gambling http://news.stlpublicradio.org en East St. Louis Hearing To Address Illinois Gambling Expansion Proposal http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-hearing-address-illinois-gambling-expansion-proposal <p></p><p>A hearing at the Casino Queen in East Saint Louis Tuesday will kick off an Illinois lawmaker’s renewed efforts to expand gambling in the state.</p><p>Rep. Bob Rita of Blue Island is reviving a proposal to increase state tax revenues by allowing five new casinos in Illinois, in northern and central Illinois, and add slot machines at horse racing tracks and Chicago airports.&nbsp;</p><p>Rita says he’s following up on a promise he made to conduct regional hearings after&nbsp;the proposal he shouldered&nbsp;last year&nbsp;stalled.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 33269 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org East St. Louis Hearing To Address Illinois Gambling Expansion Proposal Revenue Down At All Six Casinos In St. Louis Region http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/revenue-down-all-six-casinos-st-louis-region <p>New figures show that February was a down month for St. Louis-area casinos.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/W2geZK">The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports</a> that all six casinos in the St. Louis region reported lower revenue last month compared with February 2012.<br>&nbsp;<br>Figures released by regulators in Missouri and Illinois showed the number of gamblers at the area's casinos also fell.</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 16:55:01 +0000 The Associated Press 10114 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Revenue Down At All Six Casinos In St. Louis Region Illinois Up $1 Million In Nov. From Video Gambling Machines http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-1-million-nov-video-gambling-machines <p>Illinois and local cities and towns are starting to cash in on new video gambling terminals.</p><p>The <a href="http://tinyurl.com/btsnega">Southern Illinoisan reports</a> that the state took in nearly $1 million in additional income in November from more than 1,400 video terminals.</p><p>More than $191,000 was distributed to towns and cities where the machines are located.</p><p>Video gambling became legal in bars, clubs and truck stops in October.</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:41:52 +0000 The Associated Press & St. Louis Public Radio & s 7445 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Up $1 Million In Nov. From Video Gambling Machines Ill. Legislators Head To Springfield To Tackle Quinn Vetoes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-legislators-head-springfield-tackle-quinn-vetoes <p>Illinois legislators are scheduled to go back to Springfield this week to tackle any bills the governor vetoed this year.</p><p>Of the major legislation the governor vetoed - one big issue that's had all sorts of trouble getting support is gambling expansion. The measure Governor Pat Quinn vetoed would allow for several new casinos in the state - including one in Chicago. But Quinn has said the bill is flawed - with, quote, "loopholes for mobsters" - but a sponsor of the measure says he's close to having enough votes to override the governor's opposition.</p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:16:39 +0000 Julie Bierach 6783 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Legislators Head To Springfield To Tackle Quinn Vetoes Illinois Video Gambling Brings In $346,000 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-video-gambling-brings-346000 <p>A new report shows that Illinois' fledgling video gambling industry brought in more than $346,000 in revenue for the state in October.</p><p>The Illinois Gaming Board's <a href="http://www.igb.state.il.us/revreportsVG/VGStat201210.pdf">monthly report</a> shows that the state's October take came from nearly $18 million in wagers at 714 machines across Illinois. &nbsp;Local governments where the gambling is offered got nearly $70,000.</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:16:37 +0000 The Associated Press 6629 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Video Gambling Brings In $346,000 Quinn vetoes gambling bill, says it included 'loopholes for mobsters' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-vetoes-gambling-bill-says-it-included-loopholes-mobsters <p><em>Will be updated. Reporting from WUIS' Rachel Otwell used in this story.</em></p><p><strong>Updated 12:37 p.m.</strong> <em>with reaction from Fairmount Park Race Track official</em></p><p><strong>Updated 11:01 a.m.</strong> <em>with additional comments from Illinois lawmakers and stakeholders.</em></p><p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has vetoed <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=1849&amp;GAID=11&amp;GA=97&amp;DocTypeID=SB&amp;LegID=57922&amp;SessionID=84">a gambling bill</a> on the grounds that it fell "well short of the standards of the people of Illinois."</p><p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:47:42 +0000 Kelsey Proud, Maria Altman & WUIS 4425 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn vetoes gambling bill, says it included 'loopholes for mobsters' Morning headlines: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-august-28-2012 <p><strong>Ill. Gov to take action on gambling bill today</strong></p><p><strong>UPDATE: As of 9:25 a.m., Quinn has vetoed this bill.</strong><br>Gov. Pat Quinn isn't giving any hints about what he'll do with a gambling bill that Illinois lawmakers sent to his desk. Today is the deadline for Quinn to take action on legislation that would establish five new casinos in the state. It would also allow slot machines at horse racing tracks.</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:19:57 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 4424 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Morning headlines: Thursday, August 23, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-thursday-august-23-2012 <p><strong>Akin highlights faith in push to revive campaign</strong></p><p>Republican Congressman Todd Akin is highlighting his Christian faith while asking for help in reviving his Senate campaign. A fundraising appeal sent Wednesday by Akin notes he has asked both God and voters for forgiveness for comments that women's bodies have a way of avoiding pregnancy in cases of rape.</p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:39:58 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 4386 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Thursday, August 23, 2012 Morning headlines: Friday, July 27, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-july-27-2012 <p>Good morning. Here are your starting headlines today:</p><p><strong>Valley Park mayor resigns</strong></p><p></p><p>The embattled mayor of Valley Park has resigned. Nathan Grellner stepped down as the top official in the St. Louis County town on Thursday, submitting a written letter of resignation. Grellner has been under fire for questionable spending with a city credit card, for missing nearly every meeting since February, and for his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence in a neighboring town in June.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:39:02 +0000 Julie Bierach, Illinois Public Radio & Joseph Leahy 4195 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, July 27, 2012 Quinn: Won't sign gambling bill for ethics law http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-wont-sign-gambling-bill-ethics-law <p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he won&#39;t sign a gambling expansion bill in exchange for a promise that legislators will pass an ethics measure in the fall.<br />&nbsp;<br />Quinn made the comment Monday at a ceremony during which he signed a measure into law that expands a tax credit program for businesses that hire veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.<br />&nbsp;<br />The Legislature passed a bill earlier this year that would create five new casinos - a land-based site in Chicago and four more on riverboats.<br />&nbsp; Tue, 10 Jul 2012 01:17:33 +0000 The Associated Press 4085 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn: Won't sign gambling bill for ethics law