Efforts by the legislature to expand casino gambling to Chicago and other locations is a secondary issue behind attempts to deal with the state’s unfunded pension liability, Gov.
The Democratic governor's comments drew a rebuke from state Rep.
Quinn, speaking to reporters after appearing at an unrelated event, called gambling a “secondary issue to the most paramount issue we have to face and that’s the whole pension reform.” A day earlier, on
Quinn has previously vetoed one measure to bring casino gambling to Chicago and four other locations and to legalize video slot machines at horseracing tracks. A similar bill moved to his desk last week after a parliamentary move was used a year ago that kept him from a quick veto. Still, Quinn has said the bill "doesn't measure up" in resolving his ethical concerns.
Quinn said for any gambling expansion to win his approval, "the state of Illinois and the people of Illinois have to be treated fairly" in terms of gaining the maximum amount of tax revenue for state government.