Ill. lawmakers take new look at gambling expansion

By Associated Press
Posted Nov. 17, 2010 at 4:38 p.m.

Illinois lawmakers are taking a new look at expanded gambling as a way to reduce the state’s massive budget deficit.

Lawmakers have talked for years about adding new casinos or putting slot machines at racetracks, but the proposals have always fallen apart. They’re getting more serious attention now, with the state facing a roughly $15 billion deficit.

The plan under discussion would add five new casinos — one in Chicago and four others around the state. Existing casinos would be allowed to expand. Six horse racing tracks would be given permission to install slot machines.

Backers hope this would generate about $1 billion a year, but critics say it would mean more gambling addiction and social problems.

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  1. Pete Nov. 17, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Not only should gambling be expanded, but there should be a variance to allow some degree of smoking @ extant casinos. [Perhaps some parts of the casino can be “smoking,” while other parts are “non-smoking.”

    The data are CLEAR, in that the indoor smoking ban has hurt illinois casinos moreso than those in neighboring states. Whether we like it or not, the state needs the money.

  2. Marilyn Lancelot Nov. 28, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I am a recovering alcoholic, gambler, and other addiction problems. I published a book, Gripped by Gambling, where the readers can follow the destructive path of the compulsive gambler, a prison sentence, and then on to the recovery road. I recently finished a second book, Switching Addictions, describing the challenges the addict encounters as they work toward recovery. I also publish an online newsletter, Women Helping Women, which has been on-line for more than ten years and is read by women around the world. (


    Marilyn Lancelot