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9/4/2015

article Guilt-by-marriage? Video gambling applicant claims Illinois Gaming Board blackballed her because of spouse’s suit against Board
(Illinois) -- A West Chicago woman has sued the Illinois Gaming Board, claiming the board improperly turned down her applications last spring for four video gaming...

9/2/2015

article A fresh revenue stream for mental health? Chicago casino, nonprofit says
(Illinois) -- If Chicago ever gets a casino, a health care nonprofit wants a slice of the income to fund mental health services. Given the health risks involved in...
article Illinois' Biggest Casino Hit With $2 Million Fine
(Illinois) -- Illinois’ biggest and most popular casino has been hit with a $2 million fine, and two of its officers have been ordered suspended, after a complaint...

9/1/2015

article Growth of video gaming likely limited in Rantoul
(Illinois) -- Mayor Chuck Smith called video gaming in the village "a challenge for us" due to limited access. He said the Rantoul Liquor Commission mandated...

8/31/2015

article Bartlett village board to hear revised plans for gambling bistro
(Illinois) -- The Bartlett village board Tuesday will consider revised plans for a video gambling bistro that's previously faced scrutiny from residents and town...
article Competition for Kane County riverboat cash intensifies
(Illinois) -- With state funding for social services in budget limbo, and dwindling profits for the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin, competition for Kane County grants...
article Geneseo reconsiders video gambling
(Illinois) -- The amount of potential revenue available is causing Geneseo aldermen to reconsider allowing video gaming in the city. The State of Illinois uses the...

8/28/2015

article Rivers Casino Partners Fined $2 Million
(Illinois) -- Midwest Gaming & Entertainment, LLC, whose partners own Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, was fined $2 million last Tuesday and the licenses of two of its...
article Big Illinois lottery winners won't get paid til budget stalemate ends
(Illinois) -- Big Illinois Lottery winners are among those who won't get paid until Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers approve a state budget that was due July 1....
article Illinois State Lottery to big winners: No money for you until state has budget
(Illinois) -- The Illinois State Lottery’s motto is “Anything’s Possible.” Recent big winners, though, are getting a different message: “...

8/25/2015

article Appellate panel: Cook County can tax Rivers Casino's slot machines, other video gambling terminals
(Illinois) -- The operators of Rivers Casino were dealt a blow last week when a state appellate court overturned a Cook County judge’s decision vacating Cook County’s...

8/24/2015

article Appellate court upholds Preckwinkle's slot machine tax
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Appellate Court has reinstated a Cook County tax on slot machines, handing a setback to Rivers Casino and a boost of roughly $1.1 million to...

8/21/2015

article The woman who wants to make the Argosy an experience
(Illinois) -- Incoming general manager Joelle Shearin already has a plan for the Argosy: to strike a fine balance between customer perks, to drive revenue and to bring...

8/20/2015

article Springfield's video gambling regulations eyed for possible loophole
(Illinois) -- Some Springfield aldermen are concerned that a loophole or gray area in video gambling restrictions passed last year could allow businesses to skirt the...
article Was Des Plaines lobbyist advocating for, and against, gambling expansion?
(Illinois) -- A lobbyist hired by the city of Des Plaines to advocate against gambling expansion may have been doing just the opposite on behalf of Rockford, according...

8/18/2015

article Early indications on St. Charles video gambling vote: Aldermen not in favor
(Illinois) -- St. Charles aldermen will decide in September whether to allow video gambling. Aldermen, meeting as the government operations committee, voted Monday to...
article Galesburg aldermen vote down regulations for new businesses, video gambling licenses
(Illinois) -- Aldermen struck down a pair of business regulations with unanimous votes Monday against a proposed business and video gambling licenses. The City Council...
article Kane County cuts $68,000 in Grand Vic riverboat grant requests
(Illinois) -- Kane County's Riverboat Committee, which decides how to allocate Grand Victoria Casino riverboat grants, cut the amount of internal grants to three...

