Wild Card Maneuver Could Save Chicago Casino

Gov. Quinn called the gambling expansion package "top heavy"

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Thursday, Jun 23, 2011  |  Updated 7:58 AM CDT
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A top Illinois Democrat is holding onto his gambling chips to keep the state from cashing out on a Chicago casino just yet.

Senate President John Cullerton threw out a parliamentary move to keep the gambling expansion bill in his chamber until he can work out a deal with Governor Pat Quinn, the Sun-Times reports.

House and Senate lawmakers approved an additional five casinos across the state and slot machines at racetracks. 

Quinn called the measure "top heavy." 

"There's no sense in giving it to him to veto it," said Cullerton. 

Senate rules allow Cullerton to keep the bill in the Senate until the current General Assembly term wraps up in January 2013.

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