Proposal before lawmakers would clear the way for a Chicago-owned casino
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois lawmakers are working on a bill to create a Chicago-owned casino, and they believe there’s a clearer path to expand gambling this session than there has been in years.
Democratic Sen. Terry Link says he’s working with legislative leaders, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to draft a proposal Rauner would be willing to sign.
Rauner has indicated he’s more open to expanding gambling than his predecessor, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who twice vetoed gambling bills.
Link says: “We’ve got to get things in there that Gov. Rauner will be pleased with.” He declined to say what those might be.
A likely sticking point is how much revenue from a Chicago casino the city would keep, and how much would go to the state.