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7/8/2014

article Casino revenues show June doldrums
(Illinois) -- This year’s trend of monthly year-over-year improvements in casino revenues hit a snag in June, with the entire Chicago market showing a 9.5 percent...
article Winnebago County video gambling losses growing
(Illinois) -- Rockford tops the list for video gambling losses in Illinois. Area residents lost more than $20 million in the gambling machines since the machines began...

7/7/2014

article With video gambling, Lake Zurich guarding against ‘mini Las Vegas’
(Illinois) -- Now that Lake Zurich officials are on board with video gambling, Mayor Thomas Poynton says he and other officials want to ensure the village doesn't...

7/2/2014

article Kane Co. to oppose gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- Kane County officials will lobby against gambling expansion in Illinois as they redirect a portion of the gambling proceeds the county receives for capital...

6/30/2014

article Suburbs see steep lottery sales growth
(Illinois) -- Every weekday on his way home from work, Maurice Shoots stops at the Car Spa Shell gas station and convenience store on Peterson Road in Libertyville to...

6/26/2014

article Elgin considers cuts after casino revenue shortfall
(Illinois) -- The city of Elgin has to deal with the consequences of a shortfall in projected revenue from the Grand Victoria Casino. Although casino revenues have been...
article Illinois casinos complain video gambling hurting bottom line
(Illinois) -- Illinois casino officials say they severely underestimated the impact video gambling would have on their bottom line and are asking state regulators to...

6/25/2014

article Declining gambling revenues leave Elgin short on budgeted income
(Illinois) -- Statewide and even with expanded gaming options statewide, Illinois has seen a 35 percent drop in gambling revenue since 2007, said Assistant City Manager...

6/24/2014

article Gurnee: Video gambling won't save American Legion Post 771
(Illinois) -- While Gurnee trustees and Mayor Kristina Kovarik agreed Monday they weren't interested in allowing video gambling to boost the local American Legion...
article Porter County casino revenue coming up short, council told
(Illinois) -- The riverboat fund, based on casino revenue, is running dry, potentially leaving the county’s longevity pay and the county’s drug task force in...
article Riverboat gambling was heading for a landing here
(Illinois) -- A riverboat gambling plan that would allow only half as many boats as an earlier proposal would be voted on in the Illinois House.

6/22/2014

article Illinois' split-screen reality on gambling
(Illinois) -- After walking just 20 feet into the casino with a friend, I excused myself and vomited. The smells, sounds and sights of the casino came flooding back....

6/20/2014

article Veterans groups turn to video gambling to survive
(Illinois) -- Faced with declining membership and lack of new blood, some veterans' organizations are pegging their survival on video gambling.

6/19/2014

article Lombard board to consider lifting video gambling ban tonight
(Illinois) -- The Lombard village board will continue discussions Thursday night about the possibility of lifting a ban on video gambling.

6/12/2014

article How gambling 'fetcher bills' shower money on lawmakers in Springfield
(Illinois) -- During the last week lawmakers were in Springfield for their spring session, the sponsor of a casino gambling bill released a statement announcing he...

6/9/2014

article Most Illinois Casinos Down; Des Plaines' Rivers Up 7% In May
(Illinois) -- While nearly all 10 of Illinois’ riverboat casinos saw declines in revenue during May of this year compared to May of 2013, Rivers Casino in Des...
article Video Gaming Boom In Illinois Draws Pushback From Casinos [sub req'd]
(Illinois) -- Launched in October 2012, video gaming machines continue to expand at an astonishing rate in Illinois, much to the chagrin of brick and mortar casino...

6/8/2014

article Dolton betting on mini-casino for low-income retirement home
(Illinois) -- Most days the Dorchester Senior Center is a relatively quiet place, the lobby filled with the soothing sound of an indoor water fountain.

6/7/2014

article Casinos wonder if they've made a bad bet
(Illinois) -- The proliferation of video gambling in Illinois bars—underway for less than two years—already has created the equivalent of a competing casino...

6/6/2014

article Attendance Up at LST 325, But Will It Continue?
(Illinois) -- With the possibility LST 325 could end up calling Peoria, Illinois its new home, we take a closer look at the Evansville attendance numbers and what could...

6/5/2014

article Time Runs Out In Illinois
(Illinois) -- Illinois State Rep. Bob Rita pulled his two proposed expanded gambling bills from the House agenda, saying he lacked the support to pass them.

6/3/2014

article Future for Fairmount Park, Slot Machines Unsure
(Illinois) -- The question of whether Fairmount Park gets slot machines won’t be answered—at least for a while. Illinois State Representative Bob Rita tells...

6/1/2014

article Plans for Expanded Gambling in Illinois Delayed
(Illinois) -- The plan to expand gambling in Illinois has been put on hold as the backer of legislation proposing new casinos has said he won’t call for a vote on...

5/31/2014

article Democrat to call gambling plan in fall
(Illinois) -- As local officials expected, a gambling expansion bill didn’t come up for a vote during the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly.
article Gambling expansion dead again? Fairmount-Casino Queen dispute lingers
(Illinois) -- As the Illinois Legislature’s spring session heads down to the wire, hopes for the passage of a bill to expand gambling seem to be fading.
article Kadner: Casino bill’s demise a murder mystery
(Illinois) -- The casino gambling bill was as dead as Marley’s ghost. There was no doubt whatever about that. The register of its burial may as well have been...

