Chicago casino license deal may be days away

Dec 3, 2012 9:54 AM

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel may get his casino after all. A report out of Chicago on Monday indicated that he and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn are “very close” to a deal for a casino that Emanuel has been saying is absolutely necessary to meet the city’s budgetary goals.

Actually Quinn has favored locating a casino in Chicago but has strongly opposed a bill passed by lawmakers that would expand gambling throughout the state. That bill would have authorized casinos, not only for Chicago, but for four other areas. It also would have permitted the state’s seven racetracks to add slot machines.

Quinn vetoed the gambling bill, saying it failed to address potential ethics problems. However, he left the door open to a new agreement.

Efforts to override Quinn’s veto have been scrapped by the lawmakers who have joined the governor and Emanuel in seeking ways to satisfy both their needs. 

Quinn said he is focusing on new members elected to the Assembly to help resolve the gambling issue, possibly by Jan. 9.

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