Gov. Pat Quinn today vetoed a major gambling expansion plan that would have allowed five new casinos, including one in Chicago.
The move sets the stage for a potential showdown with lawmakers following the Nov. 6 election, when supporters of the bill have vowed to try to override a veto.
For months, Quinn has warned about what he views as shortcomings in the bill, saying the measure would not provide enough oversight of casino operators and other gambling interests. The Democratic governor also has said that any gambling expansion should set aside a proper amount of money for education.
In his veto message, Quinn said the state must not allow ethical shortcomings that allow “loopholes for mobsters.”