Illinois Senate approves refined gambling expansion bill

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Senate has approved a refined gambling expansion plan adding five new casinos including one in Chicago.
   
Senators voted 32-20 Wednesday, shortly after a key committee approved it.
   
Lawmakers have twice approved similar plans, but Gov. Pat Quinn rejected them. He said he wanted more ethical safeguards.
   
In response, lawmakers added a ban on political contributions. The most recent proposal also addresses the Illinois Gaming Board's concerns over control of a Chicago casino. The legislation now says that the state board has regulatory control over the Chicago casino. Day-to-day operations fall to a city board that the mayor appoints.
   
The legislation adds casinos in Danville, Rockford, Chicago's south suburbs and Lake County. It allows slot machines at Chicago's airports and racetracks.
 

Earlier story:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A Senate committee has approved a refined gambling expansion proposal for five more casinos in Illinois, including in Chicago.
   
The Senate Executive Committee voted 12-3 Wednesday, sending it to the floor.
   
Lawmakers have twice approved similar plans, but Gov. Pat Quinn rejected them, saying he wanted more ethical safeguards.
   
In response, lawmakers have added a ban on political contributions. The most recent proposal also addresses the Illinois Gaming Board's concerns over control of a Chicago casino. The legislation now states the state board has regulatory control over the Chicago casino. Day-to-day operations fall to a city board appointed by the mayor.
   
The legislation adds casinos in Danville, Rockford, Chicago's south suburbs and Lake County. It allows slot machines at Chicago's airports and racetracks.
   

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