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State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says Governor Quinn and lawmakers need to need to expand gambling if they want to extend tax breaks to Sears and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

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Topinka  says there are a few alternatives to increasing revenues.  That includes cutting programs or raising taxes.  She says it's not the right time to raise taxes, especially considering a tax hike went into effect earlier this year.  Topinka says all of the money generated from the recent tax hike has gone toward paying the state's pension obligations.

 
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