Gambling on Casinos in Illinois

Gambling on Casinos in Illinois


TRAVELING THE WRONG WAY ON THE INBOUND STEPHENSON WHEN IT COLLIDED WITH ANOTHER CAR. BOTH DRIVERS WERE TAKEN TO MOUNT SINAI. ONE PERSON WAS ARRESTED. INVESTIGATORS HAVE NOT DETERMINED WHETHER DRUGS OR ALCOHOL PLAYED A ROLE. AFTER MAKING SEVERAL ATTEMPTS IN RECENT YEARS, SUPPORTERS ARE ROLLING THE DICE ON EXPANDING GAMBLING IN ILLINOIS. THAT INCLUDES PLACING A CASINO IN CHICAGO. BUT, GETTING APPROVAL ONCE AGAIN IS NOT A SURE BET. MORE NOW FROM CBS 2 POLITICAL REPORTER DERRICK BLAKLEY. Reporter: ILLINOIS CURRENTLY HAS 10 CASINOS. SUPPORTERS OF EXPANSION SAYS IT’S NOT ABOUT EXPANSION. THIS IS ABOUT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. IT’S ABOUT CREATING JOBS. IT’S ABOUT BRINGING REVENUE INTO THE STATE. Reporter: THE BILL WOULD CREATE SIX NEW CASINOS. ROCKVILLE, DANVILLE, MARION, WAUKEGAN, THE HOMEWOOD AREA AND YES, CHICAGO. PLUS, SLOT MACHINES AT O’HARE AND MIDWAY AND CASINO GAMBLING AT ARLINGTON AND HAWTHORNE, WHICH HORSERACING INSISTS HE NEEDS TO SURVIVE. WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF EXTINCTION FROM FIERCE COMPETITION FROM SURROUNDING STATES THAT HAVE HORSERACING, AND HAVE CASINO TYPE GAMING. Reporter: BUT THE BIGGEST OPPOSITION TO NEW CASINOS COMES FROM CURRENT CASINOS. THEY SAY ILLINOIS HAS ALREADY HAD MASSIVE EXPANSION AND BETTING THROUGH VIDEO GAMBLING. TO COUNTER THE 2017 YEAR, CASINOS GENERATED $100 MILLION LESS IN TAX REVENUE THAN BEFORE VIDEO GAMING. Reporter: THAT, SOME ACCUSE THE CASINOS OF CRYING CROCODILE TEARS. BECAUSE YOU ARE STILL GOING TO MAKE MONEY IN THIS INDUSTRY AND YOU KNOW YOU ARE. THEY BUILD NEW CASINOS NEXT DOOR TO ONE ANOTHER IN VEGAS, AND NONE OF THEM ARE GOING OUT OF BUSINESS. Reporter: THE PROPOSAL DOES NOT DEAL WITH SPORTS BETTING OR INTERNET GAMBLING ON THOSE TOPICS. BUT, THERE IS NO CONSISTENCY ON HOW TO MOVE FORWARD. STILL, THE EXPANSION PLAN FAILED TO CLEAR THE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON A 5-4 VOTE. NOW, THEY PLAN TO MAKE CHANGES AND TRY ONCE AGAIN BEFORE SESSION ENDS LATER THIS WEEK. IRIKA, ILLINOIS COULD USE THE EXTRA REVENUE BUT THAT HAS NOT BEEN ENOUGH TO OVERCOME OTHER OBJECTIONS. WHAT SPECIFIC CHANGES DOES HE THINK WILL MAKE IT SO THAT THE BILL CAN PASS?

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