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4/22/2018

article Village in northern Illinois twice rejects proposal for video gambling cafe
(Illinois) -- In Illinois, a Naperville-based marketing agency’s plan for a video gambling café in Kendall County was denied by Oswego Village Board members this...
article Games not up to scratch: Illinois sells lottery tickets even after top prizes have been won
(Illinois) -- At $30 a ticket, the Illinois Lottery’s World Class Millions instant game was not only one of its priciest offerings – it was also potentially...

4/19/2018

article Oswego turns down plan for video gambling parlor
(Illinois) -- Oswego Village Board members rejected a plan for a video gambling cafe in the village because they didn't like the location. After getting a lukewarm...

4/18/2018

article Will New Gambling Bill Spell Relief For City?
(Illinois) -- State lawmakers are quietly moving forward with crafting new legislation that would greatly expand casino gambling in Illinois — an effort that...

4/17/2018

article Burr Ridge to debate legalized gambling
(Illinois) -- Some Burr Ridge Village Board members are open to the possibility of legalizing gambling machines, asking the village administrator to gather more...
article March a record breaking month for area gaming revenues
(Illinois) -- March was a huge month for local video gaming revenue as machines in La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties saw more than $4 million played.

4/16/2018

article Grand Victoria Casino Sells For $327 Million
(Illinois) -- Eldorado Resorts has purchased the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin for $327.5 million. The cash deal is expected to close by the end of this year, according...
article Grand Victoria Casino sold for $327 million
(Illinois) -- The Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin has been sold for $327.5 million. MGM Resorts International along with its venture partner are selling the casino to...

4/12/2018

article Winnebago County Board supports possible future casino
(Illinois) -- The Winnebago County Board green-lights the idea of bringing a casino to the area. This isn't the first time the County Board has supported the idea,...

4/11/2018

article Rolling Meadows council signals support for video gambling
(Illinois) -- Rolling Meadows may soon join Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Wheeling and Prospect Heights as one of the Northwest suburban towns that allows video...

4/10/2018

article Park Board supports Rockford casino
(Illinois) -- For the third time in seven years, the Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners is on record in support of a proposed gaming expansion bill that...

4/9/2018

article One Lawmaker Thinks O’Hare Airport Needs A Casino
(Illinois) -- Mayoral candidate Garry McCarthy vouched for a land-based casino as part of the new expansion plan at O’Hare Airport in a local interview over the...

4/8/2018

article Walker's Bluff still holding out for gaming license as bill deadlines loom
(Illinois) -- Walker’s Bluff's owner Cynde Bunch is still fighting to bring a casino license to her winery, which she says is the key to building a...

4/6/2018

article Clock is ticking on gaming license for Walker's Bluff
(Illinois) -- A bill that could bring hundreds of jobs and thousands of tourists to southern Illinois is once again sitting in committee in Springfield while the clock...

4/4/2018

article Illinois Senate panel takes up internet sports betting
(Illinois) -- Officials of Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association have told Illinois lawmakers about their concerns and possible support for legal...
article Column: Is the solution to Illinois' money woes finding the right spot for casinos?
(Illinois) -- There can be no doubt that our state is broke. The newly chosen Democratic candidate for governor, J.B. Pritzker, spent $70 million of his own money for...

4/3/2018

article Chicago mayoral candidate suggests casino for O’Hare International Airport
(Illinois) -- As part of his bid to become the next mayor of Chicago, candidate Garry McCarthy has reportedly suggested that the city could help to ease its current...
article Illinois Considers Sports Betting
(Illinois) -- March Madness fans in Illinois could not legally bet on Monday’s championship game. But a U.S. Supreme Court decision expected this spring could open...
article Illinois lawmakers weigh sports gambling, as NBA and MLB officials back the idea
(Illinois) -- Top professional sports officials told state lawmakers Tuesday that they’re open to legalizing sports betting in Illinois if the federal government...
article Illinois Senate panel looks at internet gaming
(Illinois) -- One day after the NCAA men's basketball championship -- for which millions of dollars were bet illegally via off-shore, online betting sites - Illinois...
article Casino, Poker Room Pitched For Chicago's O'Hare International Airport
(Illinois) -- A poker room where every single player is a tourist. Could a card room be built at one of the nation’s busiest airports? That’s the plan from...

4/2/2018

article Mayoral candidate Garry McCarthy floats idea of casino at O'Hare
(Illinois) -- Mayoral candidate Garry McCarthy said he favors locating a casino at O’Hare International Airport in order to help fix Chicago’s financial...
article McCarthy proposes O’Hare Airport casino
(Illinois) -- O’Hare Airport will be getting a new global terminal, new concourses and 25 percent more gate capacity, thanks to an $8.5 billion expansion plan...
article Video gaming contributes to dwindling casino revenue, education funding
(Illinois) -- The bus trips to nearby casinos don’t flow like they used to. “We’ve had to cut back on trips. Ridership is definitely down,” said...

3/28/2018

article Illinois Gaming Board, Liquor Commission Officials Axed
(Illinois) -- As Gov. Bruce Rauner heads to an event at a casino in East Peoria Wednesday, the Illinois Gaming Board’s top administrator, Mark Ostrowski, was fired...

3/26/2018

article Wheeling may lift cap on video gambling cafes
(Illinois) -- Wheeling seems ready to open its doors to more video gambling cafes. A majority of village trustees say they'll support lifting a moratorium that caps...

