Illinois Senate delays vote on gambling expansion -

Illinois Senate delays vote on gambling expansion

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By Julie Jacobson By Julie Jacobson

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Senate President John Cullerton's office says the state Senate won't act on gambling expansion legislation Wednesday.
Cullerton spokesman John Patterson says the Illinois Senate wouldn't vote on a measure based on Gov. Pat Quinn's recommendations on Wednesday. Lawmakers passed a major expansion plan earlier this year, but Quinn says he'll veto it.
The governor wants a plan that creates five new casinos, including one in Chicago, but does not allow slot machines at race tracks.
A Senate committee debated the proposal earlier Wednesday.
If the measure fails, it would help lawmakers argue that only the larger expansion can draw enough support to pass. That might build a veto-proof majority for expansion.
   The bill is SB747.

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