SPRINGFIELD – While Gov. Pat Quinn is opposed to the expansion of gambling, the lawmakers in the Illinois House have voted in its favor on Wednesday. They have challenged the veto power by the Governor. They are in favor of horse tracks and riverboat casinos in Chicago and other four cities. Sixty-nine votes were cast in favor of the expansion that is just short of two votes for overriding the governor’s veto.
Quinn condemned the lawmakers because of unethical favoritism for gambling. He added that the bill requires major changes for improvement as it is short of oversight of a Chicago Casino. He appealed the lawmakers to pay more attention towards the continuous price hike and pensions of government employees. However, Brooke Anderson and Quinn did not make clear the course of action, in case the bill covers slot machines at horse racing tracks; which were recorded as an important protest in the past. Mr. Lou Lang, the sponsoring Rep. commented that the bill could not be cleared in the absence of slot machines at the tracks. He said that he did not intend to oppose the governor in the matter. In any case, there would be delay until November/December or January, even if the veto by the governor were overridden. Lang said that the state would be benefited by approx $300 million to $1 billion. Other four casinos would be put at Rockford, Danville, Park City and south suburbs.
However, Rep. Dwight Kay, R-Glen Carbon, asked the lawmakers to oppose the legislation, as it would be a loss for the people due to money on the bets lost by them.
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