Could Pension Decision Ramp Up Chances Of A Rockford Casino?

May 11, 2015

An Illinois state representative says gambling expansion is more likely to pass the legislature this month.

That’s after the state Supreme Court struck down a plan last week that deals with Illinois’ $100 billion dollar pension debt.

Credit Brian Mackey

State Representative Bob Rita says more casinos in Illinois - including Rockford and Chicago - could help raise some much-needed money.

“I would believe now that revenue is more of a need today than it was last week. Here is an area that we could generate revenue, it’s just a matter of how do we get there.”

Attempts to add casinos have failed in previous years.

Governor Bruce Rauner has said he’s open to the idea.