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State Purposed Gaming May Extend to Chicago s O Hare Airport

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May 31, 2011

A bill was recently sent the Governor Pat Quinn that would allow for a casino in Chicago as well as at the airports. Both Midway and O'Hare would be able to operate slot machines for passengers that are waiting.

The Senate approved the bill yesterday. It was passed with a 30 to 27 vote.

The bill calls for gaming facilities to be built also in Danville, Rockford, and two Chicago suburbs. Additionally there will also be the operation of slot machines at horse racing tracks. This also includes Springfield's State Fairgrounds.

Supporters of the measure state the gaming licensing fees could earn $1.5 billion for the state. Supporters also say that if passed, the bill will bring a large economic growth to the state. Chicago will also gain 7,000 to 10,000 new jobs.

In addition to Illinois, other states are also considering adding gaming to their states. This includes Minnesota, Texas, and Massachusetts.

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