Exclusion of Online Gambling in Illinois, One of Proposed Amendments to Gambling Expansion Bill
The gambling expansion bill proposed by Illinois lawmakers is yet to undergo another round of proposed amendments, in order to address Governor Quinn’s reservations over the bill’s enactment. The legalization of online gambling in the State of Illinois is one, which the governor specifically stated as a proposal that must undergo proper evaluation and analysis, before it passes and receives ratification as a law. In view of this, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton plans to pass an amendment that excludes the legalization of Internet gambling as part of the proposed expansion bill.
Governor Quinn, who vetoed the bill for the second time this month, also stated that lack of ethical protection is another reason for his disinterest in its enactment. In connection with this, the Chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board, Aaron Jaffe, appeared in a two-hour senate committee hearing to give lawmakers enlightenment on what and how to address the governor’s ethical concerns. Although Chairman Jaffe was unable to raise all his misgivings about the proposed expansion bill during the hearing, he nevertheless, outlined his own concerns over the gambling expansion proposals in a separate memorandum subsequently submitted to the senate committee.
Senate President John Cullerton, who heads the senate committee, will consider addressing the IGB Chairman’s questions, inasmuch as the IGB regulates the gambling industry in the state of Illinois. As for Internet gambling operations, Senator Cullerton expressed his intention to pursue the matter by introducing a separate bill to propose measures for its legalization.