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Concerns over gambling expansion resurface

Published: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers have reopened talks on a bill to expand gambling, but many of the concerns that doomed earlier proposals remain.

The House Executive Committee held a hearing Wednesday on a measure to add five casinos and allow slot machines at Chicago’s major airports. The bill passed the Senate in the spring but didn’t get a House vote.

Bill sponsor Rep. Robert Rita is a Blue Island Democrat. He says he’ll work to address concerns. They include whether there’s sufficient oversight of a Chicago casino and how new revenue would be shared.

Both the House and Senate have adjourned for the week. Lawmakers are scheduled to return to Springfield for the second week of the fall session in early November.

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