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Illinois Governor vetoes Gambling bill that could create 90 000 jobs, Innovate Gaming

Claiming the bill did not have enough oversight to prevent organised crime involvement, Quinn said yesterday, “We’re not going to have loopholes for mobster in Illinois. The bill that was on my desk was woefully deficient when it came to protecting integrity and honesty and regulation of gambling in our state.”

 

The bill [SB1849], which was approved by Legislature earlier this year, included a city-owned Chicago casino that could have facilitated 4,000 gamblers at once. It would have added riverboat casinos in Rockford, Danville and in two suburbs. It also included an expansion of slot machines including at horseracing tracks.

 

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was also disgruntled by the governor’s decision, saying that Chicago loses $20 million a month and jobs to casinos in neighbouring Indiana. Supporters claim the bill could have brought in as much as $1 billion annually, boosted tourism and created up to 100,000 jobs in Illinois.

 

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http://www.gamblingcompliance.com/node/49872

http://www.gambling911.com/gambling-news/illinois-governor-quinn-points-%E2%80%98mob%E2%80%99-reason-gambling-expansion-veto-082912.html

http://www.vegasinc.com/news/2012/aug/29/governor-rejects-plan-expand-illinois-gambling/

http://www.gaming-awards.com/NEWS/governor-quinn-vetos-illinois-gambling-expansion-bill/

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US State Georgia launches online lottery, John Mehaffy at Legal Poker Sites

US State Georgia launches online lottery, John Mehaffy at Legal Poker Sites | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

Georgia becomes the second state with online lottery ticket sales. In March 2012, Illinois announced that they would sell lottery tickets online.

 

The Georgia Lottery was approved through a constitutional amendment by voters in 1992 and launched in 1994. The Georgia Lottery profits are used to fund the Hope Scholarship which provides college tuition assistance and Pre-K programs in the state. Since its inception, the Georgia Lottery has generated $15 billion in education funding.

 

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http://www.gamblingcompliance.com/node/49604

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