8/17/2015

article First video gambling machines installed in Norridge
(Illinois) -- After a weekend of live music, sports and cold beers for the crowd of mostly regulars who gather at DBA Newbe's Sports Bar and Grill in Norridge, most...

8/16/2015

article City Council takes up registration for new businesses, video gambling regulation
(Illinois) -- A number of tabled items regarding business licenses and video gambling are on the City Council’s agenda for Monday night’s meeting.

8/11/2015

article Industry veteran joins Majestic Star casinos
(Illinois) -- The Majestic Star Casino LLC has named industry veteran Barry J. Cregan as the new senior vice president and general manager of its Gary casinos. Craig...

8/9/2015

article Delkab County and Potawatomi Nation plan for 24 hour electronic bingo hall
(Illinois) -- The Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation Tribe and Economic Development Committee of DeKalb County, Illinois have decided to go forward with a 24-hour bingo...
article Delkab County and Potawatomi Nation Plan for Electronic Bingo
(Illinois) -- The Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation Tribe and DeKalb County decided to go forward with a 24-hour bingo hall. The plan incorporates electronic bingo into...

8/7/2015

article Gambling money could help pay for Highland roadwork
(Illinois) -- Johnston Street in Highland could receive a face lift next year, if the Town Council decides to put some of its gambling take toward it. The council during...

8/6/2015

article Akst: Betting on DeKalb County’s future
(Illinois) -- There’s a saying about economists: You could line them all up, end-to-end, and they still would point in every direction. This saying bounced around...
article Officials weigh in on bingo facility
(Illinois) -- Acres of cornfields stand on the land owned by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. It’s now rented by a farmer, but is expected to be transformed to...
article Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation revives plan for Illinois casino
(Illinois) -- The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation of Kansas is moving forward with plans for a Class II facility on ancestral land in Illinois. In 2006, the tribe...

8/5/2015

article DeKalb County officials to consider tribe's bingo proposal
(Illinois) -- After progress on the project paused for seven years, DeKalb County and the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation are moving forward with plans for the tribe to...
article DeKalb County, Potawatomi Nation tribe moving forward with casino plans
(Illinois) -- After a seven-year hiatus, the county and the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation tribe are moving ahead with a plan to bring a casino to DeKalb County. It...
article Officials to consider 1st tribal gaming facility in Illinois
(Illinois) -- DeKalb County and the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation are moving forward with plans for the tribe to open the first Native American-run gaming facility in...

8/4/2015

article St. Charles officials still undecided on video gambling
(Illinois) -- The arguments for and against allowing video gambling in St. Charles Monday night were predictable. And the odds of aldermen embracing a topic they wouldn...

8/1/2015

article Penn National Gaming to acquire Illinois slot route operator
(Illinois) -- Penn National Gaming is acquiring Prairie State Gaming, an Illinois slot machine route operator in an all cash transaction. No purchase price was announced...
article $18K in Alton gaming money held
(Illinois) -- With no new state budget in place yet, the governor halted video gaming revenue (VGR) payments to municipalities this week, including a $18,081.30...
article Illinois delays gambling payouts to cities
(Illinois) -- City coffers are shrinking in Illinois as the state withholds gaming-machine revenue, pending a resolution to Illinois' budget impasse.
article State budget standoff halts gambling cash for Elmwood Park, River Grove
(Illinois) -- Elmwood Park, River Grove and other Illinois towns with video gambling won't get their cut of profits from the machines until the state budget is in...

7/31/2015

article Delay of games
(Illinois) -- Municipal leaders throughout Chicago's suburbs are largely shrugging off news that Springfield's faceoff over reaching a budget agreement has put a...
article Long Grove not concerned about gaming revenue loss
(Illinois) -- In Long Grove, the state-ordered loss of revenue from its new video-gambling machines should have no impact, because Village Hall has not earmarked the...
article Penn National to buy Illinois gambling firm
(Illinois) -- Penn National Gaming Inc., a casino operator based near Reading, said Friday it agreed to buy Prairie State Gaming, an Illinois company with 1,100 video...

