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July 30, 2014, 8:20 pm
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Quinn Vetoes Gambling Expansion Bill


Governor Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation that would have dramatically expanded legalized gambling in Illinois.  The bill would have created the first casino in the city of Chicago, added or expanded casinos in other Illinois cities, and allowed horse racing tracks to add slot machines.

 

Quinn says the bill failed to include sufficient regulatory safeguards to make sure that corrupt outside influences did not infiltrate the gaming industry or use their power and money to affect the political process.

 

The veto sets the stage for an override vote in the General Assembly when lawmakers return to Springfield this fall.

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