Another version of a casino bill is expected to resurface on the governors desk within a couple months and legislators are much more optimistic about its passage.
Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a casino bill Monday that would have opened up an opportunity for a south suburban license, in addition to four other licenses, the Chicago Tribune reports. This may not be much of a setback for Homewood’s casino plans, however. A new version of the bill with tighter regulations—as per Quinn’s request—is expected to surface before the end of session. “The governor may even like it,” bill sponsor Sen. Terry Link said. Last month, Homewood issued a request for casino proposals. Casino companies have until the end of the month to express their interest in teaming up with the village. Get the rest of the story by the Chicago Tribune
Quinn is trying to change one of the dates to avoid millions of dollars in election costs to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
The process to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will begin in February, according to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has set a special primary election for Feb. 26, the Chicago Tribune reports. Quinn ordered a subsequent special general election for March 19, which will determine who will ultimately replace Jackson for the rest of his term. The primary election occurs on the same date as the municipal primary elections. The special general election will be three weeks earlier than the actual general election because state law requires any special general election to be held within 115 days of a congressional vacancy occurring. The special general election could still be moved to April 9, as Quinn said he would work with the General Assembly …