3/23/2018

article Forest Park video gambling question wrongly blocked in March, to go to voters in Nov: Appeals panel
(Illinois) -- While the primary election has passed, the November general election in the village of Forest Park will include a referendum on video gambling after a...

3/21/2018

article Orland Park Residents Reject Video Gaming
(Illinois) -- Orland Park residents said no to video gaming, answering two opposite referendum questions in Tuesday's primary. Village board members rushed to place...
article Trustees: No clear-cut direction following Orland Park video gambling vote
(Illinois) -- With Orland Park voters showing no overwhelming support for, or opposition to, video gambling, some village trustees said Wednesday that further discussion...

3/20/2018

article Video gambling narrowly losing in Orland Park, unofficial results show
(Illinois) -- A proposal to allow video gambling on a limited basis in Orland Park was narrowly losing favor among voters, according to unofficial vote totals. Voters in...
article Video gambling to remain legal in St. Charles
(Illinois) -- St. Charles will continue allowing video gambling at licensed establishments, the city council decided Monday night. But some aldermen voiced concerns that...

3/16/2018

article Aurora City Council to Cap Video Gaming Terminals
(Illinois) -- The city of Aurora in Illinois is set to cap the number of video gambling terminals (VGTs) and impose larger taxes on operators that offer such machines....

3/15/2018

article Aurora sets limit on video gambling terminals
(Illinois) -- Aurora will limit the number of video gambling terminals allowed in the city and charge higher fees to have them. That is the result of the Aurora City...

3/13/2018

article Harrah's Metropolis set to reopen after flooding
(Illinois) -- The Ohio River is expected to be several feet above flood stage until at least this weekend, forcing the Harrah's Metropolis to close. Harrah's...

3/12/2018

article Video gambling likely to continue in St. Charles
(Illinois) -- After an 18-month trial period, video gambling appears to be here to stay in St. Charles. In a preliminary 6-3 vote last week, aldermen supported...

3/10/2018

article Video gambling parlor proposed in Oswego
(Illinois) -- The Oswego Village Board is looking at a proposal for another video gambling cafe for the village. A representative of You Holdings approached trustees at...

3/9/2018

article Video gambling parlor proposed in Oswego
(Illinois) -- The Oswego Village Board is looking at a proposal for another video gambling cafe for the village. A representative of You Holdings approached trustees at...

3/8/2018

article Aurora may limit video gambling
(Illinois) -- Aurora is looking at limiting the number and location of video gambling terminals. City Clerk Wendy McCambridge this week presented to aldermen several...

3/6/2018

article Harrah's Casino Men's John Dangerous: Plaintiff
(Illinois) -- In August 2016, Sam Esposito patronized downtown Joliet Harrah's Casino figuring he could win thousands of dollars gambling on games of chance. But it was...

2/28/2018

article Council imposes 1-year moratorium on new video gambling machines
(Illinois) -- The city of Bloomington is banning the addition of any new video gambling machines for at least a year. “Even though last year we got about $750,000...

2/26/2018

article New landscape of video gambling
(Illinois) -- The dedicated gambling parlor is by no means the sole wagering hall under the new landscape of Illinois video gaming. If people won’t go to the...

2/24/2018

article Rozner: Will Illinois be ready for legal sports betting?
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers really believe you are too dumb to notice. There can be no other explanation for the consistent way in which they raise taxes, kill jobs...

2/23/2018

article From video gambling to home rule, Southland voters will face variety of questions on primary ballot
(Illinois) -- From legalizing marijuana and video gambling, to raising taxes, area voters will face a variety of questions when they cast a ballot in the March 20...

2/22/2018

article Competition heats up between casinos, video gaming parlors
(Illinois) -- The growth of video gaming in recent years has stunted admission and revenue increases at casinos in Illinois, but the state is benefiting from the rise in...

2/21/2018

article Shorewood officials to allow video gaming at various locations
(Illinois) -- In a 4-2 decision, a motion was passed at a Feb. 13 regular meeting of the Shorewood Village Board of Trustees to waive the second read and amend municipal...

2/11/2018

article Waukegan approves new video gambling regulations
(Illinois) -- New rules aimed at stopping the proliferation of video gambling cafes were approved by the Waukegan City Council last week. The council had put in place a...

2/4/2018

article Champaign's gambling cafes are slotted to lose out
(Illinois) -- Once his current liquor license expires, the check Joshua Stephens writes the city to run Libby's Lounge will jump from $2,400 to $4,200.

1/25/2018

article Illinois Takes Another Stab At Gambling Expansion
(Illinois) -- Illinois will try its hand once again at expanding its gambling industry, which includes a proposal to put a casino in Chicago. There’s been talks...

1/23/2018

article Syverson: Now’s the time to push gaming expansion
(Illinois) -- One state lawmaker says now is the time for Illinois to push forward on gaming expansion. State Senator Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, says a bill that would...

1/22/2018

article State lawmaker says now is the time for Illinois to push forward on gaming expansion
(Illinois) -- One state lawmaker says now is the time for Illinois to push forward on gaming expansion. State Senator Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, says a bill that would...

