For the second spring in a row, the Illinois House passed a major expansion of legalized state gambling against the wishes of Gov. Pat Quinn. The main difference this time seems Quinn's especially fierce opposition: The governor claimed the bill has "major ethical shortcomings" in a statement released last night. Quinn repeatedly said over the past few days that he wants lawmakers strictly focused on Medicaid, pensions, and drawing up a state budget, as Springfield's spring legislative session is scheduled to end next Thursday.
The bill passed the House 71-47, meaning it is two votes shy of a veto proof majority. The measure includes new casinos in Illinois, including a Chicago gaming facility.