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NewsViews: Expanded gambling in Illinois

December 11, 2010 10:00:00 PM PST
Illinois would issue licenses for fie new gambling casinos under a plan the State Senate passed two weeks ago.

The bill would also allow riverboat casinos to open in Danville, Rockford, a still-undetermined south suburb, and north suburban Park City, and a land-based casino in Chicago.

In addition, the bill allows existing gambling casinos to expand by two-thirds, and add slot machines to six horse racing tracks, including three so-called "racinos" in Cook County.

But is legal gambling unfair to people of modest incomes who can't afford to lose their money? Or is it a good, non-taxing, voluntary way to raise money from residents and visitors?

We'll ask two experts.

Cory Aronovitz is founder of the Casino Law Group, whose clients include riverboat casinos and operators of video gaming devices.

Doug Dobmeyer is spokesperson for the Task Forces to Oppose Gambling in Chicago, which has helped keep the city casino-free.


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