Ill. Senate approves gambling expansion -

Ill. Senate approves gambling expansion

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Senate has approved tripling the number of gambling slots in the state. Now the legislation goes to Gov. Pat Quinn.
   Sen. Terry Link got the minimum votes necessary to create five new casinos and expand existing ones. The goal is to lure gamblers back from other states and raise revenue Illinois.
   The 30-27 vote Tuesday puts the issue in Quinn's lap. The Democratic governor has said he's open to a casino in Chicago but opposes four other casinos.
   The bill is SB744.
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