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2/26/2017

article Casino legislation watch still in effect
(Illinois) -- Attention will again be on Springfield this week with locals wondering whether a riverboat casino will ever come to Danville. Gambling expansion is...

2/25/2017

article OP/ED: Proposed casino legislation dictates more bankruptcy, education losses for Illinois
(Illinois) -- In Illinois, Lincoln's essential premise of "government of the people, by the people, and for the people" has been corrupted into "...

2/22/2017

article Champaign council taps brakes on gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- After detailed discussion, the city council passed an ordinance Tuesday that will temporarily halt the installation or operation of video-gambling...

2/16/2017

article GUEST COLUMN: Bankruptcy, education losses surely follow casino expansion
(Illinois) -- In Illinois, Lincoln’s essential premise of “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” has been corrupted into “...

2/9/2017

article Casino in Springfield?
(Illinois) -- Local Springfield leaders want to bring a Casino to the Capitol city. Springfield Alderman Kris Theilen says it's time the city looks for new ways to...
article Opinion: More casinos won’t help Illinois finances
(Illinois) -- In Illinois, Lincoln’s essential premise of “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” has been corrupted into “...

2/8/2017

article Council talks casino, new city budget
(Illinois) -- Aldermen heard Mayor Scott Eisenhauer give an update on state expanded gambling talks at Tuesday night’s Danville City Council meeting including a...

2/6/2017

article GUEST COLUMN: Proposed casino legislation dictates more bankruptcy, education losses for Illinois
(Illinois) -- In Illinois, Lincoln’s essential premise of “government of the people, by the people and for the people” has been corrupted into “...
article Should Springfield pursue a casino? Proponents say 'why not?'
(Illinois) -- When state senators put together a framework to end Illinois' two-year budget stalemate, they turned to a familiar strategy to generate more income --...

2/5/2017

article OP/ED: 'Government of the casinos ... for the casinos'
(Illinois) -- In Illinois, Lincoln's essential premise of "government of the people, by the people and for the people" has been corrupted into "...

2/4/2017

article Should Springfield pursue a casino? Proponents say 'why not?'
(Illinois) -- When state senators put together a framework to end Illinois' two-year budget stalemate, they turned to a familiar strategy to generate more income --...

2/2/2017

article The 'Cannibalization' Effect Of Casinos In Urban Markets
(Illinois) -- For years, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has championed a casino as the solution to the Windy City's mammoth fiscal crisis, and Illinois Senate Bill 7 is...
article Batavia ups its take on video gambling
(Illinois) -- As Batavia prepares for the introduction of video gambling in the community, city aldermen are making some changes to the game plan.

1/27/2017

article Illinois Senate To Vote On Expanding Riverboat Casino Gambling
(Illinois) -- When the Senate returns they'll also vote on a proposal to expand riverboat casino gambling. It's just one of the many ideas in the Senate's...

1/26/2017

article Eisenhauer touts benefits of proposed Danville casino to legislators
(Illinois) -- Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer told an Illinois Senate committee Wednesday that a casino in Danville, even with conservative, recently revised numbers,...
article Illinois Senate Considers Expanded Gambling Bill
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Senate began hearings Wednesday on a gambling expansion bill that calls for new casinos in Rockford, Chicago and its south suburbs, Danville,...

1/25/2017

article Considering casino has some cautious
(Illinois) -- Talks have started again to possibly open a casino in Danville. This idea is part of the Senate's grand bargaining deal to help raise more revenue for...
article Illinois Senate considering gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- An Illinois Senate committee is considering a massive expansion of riverboat casino gambling as part of a legislative package to break a state budget...
article Video gambling leads to growth in revenue for Illinois
(Illinois) -- A new report shows that roughly 3,000 video gambling terminals opened in Illinois last year, generating growing profits for some communities.

1/24/2017

article Illinois Online Gambling Legalization Looks Like A Long Shot For 2017
(Illinois) -- Illinois will consider a massive gambling expansion package, but it does not appear that online gambling will be in the mix, according to a recent report.
article Video Gambling Leads to Growth in Revenue
(Illinois) -- A new report shows that roughly 3,000 video gambling terminals opened in Illinois last year, generating growing profits for some communities.

1/22/2017

article Suburbs see growth in tax revenue from video gambling
(Illinois) -- Most south and southwest suburbs that allow video gambling saw tax revenue generated by the machines increase last year, according to new figures from the...

1/20/2017

article OP/ED: Gambling cash may be missing link to bail out state
(Illinois) -- We have to admire state Sen. Terry Link's perseverance when it comes to fighting for a gambling casino in Lake County. We've lost count on the...
article Vernon Hills upholds video gambling ban
(Illinois) -- Long Grove lifted its ban on video gambling a year ago and Buffalo Grove did the same this April, but Vernon Hills trustees are not following suit. Village...

1/18/2017

article Casino not a sure bet
(Illinois) -- It could be the right time for a Danville casino, according to the sentiment of local officials. Danville's name remains as talks continue on a state-...
article Slowik: Towns should share revenue if legislature approves south suburban casino
(Illinois) -- In case you missed it, the state legislature is once again kicking around the idea of expanding casino gaming into the south suburbs and elsewhere in...

