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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