Quinn Hopes For Gambling Expansion in 2012

Nick Gale

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) — Will the New Year mean gambling expansion in Illinois? Gov. Pat Quinn thinks so.

The governor says he sticks by his framework for a scaled-down gambling expansion plan that calls for five new casinos – Chicago, Danville, Rockford, somewhere in Lake County and somewhere in the South Suburbs of Chicago — but does not allow slot machines at race tracks. “I have a framework. I’ve maintained that framework,” Quinn said. “Members of the General Assembly passed a bill that was insufficient and they realize that now and I think that [in] the coming year we’ll have some serious negotiations.”

Quinn also insists that the Illinois Gaming Board should have direct oversight over a Chicago casino. “I’d like to see a casino in Chicago. I know the mayor does, but it has to be with tight regulation,” Quinn said.

Quinn says that revenues should be used for “a good purpose” like education.

Copyright Illinois Radio Network

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