1/16/2017

article Our View: No Illinois budget deal is complete without a proposal for a Rockford casino
(Illinois) -- There it is again. You knew it was coming. It's as inevitable as death, taxes and Mike Madigan's reelection as speaker of the House. Rockford and...

1/13/2017

article Casino revenue skids on snowy weather
(Illinois) -- Revenues skidded 11.6 percent in December at the region's five casinos, due in large part to snowy weather, but the yearly picture was not as gloomy.

1/12/2017

article Chicago Casino Shot Down in State Senate, but Resuscitation Expected
(Illinois) -- A Chicago casino and five other gambling licenses were up for consideration in the Illinois General Assembly, but deliberations were quickly squashed, as...

1/10/2017

article After prodding by Bluhm, Emanuel pushed against racinos
(Illinois) -- In the months leading up to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2015 re-election, members of the family that controls Illinois’ most successful casino gave $...

1/9/2017

article New Casino Bill Could Affect Walker's Project
(Illinois) -- A proposal to bring a casino to Williamson County has apparently undergone a huge shift. You'll find the details in a bill filed by Illinois Senate...
article Niles video gambling ordinance tweaked based on demand
(Illinois) -- The village of Niles has tweaked its ordinance allowing local businesses and others to apply for video gambling licenses, but the overall number of...
article Senate plays waiting game with minimum wage, tax, casino plan
(Illinois) -- Illinois Senate leaders on Monday slammed the brakes on a massive and ambitious budget package — which includes increasing the income tax, raising...

12/28/2016

article Palatine council to take up video gambling in spring
(Illinois) -- Palatine council members will discuss allowing video gambling at village bars and restaurants in the spring, less than two years after residents voted...

12/19/2016

article Illinois lawmakers seek investigation into lottery practices; Grand Prizes not awarded
(Illinois) -- Democratic and Republican senators and legislators have called for an investigation into how the Illinois Lottery worked in regard to major prizes not...

12/7/2016

article Should Palatine Reconsider Video Gambling in the Village?
(Illinois) -- More than a year ago, residents rejected a nonbinding, advisory referendum to consider allowing video gambling in the village. But that was April of 2015....

12/6/2016

article Palatine council split on whether to revisit video gambling ban
(Illinois) -- A group of Palatine bar owners and their supporters urged the village council Monday to reconsider the town's prohibition on video gambling, but the...

12/4/2016

article Voice of The Southern: Walker's Bluff complex would jumpstart local economy
(Illinois) -- Walker’s Bluff has been a terrific addition to Southern Illinois since its creation in 2008. CEO and founder Cynde Bunch and the rest of her crew...

11/30/2016

article Video gambling remains hot-button issue for local towns
(Illinois) -- Video gambling, especially video gaming cafés, remains a contentious issue in many local communities, four years after becoming legal in Illinois. State...

11/29/2016

article Batavia aldermen OK video gambling
(Illinois) -- The sound of pinging and the sight of flashing lights will be coming soon to some Batavia taverns, restaurants, social clubs and entertainment venues. As...

11/27/2016

article City Council lifts ban on video gambling in Batavia, Illinois
(Illinois) -- On November 15, with all but three members of the 14-member council voting, aldermen voted 8-3 in favor of lifting the ban on video gambling in Batavia,...

11/25/2016

article Illinois Quad-Cities takes in millions in video gaming revenues
(Illinois) -- When video gaming became legal in Illinois in 2012, local leaders were skeptical about how much revenue it would bring in to their respective communities....
article Batavia lifting ban on video gambling
(Illinois) -- City aldermen are lifting Batavia’s ban on video gambling. At a committee meeting Nov. 15, aldermen voted to allow local taverns, restaurants, social...

11/21/2016

article Council voices concern over video gambling
(Illinois) -- The city is concerned that video gambling parlors are taking up limited liquor licenses and not living up to their intended use. Restaurants, bars and...
article Appeals panel OK’s Empress Casino, insurers try to put cleaning company on the hook for ‘09 fire
(Illinois) -- A Chicago appeals panel ruled the former Empress Casino Joliet and its insurers can try to recoup $84 million in deductibles and claims from a kitchen...

11/20/2016

article Vernon Hills considering video gambling
(Illinois) -- At a November 15 meeting, Village Trustee Thom Koch suggested that the village board look into the possibility of allowing video gambling, according to the...

11/19/2016

article Argosy Casino sees 15% admission drop
(Illinois) -- The state’s first riverboat casino posted the largest admission drop of all Illinois riverboats in fiscal year 2016, according to a recent report by...
article Vernon Hills to reconsider video gambling
(Illinois) -- Seven years after the state's video gambling bill passed and four years after the statewide system went live, Vernon Hills trustees plan to revisit the...

11/18/2016

article Casino fire subrogation claims lose
(Illinois) -- On March 20, 2009, a fire broke out in the Empress Casino Joliet riverboat while renovation work was being done, causing nearly $84 million in damages.

