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Illinois Court to Rule on Video Poker Law

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said today that he believes the Illinois Supreme Court will uphold a law raising taxes on liquor and video poker in order to pay for a construction program, but warned that lawmakers might have to return to the drawing table if it is struck down, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The court will rule on Monday morning on the legality of the 2009 law, which will used the revenue raised by poker and liquor to pay for roads, sewers, and other construction

“I don’t want to speculate on bad things happening, I’m an optimist so I believe we will prevail on Monday,” Quinn said at an unrelated event this morning. “But if we don’t, then we will take immediate action. We have to do that for the jobs of the people of Illinois.”

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