State Rep. Nathan Reitz, top, voted for the bill his father, former State Rep. Dan Reitz lobbied for. [Hannah Meisel/The Daily Line; Submitted]

When State Rep. Nathan Reitz (D-Steeleville) was sworn into the Illinois House last month, negotiations for an omnibus gaming expansion bill were well on their way in Springfield — a bill that would ultimately include six new licenses for areas in the state that have long clamored for their own casinos.

Helping make the pipedream for a casino in Southern Illinois a reality this spring session was Dan Reitz, a former legislator, current lobbyist and the state representative’s father.

The younger Reitz voted for the bill.

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