Cullerton: Abandon slots at tracks?

Cullerton: Abandon slots at tracks?

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 04/03/2012 - 15:31

Senate President John Cullerton, the powerful Chicago Democrat, visited the Rockford Register Star editorial board and ended up talking about gambling.

Here's a passage that could be relevant to the Arlington Park crowd that's waiting to see if they'll get slot machines at the track in the next big gambling proposal.

“The problem we had (last year) with the governor basically came down to the fact he didn’t want slots at racetracks, saying it was an expansion of gambling. Our argument was, they’re already gambling there, how can that be an expansion?"


“If we can get the horsemen and the track owners to take a subsidy instead of slots at the tracks, maybe (Republicans) would be supportive. Why this is better than slots at the tracks, I have no idea, but that’s the governor’s position.”

So will negotiators give up on slots at tracks in order to get five new casinos approved? Only time will tell. Arlington Park officials have weighed in on the subsidy idea before, and they weren't big supporters.

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