After years of starts and stops toward major gambling expansion, is Illinois closing in on a deal? Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been pushing Gov. Pat Quinn to approve a casino for the city along with several others. There’s long been a push to allow slot machines to be added to the state’s horse racing tracks, too. – See more at:

Proponents claim expansion will bring in another $200 million in revenue, bringing total gambling revenue to $600 million, less than 7% of the back bills the state owes.