Rep. Rita to revive Illinois gambling expansion talks

Oct 21, 2013 7:05 PM

After two failed attempts to get Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to sign a bill that would expand gambling, supporters feel it is not time to renew their efforts.

Rep. Robert Rita, the sponsor of a bill that would add five new casinos in Illinois and allow slot machines at both major Chicago airports, says he plans to revive talks on the measure in hopes of coming up with a deal.

A public hearing will be held this week to review concerns that prevented a House vote on a bill during the spring legislative session, he says.

“Let’s put the attention back on what we had going – to ultimately pass a bill that the governor will sign,” Rita said.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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