Just before the General Assembly swore-in new legislators, outgoing lawmakers sent the gambling expansion bill to the Governor. It was passed 18 months ago, but there were concerns Quinn wouldn't sign off on it, so it was never submitted to him.
Supporters say they don't expect him to agree to the bill this time either. But, they hope it sends a message. "What we're trying to do by passing this bill along and keep that message out in front of the Governor that it is important for job growth and revenue growth for the state of Illinois" says Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer.
The bill calls for slot machines at horse tracks and both of Chicago's airports, as well as five new casinos across the state including one here in Rockford.
Quinn has 28 days to either sign or veto the bill.