gambling expansion http://northernpublicradio.org en Lawmaker Restarts Gambling Expansion Talks http://northernpublicradio.org/post/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 http://northernpublicradio.org Lawmaker Restarts Gambling Expansion Talks Rockford Mayor Proposes 70/30 Split For Casino Revenues http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rockford-mayor-proposes-7030-split-casino-revenues <p></p><p></p><p>Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey&nbsp;has outlined his plan for dividing revenues for a proposed casino. Morrissey wants the city to keep 70 percent of revenues, with the remaining 30 percent going to the Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning.&nbsp; State lawmakers are debating a gambling expansion plan that includes a Rockford casino. Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen calls the proposal "one-sided."</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 15:36:29 +0000 WNIJ 29600 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rockford Mayor Proposes 70/30 Split For Casino Revenues Illinois Senate Approves Gambling Expansion Measure http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-senate-approves-gambling-expansion-measure <p><strong><em>For the third time in two years, the Illinois Senate has approved a measure that would allow five new casinos, including one in Rockford.</em></strong></p><p></p><p>The difference this time is that Governor Pat Quinn might finally be willing to support the proposal.</p><p>The sponsor,Terry Link, D-Waukegan, says he's tried to meet the governor's demands, such as banning campaign donations by gambling license holders. Link also removed a provision that would have allowed online gambling.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 08:59:50 +0000 WNIJ 29233 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois Senate Approves Gambling Expansion Measure Senators And Regulators Clash Over Casino Plan http://northernpublicradio.org/post/senators-and-regulators-clash-over-casino-plan <p class="yiv1364979040MsoNormal" id="yui_3_7_2_1_1365670690339_4154"><span id="yui_3_7_2_1_1365670690339_4153" style="font-size:10.0pt;">Members of the Illinois Senate sparred with gambling regulators this week over a plan to put a casino in Chicago. What started as policy disagreements turned into personal attacks. </span></p><p></p><p class="yiv1364979040MsoNormal" id="yui_3_7_2_1_1365670690339_4154"> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 10:18:09 +0000 WNIJ 28177 at http://northernpublicradio.org Senators And Regulators Clash Over Casino Plan Rockford Casino Proposal Still In The Works http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rockford-casino-proposal-still-works <p>Lawmakers quickly proposed another plan to add a casino in Rockford and four other locations.&nbsp; Governor Pat Quinn this week vetoed a gambling expansion plan would have added several new casinos and placed slot machines at horse race tracks. Quinn called the expansion "excessive."</p><p></p><p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 10:43:59 +0000 Jenna Dooley 26441 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rockford Casino Proposal Still In The Works Quinn Vetoes Gambling Expansion Bill http://northernpublicradio.org/post/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="http://www.rockfordil.gov/mayors-office/mayor-morrissey%27s-biography.aspx">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 http://northernpublicradio.org Quinn Vetoes Gambling Expansion Bill Quinn Vetos Gambling Expansion http://northernpublicradio.org/post/quinn-vetos-gambling-expansion <p>Legislation to expand gambling the General Assembly approved nearly two years ago is finally dead.&nbsp;&nbsp;Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a measure that would have given Illinois five new casinos.</p><p></p><p>When Quinn gives his annual budget address Wednesday, he's expected to highlight Illinois' plethora of financial problems.</p><p>That frustrates supporters of gambling expansion, who say more casinos would be like hitting the jackpot.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 20:14:32 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 26352 at http://northernpublicradio.org Quinn Vetos Gambling Expansion Beloit Casino Plan Still in Play http://northernpublicradio.org/post/beloit-casino-plan-still-play <p>The <a href="http://www.ho-chunknation.com/" target="_blank">Ho-Chunk Nation</a> wants to build an off-reservation casino in Beloit. Ho-Chunk president Jon Greendeer says the application is under federal review, a process that could take another couple of years to complete. Greendeer says there's a lot that goes into it:</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:49:23 +0000 Mike Moen 24150 at http://northernpublicradio.org Beloit Casino Plan Still in Play Quinn Mum on Gambling Expansion http://northernpublicradio.org/post/quinn-mum-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 http://northernpublicradio.org Quinn Mum on Gambling Expansion Illinois Casino Plan Still Lingers http://northernpublicradio.org/post/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 http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois Casino Plan Still Lingers