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Illinois Senate Approves Gambling Bill, Axes Internet Provisions

After the withdrawal of an Internet gambling provision, a bill allowing five new casinos in Illinois, including one in Chicago, passed the state Senate on Wednesday by a 32-20 vote.

It is still not clear if Governor Pat Quinn, who has vetoed two previous gambling expansion bills, will sign this year’s bill into law.

The bill advances to the Illinois House, and is likely to return to the Senate for another vote before going to the governor’s desk.

“I think that we went far, far further to make sure that the governor would be quite happy with this bill,” Democratic Senator Terry Link, the bill’s author, said during Wednesday’s debate on the Senate floor. 

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