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Chicago Mayor Pleads Case in Springfield on Casino, Budget

Lightfoot is aiming for legislation that would help Chicago attract casino developers

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    Chicago Mayor Pleads Case in Springfield on Casino, Budget

    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot crisscrossed the state Capitol Tuesday looking for help from lawmakers to make a Chicago casino feasible and shore up the city's budget. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019)

    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot crisscrossed the state Capitol Tuesday looking for help from lawmakers to make a Chicago casino feasible and shore up the city's budget.

    The Democrat is troubled by a study last summer that showed that Illinois' "onerous" tax structure on casinos would hamstring the Chicago gambling house approved by the Legislature in the spring. The study estimated a casino operator would see profits of only 1%.

    Lightfoot told reporters after meeting with House Democrats that talks are continuing and said legislation to fix the casino problem would come "shortly." She didn't say whether that meant before Thursday's adjournment of the fall session.

    The mayor also said she's still pursuing an increase in the tax paid on high-end real estate transfers to plug an $838 million budget shortfall.

    Lightfoot Heads to Springfield With Lengthy Agenda

    [CHI] Lightfoot Heads to Springfield With Lengthy Agenda

    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is heading to Springfield to push her agenda, and the Chicago casino will be front and center. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern has more. 

     

    (Published Monday, Nov. 11, 2019)

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