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Lang On Gov. Quinn: 'Perhaps He Isn't Thinking Clearly'

State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) responded to Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of the Illinois Gaming Expansion bill today. The bill was vetoed by the governor yesterday and is said to create some 90,000 jobs, according to Lang.

Just one day after Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed the Illinois Gaming Bill, State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) fired back in a video posted on YouTube.

"The governor's view on gaming is very disappointing," Lang said. "This is the man who ran on the platform for being the jobs governor and yet a bill that would create a raise [of] 90,000 jobs in the state of Illinois is vetoed by the governor.

"Perhaps he is not thinking clearly about the economic development in this bill," Lang added. "Perhaps it doesn't bother him that thousands of people go to Indiana from Illinois everyday to do something that is already a legal activity in the state of Illinois."

Yesterday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he will work "relentlessly " to pass a bill that would allow a casino to be built in Chicago.

"It is the responsibility of the Governor and all leaders in Illinois to stop this outflow of dollars and jobs," Emanuel said. " ... It cannot take another 20 years of discussion to draft and pass a bill that will be signed into law."

Quinn's biggest gripe with the last bill was a stipulation that allowed casino owners to donate money to local politicians. The governor fears that the measure would open the door to more corruption in Chicago.

"I think I did the right thing," "We're not going to have loopholes for mobsters in Illinois, and the bill that was on my desk was woefully deficient when it came to protecting integrity and honesty in the regulation of gambling in our state."

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bob August 30, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I think Lang needs to think of public good not his personal interests and friends who will get contracts and jobs. Who does he think he is "conflict of interest" Madigan? Who paid for that Cheezy video with poor audio? I bet us taxpayers did.
David Zornig August 30, 2012 at 05:46 PM
If Lang and the bills backers knew in advance what Quinn's objections would be, why not work with him directly to remove them all beforehand? Quinn has always portrayed himself as a consumer advocate, (whether he is or not) and is always going to take the imaginary high road of what he perceives as a Governor of the people. Why would lawmakers ever send him something to which he can respond with "mobsters" in an answer to? Or something they know he'll repeatedly turn down? Clean up the bill to Quinn's fake idealistic liking so he can look like a hero, and get on with it.
J August 30, 2012 at 07:49 PM
why is more gambling needed in the State of Illinois. It's really not the solution to our unemployment issues nor will it "fix" our fiscal mess the state is in. While I generally agree with Rep. Lang on issues, I'm diametrically opposed to him on this one!!! Get a clue Mr. Lang. Fix the loopholes the Gov is requesting or stop the push for gambling expansion! Chazzer!
bob August 30, 2012 at 07:59 PM
These elected officials need to focus on fixing our state defecit, corruption, pension issues (cut them all and go to 401K's). they are so worried about being relected that they don't want to make any decision until after November 4th. How about everyone vote for the candidate that is NOT IN OFFICE NOW? get some new, clean, honest blood in there and get "Mr Scratch My Back" Madigan out.
howard kirschner August 31, 2012 at 03:04 AM
interesting that the tribune agreed with the governor

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