1/16/2018

article The slots are still hot
(Illinois) -- Cat faces lined up on the Kitty Glitter machine for Robin Harvey as she won on a wager in the back of Jerry’s Tap on First Street in La Salle. The...
article Champaign council set to vote on new video-gambling regulations
(Illinois) -- The city council is set to vote tonight on adopting new video-gambling regulations, including a cap on so-called gambling cafes and lounges that primarily...
article City of Champaign votes to add regulations in video gaming lounges
(Illinois) -- The City of Champaign voted in favor of adding regulations to video gambling lounges within the city. This includes a 12-month waiting period for new...
article Council considers video gambling cap
(Illinois) -- Should the city have a say on how you spend your money on entertainment? One city councilman says no. Tuesday night, the city council will vote whether or...

1/15/2018

article Gambling expansion in Illinois no sure bet
(Illinois) -- Proponents of gambling expansion in Illinois are split on whether major legislation will get signed into law in 2018, with some going as far as saying...
article Parx Casino debuts Xcite Center
(Illinois) -- If you’re in the mood to see some live entertainment without trekking all the way to the city, the new Xcite Center at Parx Casino in Bensalem may...

1/13/2018

article Chicago gets Parx Casino’s new Xcite Center off to rousing start
(Illinois) -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers christened the new music venue in Bensalem with a sold-out concert Saturday night. Jim King has seen Chicago too many...
article Gambling expansion in Illinois no sure bet
(Illinois) -- Proponents of gambling expansion in Illinois are split on whether major legislation will get signed into law in 2018, with some going as far as saying...

1/9/2018

article Durkin chief of staff cited a number of times in Tribune's lottery investigation
(Illinois) -- Michael Mahoney, the chief of staff for House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), was cited multiple times in a recent Chicago Tribune story...
article Straub questions Durkin, Rauner decision making in wake of lottery controversy
(Illinois) -- Mickey Straub thinks the fact that the staffs of two powerful Illinois politicians are now ensnared in the same “massive contract” controversy...

1/7/2018

article Gambling-parlor issue looming large in Champaign
(Illinois) -- When the city legalized video gambling in 2012, Chuck Zelinsky figured it wouldn't expand beyond a few truck stops and veterans clubs. "Evidently...

1/5/2018

article Illinois to Make Sports Betting Legislation Effort
(Illinois) -- Apparently, a new sports betting bill could be approaching the surface in the US, and more specifically, in the state of Illinois over the weeks to come.
article Orland Park Residents to Voice Their Stance on Video Gambling in March Ballot
(Illinois) -- The community of Orland Park, Illinois is going to have the chance to state its opinion regarding the pressing question of video gambling in the area.

1/4/2018

article 2 suspects wanted in IL after burglaries at video gaming establishments
(Illinois) -- Two men are wanted by the Illinois Gaming Board following several burglaries at video gaming establishments in central Illinois. The suspects have...

12/18/2017

article Horse Tracks in Illinois Want Racinos to Help Bolster Struggling Industry
(Illinois) -- For nearly 40 years, the amount bet on horse racing in Illinois has been falling, creating a downward revenue spiral for the state’s tracks. Now,...
article Illinois horse tracks say more gambling can stop ‘downward spiral’
(Illinois) -- With a red pen in hand, Chrissy Bialek flips through the program on opening weekend of the thoroughbred racing season at Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero....

12/16/2017

article Quincy City Council considers raising cap on video gaming terminals
(Illinois) -- Video gaming within city limits could more than double if one of two proposals on the Quincy City Council agenda passes this week. Aldermen have been...

12/13/2017

article Illinois video gambling parlors must split profits with terminal operators, judge rules
(Illinois) -- Illinois video gambling parlors must continue to evenly split their profits with companies that operate the terminals, a Cook County judge has ruled. The...

12/9/2017

article Cook Co. judge ends bid by Dotty's, other 'gaming cafes' to challenge rules over video gambling take
(Illinois) -- The house doesn’t always win — at least not in court, against a state regulatory body it has accused of setting bad rules over how the take...
article Mount Prospect restaurateurs want village board to OK video gambling
(Illinois) -- Mount Prospect restaurateurs told the village board this week they would like to offer video gambling. "We're currently operating in a business...
article Video gaming tax not a bell-ringer
(Illinois) -- While many view video gambling as a license to print money, many owners of the location where these games are played are not pleased with a proposed $1,000...

12/5/2017

article City, video gambling owners at odds
(Illinois) -- A battle between the Kankakee administration and video gambling machine operators is about to come to a head as the two sides battle over a $1,000 per...

11/29/2017

article Supporters, opponents air concerns at Orland Park video gambling forum
(Illinois) -- The competitiveness of small businesses and the social costs of gambling were among the major themes during Orland Park's first public meeting on the...

11/25/2017

article Eyes on Illinois for 2018 Online Gaming
(Illinois) -- Less than two weeks ago, it became clear that Illinois was not going to proceed with any effort to legalize and regulate online gambling in 2017. The time...

11/21/2017

article Alderman reject gaming terminal license fee
(Illinois) -- Galesburg City Council enacted some fee adjustments along with a new fee for towing licenses but not one for gaming terminals. 7th Ward Alderman Jeremy...
article Online Poker, Fantasy Sports Might Be Part Of Larger Illinois Gaming Package, Lawmaker Says
(Illinois) -- Illinois came close to passing online gambling and daily fantasy sports legislation this year, but proposed bills didn’t quite reach the finish line.