5/30/2014

article Casino expansion plan delayed but not dead, sponsor says
(Illinois) -- The South suburban lawmaker pushing a gambling expansion package in Springfield said Friday "it's delayed, it's not dead" after he...
article Fairmount-Casino Queen dispute over Illinois gambling expansion continues
(Illinois) -- With the Illinois Legislature's last day of the spring session on Saturday, the clock is ticking on a bill to expand gambling in the state. One of the...
article Lawmaker to call gambling expansion plan in fall
(Illinois) -- Plans to expand gambling in Illinois were put on hold Friday when the backer of legislation proposing new casinos said he wouldn't call the measure for...
article Regulator hits 'bad apples' in video gambling
(Illinois) -- Illinois is now among the biggest video gambling states in the country, and the top gambling regulator here says the law is still falling short, letting...

5/29/2014

article Gambling expansion dead again? Fairmount-Casino Queen dispute lingers
(Illinois) -- As the Illinois Legislature's spring session heads down to the wire, hopes for the passage of bill to expand gambling seem to be fading.

5/28/2014

article Video gaming machine thefts on the rise in Illinois
(Illinois) -- They used to call slot machines one armed bandits. Now it appears the bandits are ripping off video gaming machines in Illinois. Burglars broke into a...

5/26/2014

article State’s share of video-gaming pot shrinks for first time in April
(Illinois) -- There’s no such thing as a sure bet. Not even when it comes to Illinois’ burgeoning video gaming industry. For the first time since slot...

5/25/2014

article Illinois Legislature has full agenda in final week
(Illinois) -- Illinois legislators return to the Capitol Monday for their final week of the spring session, with much of the heavy lifting still to do. In what is...

5/24/2014

article Illinois Lawmaker Makes Final Stand for Gambling Expansion
(Illinois) -- The clock may be ticking and the odds may be against him, but Democratic Representative Bob Rita, the main sponsor of a bill to expand gambling in the...

5/22/2014

article Gambling could raise cash for Park Ridge library, alderman jokes
(Illinois) -- An empty Uptown storefront should be converted into a video gambling spot to raise revenue for the Park Ridge Public Library, one alderman told the City...
article Hopes dim for ban of unregulated sweepstakes machines
(Illinois) -- State regulators, the moneyed video poker industry and a leading watchdog group are all backing a measure aimed at eliminating slotlike machines that are...

5/21/2014

article April Video Gaming Numbers Down in Winnebago County
(Illinois) -- Fewer people are pressing there luck when it comes to video gaming in Winnebago County. Numbers released today by the Illinois Gaming Board show $48...

5/20/2014

article Illinois Lawmaker Pushing Last-Minute Effort At Gambling Expansion
(Illinois) -- The current legislative session in Illinois ends at the end of the month, but that isn’t stopping one lawmaker from trying to push some form of...
article Dotty's raises gambling concerns
(Illinois) -- Despite measures taken last year to keep video gambling cafes out of the city, a business known elsewhere for a focus on video gambling is eyeing...
article Rules set on video gaming ads, promotions
(Illinois) -- Video gaming outlets can promise the best nachos in town but not better odds of winning than the gambling parlor across the street under advertising rules...

5/19/2014

article Could Illinois gambling push be stalled again?
(Illinois) -- The latest gambling proposal that balances a Lake County casino and slot machines at racetracks against a large Chicago casino is finding few fans in the...
article Illinois lawmaker pushes again for gambling plan
(Illinois) -- An Illinois lawmaker says the clock is ticking on a gambling expansion measure that could boost revenue for the state.
article Illinois lawmaker pushes again for gambling plan
(Illinois) -- A state lawmaker is making a last-minute push to expand gambling in Illinois, a revenue option he says should be on the table if Democratic leaders can...
article Legislator rolls dice that letter will revive gambling bill
(Illinois) -- Casino owners say the market is already saturated. Local leaders can’t agree on what should go where. And Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm...
article Lobbying by Quinn's ex-chief of staff becoming campaign issue
(Illinois) -- A flap over whether Gov. Pat Quinn's ex-chief of staff should be lobbying state officials just eight months after leaving the governor's side...
article Another video gambling site in Oak Lawn
(Illinois) -- Another Oak Lawn business is offering video gambling. Two machines were installed last week at the Oak Lawn Family Restaurant, 5769 W. 95th St., said Pete...
article Fight Continues for Slot Machines at Fairmount Park
(Illinois) -- Fairmount Park in Collinsville supports 1,400 local jobs. That’s a figure tossed out at a recent town hall meeting hosted by State Representative...

5/18/2014

article Former Quinn chief of staff Jack Lavin now representing casino gaming group as lobbyist
(Illinois) -- A former top aide to Gov. Pat Quinn is now working as a lobbyist for a group representing casino owners and a company hoping to get into the medical...
article Top Quinn aide turns lobbyist, raises questions
(Illinois) -- Just months after leaving Gov. Pat Quinn's inner circle, former chief of staff Jack Lavin is back in the Statehouse mix. Lavin, a longtime veteran of...
article Clock is ticking on Illinois gambling expansion plan
(Illinois) -- With two weeks until the legislative session ends, time is ticking on the state’s latest gambling expansion plan.

