With few days left of the 2019 legislative session in Illinois, the state’s biggest labor union is trying its best to get a gambling expansion bill approved. The labor union believes that gambling expansion in the state would not only create more jobs but would also provide vital support in funding several labor and capital intensive projects in the state.
During a Statehouse conference on Tuesday, Michael Carrigan, president of the Illinois AFL-CIO said that “Illinois is recovering from the trauma of four years of budget impasse, starving out vital services, and a public works stagnation.An expansion of gaming will help fund much-needed infrastructure construction and be a shot in the arm for revenue for this state.”
It seems unlikely that the bill would be approved in this session as only three days are remaining in the state’s 2019 legislative session and the bill is yet to be drafted and written.
The gambling operators in the state have already been lobbying for the gambling expansion bill.
Earlier, we had reported that the lawmakers stand divided on sports betting license plan and fees. With at least five different plans on the table to be considered by the legislature, a proposal of $10 million one-time license fee has already been discussed by the House Revenue and Finance subcommittee during a second hearing on sports betting legislation in Chicago.
There are multiple stakeholders, and as the lawmakers are still struggling to come on an agreement on how and what would be the best way to regulate gambling in the state the time is running out.