Quinn suggests he won't sign gambling expansion

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Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross, R-Oswego, testifies during a House Pension committee hearing at the Illinois State Capitol Thursday, May 31, 2012 in Springfield Ill. Illinois lawmakers struggle to finish what may be their most productive legislative session in years. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn strongly suggested he won't sign a major gambling-expansion plan passed by the Illinois General Assembly.

At a news conference in Springfield on Friday, Quinn said he still objects to the lack of measures such as a ban on campaign contributions from gambling interests.

When asked if those objections are deal-breakers, Quinn said they are. He adds that he believes people around the state agree with him.

The gambling bill would add four casinos around Illinois and allow horse tracks to add slot machines. Lawmakers approved a similar measure last year but never sent it to Quinn after he threatened a veto.

The gambling bill's supporters say it would generate jobs and revenue for the cash-poor state.