Ill. lawmaker sets forum in push to expand gaming


EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A lawmaker is launching the latest quest to broaden gambling in Illinois with a public hearing in southwestern Illinois.


Democratic state Rep. Bob Rita of Blue Island near Chicago says a forum Tuesday night at East St. Louis' Casino Queen seeks input from the region's casinos, a horse track and East St. Louis officials.


Rita says his measure would resemble one that failed in the Illinois General Assembly last year. It called for adding five new Illinois casinos, as well as slot machines at Chicago's two international airports.


Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed two previous gambling bills because he says they didn't include enough ethical protections. Quinn also has said he'll only sign legislation that provides adequate oversight of a Chicago casino and directs new revenues to education.


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