Illinois’ attorney general shares the governor’s concern over regulation of casinos. The governor on Tuesday vetoed the casino expansion bill, saying it doesn’t provide sufficient oversight. Attorney General Lisa Madigan says that has been a concern of hers, dating back to litigation last decade over the proposed move of the Emerald Casino license to Rosemont, which her office successfully blocked.
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“At its core, it (the Emerald case) was always about, was there going to be an ability to have gambling in our state be fair and be clean? And so if that’s the governor’s concern, then I think he legitimately vetoed the bill,” she said. Madigan would not say whether she thinks the state ever would have the resources to properly oversee more casinos. She said she doesn’t know enough about the workings of the Gaming Board, in terms of its budget and staff level.
Illinois now has 10 casinos in operation, regulated by the Gaming Board. The bill the governor vetoed would have allowed five new casinos, to be located in Chicago, Danville, Rockford, Park City (near Waukegan) and in the South Suburbs of Chicago.