Crime commission says Chicago too corrupt to handle casinos
October 16, 2007 (WLS) -- The Chicago Crime Commission is opposing the creation of a gambling casino in Chicago, saying the city is too corrupt to handle the job.
The commission and several other organizations came together to oppose both the Chicago casino and expansion of casino gambling around the state. All of that would be allowed by a house bill now pending in Springfield.
The commission says the city doesn't have the management controls to run a casino, that crime tends to increase in areas around casinos, and that there is always the problem that organized crime could get involved.
"We all know crime is here to stay. The question is what do we do to prevent and reduce it , and the answer is certainly not a government-owned casino that promotes activities and behaviors among its citizens to increase crime," said James Wagner, Chicago Crime Commission.
Responding to the criticism, the governor's office says if there's an expansion of gaming, appropriate safeguards will be put in place.
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