Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Gambling Expansion Referendum Act. Requires a statewide advisory referendum at the 2008 general election. Sets forth the following question: "Should the General Assembly pass a massive expansion of legalized gambling in Illinois, an expansion that may include creating a new major casino in Chicago and one or more new riverboat casinos, allowing 24-hour gambling at racetracks and online gambling, thereby putting Illinois third in the nation, after Nevada and New Jersey, in the overall size of legalized gambling?". Repeals the Act January 1, 2009. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of House Bill 5110 with the text of the question changed to the following: "Shall Governor Rod R. Blagojevich and the General Assembly enact legislation to expand legalized gambling in Illinois by authorizing more than 5,000 new gambling positions in addition to the 10,800 gambling positions already in use?" Effective immediately.