Gov. Quinn gets ready to deal

October 6, 2011 3:21 pm

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has been one of the few elected officials who has raised questions about the spread of gambling. He seems to understand the social problems that follow casinos and the corruption that hits lawmakers when they get in bed with the gambling industry. (Not in Chicago, though, right?)

For those reasons Quinn has been pushing back on efforts to expand gambling in Illinois, including a casino in Chicago and slot machines at the airports. But now it appears Quinn is going to endorse a gambling plan, but just scale back the current proposal. He plans to show his hand later this month.

Less gambling may be better than more. But less gambling will not avoid the social problems or corruption that Quinn knows comes with gambling.

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