Governor Quinn shot down a plan to add five casinos across the state, and that has generated a variety of responses from the General Assembly members across the state. Some are wringing their hands at the potential loss of revenue, while others are celebrating the defeat, citing moral issues. Somewhere in the middle are two local state representatives.
It's OK with State Representative Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon. The Republican says in general, the people of Illinois do not favor gambling expansion, according to recent studies, and credits the governor for spotting the potential for corruption.
Democrat State Representative Dan Beiser agrees, but wished the governor would have said something sooner.
Quinn vetoed the bill Tuesday, claiming there were ethical concerns that left the door wide open for more mob activity in Illinois. Now some lawmakers are hoping to override the governor, which neither Kay nor Beiser believes will happen. The bill passed with a veto proof majority in the House but it would have to pick up six votes in the Senate.