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Gambling Bill Hearing Postponed Due to Weather

Predicted snow and hazardous driving conditions forced the postponement.

Winter weather expected to hit the area Monday evening has forced the postponement of a hearing on the state's latest push for expanded gambling.

Rep. Robert Rita was set to speak to Southland leaders Monday night, about the Legislature's latest efforts to expand gambling in the state of Illinois. 

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. 

The hearing will be rescheduled at a later date.

Check back with Patch with more information on the rescheduled hearing.
Edward Andrysiak February 18, 2014 at 05:26 PM
Did you know...some years ago lemont was being considered as a possible site for a gambling boat? While the marina developer disavowed the addition of a gambling boat to the planned marina, it became a hugh factor in obtaining site access, amongst other things, and the marina went by the boards. Why lemont? Great Lakes Quarry spans two counties...Cook and Du Page. The county line runs through the middle of the quarry. Therefore, by letting the tie lines out the boat could be in either county or straddle them for revenue sharing which was the prime consideration in being awarded the licences at that time. Sag was an also ran for consideration...at the Biley junk yard site. A book could be written about all the "goings on" during that period.

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