* After yesterday’s somewhat bizarre back and forth between the two staffs, this is somewhat encouraging news…
The state Senate has delayed action on a major gambling expansion, but behind-the-scenes efforts are under way.
Senate President John Cullerton’s office says he’ll be at a meeting with Gov. Pat Quinn this morning.
A Senate committee on Wednesday discussed a measure based on Quinn’s requirements for more gambling. He wants five new casinos in Illinois, including one in Chicago, but not slot machines at race tracks.
* Murph ain’t wrong…
Sen. Matt Murphy, a Palatine Republican, questioned [Sen. Terry Link] at the earlier hearing, saying Quinn’s suggestions could kill the gambling expansion effort and leave the cash-strapped state without additional revenue more gambling can bring.
He called it a “failure of leadership.”
“That is going to sit right at the foot of the governor,” Murphy said.
The original plan was expected to generate $1.5 billion in upfront fees and another $1 billion annually.
Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine, said he found it curious that “the governor who has lamented the lack of revenue would so flippantly turn his back on this revenue.”
* Gaming bill held for more work
* Quinn objects to new Senate gambling proposal
* Quinn, Lawmakers in Casino Standoff