5/17/2014

article Mayor seeks legislative support for casino in Park City
(Illinois) -- It’s been a frustrating four years for Mayor Steve Pannell in trying to entice the State of Illinois to approve a gaming casino for Park City.
article Kadner: A stupefying silence on gambling
(Illinois) -- Illinois is short on money to pay for education, social services and has a multimillion-dollar backlog of unpaid bills. Chicago is facing a major pension...
article Lake Zurich hikes video gambling license fee
(Illinois) -- Lake Zurich officials have upped the ante for video gaming liquor license fees. Before the betting starts, bars and restaurants will have to shell out a...
article City officials working for ‘Fairness for Fairmount’
(Illinois) -- Many in the Collinsville area understand the impact Senate Bill 1739, a gaming expansion bill, would have on Fairmount Park if the track were excluded from...
article Fairmount Park still fighting to get slot machines
(Illinois) -- Horse-racing fans who file into Fairmount Park Saturday will learn more about a grassroots effort to ensure that the 89-year-old horse track remains open...

5/16/2014

article Tinley Park amending gambling license fee
(Illinois) -- Tinley Park officials are in the process of amending the village's video gambling license to prorate the $1,000 fee for latecomers despite a trustee...

5/13/2014

article Bob Rita Makes Another Push For Gambling Expansion
(Illinois) -- While Illinois lawmakers continue to debate whether to extend the income tax increase. But that's not the only source of money being considered....
article Video gambling making an impact in Auburn
(Illinois) -- The number 13 has proven lucky for Auburn. That’s how many video gambling machines have been licensed since the city lifted its ban on them in August.

5/12/2014

article Bob Rita Makes Another Push For Gambling Expansion
(Illinois) -- While Illinois lawmakers continue to debate whether to extend the income tax increase. But that's not the only source of money being considered.
article Lake Zurich ups fee for video gambling liquor license
(Illinois) -- Lake Zurich will charge 10 times more for a special video gambling liquor license than originally planned for restaurants, bars and other establishments.
article Lawmaker: Resolution needed soon on rift between Casino Queen, Fairmount Park
(Illinois) -- The state lawmaker trying to put together a gambling expansion bill is urging metro-east legislators to help fashion an agreement between the Casino Queen...
article Video gambling making an impact in Auburn
(Illinois) -- The number 13 has proven lucky for Auburn. That’s how many video gambling machines have been licensed since the city lifted its ban on them in August.

5/10/2014

article Another Chicago Ridge venue welcomes gambling
(Illinois) -- It took more than a year, but video gambling machines finally are in place at PK’s Cafe in Chicago Ridge. With that, the village has 84 such machines...

5/4/2014

article Lombard shows initial support to rescind ban on gaming
(Illinois) -- Although Lombard trustees won't take a final vote on video gaming until mid-June, a slim four-to-three majority expressed support for allowing liquor...
article Woodridge trustees reject video gambling
(Illinois) -- Woodridge trustees decided not to repeal a ban on video gambling in the suburb. At a village board meeting on April 24, Woodridge Mayor Gina Cunningham...

5/1/2014

article Smaller Grand Victoria check may fuel Kane County budget changes
(Illinois) -- Dwindling returns from the Grand Victoria in Elgin meant a much smaller check than Kane County officials expected to receive from the riverboat casino this...
article Lombard Village Board takes step toward lifting video gaming ban
(Illinois) -- Lombard may be the latest municipality in DuPage County to usher in video gambling at local liquor establishments after a motion was approved to direct...

4/29/2014

article Fairmount Park opens for new season, hopes for slot machines
(Illinois) -- Fairmount Park opens for its 88th season of horse racing, but the track aims to become more of a year-round facility. The track has been trying to bring...

4/23/2014

article McAuliffe Touts Legislative Work, Talks More Gambling
(Illinois) -- State Rep. Michael McAuliffe (R-20th) dropped by the Journal & Topics Newspapers in Des Plaines last week to recap some of his work in Springfield as...

4/22/2014

article Kadner: Quinn, Emanuel staying mum on gambling bill
(Illinois) -- It has been more than a month since state Rep. Robert Rita unveiled the latest legislation for a casino in Chicago, but neither Gov. Pat Quinn nor Mayor...
article Long shot for Fairmount Park? Kay says gaming bill that excludes track won't pass
(Illinois) -- A metro-east lawmaker said there may not be enough Illinois House votes to pass a bill calling to legalize slot machines at all Illinois horse tracks,...

4/21/2014

article Video gaming exclusion list aims to weed out gambling’s ‘bad apples’
(Illinois) -- While state lawmakers grapple with planned casino expansion in Illinois, legislation that would help the Illinois Gaming Board better police video gaming...
article Casino bill must include Chicago — and safeguards
(Illinois) -- Haggling over legislation to bring a casino to Chicago has become a springtime ritual. This time around, state Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, has dealt out...
article Chicago casinos gamble on South Loop
(Illinois) -- Chicago’s decades-old casino debate is resurfacing as lawmakers push to create a state-owned gambling facility in the South Loop.
article Video gambling exclusion list prompts questions
(Illinois) -- A proposed "exclusion list" designed to keep criminals away from the video gambling industry is prompting questions from those who want more...
article Illinois Lottery app stirs up controversy
(Illinois) -- When Illinois launched its first-in-the-nation lottery app in January, Matthew Ruder quickly signed up so he could jockey for jackpots with just a tap of...

