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Quinn to Danville: Don’t hold your breath

Friday, May 20, 2011

* Gov. Pat Quinn was adamant during a Chicago press conference today that if the state is going to expand gaming, then he wants to keep it as narrow as possible. He strongly indicated that Chicago could get a new casino, but here’s what he said when he was asked what he’d say to the mayor of Danville, who also wants a new casino…

“I would tell him not to hold his breath.”

Downstate casinos are seen by some as a way to find votes for a Chicago casino. Sometimes, casino bills are too big to pass, but sometimes they can be too small. Time will tell.

* The governor has said time and time again that he opposes any education spending cuts in the budget. Asked whether he would veto a budget which cut education spending, Quinn wouldn’t go that far…

“No. What I’ve seen so far needs improvement.”

* The governor also indicated that he would sign a bill which passed today that protected the identities of FOID card holders. Gov. Quinn danced around questions about whether the newly proposed Senate district map was fair, but he did heap praise on the “openness” of the mapmaking process, pointing to the numerous committee hearings held and the upcoming hearings.

* Listen to the entire Q&A…

…Adding… From the AP

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says groups working on legislation to modernize electricity delivery systems have “thrown in the towel.”

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, an Orland Park Democrat, is the bill’s chief sponsor. He says Quinn is mistaken and that he’s not giving up.

My take on Quinn’s comment was that ComEd had “thrown in the towel” on the original bill. That’s true. It happened weeks ago.

* Related…

* Quinn: Chicago casino will be discussed

* Quinn focused on ‘fair‘ Illinois redistricting map

* IL gov gets bill banning gun permit disclosure

* Quinn: Ill. energy rates bill ‘not going anywhere

* How Quinn Plans to Support Small Business

* VIDEO: CapitolView - 05/20/11 - WSEC-TV/PBS Springfield

- Posted by Rich Miller        


11 Comments
  1. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Friday, May 20, 11 @ 1:48 pm:

    Could have been worse: Quinn could have told him to hold his breath.


  2. - Rich Miller - Friday, May 20, 11 @ 1:48 pm:

    lol


  3. - Our Magician - Friday, May 20, 11 @ 1:52 pm:

    So, this will pass with downstate voting for a Chicago only casino? Coming off an election where only 2 counties voted for Quinn, this will play real well. Kudos to Quinn for a short answer though.


  4. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Friday, May 20, 11 @ 2:00 pm:

    I thought the story on HB 14 was interesting.

    Rich, have you heard anything?

    Is Quinn declaring the bill dead prematurely?


  5. - Rich Miller - Friday, May 20, 11 @ 2:05 pm:

    The story is wrong, or at least inartfully worded. He said they’ve thrown in the towel on the original bill, which is true.


  6. - Cincinnatus - Friday, May 20, 11 @ 2:15 pm:

    Quinn was for breathing before he was against it.


  7. - Pot calling kettle - Friday, May 20, 11 @ 2:44 pm:

    If Quinn follows his normal trajectory, congratulations are in order for Danville!


  8. - wordslinger - Friday, May 20, 11 @ 3:19 pm:

    Is there a market for a privately funded casino in Danville? I kind of doubt it, but if so, give them the authorization, They’re not going to draw from any existing casinos. Who gets hurt?


  9. - SportShoz - Friday, May 20, 11 @ 3:21 pm:

    We just hear that the “new” HB14 is better - I’m not buying it. Its all about ComEd wanting to guarantee higher profits at our expense for investments they can and should be doing anyways.


  10. - lincolnlover - Friday, May 20, 11 @ 3:27 pm:

    If you have ever spent any time in Danville, you know that everyone holds their breathe there. Lawhoff Grain - smelly.


  11. - Logic not emotion - Friday, May 20, 11 @ 3:30 pm:

    I just don’t understand why Quinn doesn’t seem to be doing much of anything to solicit downstate legislative support. Am I missing something?


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