Quinn vetoes gambling expansion as expected

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Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a major gambling expansion today, a move long expected given he had criticized the measure as too broad and too short on safeguards.

The veto killed the legislation without an opportunity for the General Assembly to override it. That’s because a new General Assembly has been seated since the bill was sent to the governor, and only lawmakers from the same legislative session can override a governor’s veto.

The bill would have legalized new casinos for Chicago and four other cities and allowed for racetracks to install a variety of casino-styled games, a move that would have helped underwrite the horse-racing industry.

Proponents of expansion have vowed to keep pressing, but Quinn has been in no hurry, particularly with the state’s $96.8 billion pension debt grabbing his attention.

The bill actually had been passed May 31, 2011, but Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, had used a parliamentary motion that prevented the bill from going to Quinn. It was viewed for a time as a potential way to negotiated an agreement with Quinn, but that did not materialize. Cullerton finally released the bill as the lame-duck session of the former General Assembly ended.

By Ray Long Clout Street

Copyright © 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC

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  • mike

    What a bum this governor sucks. .they should use the money these casinos make the state to pay for all the the losers with long rap sheets they keep letting out of prison to play because we dont have room amd money to keep them away from all our innocent people…….. and use it for more cops…clearly he is vetoing it cause he cant make it benifit him cause he is governor …..what do u Wanna bet when he is done he will be involved with some group that owns a casino..chicagos dirty politicians suck…

  • jeff

    chase down deadbeat daddies over five grand x150,000 men is ??????????????????????????????$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  • apolitical

    There is no debate!
    1. I guess the casino's didn't name his price
    2. King Patrick likes to tax the peasants directly
    3. He is loving the power of "because I can, so screw you all"!