A gambling expansion bill that would bring five casinos to Illinois,
including one in Chicago, was passed bu the state Senate Tuesday
afternoon by a 30-27 vote. The bill would also allow for slot machines to be installed at Chicago airports and racetracks while also allowing existing casinos to add more of them as well.
Gov. Pat Quinn says the bill is excessive and vows to read every page of the bill before making a final decsion on whether or not to veto the bill. Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in full support of the legislation, releasing a statement saying "I am pleased by the Senate passage of legislation allowing for a Chicago casino."
"Today’s vote brings us one step closer to a significant victory for job creation and economic growth in Chicago," the new mayor continued. "A Chicago casino will create 7,000 to 10,000 jobs and help energize our city’s economy. I want to personally thank Senator Terry Link for his hard work on this legislation and Representative Lou Lang for his role in guiding this bill to passage in the House."