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1st Week of Illinois Fall Veto Session Under Way

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An ambitious fall veto session is under way at the Illinois Capitol.

The biggest fireworks could come over a proposed gambling expansion. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is at odds with lawmakers over a proposal to allow slot machines at horse tracks, but he is amenable to adding five new casinos in the state, including one in Chicago.

Gambling won’t be the only hot-button issue for lawmakers. A fight has been brewing since Quinn vetoed legislation to modernize the state’s electric grid because it would mean rate increases for customers.

Also on the radar screen for lawmakers are budget issues to possibly avoid closing state facilities and pay regional school officials. And, they’ll do the math on proposed tax breaks for Chicago’s two major financial exchanges to keep them in Illinois.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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