See the media advisory below and attached from state Rep. Bob Rita announcing hearings on his efforts to expand gambling in Illinois. The first will be next Tuesday evening, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Casino Queen in East St. Louis.
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Rep. Rita Announces Hearings on Gambling Expansion Plans
Legislator Starts Work on Important Legislation at East St. Louis Casino Hearing
Date: Jan. 23, 2014 Contact: Ryan Keith, 217-737-7369
EAST ST. LOUIS – Keeping a promise he made last spring, state Rep. Bob Rita today announced the first of several expected public hearings on the important topic of gambling expansion legislation in Illinois.
Rita, D-Blue Island, is the lead House Democrat negotiator on efforts to expand gambling in Illinois. After negotiations failed to produce an agreement at the end of the legislative session last May, Rita said he would look to schedule hearings to work through a number of issues preventing an agreement from moving forward. The fall veto session produced no further progress, so Rita hopes to use hearings this spring to produce legislation that can move ahead in Springfield.
The first hearing is set for Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Casino Queen casino in East St. Louis, where Rita and local legislators will talk through issues with a number of interests from that area. Additional hearings will be announced as those dates and locations are finalized.
“I’m a firm believer that gambling expansion can provide great benefits to the state of Illinois and the communities where it comes,” Rita said. “But it is important that we put a bill together that is transparent and that deals fairly with taxpayers and all of the interests involved. My hope is these hearings put us on the path to getting that done this spring.”
What: First public hearing on gambling expansion legislation
Who: State Rep. Bob Rita and local lawmakers
Interests representing casinos, horse racing tracks, communities and taxpayers in the area
When: Tuesday, Jan. 28
Where: Casino Queen
200 S. Front St., East St. Louis