11/17/2016

article Algonquin prohibits businesses with gambling as primary purpose
(Illinois) -- Gaming cafes are no longer allowed in Algonquin after officials tightened the village's regulations on video gambling. A new set of criteria,...

11/16/2016

article Batavia ready to allow video gambling?
(Illinois) -- Batavia seems ready to drop its ban on video gambling. Aldermen voted 8-3 Tuesday as a committee meeting to do so. A binding vote could be taken as soon as...

11/15/2016

article Walker's Bluff casino supporters make their case in Springfield
(Illinois) -- Advocates of the proposed Walker’s Bluff resort and casino project rallied in Springfield on Tuesday, imploring lawmakers to “Support the...

11/14/2016

article Algonquin Officials Look at Banning Video Gaming Cafes
(Illinois) -- The Algonquin Board of Trustees is considering an ordinance that would ban video gaming cafes in the village with the hopes of keeping establishments...

11/12/2016

article Elgin has upgrades in mind with riverboat shared revenue
(Illinois) -- Elgin officials plan to use shared riverboat casino revenue to buy high-definition police car cameras, to build a new Lords Park pedestrian bridge and to...
article BGA: Video gambling interests betting on politicians’ backing
(Illinois) -- In February 2014, eight days before it applied for a liquor license, Illinois’ largest chain of gambling parlors contributed $1,000 to the political...

11/9/2016

article St. Charles' first video gambling machines running
(Illinois) -- Several St. Charles establishments are hosting video gambling machines about a year after the Illinois city reversed its ban on the activity.

11/8/2016

article First video gambling machines running in St. Charles
(Illinois) -- About a year after St. Charles officials reversed their ban on video gambling, a handful of establishments are hosting either a new vice or a new source of...

10/31/2016

article With latest gambling bars, Kankakee and Bradley say 'no more'
(Illinois) -- The signs have gone up, but the video poker machines have yet to be installed in the two latest video gaming locations in Kankakee County.

10/28/2016

article Gambling Comes To Chrisman For The First Time
(Illinois) -- For the first time in their history, residents of one area town won't have to travel far to gamble. A restaurant in Chrisman was approved for gaming...

10/21/2016

article Crystal Lake tightens video gambling ordinance to clearly mandate barrier
(Illinois) -- The City Council tightened its fledgling video gambling ordinance to reflect the wishes of members that an actual wall or partition separate the machines...
article Video gambling has hot hand in Illinois
(Illinois) -- The lounge at Bertrand Lanes bowling alley was the first Waukegan business to get a license to install video slot machines. Ask owner George Lawrence why...
article What has expanded video gambling done to Illinois?
(Illinois) -- John W. Kindt, an emeritus professor of business and legal policy at the University of Illinois, is a leading national gambling critic who has testified...

10/12/2016

article Batavia to consider video gambling
(Illinois) -- City aldermen are again considering the idea of allowing video gambling in the community. Two years ago, aldermen voted against lifting a ban on video...

10/7/2016

article September Casino Numbers: Harrah’s Second In State; Hollywood Joliet Fifth
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board has released the dock site and riverboat casino numbers for the month of September. Des Plaines continues to dominate, taking in...
article Gambling explosion
(Illinois) -- Orville Dash is no stranger to addiction. Now 79 years old, he is a recovering alcoholic but hasn’t drank a beer in 35 years. He quit smoking, too;...

10/5/2016

article Video-gambling machines score jackpot for downstate cities
(Illinois) -- Never mind the players — it appears that downstate cities are some of the biggest winners from Illinois’ video-gambling machines. Local...

10/4/2016

article Chicago casino back in play? Why you shouldn't bet on it
(Illinois) -- Another round of Chicago casino roulette is underway as City Hall prepares to accept proposals to redevelop the former Michael Reese Hospital site on the...
article Dey: Video-gambling machines are killing competition
(Illinois) -- For decades now, Illinois legislators have believed there's an endless pile of gold at the bottom of gamblers' pockets, just waiting to be swept up...
article Elburn considers gambling café in town
(Illinois) -- The village of Elburn is considering whether to allow a gambling café to establish itself in town. Both Village President Dave Anderson and Building...

10/1/2016

article Four years later, video gambling still successful
(Illinois) -- She’s just one Illinoisan who likes to gamble at video gaming terminals, though she says she prefers to go to the Argosy Casino when possible. Either...

9/27/2016

article Our View: Video gaming booming in Rockford and state, but other gambling revenue not as robust
(Illinois) -- September marked the four-year anniversary of video gaming in Illinois. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at gambling in Rockford, statewide and...

9/25/2016

article Study says video gaming has generated about $785 million in taxes since September 2012
(Illinois) -- The Carbondale City Council took another stand against video gaming this week by limiting the number of terminals in the city, but it is hard to deny the...

9/24/2016

article South Chicago suburbs try to curb video gambling businesses
(Chicago) -- Several southern Chicago suburbs are enacting new rules to curb the spread of video gambling businesses.Data from the Illinois Gaming Board show patrons of...

9/23/2016

article City gambling take nears $5 million as expansion slows
(Illinois) -- Tax revenue and fees from video gaming are nearing $5 million in the city of Springfield since the start of legalized gambling in the fall of 2012, though...

