Illinois lawmaker wants support for gambling expansion plan

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SPRINGFIELD - Time may be running out on a gambling expansion measure that could boost revenue for the state, according to one Illinois lawmaker. 

Representative Bob Rita sent a letter to House Speaker Michael Madigan and Republican leader Jim Durkin on Monday in the hopes of gaining support for his plan.  Rita's proposal has two options that could increase revenue.  One would add 5 casinos and slot machines at horse tracks, while the other would build a mega-casino in Chicago.

Changes that would allow slot machines at the Fairmount Park horse track have been proposed by lawmakers.  Public hearings convinced Rita that they would hurt an East St. Louis casino, but Representative Dwight Kay say banning them would kill the track.  

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