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Illinois House Speaker wants strings attached to expansion

5 November 2007

CHICAGO, Illinois -- As reported by the Illinois State-Journal Register: "Speculation abounds on the motives of House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, who signaled Monday he would support an expansion of gambling in Illinois, including a casino for Chicago. The catch: He wants stringent reforms in the way state government regulates, investigates and disciplines casino operators.

"Under a plan he unveiled Oct. 29, the current Illinois Gaming Board and its volunteer members would be replaced by a 'truly independent,' five-person panel that would be separate from Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration.

"...tate regulators would be subject to tighter ethical regulations, such as stricter 'revolving door' prohibitions on gaming officials who try to get jobs in the casino industry..."

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