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5/28/2015

article Illinois Senate to consider plan for new casinos in Chicago, elsewhere
(Illinois) -- Chicago would get a city-owned casino and be allowed to keep all revenue for seven years to help make ballooning pension payments, and new casinos would be...
article Massive expanded gambling plan could be part of budget fight
(Illinois) -- A new plan to put slot machines at Arlington Park as well as new casinos in Chicago and Lake County has emerged, but it might not go far for a while.
article Senate To Consider New Chicago Casino Plan
(Illinois) -- Chicago would get a city-owned casino and be allowed to keep all revenue for seven years to help make ballooning pension payments, and new casinos would be...
article Gauen: Casino-track deal might end Fairmount Park's long angst
(Illinois) -- My late father, who was, uh, an enthusiastic gambler in his day, once confided in me a delicious little secret: One day he bet on a Fairmount Park horse...
article Opinion: A safe bet worth millions: Illinois—and Chicago—should expand video gambling
(Illinois) -- Illinois is in search of good economic news. With budget problems facing the state and many counties and cities that will be difficult to solve, video...

5/27/2015

article Casino group to buy Fairmount Park pending approval of slots
(Missouri) -- The owners of an East St. Louis casino plan to purchase the struggling Fairmount Park racetrack, provided Illinois lawmakers agree to allow a gambling...
article Guest Post by Jim Borman: lengthening the payments, paying more interest, kicking Chicago's money can down the road
(Illinois) -- While researching classic comedy films, I came across one of the most well-known tag lines of Oliver Hardy who said “That’s another nice mess...

5/26/2015

article Casino Queen agrees to buy Fairmount Park
(Illinois) -- Owners of the Casino Queen say they would like to buy Fairmount Park, contingent upon a deal to allow slot machine gaming at horse tracks being passed by...
article Rep. Kay Releases Statement on Casino Queen's Plan to Purchase Fairmount Park
(Illinois) -- On Tuesday the Casino Queen announced their intentions to purchase Fairmount Park Racetrack in Collinsville if slot machines are allowed at the racetrack....
article More gambling in Illinois not a revenue solution, says U of I expert
(Illinois) -- Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, thank you for your kind invitation to testify today. It is only equitable that this presentation first summarize...
article Opinion: Pick a card, any card: In Chicago, a casino isn't such a gamble anymore
(Illinois) -- I honestly don't understand the arguments about Chicago getting a casino, probably to be located downtown, city-owned and operated by some slick...
article LETTER: Video gaming's good economic news for state
(Illinois) -- Illinois is in search of good economic news. With budget problems facing the state, many counties and cities that will be difficult to solve, video gaming...

5/24/2015

article City Council to discuss video gambling licenses at Tuesday work session
(Illinois) -- Proprietors of video gambling parlors may face new restrictions at the direction of the City Council, which will discuss possible restrictions on the cafes...

5/22/2015

article Arlington Park wants table games in addition to slot machines
(Illinois) -- Arlington Park officials want to add table games to the gambling options at the track in addition to the slot machines they've sought for years, a...
article Cities learn share of video gambling pot
(Illinois) -- The fiscal year-end numbers are out, and the state’s municipalities know what their online gambling share will be for the recently closed fiscal year.
article Gambling Casino Quite a Crap Shoot for Chicago’s Poor
(Illinois) -- I’ve got to admit that I wasn’t convinced when Mayor Rahm Emanuel pinky swore that he was going to listen to Chicago’s everyday people,...

5/21/2015

article Reader Letter: More Gambling Will Not Solve the Budget Problems for Illinois or Chicago
(Illinois) -- Gambling interests have paid for a study that overestimates revenue and jobs and fails to factor in any of the social costs–addiction, bankruptcy,...

5/20/2015

article No veto of Will County video gambling ban
(Illinois) -- After taking weeks to decide and despite having reservations, Will County Executive Larry Walsh has decided not to veto the ban on further video gambling...
article Oak Lawn liquor store wants video gambling
(Illinois) -- Jim Shirazi wants to boost business at his Oak Lawn package liquor store by adding video gambling, but village officials aren't sold on the idea....
article Land of Casinos: Video gambling expanding rapidly in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Video gambling has expanded to more than 6,000 locations in less than three years leaving some to wonder if the state is becoming the “Land of...

5/18/2015

article Report: Illinois Video Gambling Yields More than $300 Million in Taxes
(Illinois) -- Since 2012, Illinois video gambling has generated more than $300 million in state and local tax revenue, a new report says. The study, produced by gaming...

5/17/2015

article Chicago’s revenue needs say it’s time to open a casino, but where?
(Illinois) -- With Chicago’s bond rating down to junk levels and the city going broke, is a downtown casino a gamble? Or is it a sure way to raise the millions of...
article All-New Stadium Sports Bar & Grill Opens at Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago
(Illinois) -- Pinnacle Entertainment today announced the opening of Stadium Sports Bar & Grill at Ameristar East Chicago. The opening ceremony was action packed with...
article Chicago Casino Looks Likely
(Illinois) -- On May 11, Illinois state Rep. Bob Rita held the second of two hearings regarding gambling in the Chicago area. In three hours of testimony, tourism...

