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State

Ill. House panel plans daylong gambling hearing

CHICAGO — An Illinois House committee is planning a daylong hearing on gambling expansion in the state.

The Executive Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Bilandic Building in downtown Chicago.

The morning session will focus on a plan by Rep. Bob Rita to create a large casino in Chicago, but none elsewhere.

The session beginning at 1 p.m. will focus on Rita's alternative to build a smaller Chicago gambling house and four scaled-back casinos in Winnebago, Vermilion and Lake counties, and in a south suburb of Chicago.

The Blue Island Democrat has proposed alternative plans for new casinos in the state after two proposals in the past three years have failed to win approval from Gov. Pat Quinn.

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