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Casino Expansion Passes Senate, on to House

By Anthonia Akitunde in News on May 31, 2009 5:00PM

Illinois casino industry is a step closer to expansion after a 30-28 Senate vote Saturday evening, the Chicago Tribune reports. It is now being sent to the House where reception to the measure has been lukewarm. Speaker of the House Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) was weary of approving the expansion, according to the Tribune.

The expansion hopes to curb Illinois dollars from being spent in Indiana and Wisconsin casinos. Chicago would get its own "land-based" casino and Waukegan, Rockford and Danville would receive new boats.