Gov. Pat Quinn likes what he is seeing so far on a gambling expansion bill that passed out of the Senate. Quinn says the bill does address many of his concerns, but says there still may be some work to do. “You know the Senate bill defiantly is an improvement over what we’ve seen in the past and there may be effort by the House, in this case on the gaming, to refine that and improve that,” Quinn said in Chicago.
Quinn says its “imperative” that the gaming board oversees a Chicago casino as well as slot machine that could end up in Chicago’s two airports. “I really feel the regulator that has proven itself for almost a quarter of a century is the Illinois Gaming Board, and so I think it’s good to keep everything within their jurisdiction, once it gets outside of that then we’re apprehensive,” Quinn said.
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On the educational side of the argument for casinos, Quinn says there must be a fair tax levy in place to ensure proper funding of education. “Having a fair structure when it comes to assessing the taxes on the casinos should be focused on education and so the more revenue we can get for education I think most people in Illinois feel is the best way to go,” Quinn said.
Even though the bill is headed to the House, Quinn reminds lawmakers that the state’s top priority must remain public pension reform.