5/16/2015

article OP/ED: The next casino threat
(Illinois) -- Hometown slots exploded throughout Illinois and our Quad-City region in 2014, with net income from 882 machines in 42 towns and counties nearly doubling...
article Casino opens $3.5 million sports bar
(Illinois) -- Rosalie Bobby attended the grand opening of Ameristar Casino's new Stadium Sports Bar and Grill on Friday in East Chicago wearing a Cubs jersey, shoes...

5/14/2015

article Editorial: Danville casino plan is a good deal
(Illinois) -- Hopes for Danville’s proposed casino glow considerably brighter these days, thanks largely to the inability of a majority of lawmakers in the past to...

5/12/2015

article Chicago Casino Talks Continue; Hollywood Joliet's Smith Says Video Gaming was Enough Expansion
(Illinois) -- Talks continue about the idea of bringing a casino to Chicago. The second of two hearings was held yesterday to discuss the pros and cons of expanding...

5/11/2015

article Gambling experts set to testify on potential Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- Experts in tourism and video gambling are expected to testify before state lawmakers during a hearing on expanded gambling in Illinois. The panel meets...
article State To Reconsider Bringing A Casino To Chicago
(Illinois) -- Three years ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel jumped through a multitude of legislative hurdles to bring a casino to Chicago when then-Governor Quinn vetoed the...
article Tourism experts testify on potential Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- A future Chicago casino could generate much-needed revenue and draw crowds to city hotels and restaurants, tourism experts testified Monday during a...
article Would gambling in Chicago mean lower attendance in suburban casinos?
(Illinois) -- Suburban casinos again are pushing back against gambling expansion in Illinois, particularly the idea of a massive competitor in Chicago. An Illinois House...
article Illinois Lawmakers Playing Huge Role in Horse Racing Future
(Illinois) -- Illinois horse tracks, including Fairmount Park in St. Louis’ Metro East, remain hopeful that state lawmakers grappling to plug a $6 billion budget...
article With Chicago casino plans in flux, video gambling operators make their pitch
(Massachusetts) -- If state lawmakers and Mayor Rahm Emanuel can’t reach a deal on a Chicago casino, could video gambling machines at bars and restaurants within...

5/10/2015

article School funding at stake in casino debate
(Illinois) -- The governor, Illinois General Assembly, and Chicago’s city hall are once again discussing issuing $900 million in new taxpayer debt to build what...
article Struggles persist as Illinois horse tracks push for slots
(Illinois) -- The promotions meant to drum up interest in horse racing at 90-year-old Fairmount Park among customers more comfortable staring at an iPhone than a tip...

5/9/2015

article Casino lobbyist jets stacking up over Springfield
(Illinois) -- If you thought the push for gambling expansion in Illinois was heating up before, I’ll lay you 100-1 odds you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. On...

5/8/2015

article Lawmakers working on bill to create Chicago-owned casino
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers are working on a bill to create a Chicago-owned casino, and they believe there's a clearer path to expand gambling this session than...
article Legislators gamble on Chicago-owned casino
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers are trying to negotiate a deal to open a Chicago-owned casino and expand gambling elsewhere in the state, and they believe there's a...
article Opinion: Game is on
(Illinois) -- Gambling expansion may be down, but it's never out. It wouldn't be a real legislative session in Springfield without the advocates of expanded...

5/7/2015

article Lawmakers working on bill to create Chicago-owned casino
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers are working on a bill to create a Chicago-owned casino, and they believe there's a clearer path to expand gambling this session than...

5/6/2015

article Gambling hearings bring expansion talks back into spotlight
(Illinois) -- With a budget deadline to attempt closing a roughly $6 billion shortfall weeks away, top Illinois leaders and lawmakers are putting the spotlight on...
article Push for Chicago casino could mean more slots for suburbs
(Illinois) -- If the latest push for a Chicago casino works, the suburbs are likely to end up with more slot machines, too. State Sen. Terry Link, a Waukegan Democrat...

5/5/2015

article Chicago may push south suburbs out of casino lottery
(Illinois) -- Some of the most important political leaders in Illinois are finally talking about passing a casino expansion bill. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has had...
article Gambling Expansion Would Exclude Fairmount Park Again
(Illinois) -- Here’s another chance for Illinois lawmakers to put a casino in Chicago. Two chances, actually. It’s early, yet, but a bill under consideration...
article Sneed: Chicago hotels could serve as temporary hosts for casinos
(Illinois) -- Ka-ching! Is there a faster way to bring casino cash to Chicago to stave off our looming pension crisis? Sneed hears at least one plan being discussed...

