SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Illinois lawmakers re-opened talks Wednesday on a gambling expansion measure in the hopes of reaching a deal that could get through the Legislature and win the approval of Gov. Pat Quinn, only to see the same issues that doomed earlier proposals resurface.
The rehashing of the gambling bill capped a shortened first week of a fall legislative session that saw little new action, at least in public. The Illinois House also ensured museums and aquariums will have to continue offering free admission 52 days a year, upholding action by Gov. Pat Quinn to stop those days from being cut in half.