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Gambling Bill Supporters Roll into South Suburbs

Rep. Robert Rita will speak to Southland leaders Monday night, about the Legislature's latest efforts to expand gambling in the state of Illinois. Hearing set for 6 p.m., Tinley Park Convention Center.

The Legislature's latest push to expand gambling in Illinois comes to the Southland Monday, with a public hearing at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 183rd Street and Harlem Avenue at 6 p.m. 

State Rep. Robert Rita, D-Blue Island, sponsors the bill—which would include establishing a casino in a to-be-determined south suburb. 

Bill supporters say it could bring in between $400 million and $1 billion in new annual revenue to Illinois. It would allow five new casinos (including one in Chicago, one in the suburbs), in addition to slot machines at horse racing tracks and O’Hare and Midway airports. Current and future casino license holders would also be permitted to apply for online licenses. 

South suburban mayors and officials will be in attendance Monday. This is the Legislature's fourth attempt in four years to pass a gambling expansion bill. 

Joe Mann February 17, 2014 at 08:11 AM
Gambling often brings a seedy element into the area. I don't blame people for not wanting it in their area.
Hank Olenick February 17, 2014 at 03:25 PM
I WISH we had gambling in Downtown Lemont ghost town. ..can't keep a store open. Last time I was at a casino the vast majority was the elderly pumping tokens into poker machines. A Casino is a destination. Something this little town desperately needs.
B.S. Buster February 17, 2014 at 03:38 PM
That's why they are putting in the 'plex my friend! Pack downtown to the rafters with spenders! Family friendly too!
Hank Olenick February 17, 2014 at 08:52 PM
I wonder if the casino will be built on rented polluted land?
B.S. Buster February 17, 2014 at 09:44 PM
Right next to an Aldis to attract the non spenders that eat from their coolers?

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