5/4/2015

article Annual push for Illinois gambling expansion begins
(Illinois) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel still wants a Chicago casino and Gov. Bruce Rauner remains open to giving him one, but attempts to put a long-stalled deal together this...
article BLOG: It’s just a bill…
(Illinois) -- Three decades after it was enacted, the state’s parentage law is on track for an overhaul by Illinois lawmakers. A new version of the Parentage Act...
article Chicago casino in the works?
(Illinois) -- A hearing on gambling expansion is set for this morning and the Sun Times reports that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has discussed a proposal for a city casino with...
article Hearings bring gambling expansion talks back into spotlight
(Illinois) -- With a budget deadline to attempt closing a roughly $6 billion shortfall weeks away, top Illinois leaders and lawmakers are putting the spotlight on...
article Illinois lawmakers hearing testimony about adding casinos, slot machines
(Illinois) -- A state lawmaker panel is hearing testimony from gambling experts from around the country as proposals to add casinos and slot machines in Illinois are...
article Possible Illinois gambling expansion could pave way Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- Talk of a casino in Chicago gained more traction May 3, 2015. A panel of state lawmakers held a hearing on the possibility of gambling expansion in...
article Rahm Emanuel pushing to beat the odds on Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- Three years ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel moved a legislative mountain, helping persuade Illinois lawmakers to give Chicago a city-owned casino under a...
article Rauner Open To Chicago Casino As Lawmakers Weigh Gambling Expansion
(Illinois) -- Unlike his predecessor, Gov. Bruce Rauner isn’t slamming the door on a proposed casino for Chicago. After Mayor Rahm Emanuel successfully lobbied...

5/3/2015

article THE WATCHDOGS: Rahm Emanuel pushing to beat the odds on Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- Three years ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel moved a legislative mountain, helping persuade Illinois lawmakers to give Chicago a city-owned casino under a...
article My View: Park District needs to fold on proposal to add gambling
(Illinois) -- There comes a time when we as a community need to stand up and say enough is enough. That time is now. On Monday, April 27, Rockford Park District staff...

5/2/2015

article Casino in Danville? Lawmakers to discuss gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- New gambling expansion hearings have been set. State Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, is advancing efforts to bring gaming expansion to Illinois by scheduling...
article Column: State turns its back on chance to make big money
(Illinois) -- You see a guy standing on a street corner holding a sign that says he's homeless, broke and is willing to work, do anything, to earn some money.

5/1/2015

article Gambling expansion hearings set
(Illinois) -- New gambling expansion hearings have been set. State Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, is advancing efforts to bring gaming expansion to Illinois by scheduling...

4/30/2015

article Danville hopeful for casino
(Illinois) -- The mayor of the east-central Illinois town Danville is still hoping to cash in on bringing a casino to the city. Mayor Scott Eisenhauer says he's...
article Can Arlington Park survive against casino-fed racetracks?
(Illinois) -- Arlington Park celebrates another opening Friday with a much anticipated Party in the Park. But after nearly 90 years of horse racing, it's not at all...

4/29/2015

article Push Continues For More Casinos In Illinois
(Illinois) -- The mayor of the east-central Illinois town Danville is still hoping to cash in on bringing a casino to the city. Mayor Scott Eisenhauer says he's...
article Tighter control on video gaming sought in Oak Forest
(Illinois) -- For the first time, Oak Forest may specify the minimum square footage of a business seeking a liquor license, which opens the door to video gambling. A...

4/28/2015

article Video gambling at East Peoria Huck's on hold amid truck stop debate
(Illinois) -- City officials have effectively shut down a licensed video gaming operation at Huck’s Food and Fuel while they try to determine how the convenience...

4/27/2015

article Our View: Restrict gambling to real bars/restaurants, then wait and see
(Illinois) -- The Peoria City Council will take another stab at regulating the proliferation of gambling tonight, with its members selecting from among four options,...
article Rockford Park District Discusses Video Gaming
(Illinois) -- Facing what some call devastating cuts by Governor Bruce Rauner, the Rockford Park District could decide to gamble with a new revenue stream. Jim McGee has...

4/26/2015

article Rauner appointee to Illinois Gaming Board heads group that took money from casino: BGA
(Illinois) -- A Gov. Bruce Rauner appointee to the Illinois Gaming Board heads a group that has taken money from the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, the state’s most...

4/20/2015

article Taking a gamble / There’s gold in them there slots
(Illinois) -- From its beginning in July 2009, video gaming in Illinois has been growing steadily. In 2014, state coffers took in almost $165 million from individuals...

4/17/2015

article In the Spotlight: Casino cafes aren’t good for local economies
(Illinois) -- Corporations have quietly been opening hundreds of casino cafes in neighborhoods across the state over the past several months. Just 10 corporations are...

4/16/2015

article Will County limits video gambling in unincorporated areas
(Illinois) -- Following an hour long public hearing and discussion, the Will County board voted 13-9 Thursday to limit future video gambling machines in unincorporated...

4/15/2015

article Doubling Up: Rivers Outperforms Joliet, Elgin In March Casino Report
(Illinois) -- Des Plaines Rivers Casino’s domination over Illinois’ nine other riverboat casinos continued in March of this year when the local operation...
article Peoria City Council again pondering regulation of video gambling cafes
(Illinois) -- The City Council is making another attempt to restrict additional video gambling in Peoria. During its meeting Tuesday night, the council reviewed a...

4/14/2015

article There's A Good Bet Casinos Will Be On The Table Again
(Illinois) -- The possibility of five more Illinois casinos is expected to return this year. Supporters of a gambling package say Illinois' need for revenue --...
article Video gambling could come to Norridge bars under new proposal
(Illinois) -- Three years after the state legalized video gambling at bars and restaurants, Norridge is considering whether to hop on the bandwagon with neighbors like...

