Illinois Gambling expansion approval likely

May 11, 2015

An Illinois state representative says gambling expansion is more likely to pass the legislature this month.  That’s after the state Supreme Court struck down a plan last week that deals with Illinois’ $100 billion dollar pension debt.  

State Representative Bob Rita says more casinos in Illinois, including Chicago, could help raise some much-needed money.

“I would believe now that revenue is more of a need today than it was last week. Here is an area that we could generate revenue, it’s just a matter of how do we get there.”

Attempts to add a Chicago casino have failed in previous years.  Governor Bruce Rauner has said he’s open to the idea.