9/21/2016

article Carbondale approves cap on video gambling machines
(Illinois) -- Carbondale leaders have approved new rules limiting the total number of video gambling machines allowed at local businesses. A new ordinance caps the...
article City officials and area business owners see benefits of gaming industry
(Illinois) -- Four years ago, Rockford city officials didn't know how they were going to afford new police cars and fire trucks. "At the time we were in a...
article Video Gaming Celebrates Four Years In Illinois
(Illinois) -- Any kind of gambling comes with both strong supporters and opponents at the legislative level. But four years later, it has become big business in central...

9/19/2016

article Video gambling cafe still coming to Oswego
(Illinois) -- Plans are still moving forward for a video gambling cafe in an Oswego strip mall, village officials said. Representatives from Laredo Hospitality, which...

9/16/2016

article Court ruling gives boost to Hometown video gambling plans
(Illinois) -- With a Walgreens drugstore being Hometown's biggest retail sales tax generator, Kevin Casey, that suburb's mayor, looks to his community's...
article Huntley imposes moratorium on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Huntley has imposed a moratorium on allowing new video gambling establishments until Jan. 1 so officials can prepare regulations now that the village has...
article Video gambling spending, losses on rise
(Illinois) -- What is being spent at video gambling machines, and what is being lost, grew during the first eight months of this year compared with the same period last...

9/15/2016

article Oak Forest alters laws on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Fearing a proliferation of businesses offering video gambling, the Oak Forest City Council approved changes Tuesday to ordinances on what entities can...

9/13/2016

article Mundelein gas station denied video gambling license, plans to appeal
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board recently voted to deny a video gambling license requested by a gas station in Mundelein. Graham's Countryside BP gas station...

9/12/2016

article Illinois Gambling Industry Booming
(Illinois) -- Illinois’ casinos and riverboats may be feeling down on their luck lately, but a new report from the Commission on Government Forecasting and...
article Video Gambling Expansion Attributes to Illinois Gambling Sector Growth
(Illinois) -- Although the majority of market analysts confirmed that the Illinois gambling industry has been going through a difficult period, the latest report, issued...

9/8/2016

article Des Plaines, casino, Onesti have plan to revive downtown theater
(Illinois) -- Des Plaines officials revealed a plan Wednesday to acquire and renovate the dormant Des Plaines Theatre with partial financial backing from Rivers Casino,...

9/6/2016

article Council to limit video gambling parlors
(Illinois) -- The spread of video gambling parlors throughout the city could be suppressed by the Decatur City Council tonight. The council is scheduled to vote on...

9/5/2016

article Letter: Illinois giving away billions to gambling insiders
(Illinois) -- To the Editor: Illinois has not only given away billions to gambling insiders since 1990, but also proposes to continue giving away billions more.
article Lawmakers roll the dice again for Rockford casino
(Illinois) -- It's not every day Democrats and Republicans find common ground on issues, but there's one topic Republican Senator Dave Syverson and Democratic...

9/4/2016

article Local mayors lend support for Walker's Bluff expansion
(Illinois) -- Walker’s Bluff’s attempt at constructing a $178 million lodging and entertainment on its property received more backers recently as the...

8/31/2016

article Cashing In On Video Gambling
(Illinois) -- For the first seven months of this year, Elk Grove Village generated more revenue from video gambling machines than any other Northwest suburban town that...

8/29/2016

article Council moves to stifle spread of video gambling
(Illinois) -- The Decatur City Council identified several ways Monday to stop the spread of video gambling parlors throughout the city. A majority of council members...
article Street bids, video gambling, goals return to council
(Illinois) -- The Decatur City Council will return to several previously discussed topics at its meeting tonight: video gambling, city goals and bids for street repairs...

8/26/2016

article Limitations discussed for video gambling
(Illinois) -- In light of discussion about regulations for video gaming businesses, city council passed a resolution approving a bar liquor license with supplemental...
article Video gambling cafe may open Sleepy Hollow location
(Illinois) -- A video gambling cafe may open up shop in a Sleepy Hollow storefront that has been vacant for years. Representatives for Elsie's Place, a chain of...

8/25/2016

article City Acknowledges Oversight In Gaming Signage
(Illinois) -- The city of Urbana passed an ordinance requiring all video gaming establishments to have a visible sign located near the video gaming machine. They say it...

8/24/2016

article Our view: Change payout formula for video gambling revenue
(Illinois) -- Here’s a way to cut down on the number of video gambling parlors operating in Illinois: change the revenue split prescribed by state law. That’...

8/22/2016

article 4 More Crystal Lake Businesses Get Video Gambling Licenses
(Illinois) -- There are now six businesses in Crystal Lake that have video gambling licenses after the Crystal Lake City Council last week approved licenses for the...

8/20/2016

article DeKalb to consider gambling license, limits on terminals
(Illinois) -- Another business is set to come before the DeKalb City Council on Monday seeking a license to sell liquor and operate video gambling terminals, and...

8/18/2016

article Crystal Lake grants 4 more video gambling licenses
(Illinois) -- The City Council granted four more video gambling licenses to local businesses Tuesday evening, on the conditions that three of them do more to keep it out...

