Gov. Pat Quinn places veto plans on gambling expansion bill

Sep 3, 2012 9:28 PM

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has triggered a major row within the Democratic party in his state by placing a veto on plans for expanded gambling that had been proposed by movers and shakers within his own party.

Prominent among them was Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former White House chief of staff for President Barack Obama. Quinn said he was particularly concerned about the possibility of underworld influences in the Chicago casino because the bill passed by both the House and the Senate included “loopholes for mobsters.”

Emanuel promised to keep pushing for a casino since it would mean at least $20 million a month in revenue and countless number of jobs.

The dispute comes on the heels of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., where both Quinn and Emanuel are expected to play major roles.