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Proposed Illinois Expanded Gaming Bill in Final Stages

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May 23, 2013

The negotiations of an Illinois expanded gaming bill are nearing the end. The new bill would allow for the creation of five new casinos in the state.

The five areas that would be allowed to develop casinos in are Danville, Rockford, Chicago, and Chicago's south suburbs. Supporters of the bill state that the casino would help the slow economy in the south Chicago suburb areas.

The was approved by the state's senate. Now it is pending approval with the state's House. Previously Governor Pat Quinn had vetoed two proposed expanded gaming bills. However, he has announced that if there was a bill that showed ethical protections and allowed for schools to benefit then he would be willing to consider.

The lawmakers are expected to adjourn starting May 31. It is unknown at this time if the House will vote on the bill before the break.

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