Emanuel says he’s encouraged about casino talks

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he hopes to find common ground with Gov. Pat Quinn on expanding casino gambling, but Quinn says he’s not looking to compromise.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he hopes to find common ground with Gov. Pat Quinn on expanding casino gambling, but Quinn says he’s not looking to compromise.

Emanuel and Quinn discussed the issue at separate events Tuesday.

The two Democrats publicly sniped for months over gambling expansion.

Emanuel wants a casino in Chicago, and he expressed impatience with Quinn’s long deliberation over a measure passed by the legislature in May.

Quinn responded by telling Emanuel to back off.

On Monday, Quinn laid out a framework for expansion that gave oversight of a Chicago casino to the state Gaming Board, rather than a city casino development committee.

On Tuesday, Quinn stuck to his guns, saying the framework is what he’s willing to work with. Emanuel said he’s encouraged about a deal.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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