CHICAGO - Riverboat gambling may fatten government coffers with gaming tax revenues, but it may not attract economic development, according to panelists at a conference last week.

William Hall, executive director of the Illinois Economic and Fiscal Commission, the fiscal analysis arm of the state legislature, said while existing riverboat gambling in Illinois has had a positive monetary effect for local governments that host the boats, "broad" economic development as a result of gambling has not emerged.

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