11/18/2017

article Orland Park could see more than $460,000 from video gambling, study says
(Illinois) -- A recently completed study on the economic impact of allowing video gambling in Orland Park estimates the village could realize more than $460,000 in...

11/15/2017

article Rivers Remains Top Casino In State
(Illinois) -- Des Plaines’ Rivers Casino was the most profitable riverboat gambling location in the state last month, according to reports from the Illinois Gaming...

11/13/2017

article Illinois online gaming and DFS bill misses the cut
(Illinois) -- Representatives in the Illinois state legislature have failed to approve or reject a bill which would see online poker, casino games and daily fantasy...
article Online Gambling Legislation Fails in Illinois
(Illinois) -- This week, the Illinois state legislature has adjourned for the year with the hopes of getting some sort of online gambling legalization in the state, but...

11/11/2017

article Illinois Online Gambling, Fantasy Sports Bill Will Have To Wait Until 2018
(Illinois) -- The Illinois legislature wrapped up its work for 2017 on Thursday, completing its second part of a veto session. The session came and went without action...

11/7/2017

article Orland Park officials seeking public input on gambling issue
(Illinois) -- Orland Park trustees at their meeting Monday held off taking a vote on an advisory referendum regarding video gambling in the village, and have tentatively...

11/6/2017

article Sycamore City Council votes against additional video gambling licenses
(Illinois) -- It’s going to be another year before the Sycamore City Council entertains the idea of creating more liquor licenses in the video gambling class after...
article Fairmount Park IL horse racing track could cut race days
(Illinois) -- Howard Moellering, 72, sits at Fairmount Park at a table with some food, horse racing sheets spread out, watching the races on televisions mounted next to...

11/4/2017

article OP/ED: Illinois gambling addiction's only cure is more gambling
(Illinois) -- In Illinois, state politicians practice moral relativism. A thing is good or bad depending on how much tax revenue it generates, so any moral objections to...

10/28/2017

article OP/ED: Illinois gambling addiction’s only cure is more gambling
(Illinois) -- In Illinois, state politicians practice moral relativism. A thing is good or bad depending on how much tax revenue it generates, so any moral objections to...
article State still assessing Kewanee’s 19th Hole slots plan
(Illinois) -- State gaming regulators are still studying a slot machine application from the Kewanee Park District for its 19th Hole restaurant at Baker Park Golf Course...

10/24/2017

article For first time, Illinois’ revenue from video gaming surpasses casinos
(Illinois) -- For the first time, Illinois is now getting more revenue from local video gaming machines than from casinos. A new state report on the revenue shift...

10/23/2017

article Video gaming revenue surpasses riverboat casino revenue for first time
(Illinois) -- Video gaming revenue collected by the state of Illinois surpassed riverboat casino revenue for the first time in 2017. According to a new report from the...

10/21/2017

article Illinois Video Gambling Terminals Generate More Tax Revenue Than Riverboat Casinos
(Illinois) -- Video gambling terminals (VGTs) inside Illinois bars and eateries where liquor is served delivered $296 million in tax revenue to state coffers during the...

10/20/2017

article Lottery and new private manager work to allay concerns
(Illinois) -- New Illinois lottery manager Camelot Illinois won’t earn financial incentives unless it meets the state's financial targets, Illinois Lottery...

10/17/2017

article State's video gambling revenues outpace casinos for first time
(Illinois) -- Video gambling is now more profitable than casinos for Illinois. The state made $296 million from the machines during the 2017 fiscal year that ended June...

10/3/2017

article Washington council approves video gambling restrictions, lifts moratorium
(Illinois) -- Changes in the city’s video gambling ordinance that essentially prevent a video gambling café from opening in Washington were approved Monday by the...

9/27/2017

article Recipients see drop in proceeds from riverboat gambling in Kane County
(Illinois) -- A dwindling share of riverboat gambling profits coming to Kane County fueled the lowest amount ever given back to local community agencies this year. But...

9/26/2017

article Illinois 2018 Schedule May Hinge on Legislative Help
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Racing Board has approved a 2018 schedule roughly mirroring 2017 dates but only after hearing dire predictions for the industry's future...

9/24/2017

article New Manager For The Illinois Lottery
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Lottery has awarded its private management contract to Camelot Illinois, LLC. The proposed ten-year contract is based on a revised structure...

9/19/2017

article 3 gunmen rob Illinois casino; security guard shot
(Illinois) -- Three people with assault rifles barged into an Illinois casino Sunday, shot a security guard and stole money from the cash cage, police said. The three...

9/18/2017

article Illinois gambling revenue still rising
(Illinois) -- Video gambling revenues are continuing to rise, five years after terminals were legalized in Illinois. An annual wagering report from the Illinois...

9/16/2017

article Illinois video gambling revenue continues to grow
(Illinois) -- Video gambling revenues are continuing to rise, five years after terminals were legalized in Illinois. An annual wagering report from the Illinois...

