Supporters push for video poker in Chicago

April 26, 2010 Those supporting the idea gathered Monday at City Hall to make their point, trying to convince the City Council to reverse the ordinance banning the machines in Chicago.

They contend that video gambling would lead to thousands of jobs and would help finance projects across the state.

"We've got to get something moving so we can get people back to work," said Jerry Roper, president, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

"I think it's just another reason to use to bring conventions here versus our competitors," Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association President Marc Gordon said.

Opponents say they're concerned people would become addicted to video gambling, nd they are worried bringing gambling into Chicago would lead to an increase in organized crime.

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