4/20/2014

article Video gambling exclusion list prompts questions
(Illinois) -- A proposed "exclusion list" designed to keep criminals away from the video gambling industry is prompting questions from those who want more...

4/19/2014

article Five Casinos Proposed By Lawmaker
(Illinois) -- A new gambling proposal may pit cities against counties. A bill introduced by State Rep. Bob Rita (D-Blue Island) offers two options: a state-owned casino...
article Gambling Expansion Territorial Concerns
(Illinois) -- The sponsor of the last gambling expansion bill isn’t convinced the newest effort will work. State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) has been a longtime...
article Huddle Up On Gaming
(Illinois) -- Des Plaines aldermen Monday night will meet with city-hired lobbyists behind closed doors to learn about the latest proposals to expand the number of...
article Video gaming may get its own exclusion list
(Illinois) -- While state lawmakers grapple with planned casino expansion in Illinois, legislation that would help the Illinois Gaming Board better police video gaming...
article Woodridge mulls gaming license limit during trial period
(Illinois) -- Even though Woodridge trustees are poised to repeal a ban on video gambling in the suburb, not all business establishments that want the machines will have...

4/18/2014

article Anti-Gambling Groups Are Heard
(Illinois) -- Anti-gambling forces want local referenda in any of the places being eyed for a new casino. It’s what communities deserve, says the Rev. John Alan...
article Editorial: A long shot
(Illinois) -- The latest plan for expanded gambling in Illinois is no Christmas tree, but it would be a big gift for Chicago. Elected officials continue their pursuit of...
article Fairmount Park Left Out of Gambling Bill
(Illinois) -- People aren't happy about the fact that Fairmount Race Track has been taken out of the latest gambling bill. It would allow slot machines at other...
article Illinois Rep Bob Rita Offers Two Plans for Chicago Casino Expansion
(Illinois) -- It’s not hard to imagine just how lucrative a massive casino placed in Chicago could become. It’s been a dream of many for years now, though...
article Mixed Reaction to Chicago Casino
(Illinois) -- The idea of building a state-owned casino in Chicago is getting a mixed reaction. At the first Illinois House hearing on the new gambling expansion plan...

4/17/2014

article Illinois casino revenue down while video gaming grows fast
(Illinois) -- Casino revenue statewide continued to slide in March, while video gambling repeated a pattern of rapid growth set in its first year and a half of being...
article Gaming expansion could lead to downtown casino
(Illinois) -- Downtown Chicago could be getting a new casino, but some do not believe that that is the answer to the state’s economic issues.

4/16/2014

article Chicago casino plan draws more support at hearing
(Illinois) -- A proposal for a state-owned Chicago casino won praise Wednesday from business groups and a warmer reception from a state regulatory board than past...
article Chicago-only casino option to face opposition
(Illinois) -- An Illinois lawmaker’s proposal to expand gambling in Chicago, but not the rest of the state, will be the focus of a day of hearings that could get...
article Latest casino expansion proposal aims for Quinn backing
(Illinois) -- In what has practically become a harbinger of spring, state lawmakers who favor gambling expansion began their annual push Wednesday by debating the latest...
article Odds may finally favor a Chicago casino — if Madigan is dealing: Brown
(Illinois) -- You could be forgiven if your reaction to Wednesday’s news that state lawmakers are considering another proposal to bring casino gambling to Chicago...
article State lawmakers set to discuss Chicago-only casino plan
(Illinois) -- At a hearing in Springfield today, lawmakers are set to debate a an amendment to a gambling bill which would allow for only one more casino, to be located...
article Testimony mounts for and against Chicago-only casino option
(Illinois) -- A new Chicago casino, which supposedly would be the largest in the world, could provide thousands of jobs and up to $6 billion in revenue to city coffers.
article Horse racing industry wants more out of casino expansion legislation
(Illinois) -- Horse racing tracks across Illinois, including the Balmoral Race Course near Crete, are among the opponents of a bill pending before the Illinois General...
article Illinois Gaming Plans Would Slice Racing Aid
(Illinois) -- The latest blueprints for expanding gaming in Illinois appear to scale back dramatically on aid for the racing industry. Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, the...

4/15/2014

article Chicago-only casino option at issue in hearing
(Illinois) -- The option of expanding Illinois gambling only in Chicago will be a central issue during an all-day hearing on legislation.
article Ill. House panel plans daylong gambling hearing
(Illinois) -- An Illinois House committee is planning a daylong hearing on gambling expansion in the state. The Executive Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the...
article Lake Zurich Answers: Video gambling approved and a proposal for Block A
(Illinois) -- Every Tuesday, members of the Lake Zurich community give their thoughts on a few trending topics for a weekly feature called Lake Zurich Answers.