9/13/2017

article Five years after introduction, study says video gambling leading to crime upticks
(Illinois) -- September marked the five-year anniversary of video gaming legalization in Illinois. A new report claims that the societal costs of gambling may not be...
article Aurora enacts 6-month moratorium on new video gambling licenses
(Illinois) -- The Aurora City Council has enacted a six-month moratorium on awarding any new video gambling licenses. Approval came despite opposition from several...
article Park Board holds off video gaming machines at Westview for a month
(Illinois) -- A decision on whether to install two video gaming machines in the pro shop at Westview Golf Course is being delayed a month to provide time for more public...
article Video gambling continues to grow in communities
(Illinois) -- Video gambling continues to set new highs 5 years after terminals were legalized in Illinois, with Springfield leading the state in terminal numbers and...

9/11/2017

article East Dundee puts cap on video gambling
(Illinois) -- East Dundee officials voted Monday to limit video gaming and liquor licenses, which will require any new applicants face the Village Board and request...
article Video gaming continues to grow; Springfield leads Illinois with 635 terminals
(Illinois) -- Video gambling continues to set new highs five years after terminals were legalized in Illinois, with Springfield leading the state in terminal numbers and...

9/7/2017

article Aurora considers 6-month video gambling moratorium
(Illinois) -- The Aurora City Council will vote next week on a six-month moratorium on new video gambling terminal licenses in the city. The moratorium would give city...

9/6/2017

article Despite rise of video gaming, casino revenue drops in Aurora, Elgin
(Illinois) -- In the years after the Grand Victoria Casino came to Elgin, the city put the tens of millions of dollars generated by the casino toward solving...

9/4/2017

article Selle: Betting on legislative aid for race tracks a long shot
(Illinois) -- The kid in the cheap seats at Arlington Park was either in math class for a home-schooler or his mom was teaching the finer points of thoroughbred racing...

8/27/2017

article Casinos Decline Tied To Joliet's Challenges
(Illinois) -- Last week, Joliet announced "all non-emergency" overtime pay for city employees was being halted effective immediately to address a short-term...

8/25/2017

article No end in sight to video gambling
(Illinois) -- While many Illinois cities had hoped market saturation eventually would do what the state has failed to do – impose a ceiling on the growth of video...

8/23/2017

article Video Gambling Linked to Crime Spike: Study
(Illinois) -- A new study led by economists at the University of Illinois suggests that access to video gambling is responsible for an increase of violent crime and...

8/16/2017

article East Dundee to consider limiting video gambling licenses
(Illinois) -- East Dundee trustees are expected to vote next month on an ordinance placing a cap on the number of gaming licenses issued in town, Village Administrator...

8/15/2017

article Alderman: ‘We don’t need video gambling cafes in Washington’
(Illinois) -- The two newest members of the City Council spoke out strongly Monday in favor of changes recommended in the city’s video gambling ordinance. Aldermen...
article Will Illinois be the fourth state to legalise online casinos?
(Illinois) -- The state of Illinois is reportedly set to move forward with legislation that will legalise online gambling, meaning it will could become the fourth...

8/12/2017

article Illinois Still Looms As Possibility For Legal Online Gambling As Pennsylvania Stagnates
(Illinois) -- While nothing of substance is happening in Pennsylvania on the legalization of online gambling, Illinois remains a possibility for the fourth state to...

8/11/2017

article Illinois Still Looms As Possibility For Legal Online Gambling As Pennsylvania Stagnates
(Illinois) -- While nothing of substance is happening in Pennsylvania on the legalization of online gambling, Illinois remains a possibility for the fourth state to...

8/10/2017

article Who gets biggest cut of video gambling pie?
(Illinois) -- With gaming revenue on the increase in South Beloit, Rockton and Roscoe, one city councilor is hoping to keep more of the revenue local. In a Monday...

8/6/2017

article Struggling Illinois Lottery closer to getting new manager
(Illinois) -- Illinois is ready to unveil the firm it hopes can boost the fortunes of its biggest moneymaking venture — the state lottery — nearly three...

8/2/2017

article Freeze gambling parlors in downtown La Salle? Council to consider issue
(Illinois) -- The proliferation of gambling parlors piggybacking on class B liquor licenses in downtown La Salle has an alderman seeking to stop any more. Alderman Mark...

7/20/2017

article Central Illinois riverboat casino cuts jobs as revenue declines
(Illinois) -- The parent company of the Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino laid off about 3 percent of its employees in East Peoria this week, citing declining revenue.
article Illinois grocery store’s video gambling broadens wagering scope in the burbs
(Illinois) -- In June, a Piggly Wiggly in Antioch became one of the first full-service grocery stores in the state of Illinois to offer video gambling potentially...

7/19/2017

article Deli with video gambling may be built in Oswego
(Illinois) -- A developer wants to open a deli with video gambling machines in Oswego. Bryan Sterbenz pitched his concept during Tuesday's Oswego Village Board...
article Grocery store's video gambling opens new wagering frontier in suburbs
(Illinois) -- There's more than just booze behind the new bar inside Antioch's Piggly Wiggly grocery store. Shoppers can find four video gambling machines there...

7/18/2017

article Layoffs announced at Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino
(Illinois) -- Layoffs have been announced to employees at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino in East Peoria. Boyd Gaming spokesman David Strow says a little less than three-...

7/11/2017

article Lottery in Illinois reports losses
(Illinois) -- A lottery official from Illinois reported late last week that the state lost approximately US$4 million when two games, Powerball and Mega Millions, were...

7/10/2017

article Illinois resumes lottery games
(Illinois) -- Illinois Lottery officials announced that sales of the two popular games that were canceled late last month were resumed on Thursday. Powerball and Mega...