7/30/2015

article County, state fairs cut back harness racing in Illinois
(Illinois) -- The decline of harness racing in Illinois continues as several county fairs and both state fairs reduce the number of racing days this summer amid the...
article Kadner: Using video gambling in political war
(Illinois) -- The budget battle between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats in the legislature ratcheted up another notch this week with the state threatening to...
article Video gambling revenue at stake during state budget impasse
(Illinois) -- In June alone, nearly $14 million was wagered at the 202 licensed video-gambling terminals in Waukegan. After payouts that included $12.7 million in...

7/29/2015

article Local governments hope to recoup withheld gambling revenue
(Illinois) -- Local governments counting on gambling revenue from the state could be walking away empty-handed. The Rauner administration has said Illinois can’t...
article Norridge coping with gambling cash freeze
(Illinois) -- Norridge started allowing video gambling in its bars and restaurants last spring with the hope of bringing in extra cash, but Gov. Bruce Rauner's...
article State: No casino money for suburbs during state budget impasse
(Illinois) -- Cities that host casinos won't get their latest shares of the taxes that come from gambling losses until Illinois has a full budget in place, state...
article Suburbs fear state budget woes will delay their cut from video gambling
(Illinois) -- For Wheeling Village President Dean Argiris, the possibility that towns like his that host casino gambling might not get their share of the tax money until...

7/28/2015

article Gov. Rauner halts payment of video gambling profits
(Illinois) -- Illinois municipalities that host video gambling in bars and restaurants won't get their cut of profits from the machines until the state budget is in...
article Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's halt on video gambling payments under review
(Illinois) -- Gov. Bruce Rauner says cities and villages will have to wait for their share of video gambling revenue until a state budget is in place. The Republican...
article Rauner halts payment of video gambling profits
(Illinois) -- Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office says the state doesn't have the authority to distribute video gambling profits to municipalities across the state...
article Rauner: No budget means no video gambling money for towns
(Illinois) -- Suburbs that host video gambling in bars and restaurants and look forward to getting a cut of the money won't see their share until the state has a budget...

7/25/2015

article 'They're here to gamble': Streator ranks 5th for video gambling
(Illinois) -- On a recent weekday afternoon, about a dozen people sat around the bar at Westgate Liquors in Streator. A man played one of the bar's three video...

7/24/2015

article Illinois Gaming Board revokes video-gambling license at Rockford restaurant
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board voted unanimously today to revoke the license for video-gambling machines at Mr. C's Family Restaurant on West State Street....

7/21/2015

article Illinois Is Handing Out Video Gambling Licenses For Bars To Shady Criminals
(Illinois) -- In the six years since Illinois legalized video gambling in bars, the Illinois Gaming Board has approved licenses for individuals with criminal pasts, in...
article St. Charles mayor puts video gambling back on city's table
(Illinois) -- St. Charles business owners and social clubs may see a reversal of fortune when it comes to video gambling thanks, in part, to a reversal in opinion by...

7/17/2015

article Too bad the Illinois Lottery can't give stipends to its elderly players
(Illinois) -- I don't have any statistics but from my observation, I can attest that the elderly community spends a big chunk of their monthly social security...

7/16/2015

article Judge refuses request for fresh look at $80 million judgment for casinos over horse tracks owners' conspiracy with Blagojevich
(Illinois) -- A federal judge has refused to buck a verdict ordering a group of Chicago-area horse track owners to pay about $80 million to four casinos, because the...
article Liquor Store Owner Betting on Video Gaming To Boost Sales
(Illinois) -- Cardinal Liquor Barn, 9 is home to Oak Lawn’s best known landmark, Big Chief, said the be the “largest cigar store Indian in the world....

7/15/2015

article Mahomet chamber seeks opinions on gambling
(Illinois) -- The Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce is asking its members to weigh in on legalizing video gambling in the village. In an online survey, the more than 130...
article Oak Lawn OKs liquor licenses; more video gambling to follow
(Illinois) -- In a precedent-setting move for Oak Lawn, village trustees will allow a retail liquor store to serve beer and wine to customers, opening the door for the...

