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Rahm Emanuel renews push for Chicago casino; Cullerton: 'It will definitely pass the Senate.'

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***Updated with Mayor's news conference remarks ***

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel today renewed his push for a Chicago-based casino, again promising to dedicate 100 percent of revenues to a struggling Chicago Public School system and showing lawmakers this video (above) to prove his point.

"I want them not to just hear it, I want legislators from all over the state to see what that can be, to see its potential," Emanuel said at a news availability today. Emanuel said the money would be used to build "21st Century schools" with new computer labs and more advanced facilities. "I'm driven by the fact ... that the Chicago casinos will be the only Casino in the state that will be totally dedicated to our children."

In a recent interview, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) said a measure including a Chicago casino as well as "racinos" -- slot machines in race tracks -- was still in the works.
"It will definitely pass the Senate," Cullerton said. "We hope the governor will sign it."

Gov. Quinn vetoed a gaming bill passed out of both houses last year saying he wanted tougher regulation on casino interests.

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