By Monte Larrick -
State lawmakers and political pundits are trying to once again promote the idea of a Chicago casino. State Representative Robert Rita (D-Blue Island) is sponsoring SB 1739, and has two separate amendments.
The "Chicago-only" amendment, would create a Chicago-owned casino with up to 10,000 spots for gamblers, which would eclipse China's 546,000 square foot Venetian Macao casino as the largest casino in the world. The other amendment would add a total of five new casinos across the state and allow slot machines at horse tracks - creating "racinos."
This issue has continued to struggle for approval over the years for a number of reasons, including concerns about corruption and political hiring.