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Illinois Gambling In Limbo As New Governor Takes Office

The regulation of gaming in Illinois is in suspended animation as the industry waits for the new governor to appoint a chairman to the state’s gaming board.

Despite the uncertainty, Chicago gaming attorney Cory Aronovitz said prospects for casino expansion in the Prairie State should improve under Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

“I think that the current governor has an appetite for the expansion of gaming,” Aronovitz said.

“I think this governor has a goal of expanding [gaming] which would include something in Chicago, and I’m not sure that the prior administration, with the prior chairman, were in agreement with that.” 

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