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Illinois lawmakers are weighing the pluses and minuses of expanding the number of casino licenses in the state in hopes of raising billions of dollars to balance the state budget. The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU Carbondale recently hosted a debate between the state's gaming industry and gambling opponents. WSIU Radio morning news anchor Jennifer Fuller talked with Tom Swoik, Executive Director of the Illinois Casino Gaming Association, and the Reverend Tom Grey of the Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation about the potential benefits and consequences of a major expansion of casino gambling.
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