7/14/2015

article Ask The Times: Video gambling earnings
(Illinois) -- Q. Are bars' earnings from video gambling machines subject to income taxes? A. Right off the top, the state gets 25 percent and municipalities 5...

7/7/2015

article Mahomet business owner pushes for video gambling
(Illinois) -- In his words, Rich Minick is just another business owner seeking an opportunity to grow. "It would be a decision in support of local business or not...
article What the pending gaming bill means for Illinois horse racing industry
(Illinois) -- The state’s horse racing industry says it’s in trouble unless a pending gaming bill is approved. The bill calls for a Chicago casino and four...

7/5/2015

article Duncan: Is video gaming really causing problems
(Illinois) -- How much harm are the video gaming machines causing in Southern Illinois? When it comes to Carbondale, the City Council makes it seem like it is a plague...
article Video-gambling standoff in Mahomet
(Illinois) -- Rev. Erik Gustafson knows the average Joe in town doesn't care what scripture says about gambling. Local business owner Justin Taylor understands why...

7/1/2015

article Illinois law doesn't ban gambling malls
(Illinois) -- There apparently is nothing in Illinois' gambling law that prohibits video gambling malls — a concept that may place as many as nine independently operated...

6/25/2015

article Mayor taking a gamble on casino revenue
(Illinois) -- The state of Illinois and the city of Chicago currently suffer under leaders who embrace -- even foment -- fiscal crisis, which they view as “...
article Video gambling OKd for golf course
(Illinois) -- Video gambling is coming to the clubhouse at Sanctuary Golf Course. New Lenox trustees this week approved having the machines at the course, suspending the...

6/23/2015

press release Churchill Downs Aiming to Undercut Racing, Threaten Jobs, in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Horse racing in Illinois would plummet, threatening thousands of jobs at tracks and across Illinois agribusiness, under a plan by Churchill Downs, Inc., to...

6/22/2015

article 'Gambling malls' may be coming near you
(Illinois) -- A developer is apparently hoping to launch a unique concept, a sort of casino mall, in strip malls in Crestwood and Hometown. The idea would be to lease...

6/16/2015

article Eureka repeals video gambling ban
(Illinois) -- Some Eureka businesses will be able to install video gambling machines after a City Council vote to repeal part of the ban on gaming. The city will receive...

6/15/2015

article Report: Harrah's Casino experienced largest revenue decline statewide in May
(Illinois) -- While the video gaming revenue continues to rise, Harrah’s Casino in Joliet saw the largest year-to-year revenue decline statewide in May.

6/10/2015

article Rolling the dice / NIU experts weigh in on pros and cons of a Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- A Chicago casino would almost certainly bring in tax revenue that could help the city stave off a looming crisis over a massive public-pension shortfall,...

6/7/2015

article Rahm Emanuel Rolls the Dice to Pay Chicago’s Pension Bills
(Illinois) -- The Second City is strapped with a $30 billion unfunded liability for public worker and teacher pensions. This year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel must scrape...
article State is gambling away billions, business and policy expert says
(Illinois) -- In the heat of the battle over the State of Illinois budget and proposed $4.1 billion cuts by Governor Bruce Rauner, legalized gambling has been drawing...

6/6/2015

article State is gambling away billions, business and policy expert says
(Illinois) -- In the heat of the battle over the State of Illinois budget and proposed $4.1 billion cuts by Governor Bruce Rauner, legalized gambling has been drawing...
article Casino Included Among Plans for Walker's Bluff Expansion
(Illinois) -- There's another push to expand gambling in Illinois. Some lawmakers are hoping for a casino in Chicago, but others argue that would only benefit that...
article Local vineyard gambles on casino, resort, water park
(Illinois) -- A push by Illinois lawmakers to expand gambling across the state could pay off big for communities in southern Illinois. The owners of Walker's Bluff...