4/9/2014

article E. Dundee adds video gambling facility fees
(Illinois) -- The village will now require permit and machine fees for facilities that offer video gambling. During Monday’s board meeting, Trustees Allen...
article Local park board presidents aren’t ruling out gaming terminals
(Illinois) -- DeKalb resident Sam Volkert golfs three to four times a week, and he places the occasional $1 side bet with friends.
article Video gambling debate moves to referendum in Long Grove
(Illinois) -- Long Grove is going back to the ballot, but not for road repairs and property taxes. The Village Board on April 8 voted to place an advisory referendum on...
article Illinois Lottery app stirs up controversy
(Illinois) -- When Illinois launched its first-in-the-nation lottery app in January, Matthew Ruder quickly signed up so he could jockey for jackpots with just a tap of...

4/7/2014

article Lake Zurich reverses decision, allows gambling
(Illinois) -- Lake Zurich has decided to allow video gambling in bars, restaurants and other places. By a 4-1 vote Monday night, the village board reversed an ordinance...

4/6/2014

article Toby’s in North Chicago tops list of state’s most lucrative video-gaming terminals
(Illinois) -- Hard to say what it is about Toby’s Tavern & Grill in North Chicago. It could be the loyal regulars, bartender Vicky Farias said. Or the “...

4/4/2014

article State’s big payout from video gaming still less than predicted
(Illinois) -- Hard to say what it is about Toby’s Tavern & Grill in North Chicago. It could be the loyal regulars, bartender Vicky Farias said. Or the “...
article Video gambling to get another look by Lake Zurich village board
(Illinois) -- Although Lake Zurich prohibits video gambling in bars, restaurants and other places, the village board intends to reconsider that stance next week.

4/3/2014

article A gambling mecca / Springfield tops state in video gambling
(Illinois) -- Illinois has gone ga-ga over video gambling, with Springfield leading the state in numbers of machines and dollars wagered, according to the latest figures...
article Video gambling cafe proposed for FRG
(Illinois) -- A video gambling cafe is being proposed for the village. Dotty's Cafe wants to open a 1,500 square-foot location at 902 Northwest Highway. Before...

4/1/2014

article Danville officials still hoping for casino
(Illinois) -- When Jim Fletcher called to book his usual spot on the every-other-Wednesday charter to East Peoria two weeks ago, he was disappointed to discover the bus...
article Gambling Expansion Supported
(Illinois) -- Illinois residents are in support of opening more casinos in the state, according to a new survey. In a poll conducted by Southern Illinois University...

3/31/2014

article Kadner: Rita serious about state-owned casino
(Illinois) -- A surprising silence has greeted a plan for a state-owned casino in Chicago. It has been three weeks since state Rep. Robert Rita, D-Blue Island, proposed...

3/30/2014

article Push to expand video gambling comes as industry continues to grow
(Illinois) -- When it comes to video gambling, the majority of the most lucrative sites in Illinois are bars or restaurants. But that could change under a proposal to...
article State rep. Bob Rita on the proposed gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- The phone lines blow up as State rep. Bob Rita joins Rick Pearson to discuss the proposed gambling expansion. The expansion would cover as many as four...
article Loves Park leaders weigh video gaming revenue, image
(Illinois) -- The video gaming flood gates in Loves Park are open — wide open — and aldermen here aren’t sure how to close them, or if they even need...

3/25/2014

article Champaign considers expansion of video gambling
(Illinois) -- Video gambling is proving to be very profitable locally and across the state, and city officials are looking to make it easier for businesses to bring the...

3/21/2014

article Lake Zurich residents willing to gamble on video gaming
(Illinois) -- Asked whether they support Lake Zurich’s decision to reopen the debate over video gambling as a way to raise municipal revenue, many residents seem...

3/19/2014

article Glenwood trustees pursue casino for village
(Illinois) -- The Village Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution that authorizes Glenwood to serve as a host for a casino gambling site.
article US Illinois State Rep Rita Puts Forward Amendments to Scale Down Gambling Expansion Bill
(Illinois) -- The State of Illinois’ much ballyhooed Senate Bill 1739 will have two new amendments worked out by Blue Island Democrat Rep. Bob Rita, as he aims to...

3/18/2014

article Illinois Bill Offers Choice Of One Casino Or Five [sub req'd]
(Illinois) -- An Illinois state representative is offering the choice of one casino or five to end the perpetual stalemate blocking legislation to open new casinos in...
article Illinois To Again Consider A Casino In Chicago
(Illinois) -- The state of Illinois is again discussing a potential plan for more gambling. The Associated Press reported that one state lawmaker is proposing two ideas...

3/17/2014

article Editorial Video gambling at Illinois racetracks should be all or nothing
(Illinois) -- Thanks to Illinois lawmakers, many corner taverns and fraternal organizations throughout the state have video gambling machines. But Fairmount Park won...
article Julian Reif: Sin taxes won’t save the Illinois budget
(Illinois) -- Illinois’ budget is in trouble, and there is little consensus about how to deal with the problem. Cutting expenditures is painful, and nobody likes...

