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Illinois Senate passes gambling expansion

In the final hours of the legislative session, the Illinois Senate passed the casino gambling bill.

Illinois Senate passes gambling expansionIn a race to beat the clock, Sens. Michael Bond, Linda Holmes, Dan Kotowski and Michael Noland, all voted for the expansion, giving it the minimum 30 votes needed to pass the State Senate.

The proposal calls for three riverboat casino licenses to be authorized for Waukegan, the South suburbs, and some point within an eight-mile radius of O'Hare Airport. The gambling law would also allow expansion of the already existing casinos in the state.

The bill still needs to pass the House, where experts say it has little to no chance of passing.

Published on 06/01/2007

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