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Illinois Senate Approves Casinos

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A casino not far over the Indiana/Illinois state line could be moving closer to reality.  The Illinois Senate approved a new gambling expansion package Wednesday that lawmakers hope will be more palatable to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. The plan allows for five new casinos…including one in the south suburbs and one in Chicago…and slot machines at racetracks and at O’Hare and Midway airports. it also has a provision important to Quinn -- a ban on campaign contributions from gaming interests.  The measure does not include online gambling. Also, it gives the state gaming board regulatory authority over the Chicago casino. It now moves to the Illinois House for a vote.
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