Illinois lawmakers roll the dice again

April 29, 2013 

Illinois lawmakers just won't give up on gambling. They're trying to craft a new bill as broadly as they can -- more casinos and slot machines at racetracks -- that will pass muster with Gov. Pat Quinn.

Clearly lawmakers are addicted to this revenue stream; they desperately want the $400 million to $1 billion an expansion could bring.

But Quinn vetoed two previous gambling bills and he's raising concerns about this one, too.

"We just can't pass things willy-nilly," he said. Really? Since when?

Quinn also wants to ensure the revenue would go to education. Right, just like the lottery. Remember that promise? Lottery money goes into education and an offsetting amount comes out.

Even if Quinn and lawmakers promise this will be education only, how can we trust them?

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