Gov. Quinn rejects plan to expand Illinois gambling

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Video: State Rep. Lou Lang reacts to gambling expansion veto

Gov. Pat Quinn. (Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images)

SOPHIA TAREEN
Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has rejected a plan to expand gambling in Illinois, including a land-based casino in Chicago.

The Democrat announced his veto Tuesday, saying the proposed bill lacked sufficient regulatory oversight.

The bill proposed five new casinos, including the Chicago facility and four more on riverboats.

Quinn had signaled in recent weeks that he wouldn't sign the bill as it had been written. He voiced concerns that it didn't provide enough ethical protections, including barring the gambling industry from making political contributions.

Last year lawmakers approved a similar plan to expand gambling in the state but didn't send it to Quinn because he had threatened a veto.

Lawmakers can vote to override Quinn's veto.

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