Governor Quinn Says No to Illinois Online Gambling
While Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is in favour of some gambling expansion, he seems to be completely against online poker.
Earlier in the month an Illinois senate committee approved a gambling expansion bill which included regulation of online gambling including poker.
Quinn has previously rejected attempts to expand gambling in the state, but said he could favour the latest legislation if it addressed issues such as corruption.
However, it seems online gambling may have to be removed from the bill. Quinn has told an NPR reporter that the idea is too new, “I think that’s problematic. It’s a brand new idea and there hasn’t been much review on that at all. Anytime you have something brand new it shouldn’t just be thrown into a bill at the last minute.”
This could be a major blow for online poker liquidity; Illinois has a population of over 13 million. The states of Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey, where online poker has been legalised, would have to form an interstate compact in order to reach as many potential players as Illinois alone.
In an attempt to appease Quinn the bill included a ban on campaign contributions from the gambling industry and earmarked funds for education, however, it appears this may not be enough.