Is Governor Quinn really going to kill gambling bill?

Updated 6/6/2012 8:20 PM

Last year, the people who work for the people -- the Illinois House and Senate -- passed a gambling expansion bill, but it never got to Gov. Pat Quinn, who said it would be met with a veto due to the amount of expansion.

Last week, another bill made it through the General Assembly and the governor again promises to veto, but now claims it's not the size that counts.


The reason this time, he says, is it does not meet the "strong ethical framework of oversight and integrity'' he believes is essential. Said Quinn, "That's how I feel. I think that's how the people of Illinois feel."

Then he's not reading the poll numbers or listening to the people of Illinois, who want to see job creation, increased revenue and thriving racetracks.

The politicians who represent the citizens of the state have now twice in two years approved a bill that took 20 years to pass.

And one man out of 13 million citizens is again holding it up.

Bulls moving?

The Bulls are actively seeking a buyer for the Berto Center in Deerfield and are looking for a piece of property near downtown, possibly in the West Loop, to build a practice facility on par with the best in the NBA.

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They can sell naming rights and rent out the building for various events, perhaps with an eye toward having the structure pay for itself over time, or maybe even turn a profit.

This is good news for the players, who would much prefer practicing in the city so that they don't have to make the trip in traffic from Deerfield to the United Center on game days.

And though the team has traditionally wanted its players to live in the suburbs to keep them away from trouble, more players -- like Derrick Rose -- are living downtown, and the reality is they can find trouble anywhere if so inclined.


Wheaton native and Notre Dame grad Mike Lee (8-0-0) returns to the ring Friday night as he takes on Isiah Barela (4-2-0) at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas. The bout will be featured on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights at 9 p.m.


Ivan Boldirev-ing

If this is the end for Blackhawks defenseman Sean O'Donnell, he would go out as No. 83 on the all-time games played list with 1,224, which is 20th among defensemen and no small feat. In his 17-year career, the 40-year-old O'Donnell has played in 106 postseason games, won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim (2007) and been considered a consummate professional.

It's a Wing thing

Lake Zurich emailer Jeff Markarian: "I think the Nick Lidstrom retirement may be a scam so the Red Wings can make a run at Ryan Suter. Lidstrom can rest up, come out of retirement in January, and sign for cheap for another Cup run with Lidstrom and Suter anchoring the defense. Or, maybe I just have trust issues."

Not another

I'll Have Another is the sentimental favorite to capture the Triple Crown, but the guess here is that it doesn't happen Saturday in the Belmont.

If not for an awful trip, Dullahan (third in the Derby) would have won the first leg, and he comes off solid rest and a monster work Sunday morning. Union Rags (seventh in the Derby) got a bad ride and trip in Kentucky. He's also fresh and worked very well Sunday.

I'll have another look at those two before I'll Have Another.

Belmont Day

In honor of I'll Have Another's Triple Crown bid, the first 3,333 fans to purchase tickets at for Saturday's card get a win ticket on I'll Have Another worth anywhere from $3 to $333.

There's a $3 special (hot dog, chips, beer or soft drink) until 3:33 p.m., and every patron attending Saturday gets a free ticket for Arlington Million Preview Day on July 14.

Best headline "CC Sabathia outraged over New York City's ban on enormous sodas.''

And finally ...

Omaha World-Herald's Brad Dickson: "Barry Bonds said he'd like to work for the Giants in some capacity. MLB executives said Bonds will be welcomed back with open arms, just as soon as the commissioner can find jobs for the 1919 Black Sox."

• Listen to Barry Rozner from 9 a.m. to noon Sundays on the Score's "Hit and Run" show at WSCR 670-AM, and follow him @BarryRozner on Twitter.

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