7/9/2017

article Powerball and Mega Million lottery ticket sales resume in Illinois
(Illinois) -- In late June, officials of the Illinois State Lottery decided to stop selling popular lottery tickets for the Mega Millions and Powerball. The state was...

7/8/2017

article Gambling machines saturating Springfield
(Illinois) -- Every year the number of gaming machines in Springfield continues to grow, according to city officials. There are currently 682 video gaming terminals in...

7/6/2017

article Illinois Appears To Have A Budget Deal, Is Gambling Expansion Next? [sub req]
(Illinois) -- The state of Illinois has not passed a fiscal budget in almost three years, leaving the issues of daily fantasy sports (DFS), casino expansion and sports...

7/4/2017

article Cary Village Board rejects Bella's Bistro Market video gambling proposal
(Illinois) -- The Cary Village Board rejected a request for a video gambling license for Bella's Bistro Market after postponing the vote twice over concerns that the...
article Casino bill for Rockford falls flat in Springfield
(Illinois) -- Lawmakers are wrapping up a fiery session in Springfield that ended with both chambers passing a budget, and Gov. Bruce Rauner delivering his promised veto...

7/2/2017

article Video gaming brings cities of Mattoon, Charleston revenue
(Illinois) -- Five years after the first legalized video gaming machine went online, Illinois now has one terminal for every 481 residents -- a ratio so big, so...
article Editorial: Gambling not the way to prop up budgets
(Illinois) -- Consider this data to grasp the impact of gambling locally: $57.6 million was put into video-gaming terminals last year in Bloomington, which collected $...

7/1/2017

article Casino expansion bill ‘a bad bet’
(Illinois) -- State Sen. Tony Hwang, R-28th, issued the following statement after the Gov. Dannel Malloy signed the casino expansion bill into law: When the governor...
article Illinois Lottery Winners Might Need Extra Luck in Receiving Payments, State Budget to Stall Prizes
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Lottery has plenty of cash on hand, but come July 1, the state agency won’t be allowed to issue winnings to players unless the...
article Kennedy: In favor of a Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- Taping “Connected to Chicago” with Bill Cameron for Sunday night at 7, Democratic candidate for governor Chris Kennedy came out in favor of a...
article Illinois Lottery suspends Powerball, Mega Millions sales as Wisconsin gets bump in business
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin lottery vendors along the Illinois border expect to see a boost in sales as their neighbor to the south has suspended Mega Millions and...

6/30/2017

article Illinois cancels lottery games
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Lottery has announced that two popular games will no longer be available due to a state budget crisis. Powerball and Mega Millions will be out...

6/29/2017

article Illinois Loses Hope for iGaming and DFS Bills amid Budget Deadlock
(Illinois) -- The hope for the state of Illinois to finally see online gambling and daily fantasy sports legislation within the current legislative session is slowly...

6/28/2017

article Sliders contemplate video gaming upgrade
(Illinois) -- A Springfield baseball team is considering adding gambling to its game day experience. Springfield Sliders executive director Todd Miller says the baseball...

6/27/2017

article Sliders asking park board for video gaming terminals
(Illinois) -- The Springfield Park Board on Wednesday will consider a proposal from the Springfield Sliders baseball team to have video gaming machines at Robin Roberts...

6/26/2017

article Bloomington keeps top 10 slot in video gaming
(Illinois) -- For a second year in a row, Bloomington is on the Illinois Gaming Board's list of top 10 video gaming cities. The city dropped a notch on the list...

6/25/2017

article Video gambling machines are everywhere. Is it too much?
(Illinois) -- Five years after the first legalized video gaming machine arrived, Illinois now has one terminal for every 481 residents — a ratio so small, so...
article Our view: Gambling funds no permanent fix
(Illinois) -- Consider this data to grasp the impact of gambling locally: $8.8 million was put into Decatur video gaming terminals in May. That’s for just one...
article Our View: Gaming has changed in Illinois; is adding casinos a viable option?
(Illinois) -- We’ve been staunch supporters of bringing a casino to Rockford, but wonder whether the window of opportunity has closed because of the proliferation...
article Our View: Rockford casino? We’ll believe it when we bet in it
(Illinois) -- Sometimes we wonder whether our odds of winning the lottery are better than the odds that a casino will come to Rockford. State Sen. Dave Syverson, who has...

6/23/2017

article The big bet: Decatur video gambling tally tops $878 million
(Illinois) -- Five years after the first legalized video gaming machine arrived, Illinois now has one terminal for every 481 residents — a ratio so big, so...

6/21/2017

article Illinois Online Gambling, Fantasy Sports Bills Stir To Life During Special Session
(Illinois) -- The prospects of Illinois’ legislature passing a bill that would legalize and regulate online gambling and daily fantasy sports got a boost as...
article Champaign council extends video-gambling moratorium till Jan. 23
(Illinois) -- There won't be any new video-gambling terminals in Champaign for the rest of 2017 after the city council voted Tuesday to extend a moratorium on video...

6/20/2017

article Ban on new video gambling licenses extended
(Illinois) -- City leaders say they're going to hold their cards for a while before choosing whether to allow more gambling. If you're looking to open a new...

