Part of an old piece of gambling legislation has been vetoed by Governor Pat Quinn.
The legislation would have brought five additional casinos to Illinois and more slot machines at existing casinos and horse tracks. Although the legislation was passed in 2011, it did not reach the governor's desk until the end of January session.
The governor had previously expressed his disapproval for the bill because he claimed it did not have enough ethical protections. The bill's supporters said it would help bring in $1.6 billion to help the state pay bills. The bill was also estimated to bring in over $500 million each year for schools and state-sponsored construction.
Another gambling expansion bill was vetoed by Governor Quinn in 2012 because he said it needed to include a ban on political contributions from the industry.
Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau President, John Groh comments "When the state legislature passes casino expansion, assuming that it meets with the governor's stated objectives in terms of ethics, controls and other stipulations, we would expect that Rockford could move forward."
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