CasinoSPRINGFIELD – After many years of work, State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) succeeded in passing a long-anticipated comprehensive gaming proposal through the Senate today. Link’s legislation expands the number of casinos in Illinois and regulates sports betting in the state.

“This is a job creation bill that will help people in every corner of Illinois,” said Link. “I have worked on this for years because it is vitally important for Illinois and the people in our region. I am grateful to my colleagues for helping get this done.”

The expansion would authorize six new casinos, including in Chicago, Danville, Waukegan, Rockford, the South Cook Suburbs and Williamson County in Southern Illinois. Racetracks will also be able to have slot machines and table games, and sports wagering would be authorized at horse racing tracks, casinos and other qualifying sports facilities.

The revenue from the historic gaming measures will be allocated to long-term construction, including projects for new and updated facilities at colleges and universities.

Senate Bill 690 passed on a 46-10 vote this afternoon and now heads to the governor’s desk for his approval.

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