4/12/2015

article Emanuel win could jump-start casino expansion talk
(Illinois) -- When it comes to tackling Illinois' deep budget problems, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's election victory last week could have a ripple effect...
article OP/ED: Limit casino expansion to Chicago
(Illinois) -- The re-election of Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the need for increased state revenues, has moved gambling expansion closer to the top of the state's...

4/11/2015

article Revenue down at Joliet casinos – again
(Illinois) -- Revenue and admissions were down at Joliet’s two casinos last month compared to March 2014, according to the latest figures from the Illinois Gaming...

4/9/2015

article Emanuel win could raise casino talks
(Illinois) -- When it comes to tackling Illinois' deep budget problems, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's election victory Tuesday could have a ripple effect...
article A tale of two taxes in Illinois: Sin taxes and gas taxes
(Illinois) -- A Paul Simon Public Policy Institute survey last month found that 53 percent of respondents thought expanding gambling would be a good way to raise money...
article Palatine Communities Object to Video Gambling Facilities
(Illinois) -- Mere hours ago, the result from the unofficial election held in Palatine was announced. According to the data released on the website of Cook County Clerk...
article Palatine Voters Say ‘No’ To Video Gambling
(Illinois) -- From a referendum asking voters to weigh-in on video gambling, to contested races in schools, parks and libraries, Election Day was busy in Palatine.

4/8/2015

article Sin tax confab: Illinois gambling jackpot getting smaller and smaller
(Illinois) -- No new money to be had from Illinois gambling expansion, slim pickings for marijuana tax. Paul Simon Public Policy Institute survey last month found that...
article Video gambling opponents lead in Palatine
(Illinois) -- Palatine voters appear to oppose video gambling in the village, according to unofficial results from the April 7 election. In a nonbinding, advisory...

4/6/2015

article Urbana City Council approves amendment for gaming halls
(Illinois) -- The Urbana city council approved an ordinance amendment Monday that will pave the way for the relatively new phenomenon known as gaming halls. The...

4/5/2015

article Gambling, water improvements on ballots in Cook County
(Illinois) -- Leaders in three Northwest suburban communities are seeking input from voters on gambling, funding for water improvements and the size of government in...

4/2/2015

article Will County eyeing ban on more video gambling
(Illinois) -- With 27 businesses in unincorporated Will County now offering video gambling, county board members believe enough is enough, and they plan to vote to...

3/29/2015

article City Council candidates weigh in on video gambling cafes
(Illinois) -- Video gambling cafes continue to pop up around Galesburg, with the most recent one applying to open in the strip off Henderson and Dayton Streets, steps...

3/27/2015

article Alderman wants to limit video gambling in Oak Forest
(Illinois) -- An Oak Forest alderman wants to study ways in which the city can legally restrict more businesses and fraternal organizations from offering video gambling...

3/25/2015

article Commission OKs zoning for video gambling
(Illinois) -- The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved a request to rezone property near the corner of Dayton and Henderson streets for another video...

3/23/2015

article 90th season for Fairmount Park -- and another try at legalizing on-track gaming
(Illinois) -- As live racing returns for the 90th season Tuesday at Fairmount Park, lawmakers are again pursuing in-house casinos to help the state’s horse-racing...

3/22/2015

article Bill calls for wagering on historic horse races at tracks
(Illinois) -- A metro-east lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow Illinois horse tracks to offer wagering on previously run horse races in addition to the live...

3/20/2015

article Column: This is the year to expand casino gambling
(Illinois) -- If the Illinois Legislature is ever going to pass a casino expansion bill, the odds are good this is going to be the year. Both the state and Chicago are...

3/19/2015

article Illinois Lottery director stepping down
(Illinois) -- Illinois Lottery Director Michael Jones has told his staff he’s quitting. In a memo, Jones said his last day is today and his only immediate plan is...

3/18/2015

article Counterpoint: A Chicago casino would take money from Illinois residents
(Illinois) -- Remember when Illinois politicians told us revenue from riverboat casinos would come from out-of-state residents? Then surrounding states built casinos to...
article OP/ED: Chicago casino makes more sense than ever
(Illinois) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he has a new plan for how to spend whatever money Chicago might get from a new casino. He would put every dime toward shoring up...

3/17/2015

article Emanuel vows to earmark casino revenues exclusively for pensions, not schools
(Illinois) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel changed gears Tuesday and pledged to dedicate the jackpot of revenue from an elusive, publicly owned Chicago casino toward solving the...
article Waukegan in play for casino, mayor says after Rauner meeting
(Illinois) -- The annual ritual of gauging casino prospects in Waukegan has taken on a different context with a new occupant in the Governor's Mansion, and Mayor...

3/16/2015

article Son of billionaire casino magnate Neil Bluhm invests in competitor
(Illinois) -- The son of Chicago billionaire Rivers Casino owner Neil Bluhm and one of his top executives have invested in a rival video gaming operation even as the...

3/12/2015

article Sweeping up ‘broom closet’ gambling
(Illinois) -- You can find them in gas stations, golf courses, restaurants, liquor stores and even a TV repair shop. More than 19,000 video gambling machines had spread...

3/11/2015

article Reports show casino revenue down in February
(Illinois) -- Continuing on a general downward trend, Harrah's Casino in Joliet brought in about $13.8 million last month, down from $14.6 million in February 2014...
article Letter: A look into video gaming machine numbers
(Illinois) -- It has been over two years since the first video gaming machines became operational in Illinois, and the results may be surprising. In the first 27 months...

