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SPRINGFIELD, IL (IRN) - There could be a deal on gambling expansion just days into the New Year.

Gov. Pat Quinn is confident lawmakers will take up gambling expansion and a deal should be in place before new lawmakers are sworn in on Jan. 9, 2013.

“I really feel we will address this issue and hopefully resolve it by the 9th of January, which is the deadline for this session of the General Assembly,” Quinn says. He says any bill must include strong ethics and oversight.

The governor also believes there should be dedicated funding from gambling proceeds for education.

“When I vetoed the legislation before, it did not have dedicated earmarked money for education and I think that’s absolutely required, imperative if we are going to do this,” Quinn said.

Legislation Quinn vetoed would have allowed five new casinos and slot machines at race tracks.

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