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Ill. governor candidates lukewarm on new gambling

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 2:30 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — As another push gets underway to add five new casinos in Illinois, most of the candidates for governor in 2014 are lukewarm about the plan.

All four Republicans responding to a questionnaire from The Associated Press said they oppose new gambling or support it only on a limited basis and with the backing of local governments.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who's seeking re-election, has vetoed two gambling bills because he said they didn't include enough ethical protections.

A hearing on gambling expansion is scheduled for Tuesday in East St. Louis. In addition to new casinos it calls for slot machines at horse racing tracks and Chicago's two international airports.

State Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, Treasurer Dan Rutherford and businessman Bruce Rauner are seeking the GOP nomination.

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