Peoria Public Radio Staff
Thu April 11, 2013
Legislators and regulators clash over casino
Members of the Illinois Senate clashed with gambling regulators Wednesday over a plan to put a casino in Chicago. What started as policy disagreements turned into personal attacks.
Gaming Board officials say that doesn't give them enough power to keep organized crime out of the construction process, which they say has happened in the past.
Gaming Board Chairman Aaron Jaffee says the sponsor of the gambling bill should have consulted the board on the proposal. That did not sit well with Sen. Terry Link, a Democrat from Waukegan.
"So my job, from now on, and correct me if I'm wrong, every time I introduce a bill, I should go to the departments that it might affect and see if I got their divine intervention and OK?" says Link.
Jaffee’s response: "well if you had done what you should do, we wouldn't be having this meeting today," says
"If you did what you should've, you should've come and saw me when I introduced the first bill," says Link.
There was no vote on gambling expansion at the hearing. That's not expected until later this spring.