Quinn suggests he won’t sign gambling expansion
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Pat Quinn strongly said Friday that he’ll almost certainly kill the latest General Assembly proposal to add casinos and expand other gambling in Illinois, rejecting changes lawmakers made in the plan to appease the governor.
Both the state House and Senate signed off on the bill Thursday that backers say would generate anywhere from $300 million to $1 billion a year for the cash-starved state by allowing four new casinos and allowing horse tracks to add slot machines.
But the governor, who believes the state’s annual take would be far less, said Friday that even as Illinois struggles to cut its pension obligations and find the money to make up a multibillion-dollar budget shortfall, he isn’t likely to budge on his gambling objections.
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