3/5/2015

article Will County weighs ban on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Concerned about the fast growth of video gambling, the Will County Board is looking at preventing more video machines in unincorporated areas of the county.

3/4/2015

article Where’s the Illinois State Lottery money for schools? Same place it’s always been
(Illinois) -- Since its inception in 1974, the Illinois State Lottery has contributed nearly $18 billion to school funding in Illinois. In FY 2013, 83 percent of the...

3/3/2015

article Stella's Place casino cafe wins approval in Lake Zurich
(Illinois) -- Lake Zurich trustees have approved a special liquor license for a casino cafe planned for the village's far south side. As part of package of approvals...

2/28/2015

article Rita sees new hope for casino expansion
(Illinois) -- Most gamblers believe that no matter how bad their luck is running, everything can change with the next roll of the dice, turn of the wheel or flip of a...

2/27/2015

article Casino cafe geared for women seeking liquor license to open in Lake Zurich
(Illinois) -- Lake Zurich trustees will be asked to approve a special liquor license for a gambling cafe on the village's far south end that would be geared toward...
article What does Rahm's rough week mean for suburban casino expansion?
(Illinois) -- Proposals in recent years that would put slot machines at Arlington International Racecourse and a new casino in Lake County have included a big gambling...

2/26/2015

article Chicago Casino Bill Filed
(Illinois) -- New gambling expansion bills have been introduced in Springfield that would likely have a major effect on existing gaming operations including Rivers...

2/24/2015

article Slots at Fairmount? State lawmaker will try again for gaming expansion
(Illinois) -- An Illinois lawmaker is taking another run at gambling-expansion legislation that could bring slot machines to the Fairmount Park horse-racing track. A...

2/23/2015

article Speaker pulls casino bill out of concern for local governments' revenue
(Illinois) -- Passage of a casino gambling bill hit a snag in the Indiana House on Monday as concerns about diminished revenues going to local communities delayed its...

2/22/2015

article Butler says concerns about video gaming remain
(Illinois) -- City and county officials received nearly $20,000 combined in January from the state as their portion of proceeds from people playing video gaming machines.

2/20/2015

article Rock Falls takes gambling amendment off table
(Illinois) -- The city will let the state Legislature, and the market, further dictate what businesses can have video gambling. A Rock Falls committee this week decided...

2/19/2015

article Moylan Bill Wouldn't Allow New Casinos Within 20 Miles Of Des Plaines
(Illinois) -- As local concern grows over the potential expansion of gambling in Illinois, State Rep. Marty Moylan (D-55th) of Des Plaines filed legislation on Wednesday...

2/17/2015

article Normal OKs liquor licenses for 3 video gambling establishments
(Illinois) -- Three more video gambling establishments could be coming to Normal. The Normal Local Liquor Commission on Monday approved limited-hours liquor licenses for...

2/16/2015

article Rockford considers limits on slot-machine growth
(Illinois) -- A six-month moratorium on new businesses with video gambling could end Tuesday, but in its place may come new rules meant to make it more difficult to open...
article Video gaming helps to dent Galesburg deficit
(Illinois) -- A strip mall on Henderson Street houses some of the newest games in Galesburg. “They’re close,” said Denny Lytle, Galesburg. “You...

2/15/2015

article Quick action unlikely on Peoria video-gambling cafes
(Illinois) -- The odds in the near future of the Peoria City Council considering restrictions on video-gambling cafes appear low. So do the odds of the council approving...

2/14/2015

article Coffee shop casinos take hold in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Slot machines in coffee shops are becoming big business in the suburbs of Illinois and now account for 7pc of all state gaming revenue. According to the...

2/13/2015

article Long Grove village board hopefuls disagree on keeping video gambling
(Illinois) -- After taxes, four Long Grove restaurants and bars made about $60,000 in profits from video gambling since terminals went live last August in the sleepy...
article O’Fallon will vote Tuesday on whether to allow video gaming
(Illinois) -- The O’Fallon City Council will vote Tuesday to decide if video gaming should be permitted in town. The city has prohibited video gambling machines...

2/10/2015

article Column: Illinois' gambling habit out of control
(Illinois) -- Remember when video gambling — those state-approved slot machines and poker games — was only supposed to expand to local taverns and...
article Bill would allow video gaming machines in bars
(Indiana) -- A long-ago debate over video gaming in bars and fraternal halls has resurfaced at the Indiana Statehouse. Up to 15,000 video gaming machines could dot the...

2/9/2015

article Video gambling gives Galesburg coffers a boost in 2014
(Illinois) -- Video gambling dollars greatly exceeded expectations for the city of Galesburg last year, as monthly returns have so far proved it to be a steady stream of...

