slot machines en Rockford is one step closer to a casino <p>The Illinois House, in a 69 to 47 vote, has passed a <a href=";GAID=11&amp;DocTypeID=SB&amp;SessionID=84&amp;GA=97">gambling expansion bill </a>that would create new casinos -- including one in Rockford -- and allow slot machines at the state&#39;s racetracks.</p><p><a href="">Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, </a>says it will bring Illinois money it needs as the state faces steep budget cuts. Lang says that, as the budget process progresses, it&rsquo;s clear the state isn&#39;t doing well enough.</p><p>&ldquo;We haven&#39;t created enough jobs. We don&#39;t have enough revenue,&quot; he said. &quot;Is this a panacea for all of our ills? Of course not.&nbsp; Can it be step to build a better economy? Absolutely it can.&quot; Thu, 24 May 2012 04:38:07 +0000 Susan Stephens & Amanda Vinicky 12233 at Rockford is one step closer to a casino