Quinn Confident Gambling Expansion Veto Will Stand


OAK PARK, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn is confident that his veto of a proposed gambling expansion in Illinois will stand.

The Chicago Democrat on Tuesday rejected the plan for five new casinos. He says he objected because of sparse ethical protections. Quinn could have used his amendatory veto power to change parts he didn't like. But the governor said Tuesday at an unrelated school appearance that there's too much wrong with the bill.

Bill sponsors say they plan to push forward and override Quinn's veto.

Supporters of the bill estimated it could have brought in up to $1 billion a year, boosted tourism and created 100,000 jobs. The proposal would have established a Chicago casino and added riverboat casinos in Danville, Park City, Rockford and an undecided location in Chicago's south suburbs.

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