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Rahm, Quinn Continue Chicago Casino Talks

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Rahm, Quinn Continue Chicago Casino Talks


Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel discuss casinos, pension and Medicaid during a Wednesday forum.

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Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel faced off on their differences and shared goals during a sold-out forum Wednesday at the Field Museum.

Considering the pair's many differences and some common ground, of course the idea of a Chicago casino bubbled up.

Emanuel continued his push based on local competition and much-needed cash for the city.

"We lose $20 million a month revenue to the city of Hammond, Ind.," Emanuel said of the Hammond Horseshoe Casino. "They pay with their casino ... for their kids to go to college. The governor understands why I want to use all that money ... to modernize schools."

Quinn said he agrees about a casino in Chicago but said he doesn't want what he calls "wide-open gambling."

Emanuel said he and Quinn continue to have talks about a Chicago casino and said "we're almost there."

"We share that ambition, we have different priorities," Emanuel said.

Quinn called Emanuel "a persuasive fellow." When asked what the governor needs from Chicago's mayor this year, he said helping out with strengthening pension and restructuring Medicaid.

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