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January 5, 2014

Re-election decision to be made mid-year

Fairchild overpass, economic development top 2014 focuses

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Eisenhauer said he’s already heard of a few possible challengers.

Those possible challengers don’t affect his decision on running again, he said.

Candidates running for the four-year mayor position and other city offices in 2015 will file to run for election in December 2014.

Casino

Chicago Cubs fans can relate to those hoping to see a casino in the city — wait until next year.

“I think that is one of the top priorities (in 2014),” Eisenhauer said about the possibility of a casino in the city. “It has to be for the state of Illinois.”

Eisenhauer said any discussions about job creation and revenue growth should include the gambling expansion bill.

He expects discussions to heat up again in Springfield and possible action on a bill that would include a casino license for the city after the March 2014 primary election.

“Obviously that is a critical issue to this community,” Eisenhauer said about a casino meaning more economic development and job growth opportunities and additional revenue opportunities.

Eisenhauer said once again he’ll be camped out at the state capital after the first of the year pushing for the bill. The next legislative session begins at the end of January. But again, he doesn’t expect much action until March.

“There could and should be significant discussion, negotiations and completion on a gambling expansion bill,” Eisenhauer said.

Chicago remains an obstacle, he said, about a Chicago casino’s ownership and oversight of the license and where state revenue will go once it comes in.

“I believe the issues can be resolved,” Eisenhauer said.

Taking pension reform and individual business incentives (such as for ADM) off the table, that leaves fewer items on the table going into the next legislative session, he said.

The Illinois General Assembly has passed gaming expansion plans twice only to have them vetoed by Gov. Pat Quinn.

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