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Lawmakers passed a sweeping gambling expansion, and the Governor has to decide whether to sign it. But no current data on the economic impact of the proposal exists.
Today we’re calling on BGA members and followers to urge Governor Quinn to get all the facts before he signs the bill.
Lawmakers recently approved a massive gambling expansion that includes a city-owned casino in Chicago, new casinos in four other locations and slot machines in airports and racetracks. Supporters are hoping Governor Pat Quinn will sign the measure when it lands on his desk.
We don’t oppose gambling or a Chicago casino per se, but no data exists to show what economic impact this bill will have in communities across the state, or how the City of Chicago would grapple with being the only city in the state to own a casino.
The task force should also take a look at the oversight laid out in the bill, and make sure the public is adequately shielded from the criminal activity that invariably accompanies gambling
Without satisfactory answers to these questions the governor should do whatever is necessary to keep this bill from becoming law.