Alex Degman

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) — It’s unclear how the governor will move forward with the gambling expansion passed by Illinois lawmakers, but some in the agriculture industry are urging him to sign it as-is.

The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs says the package could provide millions of dollars to county fairs, soil and water conservation districts, cooperative extensions and other entities.

The association’s Margaret Vaughn says it’ll also be good to put money back into the horse racing industry through slot machines, but she doesn’t think five extra casinos will hurt potential profits.

“We think they’d be competing with other casinos in Wisconsin and Indiana,” says Vaughn. “Right now, if you go to those casinos, 70 percent of the plates in the lot are from Illinois. We think they’re more or less competing with other states rather than within the state.”

Vaughn urges the governor to sign the bill as presented, but it appears unlikely that he’ll do that. He has said in the past that the proposed casino expansion is “excessive.”

Copyright Illinois Radio Network


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