Illinois Senate legalizes video poker Betting

The Illinois state Senate voted Wednesday in favor of making video poker betting legal, boost liquor taxes and allow lottery betting online to help support a $26 billion statewide construction package that is expected to reach Gov. Quinn’s desk.

“What would be the first public works program in a 10 year period passed the Senate on a series of bipartisan roll calls and would, according to Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), end a “decade of decay” that festered on the state’s roads, bridges and public buildings under impeached ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

“The gridlock we’ve been going through for six years has ended,” claimed John Cullerton Senate President (D-Chicago), who pushed the package, which taps a combination of federal and state money.

The House still must sign off before it goes to Quinn, but Cullerton predicted House passage today.

To pay for it, senators voted 47-12 to legalize video poker in bars, restaurants, veterans halls and truck stops. The state will tax the machines at a 30 percent rate, raising $375 million annually.

The new package includes big changes at the state lottery. A pilot program would be established in 2010 to allow lottery betting over the Internet. Additionally, management of the lottery would be turned over to a private firm. Both moves are expected to raise $150 million each year.

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