Once again, lawmakers have run a gambling expansion bill through a committee, and this time, there’s concern about how quickly it happened. Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) said such an important bill needs more time to go through.
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“I know a lot of this has been around in different forms before, but I’ve heard from a number of people who haven’t even seen this until an hour or so ago, and because it's so important, and it does tweak some of what’s been around, it is a different configuration, I just don’t understand the reason for not getting this out,” Radogno said.
Other complaints about the bill were that casinos have seen a decline in use. State Sen. Terry Link (D-Waukegan), the bill’s sponsor, disagrees. This increase helped the state of Illinois by roughly $100 million more money into the state of Illinois’ coffers than the year before,” Link said As in a previous bill the governor recently vetoed, this bill sets up a city-owned casino in Chicago, as well as its north and south suburbs, plus Rockford and Danville. S.B. 1739 has passed the Senate Executive Committee.