Illinois lawmakers have once again passed a gambling expansion bill, and this time it’s going to the governor. Lawmakers last year passed a gaming bill but didn’t garner a super majority, so it wasn’t sent upon the governor’s veto threat. The bill would allow five new casinos including one in Chicago, gambling to expand at existing casinos and slot machines at race tracks. State Sen. Matt Murphy lives near one such track.


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“In my area where we have Arlington International Racecourse, this is an extremely important issue. The people in my district want to keep that jewel,” he says.

The bill passed with 30 votes, not enough to override a veto and barely enough to pass. The senate sponsor filed another bill to address many of the governor’s concerns, but will only run it if the expansion is signed. That likely won’t see action until the fall.

SB 1849 has passed the Senate, 30-26-3, and goes to the governor.

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