Illinois keeps Gambling on Hold
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has vetoed a bill that would have expanded gambling across the state. Earlier this year, lawmakers passed a bill that would create five new casinos; a land-based site in Chicago, and four more on riverboats. The bill would also allow slot machines at horse racing tracks for the first time.
In his decision Tuesday, Quinn said, "It is critically important that any expansion of gaming in Illinois be undertaken thoughtfully and carefully. We have one opportunity to get it right."
Quinn had previously hinted that he likely would not sign the bill in its current form, saying he questions some of its ethics.
"Notably, this legislation lacks a ban on campaign money from gaming licenses and casino managers. Gambling is alive and well at Ellis Park though, an announcement today that instant electronic racing machines in the newly remodeled clubhouse are ready for Labor Day Weekend..