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Jul 05

Chamber Panel Urges Governor to Sign Gaming Bill

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce joined Rep. Lou Lang on a panel discussion about the merits of gaming expansion legislation last week and urged Governor Pat Quinn to sign SB 744, which includes a Chicago Casino.

Michael Mini, the Chamber's Director of Government Relations, participated in the panel discussion co-sponsored by the Better Government Association and the Union League Club of Chicago. He described the Chamber's strong support for a Chicago Casino as a much-needed economic development initiative that will create thousands of jobs and generate state and city tax revenue to help solve the city’s structural deficits. Mini praised Rep. Lang for his leadership and determination in finally passing a gaming expansion bill out of the General Assembly after several unsuccessful attempts.

Opponents of gaming expansion reiterated their usual anti-gaming arguments based on moral grounds and diminishing returns at existing casinos throughout the state. Mini countered that a Chicago Casino "done right" will be a world-class facility that will complement Chicago’s entertainment and tourism industries and help grow its convention business.

To read more about the BGA/ULC panel discussion, click here.

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