not on Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk, but he says that won’t stop him from taking a look at the particulars of it.

The bill would add five additional casinos, plus slot machines at race tracks and the Chicago airports.  

In a move that Quinn calls “curious,” the Senate president has put a hold on the bill which the General Assembly has passed, while some in his caucus take a look at how to make it more palatable for Quinn, who has called the bill “top heavy.”

“It’s a curious maneuver. I mean if you believe in a bill and apparently there are members of the House and Senate who believe in this bill, then not to send it to the governor is, I feel, kinda curious, sort of odd,” Quinn said.

“The Constitution of our state says after passage of the legislation you convey it to the governor and the governor has 60 days to review it and decide it. I’m gonna review it even if it isn’t here yet.”

Quinn says he will be reviewing the bill during the summer.  Asked if it was likely shelved by the Senate until the fall, Quinn said that’s a question only the Senate president can answer.

Quinn is “open to” the idea of a Chicago casino but opposed the others.

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