2/8/2015

article Jumer's Casino employee the 'go-to' person
(Illinois) -- Behind the glitz and glamour of a casino, there are people working to make the customer experience a good one. At Jumer’s Casino & Hotel, Rock...
article Video gambling has big payoff for area suburbs
(Illinois) -- Video gambling could some day give Little League baseball players in Calumet Park a real field of their own. Kids now have to travel to ball fields in...
article Coffee shop-looking cafe casinos taking hold in suburbs
(Illinois) -- It's the lunch-hour rush, and the food counter at one of Oakbrook Terrace's newest businesses offers deviled eggs, mini bratwursts and white...
article Letter: We don't need a casino in Rockford
(Illinois) -- The city of Rockford, its businesses and people are doing a great job in changing our image and in creating new jobs. We have the growing aerospace...

2/7/2015

article Des Plaines using casino money to help solve flooding
(Illinois) -- Thanks to the state's highest grossing casino in its front yard, Des Plaines has casino revenues it plans to use this year to pay for infrastructure...

2/6/2015

article Des Plaines mayor speaks out about casino expansion
(Illinois) -- Des Plaines Mayor Matthew Bogusz recently urged his fellow elected officials to staunchly oppose any efforts to increase the number of casinos permitted in...
article Des Plaines' Casino Haul Plentiful
(Illinois) -- The big bet Des Plaines made on bringing a casino to town has paid off so far, according to a presentation by city staff this week.

2/5/2015

article OP/ED: Scratch-offs or slots? It's a no-brainer!
(Illinois) -- The availability of scratch-off lottery tickets at convenience stores, gas stations, and other locations throughout the states of Indiana and Illinois...

2/2/2015

article Choice to lead Gaming Board opposed gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- Springfield attorney Don Tracy has been nominated to be the new chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board even though he has publicly stated opposition to...

2/1/2015

article Video gambling totals more than double in 2014
(Illinois) -- Gamblers wagered nearly $100 million in video machines between Streator, Ottawa and Marseilles in 2014 — more than double the amount in 2013,...

1/31/2015

article CASINOS: Out-of-state competition continues to take toll
(Illinois) -- The legalization of slot machines at bars and other businesses in Illinois has taken a toll the last two years on traditional casinos, which already face a...

1/30/2015

article Illegal social club gambling undermines legitimate gaming operators, experts say
(Illinois) -- Video poker machines are illegal in Pennsylvania and other states if they offer payouts to people using them. But some state legislators are calling for a...
article Tax revenue from Illinois video gambling more than doubles
(Illinois) -- The state of Illinois and local governments saw tax revenue from video gambling more than double last year. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises...

1/28/2015

article Springfield gaming terminal up 46 percent in 2014; revenue hits $1M
(Illinois) -- The number of video gaming terminals in Springfield jumped more than 46 percent in 2014 to 520 at the end of the year. Revenue of a little more than $1...
article Tax revenue from video gambling doubles in Illinois, Freeport
(Illinois) -- The state of Illinois and local governments — including Rockford — saw tax revenue from video gambling more than double last year. The...
article Illinois Gambling In Limbo As New Governor Takes Office [sub req]
(Illinois) -- The regulation of gaming in Illinois is in suspended animation as the industry waits for the new governor to appoint a chairman to the state’s gaming...

1/27/2015

article Most candidates for Chicago mayor support city casino
(Illinois) -- Most candidates running for Chicago mayor say they'd support a city-owned casino. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the four candidates trying to unseat...
article Video gambling revenues doubled in 2014
(Illinois) -- State and local revenue from video gambling more than doubled last year as the industry continued its lightning fast expansion.
article Digging Deeper: Rockford vs. Beloit when it comes to a casino
(Illinois) -- It could become a race between the states when it comes to gambling in this area. Monday, 13 News told you about a renewed push to bring a casino to Beloit...

1/26/2015

article President of Fairmont Park optimistic about racetrack's future now Rauner is in office
(Illinois) -- Collinsville’s Fairmont Park is hoping to transform into a racino, a race track with slot machines, now that a new governor has taken over in...
article Illinois Lottery management company under review
(Illinois) -- The management of Illinois’ lottery is under legal review. Illinois’ lottery is run by a private company named Northstar. And Northstar is part...
article Road and school funds down due to Illinois lottery operator
(Illinois) -- A political dispute is rising out of concerns over the privatization of Illinois’ lottery. Before he left office, then-Governor Pat Quinn tried to...

1/23/2015

article OP/ED: Video gambling industry is no white knight
(Illinois) -- In a recent letter published on this site and elsewhere in the state, the president of the Illinois Gaming Machine Operators Association, Mike Gelatka,...

1/21/2015

article Rauner’s dismissal of Illinois Gaming Board chairman leaves gambling industry without oversight
(Illinois) -- It was with shock and disbelief to learn that one of Gov. Rauner’s first acts was to dismiss Aaron Jaffe as Chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board....

1/20/2015

article Gambling backers renew casino push despite declines
(Illinois) -- Backers of more gambling in Illinois are getting ready to introduce legislation that would create five new casinos and allow slot machines at horse racing...
article Ill. Gov. Rauner Wants to Take Closer Look at Gaming Industry
(Illinois) -- It sounds like Gov. Bruce Rauner might be warming up to the idea of expanded gambling in Illinois. Rauner says he doesn’t like to gamble, but he also...
article Urbana defers action on video gambling licenses
(Illinois) -- Video gamblers in Urbana will have to wait a little while longer to find out if the city council supports allowing the practice to expand. The council was...

