SPRINGFIELD — Shunting aside Gov.
The move came after sponsoring Rep.
The 69-47 vote, with two lawmakers voting present, signaled that Lang was within striking distance of gathering enough lawmakers to reach the necessary 71 needed for an override of a Quinn veto if he stands by his opposition to putting slot machines at racetracks.
The bill goes to the Senate, where supporters have vowed to move forward as the session ticks down to its May 31 scheduled adjournment date.
During debate, Lang said the governor has indicated more than once that he supports the new casinos in the bill but that "he and I have had a dispute" over the racetracks getting slot machines. Lang has made it clear for months that he could not pass gambling expansion without including the provision for slot machines and other electronic betting games.
Lang predicted the "velocity of revenue" would be a job generator and economic boost for Illinois, saying the bill could raise between $300 million to more than a billion dollars a year, depending on who is counting. That would be in addition to sales taxes generated from spin-offs, Lang said.
In addition to a gambling palace in Chicago, the four other casinos would go to Rockford, Danville,
Rep. Al Riley, D-