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Fall Veto Session
4:36 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Lawmaker Restarts Gambling Expansion Talks

Rep. Bob Rita
Credit ilga.gov

A Chicago-area legislator is trying to re-start negotiations over a big expansion of gambling.

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  Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, and nothing has happened on gaming expansion.

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.

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Illinois Legislature
6:03 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Final Stretch At Illinois Statehouse

Credit illinois.gov

Illinois lawmakers are set to meet every day through May 31st when the session is scheduled to adjourn.  Plans for the next state budget are expected to begin surfacing this week.

Other major issues before legislators include the state's pensions, same-sex marriage, and new casinos.

The House and Senate are working on dueling versions - the Senate, for example, is expected to fight against cuts to education.

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Rockford's casino
6:37 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Quinn Vetoes Gambling Expansion Bill

Gov. Pat Quinn

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.  

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey expressed disappointment at the veto but was optimistic that a Rockford-based casino could be approved in the November veto session.

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-Illinois
5:31 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Quinn Mum on Gambling Expansion

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

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. 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.

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-Illinois
4:55 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Illinois Casino Plan Still Lingers

Sen. Terry Link
Credit ilga.gov

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.

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Government
5:04 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Veto Session Resumes This Week

Credit state of Illinois

State legislators will return to Springfield Tuesday for their second - and final -  week of veto session.  Governor 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.  There'll be some of that.

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Politics
8:41 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Around Illinois – June 5

  • Democratic congressional hopeful files petitions
  • Rockford casino not likely to get Quinn’s OK
  • Rockford man gets 37 years for Will County murder
  • Starved Rock hopes for contest windfall
  • Staggered state senate terms assigned

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Government
11:08 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Around Illinois – June 4

  • Does more truck traffic mean economy improvemnent?
  • Pension-reform session is a must: Quinn
  • Will the governor approve Rockford’s casino?
  • Chicago schools reach agreement with a union

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Illinois
12:59 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Around Illinois – April 25

  • More high school math supported
  • Poll sees gaming as a good bet
  • A test for chlorine safety in Rockford
  • Church installs solar panels
  • Did owners keep workers' health, retirement funds?

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