gambling en Legislative Recap: What Lawmakers Did & Didn't Do <p>The Illinois Legislature adjourned its spring session having passed a new state budget and other key measures, but leaving some business undone. Here's a look at what passed and what didn't: &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; BILLS SENT TO GOV. PAT QUINN: &nbsp;<br />Budget: A roughly $35.7 billion budget for 2015 keeps funding flat for schools and most state agencies. Majority Democrats acknowledged the budget is ``incomplete'' because it postpones tough votes about whether to slash spending or find new revenue until after November's election. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:56:15 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 26409 at Legislative Recap: What Lawmakers Did & Didn't Do Bob Rita Makes Another Push For Gambling Expansion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>While Illinois lawmakers continue to debate whether to extend the income tax increase. But that's not the only source of money being considered. Backers of expanding gambling also project the state would get a windfall.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Rep. Bob Rita (D-Blue Island) is once again taking a stab at gambling expansion.</span></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 22:42:44 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24976 at Bob Rita Makes Another Push For Gambling Expansion Plan Threatens Proposed Downstate Casinos <p>A group of Illinois lawmakers considered two different plans to expand gambling Wednesday. One tracks other recent proposals to add five casinos across Illinois; the other focuses on Chicago.</p><p>Every expansion of gambling in Illinois has required a delicate balance of competing geographic and businesses interests.</p><p>That's why plans in recent years have called for slot machines at horse racetracks, and five new casinos: in Chicago, the south suburbs, Lake County, Rockford, and Danville.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:00:50 +0000 Brian Mackey 23169 at Plan Threatens Proposed Downstate Casinos Gambling Push Resumes in East St. Louis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An Illinois lawmaker is attempting to revive talks over a massive expansion of gambling in the state. The effort begins Tuesday evening at a casino in East St. Louis.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After years of effort, talks to expand gambling broke down last spring. The issue receded amid high-profile legislation dealing with pensions, concealed carry, and same-sex marriage.</span></p><p>Now Rep. Bob Rita, a Democrat from Blue Island, is trying to get gambling back on the front burner.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 17779 at Gambling Push Resumes in East St. Louis Renewed Push For Casinos, But Regulators Still Worry About Chicago <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday heard from supporters and opponents of allowing more casinos in Illinois. But they're no closer to making a deal.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gambling was a big issue earlier this year, but negotiations fell apart in May, at the end of the spring legislative session. Since then, attention has moved to other issues, like the state's underfunded pension systems.</span></p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 14:53:43 +0000 Brian Mackey 11614 at Renewed Push For Casinos, But Regulators Still Worry About Chicago Preview: Fall Veto Session <p>For the first time since a brief special session in July,legislators will begin making their way en masse to Springfield this week, for the fall veto session. The agenda before them is relatively light. The General Assembly will likely debate some budget matters. And there's a hearing on a new type of health care coverage for retired state employees. Amanda Vinicky previews what else is ahead.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:50:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 11345 at Preview: Fall Veto Session Wager: 24-Hour Casinos? <p>The<a href=""> Illinois Gaming Board</a> is set to consider lifting a restriction that forbids casinos from staying open 24 hours a day.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Illinois' casinos have previously tried, and failed, to get the okay to keep their doors open 24-7. Now they're trying again. The Gaming Board will consider a proposal Sept. 14.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 10:18:07 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8060 at Wager: 24-Hour Casinos? Auburn Mayor Approves Video Gambling <p>The issue of video gaming machines has created a divide in the town of Auburn.&nbsp;</p><p>Mayor Barb Stamer cast a tie breaking vote against gambling earlier this year.&nbsp; Now, she's changed her mind.&nbsp; (UPDATE: 6:45 a.m. Tuesday) The matter came up at Monday's Auburn City Council meeting and Stamer cast the tie-breaking vote in favor.</p><p>Towns small and large have had to decide whether or not allowing the machines is worth the cut the communities will receive from gamblers.</p><p>Stamer spoke with WUIS' Sean Crawford on Illinois Edition:</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:32:04 +0000 Sean Crawford 7504 at Auburn Mayor Approves Video Gambling Four Days Left And Pensions, Guns, Gambling Unresolved <p></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 12:33:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 3316 at Four Days Left And Pensions, Guns, Gambling Unresolved A Full Legislative Agenda With Only Five Days Left <p></p><p>There are five days left in the Illinois General Assembly's spring session. Legislators have a lot of work ahead of them. &nbsp;The House adjourns on Memorial Day at noon; the Senate convenes at 4 p.m.</p><p> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p> Mon, 27 May 2013 01:13:46 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 3285 at A Full Legislative Agenda With Only Five Days Left House Re-Authorizes Online Horse Betting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Internet gambling on horse racing would once again be legal in Illinois under legislation approved Sunday by the Illinois House of Representatives.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Online and telephone horse betting has been illegal in Illinois all year — a law authorizing it expired on Dec. 31. The practice, known as "advanced deposit wagering," was a $122 million business in Illinois last year.</span></p> Mon, 27 May 2013 00:22:55 +0000 Brian Mackey 3284 at House Re-Authorizes Online Horse Betting Illinois Senate Approves Gambling Expansion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois Senate has once again approved an </span><a href=";DocNum=1739&amp;GAID=12&amp;SessionID=85&amp;LegID=72645" style="line-height: 1.5;">expansion of gambling</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. But it remains to be seen whether Governor Pat Quinn will go along with the plan.</span></p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 22:51:47 +0000 Brian Mackey 2032 at Illinois Senate Approves Gambling Expansion