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Ill. gambling-expansion hearing reset for March 3

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An Illinois state lawmaker seeking public input about possibly expanding gambling in Illinois has rescheduled a suburban Chicago public hearing.

State Rep. Robert Rita's spokesman, Ryan Keith, says the hearing at the Tinley Park Convention Center now will be at 6 p.m. March 3.

The hearing was scheduled for Feb. 17 but was postponed because of severe winter weather in the Chicago area.

Rita is a Democrat from Blue Island near Chicago He held the first gambling expansion hearing last month in East St. Louis.

Rita supports a measure that would resemble one that failed in the Illinois General Assembly last year. It called for adding five new Illinois casinos, as well as slot machines at Chicago's two international airports and horse-racing tracks.

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