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SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is calling on her fellow Republicans to support legalizing a Chicago casino.

Topinka says a casino would mean a big boost to the Chicago economy and to state tax revenue. She calls the decision "an easy one."

Topinka on Sunday proposed devoting one-quarter of any state revenue to paying off debts and building up a "rainy-day fund."

A Chicago casino has been discussed for years, and Topinka has backed it before. The idea is getting another round of attention because new Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel supports it.

Topinka says Republican lawmakers should work with Democrats to approve a casino during the final week of the legislative session.

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