8/15/2016

article Crystal Lake City Council set to approve four more video gambling licenses
(Illinois) -- Four more businesses are asking for video gambling licenses, which if approved would bring the total to six since the Crystal Lake City Council legalized...
article Why Is Gambling Banned On The CTA?
(Illinois) -- There are many things you should not do on public transportation. Some of those things, like soliciting, smoking, DJing and manspreading, are obvious. But...

8/9/2016

article Urbana council approves action on five gambling licenses
(Illinois) -- City officials expressed cautious support for five gambling-hall licenses Monday night, approving two new establishments and renewing three, but made their...

8/8/2016

article Urbana council sees gambling requests proliferate
(Illinois) -- Two months after denying two new gambling halls, the Urbana City Council will have five separate video-gambling requests on its agenda tonight. The council...

8/3/2016

article 7th Circuit cuts casinos’ jury award
(Illinois) -- A federal appeals court Tuesday slashed two-thirds off the $77.8 million awarded to four riverboat casinos that were the victims of a pay-to-play deal...

8/2/2016

article Court reduces Illinois casinos' award in case linked to Blagojevich scandal
(Illinois) -- A federal appeals court reduced an award to Illinois casinos on Tuesday, ruling in a lawsuit that arose from the corruption scandal that toppled then-...

7/28/2016

article Homer Glen calls 'time out' on video gambling licenses
(Illinois) -- The Homer Glen Village Board has issued a temporary moratorium on the issuance of video gambling licenses. As video gaming is becoming more prevalent in...
article Oak Forest officials discuss video gambling regulations
(Illinois) -- Mayor Henry Kuspa said he doesn't mind taverns and restaurants in Oak Forest that feature video poker or other kinds of gambling, but he is sympathetic...
article Rauner hoping for windfall with new lottery operator
(Illinois) -- A new private company or perhaps a new governmental agency could run the Illinois Lottery, and Gov. Bruce Rauner said Thursday he would be open to talk...

7/27/2016

article DeKalb City Council raises video gambling terminal fees
(Illinois) -- Aldermen had a slight change of heart this week, deciding to charge more for video gambling terminal fees yet sparing local nonprofit organizations a bit.

7/23/2016

article Struggling municipal golf courses turn to video poker, slots
(Illinois) -- Struggling municipal golf courses are turning to video poker and slot machines in an effort to make up for declining revenue. More than a dozen taxpayer-...

7/21/2016

article Crystal Lake grants first two video gambling licenses since overturning ban
(Illinois) -- The City Council granted its first two video gambling licenses since reversing its ban on the machines earlier this year. Council members voted, 5-2,...

7/20/2016

article Casino owners jump on video-gambling bandwagon
(Illinois) -- The number of video-gambling machines at Illinois bars, strip malls and other small venues is booming, growing from zero to more than 23,000 in the past...
article Rolling Meadows still out of video gambling business
(Illinois) -- Although more suburbs are jumping on board with video gambling, a majority of Rolling Meadows trustees are still against bringing it to the city. Alderman...

7/13/2016

article Foss Park District picks gambling vendor that employs board member
(Illinois) -- The Foss Park District board has approved a deal that will replace the video-gambling machines at the Foss Park Golf Course in North Chicago with ones made...

7/9/2016

article THE WATCHDOGS: Casino owners jump on video-gambling bandwagon
(Illinois) -- The number of video-gambling machines at Illinois bars, strip malls and other small venues is booming, growing from zero to more than 23,000 in the past...

7/5/2016

article City council approves gambling parlor
(Illinois) -- Another new gambling parlor is coming to town. On Tuesday the city council voted unanimously to allow Lucky's Lounge to set up shop. The building is at...

6/30/2016

article All In: Jobs and Careers at Rivers Casino
(Illinois) -- For communities that need jobs, casinos have them. Often, they have thousands of available jobs, and sometimes even have trouble filling the positions.

6/28/2016

article All In: Rivers Casino is Big Money for This Illinois City
(Illinois) -- It is not your typical casino town. Des Plaines, Illinois is where Ray Kroc opened the first franchised McDonalds restaurant. It is the home of a school...
article Off-track betting proposal off and running in Green Oaks
(Illinois) -- Plans for a sports bar and off-track betting facility at Fatman Bowl in Green Oaks are off and running after village board approval. Trustees on June 22...

6/23/2016

article Tinley OKs stricter controls for some video gambling businesses
(Illinois) -- Tinley Park trustees have adopted new restrictions on certain types of video gambling businesses that are much stricter than state law covering the games....

6/15/2016

article Tinley mulls video gambling restrictions
(Illinois) -- Tinley Park officials will consider new classifications of liquor licenses for new businesses that want to also offer video gambling, with possible...

6/13/2016

article Council revisiting video gaming fee proposal
(Illinois) -- The City Council on Monday will consider whether to charge an annual fee for each of the more than 200 video-gaming machines throughout Bloomington. City...
article Niles businesses now able to apply for video gambling licenses
(Illinois) -- A handful of Niles businesses will now have the opportunity to apply for a limited number of video gambling licenses from the village after the board voted...