6/19/2017

article Freeze on gambling: In or out?
(Illinois) -- The Champaign City Council's vote Tuesday on extending a video-gaming moratorium until Jan. 23 will show how serious it is about added regulations on...
article Power Ball and Mega Millions to pull out of Illinois
(Illinois) -- The multi-state lottery association overseeing Powerball and Mega Millions games will leave the market by the end of June if the state doesn’t end...

6/17/2017

article OP/ED: What happens when a state can’t pay their lottery winners?
(Illinois) -- There’s a common theme which runs through some of the old time gangster movies I used to watch and it has to do with the numbers racket. It was...
article Powerball, Mega Millions may be victims of Illinois budget impasse, lottery officials say
(Illinois) -- Lottery players will not be able to purchase Powerball or Mega Millions tickets in Illinois after the end of this month unless the ongoing state budget...

6/16/2017

article iGaming in Illinois could generate $1.7 billion
(Illinois) -- Illinois could get more than US$1.7 billion if the state legalises online gaming. The information was revealed earlier this month in a report conducted by...

6/13/2017

article DuPage committee kills effort to revoke video gaming ban
(Illinois) -- The question of whether to repeal the existing ban on video gaming in unincorporated areas of DuPage County was answered Tuesday morning with a resounding...
article DuPage keeps ban on video gambling in unincorporated areas
(Illinois) -- DuPage County's ban on video gambling in unincorporated areas will remain in place after a county board committee refused to repeal the prohibition....
article How Illinois Stands To Benefit From Taxing Online Gambling, Poker And Daily Fantasy Sports
(Illinois) -- Illinois could realize hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue for the state if a bill to legalize online gambling, online poker and daily fantasy...

6/6/2017

article Illinois State Senate passes online gambling legalization proposal
(Illinois) -- Last week reportedly saw members of the Illinois State Senate overwhelmingly pass a piece of proposed legislation that would legalize online gambling and...

6/5/2017

article Former employee accuses Casino Queen of wrongful termination
(Illinois) -- A former Casino Queen employee claims she was wrongfully terminated for seeking benefits under the Worker's Compensation Act. Ameenah El-Amin filed a...

6/3/2017

article Is there too much video gambling in Springfield?
(Illinois) -- Video gaming in Springfield is at the saturation point if trends in gambling tax collections are an indication. Taxes on gambling terminals have raised...
article OP/ED: Adding Illinois To The Online Gambling Push Is A Positive Development, Even If Bill Doesn’t Pass
(Illinois) -- Let’s start here: If no state passes a bill legalizing online poker or gambling this year, that would be a disappointment. But in the past week, a...
article OP/ED: Letter: No to a casino in downtown Springfield
(Illinois) -- A casino for downtown Springfield is a terrible idea. Joni Mitchell had it right: “... you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s...

6/2/2017

article Inside Gaming: Illinois Senate Passes DFS, Online Gambling Bill
(Illinois) -- Illinois became a focus of attention this week as far as gambling legislation is concerned, with gambling-related proposals before both the state's...
article City, Casino Eye Next Step Toward Theater Buy
(Illinois) -- A new agreement will likely set the stage for the city’s potential purchase of the iconic Des Plaines Theater. Rivers Casino and Des Plaines are...

6/1/2017

article Illinois senate approves online gambling, daily fantasy sports bill
(Illinois) -- Illinois state senators stunned observers on Wednesday by overwhelmingly approving online gambling and daily fantasy sports legislation.

5/31/2017

article Illinois Senate DFS bill will have to wait until next month to find out its fate
(Illinois) -- A bill that would legalize and regulate both daily fantasy sports and online gambling in Illinois was passed by the state’s Senate on Wednesday night...
article Illinois Senate Passes Online Gambling Bill At Last Minute; Faces Uncertain Future In House
(Illinois) -- Illinois’ Senate passed a bill that would legalize both online gambling and daily fantasy sports in the state in what was the legislature’s...
article Kacich: Betting bill's sudden appearance is no fantasy
(Illinois) -- It's a time-honored Springfield tradition to drop a huge piece of legislation into the stew in the closing days of the session, and this week is no...
article Expanded gambling on hold; adding Springfield casino still possible
(Illinois) -- Expansion of gambling in Illinois is among issues the General Assembly didn’t deal with before the spring session deadline Wednesday and will likely...

5/30/2017

article Video gambling continues to grow in the Illinois Valley
(Illinois) -- The room is never really empty. Customers shuffle between the cases of liquor and through a tinted glass door to the video slots. A sign above the door,...

5/29/2017

article Illinois rejects another casino
(Illinois) -- An expected plan to add a new casino in Springfield, Illinois, may have been dismissed by the House Rules Committee. The governmental entity has blocked...
article Springfield lobbying for the right to develop a downtown casino
(Illinois) -- A little over a week after the Illinois State Senate passed a proposed measure that could see the Midwestern state license up to six new casinos, and...

5/28/2017

article Odds against Springfield casino after amendment blocked
(Illinois) -- Chances of a Springfield casino took a major hit Sunday when a House committee blocked an amendment to add the casino to an omnibus gambling expansion bill...

5/27/2017

article Local business notes: Springfield Black Chamber endorses casino
(Illinois) -- The Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce backs the concept of a downtown casino, though the group acknowledges odds are against the proposal in the short...
article OP/ED: My turn: New casino bills take billions from Illinois education
(Illinois) -- Passing the Illinois Senate on May 17 and pending in the House, Senate Bill 7 would authorize a Chicago Casino Development Authority (CCDA) as a government...

