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Lawmakers push for casino exemption to smoking ban
Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 11:05:54 PM
While a statewide smoking ban awaits approval from Gov. Rod Blagojevich, some lawmakers are working to ensure casino patrons across the state can still light up a smoke before laying down their money.
Shortly after the state Senate approved the ban last month, lawmakers began drafting plans to exempt the four Illinois riverboat casinos that sit along the state border.
The hope was to prevent smokers from leaving Illinois riverboats for smoker-friendly casinos sitting just minutes away across state lines. On Thursday, a plan emerged to allow smoking at all nine of the Illinois casinos.
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