Gov. Pat Quinn is critical of lawmakers who are pushing a gambling expansion bill as the spring legislative session nears its end.   The Illinois House voted Wednesday on a bill that would create new casinos and slot machines at the state's racetracks. It would not allow slots at airports or state fairgrounds. Quinn says there are more important issues on which lawmakers should be focused.


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“I’ve said over and over again that we must focus on important things right now and that means pension reform and Medicaid restructuring,” Quinn said. “For those members of the legislature to get distracted and… focus on shiny objects like gambling, more gambling, that will not deal with the fundamental core issues that we have before us, it will only harm our focus of keeping our eye on the target of pension reform and Medicaid restructuring.”   Quinn has offered his own gambling expansion plan that includes five new casinos -- one each in Chicago, southern Cook County, Rockford, Danville and Park City, near Waukegan.


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