Will the state be able to actually push forward with gambling expansion this time? The Senate started hearings on adding 6 casinos around the state and slot machines at three horse racing tracks. Similar bills have failed in the past and critics say the state is already flooded with places to gamble now that video poker rooms are legal. But Senator Terry Link of Gurnee says people still leave the state to wager.
The new casinos would be in Rockford, Chicago, the south suburbs, Williamson and Lake Counties and Danville.