casinos en Lawmaker Restarts Gambling Expansion Talks <p>A Chicago-area legislator is trying to re-start negotiations over a big expansion of gambling.</p><p>Gambling was a big issue earlier this year, but negotiations fell apart in May, at the end of the spring legislative session. Since then, attention has moved to other issues, like the state's underfunded pension systems, according to&nbsp; Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, and nothing has happened on gaming expansion.</p><p>So he held a hearing in which people with an interest in gambling could say where they stand. He acknowledges that little has changed since the spring.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:36:28 +0000 Brian Mackey 38047 at Lawmaker Restarts Gambling Expansion Talks Final Stretch At Illinois Statehouse <p>Illinois lawmakers are set to meet every day through May 31st when the session is scheduled to adjourn.&nbsp;&nbsp;Plans for the next state budget are expected to begin surfacing this week.</p><p id="yui_3_7_2_1_1369040866314_4761"><span id="yui_3_7_2_1_1369040866314_4759">Other major issues before legislators include the state's pensions, same-sex marriage, and new casinos.</span></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 11:03:14 +0000 WNIJ 30122 at Final Stretch At Illinois Statehouse Quinn Vetoes Gambling Expansion Bill <p>Gov. Pat Quinn waited until the last minute to act on a plan that would have given Illinois five new casinos – including one in Rockford – and allowed slot machines at horse race tracks.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="">Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey</a>&nbsp;expressed disappointment at the veto but was optimistic that a Rockford-based casino could be approved in the November veto session.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 00:37:53 +0000 WNIJ 17468 at Quinn Vetoes Gambling Expansion Bill Quinn Mum on Gambling Expansion <p id="yui_3_7_2_1_1358329901947_2359">Governor Pat Quinn refuses to be pinned down on what he'll do with legislation that expands gambling in Illinois -- creating five new casinos in cities like Chicago ... Rockford ... and Danville.&nbsp;<span id="yui_3_7_2_1_1358329901947_2357">Gov. Quinn will once again have the opportunity to approve or veto gambling legislation. But unlike past bills, this time it's take-it-or-leave-it -- the legislature won't have the chance to override a potential veto.</span></p><p></p><p id="yui_3_7_2_1_1358329901947_2359"> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:31:45 +0000 WNIJ 24091 at Quinn Mum on Gambling Expansion Illinois Casino Plan Still Lingers <div id="yui_3_7_2_1_1358160690118_2032"><span class="yiv653331222Apple-style-span" id="yui_3_7_2_1_1358160690118_1950" style="border-collapse:separate;font-family:Arial;border-spacing:0px;font-size:medium;">Longtime supporters of expanding gambling in Illinois say they'll soon have new legislation in the General Assembly. But the million-dollar question is whether Governor Pat Quinn might finally be willing to play along. </span><br><p></p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:55:28 +0000 WNIJ 23975 at Illinois Casino Plan Still Lingers Veto Session Resumes This Week <p id="yui_3_7_2_11_1354528516984_457">State legislators will return to Springfield Tuesday for their second - and final -&nbsp; week of veto session.&nbsp; G<span id="yui_3_7_2_11_1354528516984_455">overnor Pat Quinn only used his veto powers to reject or change ten pieces of legislation. The veto session's ostensibly a time for legislators to decide if they agree with the governor, or want to override him.&nbsp; There'll be some of that. </span> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:04:35 +0000 WNIJ 22168 at Veto Session Resumes This Week Around Illinois – June 5 <ul><li><strong><em>Democratic congressional hopeful files petitions</em></strong></li><li><strong><em>Rockford casino not likely to get Quinn&rsquo;s OK</em></strong></li><li><strong><em>Rockford man gets 37 years for Will County murder</em></strong></li><li><strong><em>Starved Rock hopes for contest windfall</em></strong></li><li><strong><em>Staggered state senate terms assigned</em></strong></li></ul><p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 13:41:31 +0000 Victor Yehling 12833 at Around Illinois – June 4 <ul><li><strong><em>Does more truck traffic mean economy improvemnent?</em></strong></li><li><strong><em>Pension-reform session is a must: Quinn</em></strong></li><li><strong><em>Will the governor approve Rockford&rsquo;s casino?</em></strong></li><li><strong><em>Chicago schools reach agreement with a union</em></strong></li></ul><p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 16:08:14 +0000 Victor Yehling 12774 at Around Illinois – April 25 <ul><li><em><strong>More high school math supported</strong></em></li><li><em><strong>Poll sees gaming as a good bet</strong></em></li><li><em><strong>A test for chlorine safety in Rockford</strong></em></li><li><em><strong>Church installs solar panels</strong></em></li><li><em><strong>Did owners keep workers&#39; health, retirement funds?</strong></em></li></ul><p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 17:59:59 +0000 Victor Yehling 10667 at