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Illinois House votes to add 5 casinos

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois House is bucking recent history by approving a major expansion of legalized gambling.
   The House voted 65-50 Monday to approve five new casinos -- including a land-based gambling house in Chicago. The measure now goes to the Senate.
   Democratic Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie says the legislation would mean $1.5 billion in startup fees for the new gambling positions and $500 billion or more a year in ongoing revenue.
   Gov. Pat Quinn has said he dislikes such a huge expansion. But Lang says the additional casinos would bring in money to pay overdue bills.
   The bill is SB744.
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