Illinois General Assembly
The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield this week and supporters of gay marriage hope the House will take up the bill.
Online wagering law could expire if action’s not taken in Springfield.
New analysis finds 60% in General Assembly wouldn’t be affected right away.
The plea signed by 23 Democrats, including Senate President John Cullerton, said Quinn should “make his intentions known” so lawmakers have time to react before a July 9 court-ordered deadline for implementing a plan.
“When this budget is tallied up, and we have an ability to examine it, you will see spending increase by almost $2 billion.”
The concern on the governor’s part was what he called “unprecedented interference” in the Illinois Commerce Commission’s rate-making authority.
“(The General Assembly) set the rate, at that time, of $20,000 for bodily injury and $15,000 for property damage. That has not changed in 24 years,” Rep. Fine said.
SB 1739 would establish a new land-based casino in Chicago plus four others and would allow slot machines at horse racing tracks.
State treasurer Dan Rutherford says it only adds to the amount of interest the state will have to pay as it borrows more money.
While the bill passed along party lines, even one of the “no” voters says people had better get ready for a different world.