3/16/2014

article Glenwood to vote Tuesday on casino proposal
(Illinois) -- The Village Board is expected to vote Tuesday on a resolution that if approved would throw Glenwood's hat into the ring as a potential host for a...
article Elmwood Park approves video gambling in restaurants
(Illinois) -- As soon as the Elmwood Park Village Board voted to allow video gambling in restaurants, businesses were off to the races to sign up, Pioneer Press is...

3/14/2014

article Rita says he’ll propose new gambling legislation
(Illinois) -- State. Rep. Robert Rita, D-Blue Island, said Thursday he plans to introduce a radically new version of a gambling expansion plan in the Illinois House.
article Workers march outside of casino
(Illinois) -- Some 100 Rivers Casino employees, Chicago-area hospitality workers and other union supporters marched outside of the Des Plaines casino Thursday, calling...

3/13/2014

article Lawmaker has new state gambling expansion idea
(Illinois) -- The logjam on gambling expansion in Illinois has gone on for years. Now, a state legislator leading the negotiations says he's got a new, two-pronged...
article Newest Illinois gambling plan offers a choice between Chicago-only casino or 5 new ones
(Illinois) -- A state lawmaker who's trying to expand legalized gambling in Illinois is offering the General Assembly two choices, including one plan that would...
article No dice: Amended gambling bill has no gaming machines at Fairmount
(Illinois) -- Fairmount Park in Collinsville would not get gaming machines under the latest version of a gambling-expansion bill pending in the Illinois legislature.

3/11/2014

article Video gambling recommended at Hoffman golf course
(Illinois) -- The Hoffman Estates Park District’s Recreation Committee Tuesday voted 6-1 to recommend a one-year test of video gambling in the clubhouse bar of the...

3/10/2014

article Elmwood Park OKs video gambling; first machines hit North Avenue restaurant
(Illinois) -- As soon as the Elmwood Park Village Board voted to allow video gambling in restaurants, businesses were off to the races to sign up. Trattoria Peppino, an...

3/9/2014

article Cities, Tracks and Casinos Face Off Over Illinois Expanded Gambling
(Illinois) -- The battle over expanded gambling in the Chicago suburbs is pitting race tracks, casinos and even the cities themselves against each other in a fight over...

3/4/2014

article Can Southland Leaders Compromise on Competing Local Casino Plans?
(Illinois) -- Leaders from Homewood, Chicago Heights, Country Club Hills, Calumet City, Dolton and other communities pitched their casino dreams to a panel of state...
article Gambling expansion pits casinos against horse tracks, cities against cities
(Illinois) -- Participants at a hearing Monday in the south Chicago suburbs on whether to expand gambling in Illinois raised similar issues to the ones raised last month...
article Snow has put damper on Grand Victoria revenues this winter
(Illinois) -- Of the 10 Saturdays this winter, some kind of snow event has occurred on eight of them. That statistic is likely part of the reason that gambling revenue...
article Two Tinley Park businesses to get video gambling
(Illinois) -- Two Tinley Park businesses have received state approval to install video gambling machines, while 13 other applications are pending with the Illinois...

3/3/2014

article Will this be session casinos win on Springfield roulette table?
(Illinois) -- State Rep. Bob Rita will be at the Tinley Park Convention Center this evening holding another of his public hearings on proposed legislation to expand...

2/28/2014

article Harrah's Metropolis Casino abandoning ship for a new facility
(Illinois) -- Big changes are coming to an area casino and the city where it sits are hoping to cash in. Harrah's Metropolis Casino has dealt with declining revenues...

2/27/2014

article Opinion: Alderman On Casino: City Has Gotten ‘Shaft’
(Illinois) -- For the last four or five years, the Journal & Topics has published story after story about Des Plaines’ quest to change the deal it agreed to in...

2/25/2014

article Springfield Leads State in Video Gambling
(Illinois) -- They're in bars, restaurants and specially designated gambling parlors. With almost as many terminals as days of the year, Springfield leads the state...

2/24/2014

article Legislative gambling hearing rescheduled
(Illinois) -- A public hearing on the latest attempt by the Legislature to expand gambling in Illinois, including establishing a casino in the Southland, has been...

2/22/2014

article Des Plaines says more gambling should mean more money
(Illinois) -- Des Plaines currently splits gaming tax revenues from Rivers Casino with the state of Illinois and 10 communities in the south suburbs, but city officials...

2/21/2014

article Niles Video Gambling Vote Delayed
(Illinois) -- A measure to legalize video gambling will not appear on Tuesday’s Niles Village Board agenda as previously thought. Instead, the issue is being sent...

2/19/2014

article Dispute Threatens Illinois Legislative Agenda
(Illinois) -- A bitter dispute between harness horsemen and Chicago-area tracks, threatening the industry's crucial legislative agenda, came to a head Feb. 17 with a...

2/18/2014

article Bad Weather Hampers Illinois Gambling Expansion Plans
(Illinois) -- A special meeting that was scheduled by state Rep. Robert Rita to discuss the expansion of gambling in the state of Illinois, was cancelled at the last...
article Gambling hearing postponed due to weather
(Illinois) -- A public hearing on the latest attempt by the Legislature to expand gambling in Illinois, including establishing a casino in the Southland, has been...

