Gov. Pat Quinn

SPRINGFIELD, IL-A bill that would bring casino gaming to the city of Chicago is on Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk, but political observers see little chance the governor will sign the bill.

Earlier this week at the close of the lame duck session, Senate President John Cullerton released the parliamentary hold he had put on the casino expansion bill after it had passed the Senate in May 2011, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Quinn back in 2011 called the bill “top heavy” and “excessive.” The state’s gambling regulator, who is an appointee of the governor, characterized the legislation as “a pile of garbage.” The casino expansion plan would allow casinos in Chicago, the south suburbs, Lake County and downstate and also sanction slot machines at racetracks and, possibly, the city’s two airports, the newspaper reports. See story in the Chicago Sun-Times.