1/19/2015

article More video gambling could come to Urbana and existing businesses are concerned
(Illinois) -- Urbana could issue more video gambling licenses in the name of generating more revenue, but not all businesses are on board. When American Legion Post 71...
article Urbana to vote on increasing gambling
(Illinois) -- Coming soon to Urbana, if the city council gives its blessing: even more businesses with video gambling machines. The council is scheduled to vote Tuesday...

1/18/2015

article Illinois Video Gaming Growth Could Spur Legislative Pushback [sub req]
(Illinois) -- Vastly different revenue trends between the casino and video gaming sectors in Illinois could lead to legislation to address the growing disparity, gaming...

1/16/2015

article Danville casino supporters preparing to make their voice heard again
(Illinois) -- Supporters of a Danville casino are gearing up for another attempt at getting the bill passed in Springfield. The plan has been in the works for years and...

1/10/2015

article Quad City Downs off-track betting site closing
(Illinois) -- Trackside Quad City Downs will close Jan. 31. The off-track betting facility at 5005 Morton Drive, East Moline, is owned by Arlington International...
article What to do with gambling revenue in Island Lake?
(Illinois) -- As Island Lake officials await their first installment of video gambling revenue, trustees and residents on Thursday discussed what to do with the cash.

1/9/2015

article Intercept initiative nets nearly $120K
(Illinois) -- Parents who owe delinquent child support and like to gamble be warned; if you win big at Illinois casinos, it’s your children who will benefit.
article Over $120K in gambling winnings seized from deadbeat parents
(Illinois) -- State authorities have collected more than $120,000 in gambling winnings from “delinquent” parents who owe child support under a new program...

1/7/2015

article Grand Victoria official backtracks on video gambling at wife's restaurant
(Illinois) -- Grand Victoria Casino's general manager said he and his wife have scrapped a plan to install video gambling machines in his wife's new restaurant...

1/6/2015

article Casino manager's wife opening restaurant with video gambling
(Illinois) -- The wife of a top executive at Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin is planning to open in South Elgin a new restaurant with video gambling machines, which the...

12/28/2014

article Video gambling taxes down slightly in Joliet
(Illinois) -- Video gambling brought in about $38,000 in tax revenue to Joliet in November, down from $40,327 in October, according to the latest figures from the...

12/26/2014

article Political scandal judgment forces Balmoral filing
(Illinois) -- Thrown off track by increased gambling competition, declining revenue and a scandal involving former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Balmoral Racing Club...

12/25/2014

article Two IL Tracks File for Bankruptcy Protection
(Illinois) -- Two Chicago-area harness tracks with the same ownership voluntarily filed for bankruptcy protection Dec. 24 "to ensure continued operations,"...

12/24/2014

article Illinois Horse racing tracks tied to Blagojevich scandal file for bankruptcy
(Illinois) -- Illinois' only two harness horse racing tracks kept their promise to the Illinois Racing Board as they filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday to continue...

12/20/2014

article Neil Bluhm: Unchecked casino expansion stops paying out
(Illinois) -- Chicago billionaire Neil Bluhm last week was granted the right to open a $300 million resort-casino near Albany, N.Y., even as his parallel bid to open one...

12/16/2014

article Court Decision Threatens Illinois Racing
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Racing Board is scrambling to cope with a huge civil judgment against the state's harness tracks that probably will push them into bankruptcy...
article Lawsuit leaves horse tracks facing bankruptcy, attorney says
(Illinois) -- Facing a $78 million lawsuit judgment for involvement in an extortion scandal involving former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Illinois' only two pari-mutuel...

12/15/2014

article Rivers Casino Nears $400 Million Mark For 2014
(Illinois) -- Des Plaines-based Rivers Casino continues to churn out income and gamblers with its total adjusted gross revenue on track to exceed $400 million this year.

12/12/2014

article Revenue up at Harrah's Casino
(Illinois) -- According to the latest figures from the Illinois Gaming Board, Harrah's Casino in Joliet brought in about $16.5 million in November, representing a 1....
article Illinois Lottery cuts ties with private manager
(Illinois) -- The split between the Illinois Lottery and its private manager, Northstar Lottery Group, is now official after three years of acrimony over lower-than-...

12/11/2014

article Community sentiment outweighs support for video gambling in Libertyville
(Illinois) -- Libertyville officials have decided to pass on video gambling, saying the overall affect on the family-oriented community trumps the benefit to some...

12/10/2014

article Illinois, Northstar Finalize Divorce Settlement [sub req]
(Illinois) -- Illinois plans to begin procurement of a new private manager for its lottery as soon as early 2015 after reaching an agreement to finalize its bitter...

12/9/2014

article Jury awards damages to Illinois riverboat casinos
(Illinois) -- A jury has found a racetrack owner liable in a civil racketeering case that involved actions during Rod Blagojevich’s time as Illinois governor. The...
article Peoria council may discuss video gambling issue at next meeting, or next month
(Illinois) -- The Peoria City Council appears ready to discuss video-gambling cafes again. If not in detail Tuesday night, then perhaps next month. Either way, the hope...
article Some lessons from video gambling growth
(Illinois) -- Video gambling has proven to be a big business in Illinois, but there are also some lessons to be learned from the law passed two years ago. The gaming...