6/12/2016

article Rolling the dice
(Illinois) -- Gambling is all around us. According to Webster's Dictionary, it is defined as “to risk losing (something valuable or important) in order to do...

6/11/2016

article Lincolnwood upholds video gambling ban citing 'moral issues'
(Illinois) -- A video gambling "cafe" chain with a heavy presence in Illinois will not be allowed to open in Lincolnwood after trustees rejected a proposal...

6/10/2016

article A new local casino in southern Illinois could mean substantial losses for others
(Illinois) -- If a proposal for a casino at Walker’s Bluff in Carterville is successful, it would mean even more competition for Harrah’s Metropolis and the...

6/9/2016

article New local casino could mean big losses for others
(Illinois) -- A casino at Walker's Bluff would put three casinos within an hour of each other, making a true game of chance for the cities. For years, Metropolis has...

6/7/2016

article Attorney: Cities have little power to control video gambling
(Illinois) -- Although several city officials would like to find a way to control the expansion of video gambling, a consensus view is emerging that limiting liquor...
article City council moves toward gambling changes
(Illinois) -- Decatur City Council members expressed a desire Monday to change the city's video gambling landscape. Specifically, several members said they wanted to...

6/6/2016

article Council to assess video gambling
(Illinois) -- The Decatur City Council will discuss the state of video gambling in Decatur during a study session tonight. Several council members have said they want to...
article Decatur City Council to study ways to limit video gambling locations
(Illinois) -- What started out as a good idea now has city officials in Decatur, Illinois searching to find ways to limit the number of locations where video gambling...

6/5/2016

article Decatur To Study Limits On Video Gambling Locations
(Illinois) -- Video gambling has been a good bet for cities across the state. On Monday, the Decatur City Council will take up video gambling in a study session. The...

5/25/2016

article Video Gambling Ordinance Back Before Niles Village Trustees Tonight
(Illinois) -- Update: Niles village trustees approved video gambling in the village with no changes to the proposed ordinance. Original story: A proposed ordinance to...
article Public hearing on video gambling in Lincolnwood draws few residents
(Illinois) -- A public hearing set up by the village of Lincolnwood May 17 midst the town's ongoing quest to consider lifting its ban on video gambling failed to...

5/23/2016

article Our View: Deja vu ... Gambling expansion again on the table in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Gambling expansion again is on the table in Springfield as lawmakers try to figure out how to balance a budget that has enough holes in it to sail a...

5/22/2016

article As state searches for revenue, is gambling expansion back in mix?
(Illinois) -- When state budget negotiators put together a framework for a balanced spending plan, they included a list of things that could generate $5.4 billion in...

5/18/2016

article Casino license key to expansion plans at Walker's Bluff
(Illinois) -- Developers at Walker's Bluff are pushing state lawmakers for a gaming license they call key to major expansion plans. The owners of the Caterville-...

5/16/2016

article Indian Head Park approves new video gambling place
(Illinois) -- Indian Head Park will have a new video gambling place. The Indian Head Park Village Board approved a gaming license and a liquor license for the Cardinal...

5/15/2016

article OTBs, Craft Liquor Distilleries In Line For Video Poker
(Illinois) -- Online betting on horse-races would continue to be legal in Illinois, under legislation advancing at the state capitol. That's despite concerns of anti...

5/14/2016

article Region awash in video gambling?
(Illinois) -- A Tinley Park business owner is betting his customers might be interested in a wash and a wager. Bryan Sord hopes to convince the Village Board to let him...

5/12/2016

article Harrah's celebrates 23 years in Joliet
(Illinois) -- It’s a cultural shock to realize a majority of so-called Millennials don’t remember a time when Las Vegas style casino gambling wasn’t...

5/11/2016

article Bloomington tavern making changes to comply with gambling rules
(Illinois) -- A Bloomington tavern that was making more money on gambling machines than in food and drink, a violation of the city’s liquor license rules, is being...

5/10/2016

article How Rivers Casino saved millions in property taxes
(Illinois) -- The owners of the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines have received more than $4 million in property tax cuts since opening nearly five years ago by arguing the...

5/9/2016

article Despite success, Rivers Casino gets millions in Illinois property tax cuts
(Illinois) -- The owners of the wildly successful Rivers Casino in Des Plaines have received more than $4 million in property tax cuts since opening nearly five years...

5/8/2016

article Industry, lawmakers: Struggling Fairmount needs gaming expansion
(Illinois) -- Other than the workers rolling dollies and hauling boxes in and out of the grandstand, Fairmount Park was quiet May 1. Betting windows were closed. High-...

5/7/2016

article BGA: Rivers Casino’s winning tax appeal? Ignore our profits
(Illinois) -- Of Illinois’ 10 casinos, none is as lucrative as Rivers Casino in Des Plaines. Since 2012, it’s reported revenues of more than $400 million a...

5/6/2016

article Joliet Casino Numbers: Harrah’s Down, Hollywood Slightly Up
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board has released the docksite and riverboat casino numbers for the month of April. Des Plaines, as usual, is way out in front; having...

