The Illinois House, in a 69 to 47 vote, has passed a gambling expansion bill that would create new casinos -- including one in Rockford -- and allow slot machines at the state's racetracks.
Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, says it will bring Illinois money it needs as the state faces steep budget cuts. Lang says that, as the budget process progresses, it’s clear the state isn't doing well enough.
“We haven't created enough jobs. We don't have enough revenue," he said. "Is this a panacea for all of our ills? Of course not. Can it be step to build a better economy? Absolutely it can."