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Negotiations continue on gambling expansion bill

A key negotiator for a gambling expansion bill said Sunday that further negotiations are needed before a bill will be given to lawmakers for a vote. However, Rep. Robert Rita, D-Blue Island, said he remains confident an agreement can be reached on a plan to expand the...

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Illinois lawmakers have 5 days left, 5 big issues to settle

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly commenced its spring session in January with a bold directive from new Gov. J.B. Pritzker for a balanced budget, legalized marijuana and sports betting, a revamped income tax system, and a multibillion-dollar...

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A race to build a casino in Rockford

SPRINGFIELD – Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara said lawmakers have to move quickly before the city’s chances to build a casino are “virtually eliminated” by a northern rival. Just 15 minutes away in Beloit, Wisconsin, the Ho-Chunk Nation tribe awaits federal approval from...

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Small businesses opposed to increase in video gaming tax

Doug and Karen Kent run three establishments in Springfield — the Burger Bar, Always After Five and the Sunset Inn. All three places have an added attraction to the business itself — five video gaming machines to play if you are so inclined. “It’s been a tremendous...

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