5/5/2016

article Delaware North acquires Illinois-based video gaming terminal operator
(Illinois) -- Delaware North, the Buffalo-based hospitality and tourism giant, has acquired Gaming Entertainment & Management, the third-largest video gaming...

5/2/2016

article IL horse racing fights fantasy sports bill
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Harness Horseman's Association today decried legislation that would legalize fantasy sports gambling while at the same time, lawmakers...

4/27/2016

article Lincolnwood to host public meeting on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Lincolnwood trustees on April 19 decided to let the public weigh in on a proposal to end the village's ban on video gambling by allowing a Des Plaines-...

4/25/2016

article Buffalo Grove reverses 7-year ban on video gaming machines
(Illinois) -- Once adamant against full-service restaurants having video gambling machines in Buffalo Grove, Village Board members now welcome it, and the move has at...
article Lincolnwood to host public meeting on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Lincolnwood trustees on April 19 decided to let the public weigh in on a proposal to end the village's ban on video gambling by allowing a Des Plaines-...
article Council OKs raising liquor license fees, tables gambling fee
(Illinois) -- The City Council voted Monday to increase liquor license fees for the first time since 1982 but agreed to phase the changes in over five years instead of...

4/19/2016

article Buffalo Grove to allow video gambling at full restaurants
(Illinois) -- Buffalo Grove has lifted its seven-year ban on video gambling machines at full-service restaurants in the village but will continue to prohibit gambling...
article Forsyth upholds video gambling ban
(Illinois) -- A ban on video gambling in Forsyth remains in effect despite recent reconsideration of the issue. The village board decided Monday to hold off on changing...

4/18/2016

article Some oppose plan for video gambling cafe in Prospect Hts.
(Illinois) -- A new video gambling cafe is planned in Prospect Heights, but some members of the city council have concerns about the project. Elsie's Place, which is...
article Video Gambling Restaurant Chain Seeks Prospect Heights' OK
(Illinois) -- A new location for video gambling would be the eighth in one area of Prospect Heights. Minnesota-based Lieberman Companies presented plans for Elsie's...

4/16/2016

article Should Video Gambling Expand in Tinley Park?
(Chicago) -- The owners of two restaurant groups told Tinley Park trustees at a meeting Tuesday that video gambling is a key component of their proposed businesses,...

4/13/2016

article State’s most lucrative casino fined $1.65 million by Illinois Gaming Board after mob inquiry
(Illinois) -- Rivers Casino has paid one of the largest gaming-related fines in modern times – $1.65 million – following an Illinois Gaming Board investigation spurred...

4/11/2016

article Crystal Lake businesses see end of video gambling ban as leveling playing field
(Illinois) -- Local business owners have good things to say about the new Crystal Lake ordinance that ends a years-long struggle on their part to allow for video...

4/10/2016

article Rush Street Gaming faces fine of $1.65 million in Illinois
(Illinois) -- A Chicago company behind the Brockton resort casino proposal is now facing a $1.65 million fine in the state of Illinois. Rush Street Gaming has been...
article Winners, losers from surge in video gaming activity
(Illinois) -- The amount of money being gambled in Bloomington earned the city fifth place on the Illinois Gaming Board's 2015 list of top 10 video gambling...

4/8/2016

article Joliet Casinos Show Solid Gains in March Gaming Numbers
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board has released the docksite and riverboat casino numbers for the month of March, and both Joliet locations showed double-digit...

4/7/2016

article Rivers Casino pays $1.65M after mob inquiry
(Illinois) -- Rivers Casino has paid one of the largest gaming-related fines in modern times — $1.65 million — following an Illinois Gaming Board...

4/4/2016

article Mundelein says video gambling not part of Speedway project
(Illinois) -- While a proposed Speedway expansion in Mundelein involves a land purchase and a liquor license, village officials say those changes are not tied to video...

4/2/2016

article Crystal Lake will see video gambling if compromise ordinance passes
(Illinois) -- The City Council could reverse its ban on video gambling under a compromise proposal offered by local businesses that want the machines. Under an ordinance...

3/26/2016

article Casinos moving ashore in Chicagoland
(Illinois) -- Moving forward from last year’s state law allowing operation of land-based casinos, Tropicana Evansville became the first to get Indiana approval to...

3/23/2016

article Bushnell Council hears proposal for video gaming parlor
(Illinois) -- The financial backers behind a proposed video gaming parlor are ready to break ground — if the city can assure them of the liquor license that’...

3/17/2016

article Illinois Gaming Board: Gaming Saturation Close
(Illinois) -- Illinois may be getting close to gambling saturation, according to the administrator for the Illinois Gaming Board. During testimony last week on the...
article Revenue: $40 million in federal funds could be ‘recaptured’; and more from INN Radio
(Illinois) -- Tens of millions of dollars in federal funding for public housing programs in Illinois are in jeopardy because of a missed appropriation. Earlier this...

3/12/2016

article February casino market led by River City & Casino Queen
(Illinois) -- Gambling figures for the state released Thursday show revenue rises in the double digits at River City and the Casino Queen, both leading the St. Louis...

