IL Leaders Disappointed in Gambling Veto
ROCKFORD, IL - The mayor of Rockford says he's disappointed that Gov. Pat Quinn rejected a gambling expansion plan that would have included a casino in his northern Illinois community.
Mayor Larry Morrissey says a casino in Rockford would have created thousands of jobs. The community has frequently had the highest unemployment rate in the state.
Quinn vetoed the gambling expansion plan on Tuesday. It called for slot machines at horse racing tracks and five casinos, including one land-based site in Chicago. The four others would be riverboats in Rockford, Danville, Park City and a suburban Chicago location.
Democratic state Sen. Michael Frerichs (FRER'-ricks) represents the Danville area. He says a casino would have generated revenue for schools, roads and parks.
Quinn says he objected to the proposal because it lacked ethical oversight.