6/5/2015

article Commentary: Rahm Emanuel Rolls the Dice to Pay Chicago’s Pension Bills
(Illinois) -- The Second City is strapped with a $30 billion unfunded liability for public worker and teacher pensions. This year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel must scrape...

6/4/2015

article City leaders not betting on casino
(Illinois) -- City officials got a surprise this week. They learned lawmakers are considering bringing a casino to the soy city. City leaders say it's not their idea...
article Illinois Casino Gaming Revenue Analysis
(Illinois) -- Being the fifth most populous American state and being ranked twelfth in terms of population density in 2014, Illinois is a key transportation hub with a...
article New plan has 'satellite' casino in Decatur
(Illinois) -- A southern Illinois winery and an undisclosed location in Decatur have become part of the annual gambling expansion conversation in the capital city. But...
article Lawmaker plan to expand gambling could bring casino to Cartverville
(Illinois) -- A Southern Illinois winery and an undisclosed location in Decatur have become part of the annual gambling expansion conversation in the capital city. The...
article Video gambling cafe may open in Oswego
(Illinois) -- A video gambling cafe may locate in a strip mall in Oswego. Representatives from Laredo Hospitality, which owns Stella's Place and Shelby's...

6/3/2015

article Lawmaker plan to expand gambling could bring casino to Cartverville
(Illinois) -- A Southern Illinois winery and an undisclosed location in Decatur have become part of the annual gambling expansion conversation in the capital city. The...
article Mt. Prospect: Tax break for gaming company days before talk of gambling proposal
(Illinois) -- Just days before Mount Prospect officials are slated to discuss a proposal to allow video gambling in town, the village board has granted a special tax...
article Bishops Warn Illinois is Enslaved by Passion for Gambling
(Illinois) -- Roman Catholic bishops in Illinois have told state lawmakers they shouldn’t turn to gambling as a revenue fix for the state’s troubled budget....
article Casinos eyed for Decatur and Carterville
(Illinois) -- A southern Illinois winery and an undisclosed location in Decatur have become part of the annual gambling expansion conversation in the state capital. But...

6/2/2015

article Catholic bishops warn Illinois lawmakers on gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- The six Catholic bishops in Illinois have issued a warning to the state legislature about using an expansion of gambling as a revenue fix. The Illinois...

6/1/2015

article Chicago Casino Push Underway With Rahm Emanuel
(Illinois) -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s quest to create a city-owned casino has begun to gather pace with a public hearing held on the issue last week.

5/30/2015

article Arlington Heights mayor: Village backs gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes said two Fridays ago that adding table games in addition to the slot machines Arlington International Racecourse has long...
article Effort to expand Illinois gambling likely pushed into summer
(Illinois) -- An effort to generate much-needed revenue for Chicago and Illinois by opening a city-owned casino and expanding gambling elsewhere could be pushed into...
article Industry-financed report sparks debate on merits and dangers of video gambling in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Melynda Litchfield said her gambling addiction, which started at casinos in Joliet, once led her to consider taking her own life – but her love for...

5/29/2015

article Chicago Casino Could Boost Pensions and Union
(Illinois) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago is pushing the Illinois state legislature to approve a city-owned casino to help shore up the city’s broken pension...
article Illinois Casino Expansion Bill to Be Introduced to Senate This Summer
(Illinois) -- Illinois legislators are likely to present the state Legislature with a bill, which calls for the launch of a Chicago-owned casino as well as “...
article Casino’s deal to buy Fairmount Park may not get out the barn
(Missouri) -- The Casino Queen’s plan to buy Fairmount Park may be put on hold due to the legislative calendar. The deal is contingent upon Illinois lawmakers...

5/28/2015

article Illinois gambling-expansion bill may be pushed into summer
(Illinois) -- An effort to approve a Chicago casino and other new casinos throughout Illinois to generate much-needed revenue could be pushed into the summer.
article Illinois Senate to consider plan for new casinos in Chicago, elsewhere
(Illinois) -- An effort to generate much-needed revenue for Chicago and Illinois by opening a city-owned casino and expanding gambling elsewhere could be pushed into...
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...

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