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In this Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 photo, Illinois Rep. Louis Lang, D-Skokie, watches the vote tote board while on the House floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Gambling legislation, which proposes five new casinos, slot machines at racetracks and at O’Hare and Midway airports was discussed extensively but never called for a vote last spring. Advocates say the timing is ripe to help push gambling expansion legislation through the General Assembly. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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