CHICAGO - A gaming expansion bill - one of three funding sources for a $34 billion capital budget - failed during a special session of the Illinois House yesterday, one day after Gov. Rod Blagojevich sought to pressure lawmakers to pass the plan by vetoing $1.4 billion in spending from the fiscal 2009 operating budget.

The two-day session called by Blagojevich marked his latest failure to sway the House to pass his revenue proposals to help whittle down what his administration has estimated as a $2 billion shortfall in the $59 billion operating budget approved by lawmakers in May.

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