Peoria Public Radio News
7:43 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Quinn vetoes measure for five new casinos

Governor Pat Quinn Monday, vetoed a measure that would have put casinos in Chicago, Danville, Rockford and Chicago's suburbs.

The move was not a surprise, Quinn previously rejected a similar measure. In his veto message, Quinn called this version worse.  He says it allowed for "excessive expansion" including gambling at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. He says another flaw was the lack of a ban on campaign contributions from the gaming industry. One of the measure's sponsors, Democratic Senator Terry Link of Waukegan, says he'll continue to try for the five new casinos. "We will be introducing a new bill that we think addresses, you know, 99 percent of the concerns that the Governor had." But even if Quinn comes around on the principle of gambling expansion, his veto message says that any money Illinois would make from it is a "drop in the bucket" compared to the state's nearly 100-billion dollar unfunded pension liability.