For Gov. Pat Quinn deciding just how much expansion of Illinois' gambling industry he's willing to accept is the biggest gamble of all.
Quinn initially trashed talked the size of the expansion approved by lawmakers this spring. But now he must figure out how trim it in a way that doesn't kill it.
If, for example, he pulls some of any of the five new casinos the bill calls for, he risks losing the backing of legislators where those casinos would be built.
If that happens and the bill no longer has enough support to go forward, the whole thing could collapse like a house of cards. And that could cost the state $1.6 billion in licensing fees and other payments proponents say the legislation would generate.
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