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Illinois House votes to add 5 casinos, including land-based casino in Chicago; measure now goes to Senate

John Garcia

May 30, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — The Illinois House has approved a major expansion to legalize gambling, and it includes five new casinos, including one in Chicago.

The bill is expected to move on for a vote in the Senate Tuesday before the legislative session is scheduled to end.

It was a little more than a year ago when Des Plaines Village officials and casino operators broke ground on the what they were told was to be the tenth and final casino in Illinois. But before they even open to the public in a few weeks, the state is considering adding more. Village leaders say they feel betrayed.

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