Illinois senators hoping for input on how to finesse a casino expansion bill found gambling regulators not particularly helpful. Illinois Gaming Board chairman Aaron Jaffe admitted he had not read the 554-page bill and doubted anybody else had, either, including the sponsor. Senators said they wanted Jaffe to testify before the Executive Committee because he had criticized their bill, which would add, among other things, five new casinos and slot machines at race tracks.
Click here for summary
Jaffe, who served in the Illinois House in the 1970’s and 80’s, criticized the Senate for its lack of cooperation with his board. “This is a criticism we get from many folks,” said the committee chairman, State Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park), “but from former members who understand the process, it seems somewhat disingenuous.” Jaffe said the lawmakers still have left the Gaming Board out of the process. “I just think what you’re saying is preposterous,” Jaffe said. “Well, I think what you’re saying is beyond that,” retorted State Sen. Terry Link (D-Waukegan), the bill’s sponsor. SB 1739 is in the Senate Executive Committee.