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Gambling bill could move with or without Senate’s ‘grand bargain’

A state senator said he’s willing to move forward with a bill that would create six new casinos in Illinois if the “grand bargain” budget resolution stalls.
Senate Bill 7, which is part of the Senate’s legislative bargain aimed at ending the state’s nearly two-year budget impasse, seeks to expand gambling in the hope of generating substantial revenue. Additionally, the legislation would allow existing Illinois casinos to expand and permit Chicago airports to install slot machines in terminals and at four horse racing tracks.
One of the sponsors of the bill, Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, said last week that if the grand bargain dies, they would separate their bill and attempt to pass it separately.
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