5/26/2017

article Editorial: A casino bill raises a red flag in Chicago
(Illinois) -- With their adjournment scheduled for Wednesday, lawmakers in Springfield spent the week rushing mostly inconsequential bills through the legislative funnel.

5/25/2017

article DuPage County to revisit video gambling ban
(Illinois) -- Amid calls for a repeal of DuPage's ban on video gambling machines, county board members are going to revisit the issue. Officials in recent months...
article OP/ED: As Illinois lawmakers seek more gambling income, one city resists — a little
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers are again looking to gambling to save their ability to keep spending. A big Chicago casino, slots at Fairmount Park: more never seems to...
article Push for downtown Springfield casino taking shape
(Illinois) -- A proposal for a downtown casino in Springfield is taking shape at the Statehouse, but questions remain about whether the last-minute effort can gain...

5/23/2017

article Developer Chris Stone pushing for casino in downtown Springfield
(Illinois) -- A lobbyist and local developer has proposed bringing a casino to downtown Springfield, an effort that faces significant political obstacles. City officials...
article Illinois can approve another casino
(Illinois) -- As MGM Resorts International is opening its big casino in Illinois next year, the state’s authorities have shown interest in allowing further gaming...

5/22/2017

article Developer Chris Stone pushing for casino in downtown Springfield
(Illinois) -- A lobbyist and local developer has proposed bringing a casino to downtown Springfield, an effort that faces significant political obstacles. City officials...

5/20/2017

article Legislation expanding gambling in Illinois passed Senate
(Illinois) -- After years of discussion in Illinois, legislation that would expand gambling in the state that includes a provision for racetracks to operate slot...

5/19/2017

article Illinois Casino Expansion Bill Passes Senate Vote
(Illinois) -- Illinois Senate lawmakers approved earlier this week a bill that provides for the construction of up to six land-based casinos across the state. The...
article Legislation to expand gambling in Illinois advances
(Illinois) -- Legislation that would expand gambling in Illinois and includes a provision for racetracks to operate slot machines passed the Illinois Senate on Thursday.
article Rauner Willing To Back Chicago Casino, But Only With Grand Bargain On Budget
(Illinois) -- Gov. Bruce Rauner said he might sign legislation allowing for a casino in Chicago and some other places in Illinois, but only if it’s part of the...
article Third gambling cafe OK'd in Oswego
(Illinois) -- Oswego has authorized its third video gambling cafe. Trustees in a 5 to 1 vote approved the gambling licensing and liquor license for Milly's Cafe that...

5/17/2017

article Video gaming parlor plan can’t draw enough support from aldermen
(Illinois) -- The O’Fallon City Council on Monday shot down a café proposal that included video gaming plans. Local businessman Abdullah Abraham of Maryville, who...

5/15/2017

article Illinois village passes one-year video gambling machines moratorium
(Illinois) -- In an attempt to stop the perceived proliferation of video gambling machine parlors, officials in the Illinois village of Island Lake have reportedly...

5/3/2017

article Illinois casino industry reports improved March takings despite lower admissions
(Illinois) -- March was a mixed bag for the riverboat gaming industry in Illinois as the Midwestern state’s ten floating casinos reported a 3.14% increase year-on-...
article Kane Co. grants drying up along with riverboat profits
(Illinois) -- Shrinking profits for Elgin's Grand Victoria Riverboat will fuel the lowest total amount of riverboat grants ever awarded by Kane County. The county...

5/1/2017

article Kane County evaluates impact of video gaming on Grand Victoria grants
(Illinois) -- When Illinois allowed video gaming in bars and restaurants four years ago, Kane County officials were concerned how the industry would affect Elgin's...
article Video gaming comes to Crosstown Pub in Batavia
(Illinois) -- The first video gaming machines recently arrived in Batavia at Crosstown Pub & Grill, 1890 Mill St, just east of Randall Road. Batavia aldermen lifted...

4/18/2017

article City Council Closes Gas Station Gambling Loophole
(Illinois) -- The Woodstock City Council closed a loophole that could have allowed some gas stations to receive video gambling licenses. The city amended its Unified...

4/17/2017

article Rockford’s place in the casino expansion bill
(Illinois) -- Although a group of investors is reportedly eyeing the distressed Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center as a site for a casino, the Forest City may...

4/14/2017

article Waukegan candidates raised 'big-money' in mayoral race
(Illinois) -- The recent Waukegan mayor's race wasn't just notable for how close the vote tally was — Sam Cunningham edged Lisa May, 7th, with 51.6 percent...

4/10/2017

article Video gambling parlors sue Illinois over profit-sharing
(Illinois) -- Illinois Café & Services Company LLC, which runs the Dotty's Café chain, filed a complaint April 4 in Cook County Circuit Court along with co-...

4/7/2017

article Oswego debates plan for new video gambling cafe
(Illinois) -- A proposal for a third video gambling cafe in Oswego has some village officials concerned. "I don't want Oswego to be known for video gambling,...

4/6/2017

article Illinois Gaming Board sued over video gambling profit-sharing rules
(Illinois) -- A group of in-state gambling establishments has asked a county court to strike down Illinois’ Video Gaming Act for unfairly favoring owners of video...

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