SPRINGFIELD, IL -- The Democratic-led Senate voted late tonight to expand the state's casino industry into Chicago and three other cities, though the idea is far from becoming reality.
vote sends the measure to the Illinois House, where Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) had expressed reservations about approving a casino expansion this spring.
"The General Assembly earlier this month approved a major expansion of gambling by legalizing video poker at bars, restaurants and truck stops.
"The riverboat gambling measure, sponsored Sen. Terry Link (D-Waukegan), would allow Chicago to have a land-based casino and Waukegan, Rockford and Danville to get new boats..."
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