OPINION: Did the Illinois Legislature bet too high on new casinos? Greg Hinz, Crain's Chicago Business · September 17, 2019 at 7:35 am Did Illinois lawmakers this spring make a bad bet on a big expansion of casino gambling? A new report from the General Assembly’s fiscal unit ought to raise some questions about whether the millions and billions Gov. J.B. Pritzker is counting on to pay for his $45 billion capital plan really will be there in the end. Increasingly, suggests the report from the Commission on Government Forecasting & Accountability, the state’s gambling industry is raiding one pot to fill another, pulling customers from one form of gambling to another without dramatically boosting the overall combined take. Total state gambling revenues did hit a new high of $1.404 billion in fiscal 2019, up 3.5 percent from 2018.