12/8/2014

article 2 years in, video gambling a boon for business, local government
(Illinois) -- Inside Jeremy Casiello's new business is a symbol of everything people who dislike gambling fear: A poster of Al Capone wearing a classic gangster grin...
article Betting on Video Gambling Cafés
(Illinois) -- Just last month, the Lake County Board voted for an ordinance that may limit the types of businesses that offer video gambling in the county's...

12/7/2014

article Suburban Video Gambling Increases Despite Initial Concerns
(Illinois) -- Despite some initial reluctance when video gambling was legalized in Illinois two years ago, many suburbs have since voted to allow it. And in that time,...
article Marengo, Lake in the Hills surprised by gas station gambling ruling
(Illinois) -- An Illinois Gaming Board decision that granted a Lake in the Hills gas station permission to use video gaming machines and allow customers to play the...
article State does about-face on video gambling at retirement home
(Illinois) -- Saying they messed up, state regulators have revoked a video gaming license from a catering company that planned to open a mini-casino in a low-income...

12/4/2014

article Officials considering video gambling surcharge
(Illinois) -- With video gaming machines popping up throughout the city, officials are considering implementing a yearly surcharge on each unit, perhaps as much as $500...

12/1/2014

article Video gambling's spread raising cash, eyebrows
(Illinois) -- Since video gambling began in Illinois two years ago, the slot-like terminals have been showing up in places lawmakers never imagined — floral shops...

11/28/2014

article Video gambling's spread raising cash, eyebrows
(Illinois) -- Since video gambling began in Illinois two years ago, the slot-like terminals have been showing up in places lawmakers never imagined — floral shops...

11/27/2014

article A look back... Par-A-Dice Casino changed landscape of city
(Illinois) -- Imagine what East Peoria would be like without the Par-A-Dice Casino. Since the Par-A-Dice came to the city in 1993, City Administrator Tom Brimberry said...

11/23/2014

article Column: Gambling preys on the poor for 'success'
(Illinois) -- A state agency recently reported that gambling revenues in Illinois were up more than 7 percent in the past year. This gives me the opportunity for my...

11/19/2014

article Griffin: Video gambling blamed for casino attendance drop
(Illinois) -- Among the tips, suggestions and questions we receive, readers often ask for an update about stories we've reported on in the past. Every so often, we...

11/18/2014

article City Council waits on liquor, gambling fees
(Illinois) -- The Bloomington City Council did not appear ready Monday to move forward any time soon with raising liquor fees, creating a new video gaming fee or...

11/17/2014

article Illinois Offers Video Gaming Machines, But They Are Quite Far From Real Casino Experience
(Illinois) -- Video gaming machines now available in at Illinois bars and restaurants, can’t substitute real casino experience. American gambling laws are slowly,...

11/16/2014

article Proposal calls for 'historical racing' machines
(Illinois) -- A Republican lawmaker from southwest Illinois has proposed a plan allowing betting on old races as a way to boost the horse racing industry, an idea that...

11/15/2014

article Marengo considering video gaming expansion
(Illinois) -- Businesses that sell packaged liquors in Marengo would be allowed to have video gaming machines, under a City Council proposal that has some aldermen...

11/13/2014

article Column: Bar slots poor substitute for the real thing
(Illinois) -- Video gaming machines at bars and restaurants in Illinois are doing land office business. In the cities, towns, and villages that have approved them, you...

11/11/2014

article Sugar Grove turns down request for video gambling at gas station
(Illinois) -- Sugar Grove village trustees last month decided not to issue a liquor license to a BP Express Lane gas station at Route 47 and Cross Street that could have...

11/9/2014

article OP/ED: Gambling preys on poor for 'success'
(Illinois) -- A state agency recently reported that gambling revenues in Illinois were up more than 7 percent in the past year. This gives me the opportunity for my...

11/5/2014

article Does Quinn's loss help Arlington slots odds?
(Illinois) -- A past roadblock in Louisville-based Churchill Downs Inc.'s efforts to get slot machines at its Chicago-area Arlington International Racecourse lost an...

11/4/2014

article EDITORIAL: Illinois slots bite Q-C casinos
(Illinois) -- It’s as if another casino opened in our region. Nearly 700 new electronic gaming devices – we’ll call them ‘tavern slots’ for...

11/3/2014

article Revenue from tavern slots up, casinos down
(Illinois) -- Casinos' losses appear to be taverns' gains. The three Quad-City casinos last month took in $2,680,704 fewer dollars than they did in the previous...

10/31/2014

article Column: Slots at horse tracks good for state economy
(Illinois) -- In response to the SouthtownStar’s Oct. 26 article, “Proponents say video gambling a win-win,” how is it possible that there are now mini...

10/29/2014

article Council Still Torn on Proper Video Gambling Ordinance
(Illinois) -- City Council attempted to tackle a long-discussed issue at its meeting Tuesday night. The topic of regulating businesses with video gambling machines was...
article Video gambling resurfaces in village
(Illinois) -- More than two years after the Maryville Village Board unanimously rejected video gambling, the issue has surfaced again. This time, backers of the practice...
article No changes for Peoria video gaming regulations
(Illinois) -- The Peoria City Council continues looking for ways to regulate video-gaming parlors. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports, the council...

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