HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 21Issue 15Illinois State Rep. Announces Two Hearings on Illinois Gaming Expansion

Yesterday, April 30, 2015, Illinois State Rep. Bob Rita announced that he is advancing efforts to bring gaming expansion to Illinois by scheduling two hearings on the issue as the end of the spring legislative session nears.

Rep. Rita, (D-Blue Island), will lead subject matter hearings of the House Executive Committee in Chicago on the first two Mondays in May – the 4thand 11th. The committee will meet both days at 10 a.m. in the conference room on the 6thfloor of the Bilandic Building in downtown Chicago.

The first hearing on Monday, May 4, will feature testimony from industry experts on the state of gaming outside of Illinois. The second hearing on Monday, May 11, will focus on the tourism and economic benefits to the city of Chicago from a large casino, with city officials and various hospitality and business groups invited to weigh in.

Rita filed two bills at the beginning of this session to bring gaming expansion to Illinois. House Bill 2939 would create a large casino in Chicago and share revenue around the state. House Bill 3564 would create a large casino in Chicago, casinos in four other areas of the state and allow slot machines at horse racing tracks. Both bills would generate hundreds of millions of dollars a year in revenue for the state and communities where gaming would expand.

As the governor and lawmakers get to work on putting together a budget for next year, Rita hopes the hearings will provide a strong framework to gauge the best path forward for gaming expansion.

“Our state clearly needs revenue, to close our large revenue gap in Springfield and to put people to work around the state,” Rita said. “We need to better understand how well gaming is doing in other states and how well a Chicago casino could perform as we position expansion in the budget conversation. These hearings will help provide the direction we need to make gaming expansion a strong revenue option this year.”

For more information on both Committee meetings, please use the following links.

May 4, 2015: http://www.ilga.gov/house/committees/hearing.asp?hearingid=12888&CommitteeID=1546

May 11, 2015: http://www.ilga.gov/house/committees/hearing.asp?hearingid=12889&CommitteeID=1546


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