No vote for gambling expansion plan due to lack of support
SPRINGFIELD - The sponsor of a plan that would expand gambling in Illinois says he won't call the bill for a vote until the fall due to a lack of key support.
On Friday state Representative Bob Rita released a statement to the Associated Press, saying the timing isn't right. Lawmakers are attempting to piece together a budget before they adjourn for the summer.
Rita says he needs to solve revenue sharing disputes, and that he's worked for over a year to get a vote, but wants more support from Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Gambling proposals haven't fared well in recent years, as a plan from last year wasn't called for a vote, and two previous plans were vetoed by Quinn.