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.