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updated: 8/29/2012 9:47 AM

Emanuel says he'll keep pushing for Chicago casino

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Associated Press

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will keep pushing for a casino in the city after Gov. Pat Quinn rejected a bill that would have allowed one to be built.

In a brief statement, the mayor said Tuesday that the governor agreed with him on the importance of drafting and passing a gambling bill. Quinn vetoed gambling expansion in Illinois, saying the proposed legislation had sparse ethical protections.

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Emanuel did not address Quinn's contention that the bill lacked sufficient regulatory oversight and that the bill included "loopholes for mobsters."

Instead, Emanuel focused on his own contention that a Chicago casino would create thousands of jobs and the absence of a casino means the city is losing $20 million a month and "countless" jobs to neighboring Indiana.

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