Illinois General Assembly
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.
That happened in 2011, when – with the help of a number of lame ducks – the legislature granted the governor’s wish for an income tax increase.
“I think it shows the frustration that people have with the lack of advancement on the issue with the legislature,” said NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde.
“I think the tone and the rhetoric from a lot of people around the country on the Republican Party is inappropriate when it comes to issues like immigration,” Tom Cross said.
“When I vetoed the legislation before, it did not have dedicated earmarked money for education and I think that’s absolutely required,” Quinn said.
Proposals involving others, such as state employees and teachers, do not have enough votes to pass.
The plan to make local school districts pay into their teachers’ pension systems was just too nasty and contentious.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he will sign a bill that does away with controversial and sometimes abused legislative scholarships.