| Sep 3, 2011
A little-known hamlet of mobile homes tucked away in Lake County seems an unlikely location for a bustling new casino, one piece in a massive gambling expansion approved by Illinois lawmakers.
Park City has just about 7,500 residents, virtually no...
| Sep 29, 2011
| 5:40 AM
Recordings of 911 calls are raising the question of whether state Sen. Suzi Schmidt sought to use her political clout to influence Lake County authorities during several domestic disturbances with her husband.
After quarreling with her husband and...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 6:12 PM
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Thursday night that he’s “disappointed” in Gov. Pat Quinn’s rejection of a plan to put slot machines at horse-race tracks in exchange for expanding casino gambling to Chicago.
| Oct 25, 2011
| 12:35 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn challenged lawmakers today to stop playing games with a gambling package as the Senate prepares to serve up legislation modeled after what the governor says he favors but that's also unlikely to pass.
"Stop the delays and whatever else...
| Oct 26, 2011
| 12:12 PM
A stripped-down version gambling expansion emerged today with provisions for five new casinos, including one in Chicago, as Democratic senators rolled out their own version of legislation they say would fit into Gov. Pat Quinn’s outline of what's...
| Nov 7, 2011
| 6:51 PM
The latest gambling package emerging at the Capitol meets Gov. Pat Quinn's requirement to be smaller and would give him some — but not all — of the reforms he's seeking in return for signing off.
But the new version of gambling expansion also...
| Nov 8, 2011
| 10:11 AM
A revamped version of a major gambling expansion passed an Illinois House committee today.
The measure aims at meeting Gov. Pat Quinn's requirement to be smaller and would give him some — but not all — of the reforms he's seeking in return...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 10:23 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn today vetoed a major gambling expansion plan that would have allowed five new casinos, including one in Chicago.
The move sets the stage for a potential showdown with lawmakers following the Nov. 6 election, when supporters of the bill...
| Jun 1, 2012
| 4:30 AM
— State lawmakers spent the final day of the spring session failing to act on the crucial issue of pension reform, instead approving a major gambling expansion that wasn't at the top of the agenda.
The turn of events dealt a significant blow to...
| May 31, 2012
| 8:30 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois Senate tonight sent Gov. Pat Quinn a major gambling expansion that would bring Mayor Rahm Emanuel his Chicago casino and slot machines at horse racing tracks.
The governor had urged lawmakers to focus on pension reform...
| Jul 2, 2012
When lawmakers fled Springfield on May 31 without fixing the state's pension crisis, Gov. Pat Quinn said he would bring them back "as soon as possible" to vote on a solution.
One week. Two weeks. Three weeks. Four weeks and counting.
The leaders are...