2/17/2014

article Video gaming revenue leads to $10,000 windfall for Athens library
(Illinois) -- Video gambling is paying off here for an unexpected winner: the Athens Municipal Library. Athens City Council members surprised library officials last week...
article 2nd public hearing in Tinley Park on expanding gambling in Illinois
(Illinois) -- State Rep. Robert Rita has scheduled the second of several public hearings on gambling expansion. The second public hearing is set for Monday evening in...
article Weather postpones Illinois gambling hearing
(Illinois) -- State Rep. Robert Rita has postponed a public hearing on expanding gambling in Illinois because of severe winter weather.

2/16/2014

article GOP governor candidates look at gambling
(Illinois) -- The four Republicans running for a chance to take on Gov. Pat Quinn, who has vetoed two plans to add casinos and venues for slot machines in Illinois, all...
article Editors Roundtable: Expand gambling in Illinois?
(Illinois) -- Would you support a gambling expansion to help improve the state’s financial woes?
article Gambling Bill Supporters Roll into Tinley Park
(Illinois) -- Rep. Robert Rita will speak to Southland leaders Monday night, about the Legislature's latest efforts to expand gambling in the state of Illinois....

2/15/2014

article Gambling hearing set in Tinley Park
(Illinois) -- A public hearing on the latest attempt by the Legislature to expand gambling in Illinois, including establishing a casino in the Southland, will be held at...
article Video gaming issue returns / Village could decide to lift ban
(Illinois) -- With three previous post-decision discussions already in the books, the issue of video gaming will surface at least one more in the village of Glen Carbon.

2/14/2014

article As video gambling expands, Oak Lawn officials question where it will end
(Illinois) -- The Oak Lawn Village Board this week approved a new liquor license which will eventually lead to gambling machines at a fast food restaurant on busy Cicero...

2/13/2014

article Homewood Still Working with Firms in Push for Casino
(Illinois) -- Homewood trustees Tuesday signed off on contract extensions for firms assisting the village in acquiring a casino. With three trustees and Village...

2/11/2014

article 24th GOP hopefuls debate spread of casino gambling
(Illinois) -- Former state Rep. Chris Nybo says downtown Chicago should get a casino, but only if an existing gambling facility in Aurora, Elgin or Joliet packs it in...
article Homewood extends contracts in push for casino
(Illinois) -- The Village Board approved contract extensions for two firms assisting Homewood in acquiring a casino. By a 4-0 vote with no public discussion, the Village...
article Kadner: Casino bill hearing in Tinley Park
(Illinois) -- Fulfilling a pledge he made last year, state Rep. Robert Rita will host a public hearing Monday in Tinley Park on gambling expansion in Illinois.

2/10/2014

article Sweeny: Listen to the call of the red-breasted gaming warbler
(Illinois) -- I can tell spring will arrive soon because the red-breasted gaming warblers have returned to Illinois. You've all heard their familiar "Tra-lee!...
article Hoffman Estates parks consider video gambling at golf course
(Illinois) -- The Hoffman Estates Park District will hold a public hearing Tuesday night on whether it should allow video gambling in the clubhouse bar of the Bridges of...

2/9/2014

article Advocates for expanded gambling hopeful this year
(Illinois) -- After failing to win enough support the past two years, proponents of expanded gambling in Illinois see it having better chances this year, with other...
article Casino Revenue Is Down
(Illinois) -- The introduction of video gambling in Illinois taverns and truck stops coincides with a drop in casino revenue. State forecasters have told lawmakers...

2/8/2014

article Link still optimistic about Lake County casino
(Illinois) -- State Senator Terry Link, D-Waukegan, believes there is still hope that Lake County will someday have a gaming casino.

2/7/2014

article Niles task force recommends overturning video gambling ban
(Illinois) -- A mayoral-appointed task force recommends Niles officials lift the suburb's ban on video gambling – but with conditions to ensure residents'...

1/31/2014

article Illinois Horsemen Object to Stake's Inclusion
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Racing Board approved this year's Chicago-area Thoroughbred stakes schedule Jan. 31 despite strong opposition by horsemen to the...

1/29/2014

article Illinois lawmakers extend online betting law
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers approved an 11th-hour extension to an online betting law on Wednesday that will allow horse racing tracks to keep their racing schedules...
article Quinn signs online betting law
(Illinois) -- Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law extending online betting in time to allow horse racing tracks to keep their racing schedules intact this year.
article Both sides voice opinions at gambling hearing
(Illinois) -- Pushing anew to finally expand Illinois gambling, state Rep. Robert Rita figured staging his first public hearing in East St. Louis — home to a...
article Gambling hearing casts expansion as Fairmount vs. Casino Queen
(Illinois) -- A crowd of more than 300 people — elected officials from East St. Louis and other areas, business leaders, clergy and workers — packed a...
article Hearing on proposed Illinois gambling expansion draws crowd
(Illinois) -- About 250 people with an interest in the region's gaming industry attended a public hearing Tuesday evening on whether Illinois should expand gambling.
article Illinois Lawmaker Holds Forum on Expanding Gambling
(Illinois) -- A state lawmaker pushing anew for expanded gambling in Illinois didn’t get much agreement from the local racetrack and a casinoduring a southwestern...

