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Rahm Loses It On Phone With Quinn

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    Mayor Emanuel pushes back as Gov. Pat Quinn raises concerns about a Chicago Casino. (Published Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012)

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel, known for his temper and willingness to go toe-to-toe, reportedly lost it with Gov. Pat Quinn in a recent phone call.  

    A political source with knowledge of the situation who declined to be named told Ward Room Emanuel is upset Quinn wants stronger ethics rules when it comes to gaming. 

    Emanuel: Casino Not "Bait & Switch"

    [CHI] Emanuel: Casino Not "Bait & Switch"
    Mayor Emanuel pushes back as Gov. Pat Quinn raises concerns about a Chicago Casino. (Published Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012)

    Emanuel has said Chicago has a casino but it's in Hammond, which continues to rake in money the mayor believes belongs to the Windy City. Indiana has stronger ethics rules, though, including a ban on campaign contributions for anyone with a gaming interest to Indiana lawmakers. 

    Quinn calls for proposed legislation to be created with full integrity and ethics oversight. The governor remains skeptical of gambling expansion in Illinois and has declared his intention to veto a bill that would allow slots at racetracks and add five casinos, including one in Chicago.

    Casino Expansion Would be Boon to Illinois Horse Racing

    [CHI] Casino Expansion Would be Boon to Illinois Horse Racing
    Almost lost in the Sturm and Drang over the casino portions of the gambling bill are the bailout provisions for the Illinois horse racing industry. (Published Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012)

    Word has it Emanuel had some very unkind words for Quinn over the mayor's wish for a Chicago casino.  

    At last check, pension reform and gaming is on hold in Illinois.

    'Can't Gamble Your Way to Prosperity': Quinn

    [CHI] 'Can't Gamble Your Way to Prosperity': Quinn
    A day after he announced he would veto the current gambling bill, Gov. Pat Quinn stood firm on slimming down an Illinois gaming proposal to five casinos and refusing to add slot machines. (Published Tuesday, Oct 18, 2011)

    Emanuel's office has not returned calls for comment.