Ill. launches $31B construction program funded, in part, by video poker

07/14/2009 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

A new Illinois program signed into law this week by Gov. Pat Quinn will use proceeds from video poker to help pay for a $31 billion construction program to repair roads and build mass transit and schools. The public-works program is expected to create 400,000 jobs over the next six years, officials say. The new gambling measure would allow restaurants, bars and social clubs to place as many as five video gambling machines in their establishments. Thirty percent -- estimated to be up to $300 million per year -- of revenue will go to the state.

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