With Illinois Gaming Bill Veto, Rep. Lou Lang Questions Gov. Pat Quinn’s “Jobs Governor” Claim

(Chicago) — Illinois House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) criticizes Gov. Pat Quinn‘s veto of Illinois gaming expansion legislation, which Lang sponsored, saying the move threatens saving or creating 90,000 jobs.

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Calling on Gov. Quinn to Negotiate Gaming Bill, Rep. Lou Lang Says State Should Not Guarantee Casino Owner Profits

(Springfield, IL) — It’s a sure bet that gaming expansion will come up during the Illinois legislature’s fall veto session, but who will win and who will bust is uncertain.

A plan to add five casinos throughout the state, expand the number of places where people can make bets at each casino, and allow video gambling at horse tracks eked out of the Legislature this spring but stalled in the face of opposition from Governor Pat Quinn.

Quinn has criticized the legislation repeatedly, calling it “top heavy.”

“The bill that they have proposed has many, many defects, and it needs to be improved substantially,” Quinn said earlier this week. “I’m going to speak about this later this month, and we’ll lay out some principles that I think ought to be used for the Legislature when it comes to gambling.”

Lawmakers will return Oct. 25 to the state Capitol for the start of the two-week veto session.

State Sen. President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, has put a temporary hold on the gaming legislation, preventing it from going to Quinn, who could reject part or all of the package.

From the end of the spring session until now, Quinn and legislators have met to discuss the gaming legislation, said state Rep. Lou Lang D-Skokie, who sponsored the gaming package in the House.

“We’ve had a lot of conversations, but there’s been no negotiation. The governor’s office is unwilling to negotiate and unwilling to tell us exactly what he wants in a bill,” Lang said.

Quinn said he is concerned about oversaturation, referring to the 10 current casinos in Illinois.

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WBEZ: Rep. Lou Lang Moving Forward with Illinois Gaming “Clean-Up” Legislation

(Chicago, IL) — With no detailed feedback still from Gov. Pat Quinn‘s office, Illinois House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) is moving forward with a “clean=up bill” that will attempt to address some of the governor’s public criticism of Illinois gaming legislation that will soon land on Quinn’s desk.

WBEZ radio’s Kristen McQueary has the story:

“Despite delays and debunked predictions—and a never-ending wait for Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision on a gambling expansion bill—supporters of expanded gambling in Illinois say they expect to find common ground by Oct. 25, the first day of the fall veto session.

The bill, stalled for months due to policy differences, political infighting and Quinn’s reluctance to increase gambling venues, remains a top priority.

But the waiting game may be ending soon. Unless Quinn outlines his concerns “in short order,” legislative leaders will present him with their own version of a clean-up gaming bill, known as a trailer bill, that will tighten control over the proposed Chicago-owned casino, according to State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), House sponsor of the bill.”

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With a Renewed Recession Threatening, Rep. Lou Lang Calls on Gov. Pat Quinn to Sign Gaming Bill, Stressing 90,000 Jobs at Stake

(Chicago, IL) — August 19, 2011. A day after Governor Pat Quinn renewed criticism of Illinois gaming expansion legislation approved by the Illinois General Assembly during the spring legislative session, House Deputy Majority Lou Lang (D-Skokie), the chief sponsor of the measure, released a new video calling on Quinn to sign the bill, highlighting the $1.6 billion available for unpaid bills and the 90,000 jobs at stake.

“I urge the governor to sign this bill,” said Lang. “This bill will generate $1.6 billion for unpaid bills, bills in which governor has no other way to pay, and it creates or saves 90,000 jobs. When the economy risks falling back into recession, Illinois can not afford thumb its nose at 90,000 jobs.”

Jody Weis, Aaron Jaffe Illinois Gaming Worries Largely Imaginary, Analysis Shows

(Chicago, IL) — After an onslaught of hysterics and unfounded attacks by an assortment of critics, including former Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis and Illinois Gaming Board Chairman Aaron Jaffe–a Blagojevich appointee holdover–of the Illinois gaming legislation that will soon land on Governor Pat Quinn‘s desk, the Chicago News Cooperative and its statehouse reporter, Kristen McQueary, analyzed the bill found that provisions written in legislation’s provisions largely refute critics’ claims.

Former Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis joined the chorus of opposition to the state’s gambling expansion bill last week, warning that if it is implemented, “political corruption and crime syndicate infiltration will follow.”

Yet the concerns of Weis and other critics are largely addressed in the actual text of the legislation, a Chicago News Cooperative analysis of claims about the 400-page bill found.

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Better Government Association Hosts Illinois Gaming Expansion Debate, Featuring Rep. Lou Lang, Others

(Chicago, IL) – Illinois’ Better Government Association will sponsor a debate tonight on Illinois gaming legislation sitting on Governor Pat Quinn’s desk between high-profile proponents and opponents, including Illinois House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie).

Moderated by Andy Shaw, President and CEO, of the watchdog group, two panels square off against each other at the Union League Club of Chicago on Wednesday evening for two-hours.

Lang, who sponsored the legislation, and Michael J. Mini, Director of Governmental Relations, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce face opponents Rev. Phillip L. Blackwell, Senior Pastor, at the First United Methodist Church of the Temple and Anita Bedell, Executive Director, Illinois Church Action on Alcohol & Addiction Problems.

“Illinois legalized gaming decades ago. That debate is over,” said Lang. “The question before us is this: is the state going to fully the develop its economic potential of a key tourism sector to save or create 90,000 jobs and bring $1.5 billion to the state treasury?”

Quinn is weighing whether to sign or veto the legislation which include a casino for Chicago, a top economic priority of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The Union League Club is located at 65 West Jackson Blvd. The debate will be held in the Crystal Room, 5th Floor. Registration begins at 5:00 P.M.; the program is 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. An audience Q & A session will follow the panel discussion.

AUDIO: Rep. Lou Lang Explains Illinois Gaming Expansion Bill During House Floor Debate

(Springfield, IL) — June 2, 2011. You want to hear more about Illinois gaming expansion? Illinois House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D-Skokie) provides a full explanation of the Illinois gaming expansion legislation, Senate Bill 744, during the House floor debate on the bill.

The plan would generate $1.5 billion from upfront fees, which would be used to help pay the state’s $4.5 billion in unpaid bills, and produce $500 million annually for education and other state services, according to Lang.

Listen to Lang’s comments here:

Governor Pat Quinn, who has referred to the legislation as “top heavy”, is reviewing the measure.