Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said "progress has been made" on a gambling expansion bill that passed the Senate Wednesday, but pointed out that more changes are needed.
measure, which would bring five new casinos to the state, including one
in Chicago, now moves on to the House. If passed by the House and
signed by Quinn, it would also legalize internet gambling and allow slot machines to be installed at Illinois race tracks. O'Hare and Midway airports could also see gambling devices.
governor on Thursday didn't say what specific changes he would like to
see, but said the area of the bill allowing some casino proceeds to be used
to for education "needs improvement." Essentially, the governor would like to ensure that the funds can be sent to as many
schools as possible in Illinois. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said a Chicago casino would help bring needed resources to the Chicago Public Schools.
The bill, SB 1739, which passed out of a Senate committee
in March, works to appease some of the governor's regulatory concerns
that led him to veto previous gaming legislation by banning gaming
licensees from making political campaign contributions.
Quinn noted that he plans to review how strong the ethics standards are in the bill.
have to do it right the first time," he told the Chicago Tribune. "And
so until it's absolutely right, then I don't plan to sign anything."
He also added that the Gaming Board has to have the power to do its job.
governor said there's likely enough time remaining in the spring
legislative session for collaborative work on a "good bill."
think, eventually, when the bill goes through the House, there will be
improvements, and then we can hopefully get to the final product that
will be the best way to go," Quinn told the newspaper.