Moylan Files Legislation Protecting Local Casino Revenue

02/18/2015
DES PLAINES, Ill. – As local concern grows over the potential expansion of gambling in Illinois, state Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, filed legislation on Wednesday to protect local revenue derived from gambling. House Bill 2545 would prevent any casino from being built within 20 miles of Rivers Casino in Des Plaines.



“Revenue generated from Rivers Casino is helping Des Plaines pay down its debt and rebuild its infrastructure,” said Moylan. “A casino located in close proximity to Rivers will have a devastating impact on revenue for Des Plaines.”



Des Plaines has received about $30 million in tax revenue since the opening of Rivers Casino in 2011. In 2012, the General Assembly passed a bill that would have allowed casinos in Chicago, Lake County, the south suburbs, Rockford and the downstate community of Danville. That bill was vetoed by Gov. Pat Quinn. Despite this defeat, proponents of gambling in the Legislature held hearings last year that included a proposal to build the world’s largest casino in Chicago. The legislature dismissed without holding a final vote on that proposal.



“In addition to filing this bill, I’m opposed to any gambling expansion that does not include reimbursement for lost revenue to Des Plaines,” said Moylan. “I expect the Legislature to once again propose gambling expansion in this session and I will do all I can to prevent further expansion.”



The 20 mile exclusion zone in Moylan’s bill would prevent a casino from opening in downtown Chicago, although it would still allow for a Chicago based casino to open on the far south and southeast sides of the city.



For more information, please contact Moylan’s full-time constituent service office at 847-635-6821 or staterepmoylan@gmail.com.