Chicago Crime Commission blasts gambling expansion

Associated Press
Updated 8/3/2011 3:20 PM

The Chicago Crime Commission blasted legislation to massively expand gambling in Illinois.

The watchdog group says Wednesday that adding five new casinos, including one in Chicago, and slot machines at racetracks would overwhelm the state's gambling regulatory agency. They say Gov. Pat Quinn shouldn't sign the law because it can't be successfully implemented.

Lawmakers passed the legislation in May but Illinois Senate President John Cullerton has a legislative "hold" on it so lawmakers can try to work out a deal. That means Quinn can't act on it.

Quinn previously scoffed at the idea of such a sizable gambling expansion. But he has said he's willing to consider a Chicago casino if it's done properly.