ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Governor Pat Quinn said that he would refrain from giving his approval for a new casino in Rockford. The chances of its coming into existence have been reduced, despite the lawmakers having cleared the gambling expansion bill last night for five more casinos, including the one at Rockford and the slot machines at horse tracks. While speaking at a news conference in Springfield on Friday, he expressed that he is against the lack of measures, i.e. ban on campaign contributions from gambling interests. He affirmed that these objections are deal-breakers and people agree with him. Quinn added that a similar move was approved by the lawmakers last year also, but never forwarded it to him after his threat for a veto. However, the supporters for the bill opined that it would provide more jobs and enhance state’s revenues.
Quinn said that the legislature failed to approve the pension reform and added that next week he would consult the leaders for the same. They could ask the lawmakers to vote on it, if an accord is reached.
Last night, approval was given for the education funding also. Dave Syverson, the local senator said there would be shortage of funds for the day care program for the full year. It seems that day cares may be in a poor state of affairs and many parents would have to pay higher co-pays this year. During the last two years, the co-pays had gone considerably low because of the federal grant. Now that grant does not exist, the co-pays are up again, he said. Childhood education received more money in Rockford Public Schools. However, a cut of 29% was imposed on the Drivers Ed.
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