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updated: 5/31/2011 6:26 PM

Details of gambling expansion legislation

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The massive gambling plan awaiting action by Gov. Pat Quinn is one of the most complex pieces of legislation lawmakers approved this year. Here's a look at some of the details.

• Race tracks in Cook County like Arlington Park could have 1,200 slot machines.

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• Tracks' slot machines can be available to the public anytime they have live or simulcast racing.

• Five new land-based casinos could be built in Park City, Chicago, the South suburbs, Rockford and downstate Danville.

• The Chicago casino could operate slot machines at O'Hare and Midway International Airports, beyond ticketing and security.

• Existing Illinois casinos could become land based and expand, and they get tax credits.

• All new casinos need to be built to environmentally friendly standards.

• Applicants for casino licenses must show they've tried to reach certain standards of minority and female ownership.

• The Illinois Gaming Board, in choosing a company to award a casino license, must consider minority ownership.

• Revenue generated up front from new license fees would be used to pay the state's debt.

• Other revenues would be split among state and local governments, as well as several downstate programs such as agriculture research, state fairs and 4H.

_ Mike Riopell

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