Senate Democrats are pushing ahead with a massive gambling expansion proposal that they acknowledge is a work in progress toward a budget agreement.I thought this was Topinka's plan.
A Senate committee today voted 8 to 5 along partisan lines for the plan designed to raise two billion dollars next year.
It would authorize four new casinos, including a 4,000 slot land-based casino in Chicago, and allow all casinos to have at least 2,000 slots.
Republican governor candidate Judy Baar Topinka unveiled a four-year revenue plan for the state Wednesday that hinges upon the controversial creation of a land-based Chicago casino to help raise billions of dollars for public schools and property-tax relief.
After criticizing Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich for "four years of gimmicks" to manage the state budget, Topinka turned to the politically volatile issue of gambling to anchor what she called her $15 billion "budget recovery plan."