Illinois Governor Quinn vetoes gambling expansion bill -

Illinois Governor Quinn vetoes gambling expansion bill

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CHICAGO, Ill. ( – On Tuesday, a gambling expansion bill aimed to allow five new casinos in Illinois was vetoed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.  Quinn says the bill falls short of the standards of the people of Illinois.

Back in June, 2011, Quinn called the bill (SB 1849) “excessive” and “top-heavy.”  In May this year he said the bill had "major ethical shortcomings." He vowed to veto the bill if it crossed his desk and that's what happened Tuesday.

In the formal veto document, Quinn states, “Over the past several years, I have repeatedly made clear that any expansion of gaming in our state must include strong ethical standards, proper balance and support for education.”

Quinn said the most glaring deficiency in the bill is, “the absence of strict ethical standards and comprehensive regulatory oversight.  Illinois should never settle for a gaming bill that includes loopholes for mobsters.”

For now, it looks like lawmakers will have to go back to the drawing board to fix what Governor Quinn calls "loopholes" and "shortcomings."

Read Governor Quinn’s full veto statement here.

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