Illinois House Speaker Supports Chicago Casino, Changes To Sports-Betting Bill Released

Illinois’ influential House Speaker Michael Madigan is prepared to support either a city-owned or privately-held casino in Chicago, but is not yet committed to passing sports-betting legislation, a spokesman said Wednesday.

“He has expressed clear support for a Chicago casino,” Steve Brown, Madigan’s press secretary, told GamblingCompliance. “He has not taken a firm position on sports betting. We will have to see what the legislature can agree on.”

Brown noted the idea of a casino in Chicago has been talked about for years, but lawmakers have been unable to resolve the issue in the legislature.  

Chicago’s efforts to get a license for a city-owned casino were vetoed twice by former Democratic Governor Pat Quinn.

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