Casino owners pushing back efforts to ban smoking
Hatches will take over for James Mathewson, who stepped down as chairman at the end of May.
Gov Quinn says the gambling expansion bill is full of loopholes and likely won’t make it law.
The legislation redirects casino fees to a trust fund for the Missouri Veterans’ Commission.
A measure to allow five new casinos, allow more slot machines at existing casinos and put slots at racetracks in Illinois is going to pass.
Committee members endorsed the bill by a 13-1 vote
Five cities would get a new casino under the legislation and there’s a provision for slot machines at horse tracks.
Republican St. Joseph Senator Rob Schaaf introduced the bill.
The governor says he sticks by his framework for a scaled-down gambling expansion plan that calls for five new casinos, but does not allow slot machines at race tracks.
Gov. Pat Quinn has spent a lot of time criticizing the idea of slot machines at race tracks, a key component of both last spring’s bill and the one which failed Wednesday night.