1/28/2014

article Hearing in East St. Louis tonight on proposed Illinois gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- A public hearing starts at 6 p.m. today at the Casino Queen on a proposal to expand gambling in Illinois.
article Ill. lawmaker holding forum on expanding gambling
(Illinois) -- A state lawmaker believes his latest bid to expand Illinois gambling may finally bear fruit now that the state's thorny pension crisis has been...
article Illinois lawmaker pushing 5 casino gambling expansion bill
(Illinois) -- A lawmaker is launching the latest quest to broaden gambling in Illinois with a public hearing in southwestern Illinois. Democratic state Rep. Bob Rita of...
article Little compromise seen at forum on Ill. gambling
(Illinois) -- A state lawmaker hoping compromise will propel his push to expand Illinois gambling got little showing of it during a public hearing Tuesday, when a casino...

1/27/2014

article East St. Louis Hearing To Address Illinois Gambling Expansion Proposal
(Illinois) -- A hearing at the Casino Queen in East Saint Louis Tuesday will kick off an Illinois lawmaker’s renewed efforts to expand gambling in the state.
article Ill. lawmaker sets forum in push to expand gaming
(Illinois) -- A lawmaker is launching the latest quest to broaden gambling in Illinois with a public hearing in southwestern Illinois. Democratic state Rep. Bob Rita of...
article New talks on gambling expansion kick off Tuesday
(Illinois) -- An Illinois lawmaker is attempting to revive talks over a massive expansion of gambling in the state. The effort begins Tuesday at a casino in East St....

1/26/2014

article Another year, another try for more casinos
(Illinois) -- Some state lawmakers are betting that Gov. Pat Quinn is more likely to approve casino expansion now that a pension reform bill has been passed.

1/25/2014

article Casino revenue drops while video gambling in bars rapidly rises
(Illinois) -- Video gambling at bars, truck stops and other local establishments saw rapid growth in its first year of being legal in Illinois, while revenue slid at the...
article Illinois casino revenue down first six months of the year
(Illinois) -- State revenue from casino gambling is down in the first six months of the fiscal year, and the casino industry is pointing a finger at video gaming as a...

1/24/2014

article As talk of gambling expansion resumes, candidates for Illinois governor lukewarm on plan
(Illinois) -- As another push gets underway to add five new casinos in Illinois and slot machines at Chicago's two international airports, most of the candidates for...
article GOP Governor Candidates Debate Gaming Expansion
(Illinois) -- All four Republican candidates for governor squared off in their first formal debate in Peoria Thursday night. Among the topics discussed was whether...

1/23/2014

article Hearing scheduled on expanded Illinois gambling
(Illinois) -- The lawmaker seeking approval for expanded gambling in Illinois will conduct several hearings to get public input.
article Illinois Gambling Expansion Hearings Scheduled
(Illinois) -- Several hearings to expand gambling in Illinois have been scheduled, according to State Rep. Bob Rita (D-Blue Island), who is pushing for increased gaming...

1/22/2014

article Niles discusses overturning video gambling ban
(Illinois) -- A Niles task force of residents and village officials is expected to make its recommendation next month on whether to overturn the suburb's ban on...

1/21/2014

article Elgin’s Grand Victoria rolls out new look
(Illinois) -- “Aunt Vicky” is ready for her close-up. The Grand Victoria Casino — or Aunt Vicky, to some of its gambling customers — has...

1/19/2014

article Niles considers bringing video gambling to village
(Illinois) -- Niles hosted two hearings to discuss the pros and cons of allowing video gaming in the village. Held by the Task Force for Testimony on Video Gaming on Jan...

1/16/2014

article Casinos Vs. Video Gambling Comparing Intake
(Illinois) -- Gamblers spent $1.4 billion at Illinois casinos and $3.3 billion at video gambling machines across the state in 2013 through November. The Journal &...
article OP/ED: Illinois video poker reforms axed by panel
(Illinois) -- In the never-ending battle to keep bad actors out of state-sanctioned gambling, you might think the Illinois Gaming Board could count lawmakers on its side...

1/15/2014

article Gaming Board reacts after reforms rejected
(Illinois) -- The state’s top gambling regulators said today that a “substantial gap” remains in their oversight of the barroom slot machine industry...
article Illinois Gaming Board to lawmakers: Why reject video gambling reforms?
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board is demanding answers about why a panel of lawmakers this week rejected a series of proposed video gambling reforms, including...
article Lawmakers Say "No" To Further Video Gaming Restrictions
(Illinois) -- A state legislative committee has rejected rules aimed at tightening who sells contracts for video gambling terminals and who can do business with Illinois.
article Video gambling rules headed back to Illinois lawmakers
(Illinois) -- A day after a legislative committee rejected rules aimed at tightening who sells contracts for video gambling terminals and who can do business with the...
article The 'reel' truth about monthly slot reports
(Illinois) -- The only information that is revealed about slot machines is derived from the monthly reports published by state gaming commissions.

1/14/2014

article Illinois Gaming Board chief 'astounded' after lawmakers reject video gambling reforms
(Illinois) -- An obscure panel of lawmakers unexpectedly shot down video gambling reforms Tuesday, leaving regulators grasping to close loopholes in the lucrative...

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