Efforts by the Democrat-led legislature to expand casino gambling to Chicago and other locations is a secondary issue behind attempts to deal with the state’s unfunded pension liability, Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn said Tuesday.
The governor's comments drew a rebuke from state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, a major supporter of expanded gambling. Lang contended Quinn was treating the issue “as if it’s some toy we’re playing with and he’s going to withhold toys from children until they eat their vegetables.”
Quinn, speaking to reporters after appearing at an unrelated event, called gambling a “secondary issue to the most paramount issue we have to face and that’s the whole pension reform.” A day earlier, on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight," Quinn likened pension reform to some lawmakers as having “to eat our spinach and our Brussels sprouts and everything else before you can have any kind of dessert like gambling.” ...More HERE