Gambling Sponsor Says Illinois Senate To Vote

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A key lawmaker says the Illinois Senate will vote soon on a gambling plan that was rejected Wednesday by the House.

Democratic Rep. Lou Lang says the Senate will vote on the gambling expansion sometime Thursday. If it passes, the House would then vote on the bill during a one-day session at the end of November.

The legislation would authorize five new casinos, including one in Chicago. It also would let horse-racing tracks operate slot machines.

The bill fell two votes short of passing in the House.

Even if the Legislature eventually passes the bill, Gov. Pat Quinn has threatened a veto. He particularly objects to slot machines at tracks.

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