Editorial: Can Illinois keep a Chicago casino free of corruption? Yes, if the politicians butt out. Chicago Tribune · July 4, 2020 at 6:01 pm In the 30 years since Illinois legalized casino gambling, state lawmakers and Chicago mayors hungry for revenue have had no good answer for this question: Why doesn’t the biggest city between America’s seacoasts have a casino to efficiently separate gamblers from their money? With the prospect of a Chicago casino now brighter than ever, a different question looms: Will a City Hall and statehouse culture renowned for enabling rampant greed and astonishing corruption blow this golden opportunity for fresh revenue? As longtime advocates for a Chicago casino, we hope the answer to that suspicion is no. We want the unfolding project to succeed as an employer, a tourism draw and a prolific producer of tax dollars.