“We could implement that in the state as one example. There certainly are opportunities for us to expand casino gaming in the state,” Pritzker said. “So those are a couple of ways for us to expand gaming. Balancing the budget is very important, it’s not just about those revenue enhancements. it’s also about bring efficiencies to state government.”
He said new casinos could be put in places near a state border to keep money from leaving the state, even as casino revenue falls, such as at the Casino Queen in East St. Louis. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called for a casino in the Windy City.
“I don’t disagree with you there’s been some canibalization within the state and there’s a limited amount of dollars that could exist in the state, but I also know this has to do with geography. Where you put a casino matters to how many dollars might flow from places they haven’t seen dollars flow before. … We ought to be thinking about how do we keep the dollars here that are being expended in other states.”
One of the first things that is expected to come to Pritzker’s desk is a bill that would require gun dealers to be licensed by the state even though they already need to have federal licenses.
“I support the second amendment, (but) I also want to keep our families safe and making sure we have the right kind of licensing background checks, monitoring of gun stores, and where the guns are proliferating from, when people buy them, seems like the right thing to do,” Pritzker said. “It’s something I’ve advocated for some time now.”