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Lawmakers take bet on internet gambling

SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers are taking another gamble on the gaming bill.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers are taking another gamble on the gaming bill. A new proposal has surfaced at the Capitol, but this one is a little different. WCIA-3's Brittany Harris keeps us Connected to the Capitol.

The new bill would allow internet gambling. It's something which wasn't included in the old versions.

Supporters say it could help, but others worry it will hurt instead. It's an idea getting mixed reviews.

"I think I would stay away from it."

Some lawmakers want to legalize online gambling. They say it could help bring in more revenue for the state. But, people like Laurie Smuthers aren't so sure.

"We all know that all the games are geared to make money themselves, so every once in awhile, you may have a winner, but usually, the people that need the money the most will end up losing even more money."

She's not the only one with concerns. Representative Chad Hays (R) is skeptical too.

"I never say never in Springfield, but I suspect that that addition to the bill is so significant that it has high potential to be problematic."

He's pushing for a casino in Danville. Both are included in the latest gaming bill.

"There's just a lot of questions from a pragmatic standpoint. What does it look like? How does it work? What's the oversight and regulations look like?"

The Illinois Lottery would be in charge, but other details aren't really known. As far as support goes, Hays doesn't think it will get very much.

"I think it's entirely possible that at the end of the day, the internet gaming portion is not included, but that remains to be seen."

Governor Quinn's office says he won't support any gaming expansion for the state until lawmakers first take care of the pension crisis.
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