Gov. Pat Quinn vetoes Illinois casino proposal

Mar 4, 2013 7:31 PM

After months of warning gambling supporters that the bill on his desk was a “bad bill for taxpayers,” Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday vetoed the proposal to add as many as five casinos, including one in Chicago.

“This bill for an excessive expansion (of gambling) that is simply too much, including a casino in the fairgrounds where families bring their children,” Quinn said of the veto.

This is the second bill in which the legislature proposed expanding gambling in the state. Quinn sent back the first saying it lacked sufficient regulatory protections.

Quinn did not close the door entirely on casinos. He said he would consider a bill that had “comprehensive oversight” and included revenue from the games to support education.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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