Key IL House Panel Okays Gambling Expansion

 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ A plan to expand gambling in Illinois has advanced out
of a key House committee.
The proposal calls for five new casinos including one in Chicago and scores of
slot machines. But bill sponsor Rep. Robert Rita, a Blue Island Democrat, says
details are still being worked out.
 The House Executive committee on Wednesday OK’d stripping the bill of its
language so Rita can change it.
 He says the core of the bill remains the same, but he’s rewriting language on
tax rates and is working with Gov. Pat Quinn’s office on oversight of a Chicago
casino, among other things.
 It goes to the House floor and could come up any time before lawmakers’ Friday
     Quinn has twice vetoed gambling expansions. 
     The bill is SB1739