Casino Bill Backed By Lightfoot Clears Illinois House, Now Must Face Senate

Dave Dahl
May 23, 2020 - 4:32 pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The casino bill Mayor Lightfoot was hoping for has passed the Illinois House.

State Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, the bill's sponsor, said the casino will up state revenue and give residents jobs. He thanked Lightfoot for her support on the casino that pushed it forward, he said.

"The idea is to make this work for Chicago so it can fund vertical capital, put people to work not only for Chicago but for everywhere in Illinois," Rita said. "This is good for everyone."

Last year, the casino bill failed in the House because there was not enough Democratic support

The measure cleared 77-32 with some bipartisan support. Eighteen House Republicans voted for the measure but it must still clear the Senate.