3/9/2016

article Georgetown approves liquor license for video-gambling parlor
(Illinois) -- Georgetown officials voted 5-3 to approve a liquor license for Lacey's Place, a video-gambling establishment that will serve liquor and food. The new...

3/8/2016

article Southern Illinois winery bets on gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- Cynde Bunch wants to transform Walker’s Bluff in Carterville from a winery and restaurant, to a lodging and entertainment complex that would invest...

3/7/2016

article State Dock Site and Riverboat Gaming Numbers: Harrah’s of Joliet Drops, Hollywood Stays Even
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board has released the docksite and riverboat casino numbers for the month of February. Des Plaines stayed way out in front by bringing...
article Trustees consider tax benefits of video gambling in Lincolnwood
(Illinois) -- Representatives of a prominent chain of video gambling "cafes" throughout the Chicago area are continuing to press Lincolnwood officials to...
article Video gambling cafe chain plans Norridge location
(Illinois) -- A corporate-owned chain of video gambling cafes based in the Chicago area is planning a new location in a Norridge strip mall. Since video gambling was...
article Walker's Bluff wants gaming license as part of large investment in the region
(Illinois) -- Cynde Bunch wants to transform Walker’s Bluff in Carterville from a winery and restaurant, to a lodging and entertainment complex that would invest...
article With No Legislation, Illinois Online Lottery Sales Set to Expire This Month
(Illinois) -- It looks like this will be the last month that the Illinois Lottery is able to sell online lottery tickets. The state had first legalized the online...

3/6/2016

article Cary declines to expand general video gaming policy
(Illinois) -- After an influx of proposals from businesses wanting to add video gaming, the Committee of the Whole declined to change its general policy of only allowing...

3/5/2016

article Walker's Bluff needs gaming license as part of large investment in the region
(Illinois) -- Cynde Bunch wants to transform Walker’s Bluff in Carterville from a winery and restaurant, to a lodging and entertainment complex that would invest...

3/4/2016

article Online lottery sales to expire March 25 as lawmakers don't act
(Illinois) -- The temporary program that lets Illinois Lottery players buy tickets online will expire March 25, and lawmakers left Springfield Thursday without extending...

2/27/2016

article Video gaming revenues continue to grow
(Illinois) -- Riverbend communities collected increased revenue from video gaming in 2015, but an addiction counseling organization says the revenue comes with a social...

2/26/2016

article Rochester Lifts Ban On Video Gambling Machines
(Illinois) -- A seven year ban has been lifted in Rochester. Business in the area will now be able to have video gambling machines. Walnut Street Winery Owner Loren...

2/25/2016

article Gaming Houses to Boost Lake Forest
(Illinois) -- Like many other places in the US, Lake Forest has a thriving Casino life that attracts a vast amount of people. Still, today most people are turning to...

2/24/2016

article Rochester lifts ban on video gambling terminals
(Illinois) -- Video gaming is coming to Rochester after trustees voted to end a ban that was the last remaining in Sangamon County since the state legalized the...

2/18/2016

article Video gambling popularity rises in DeKalb County
(Illinois) -- Cabana Charley’s has closed, but Derick Ibarra hopes to stay in business in the Sycamore community. “Sycamore was just ready for something...

2/16/2016

article Two new gambling licenses issued
(Illinois) -- Two video gambling licenses have been approved by the village, bringing the total number of Norridge businesses with permission to host gambling machines...

2/15/2016

article Cash flowing again from Norridge video gambling machines
(Illinois) -- It's been nearly a year since Norridge lifted the village's ban on video gambling. Six months after the first dollar was fed into a slot machine...

2/14/2016

article Convenience stores, storefront parlors are gambling hot spots in Springfield
(Illinois) -- Convenience stores and storefront gaming parlors accounted for nine of the 10 busiest gambling spots in Springfield and Sangamon County in 2015, according...
article Editorial: Darwin strikes again on gambling
(Illinois) -- Well, of course the Par-A-Dice casino has been hurt by competition from video gaming. What goes around, comes around.

2/13/2016

article Tarter: Challenge of video gambling offers opportunity for Par-A-Dice to grow its offerings
(Illinois) -- Par-A-Dice Casino laid off 40 workers last week, citing the impact of the 4,000 video gaming machines scattered across central Illinois. It’s not the...

2/12/2016

article Plans for two Carbondale gambling parlors, restaurant move forward with advisory board approval
(Illinois) -- Commissioners with the Carbondale Liquor Advisory Board approved three items Thursday night, advancing plans for two gambling parlors and one restaurant.

2/11/2016

article Video Gambling Creating Issues for Casinos
(Illinois) -- An increase in video gambling is leading to job cuts at Illinois’ casinos. Boyd gaming announced close to 40 cuts at the Par-A-Dice Casino in East...

2/10/2016

article Peoria's Par-A-Dice casino laying off 40, cites impact of video gaming
(Illinois) -- Par-A-Dice Casino announced “across-the-board” layoffs of 40 employees Tuesday, blaming the cuts on the expansion of video gaming in the area...

2/9/2016

article Lincolnwood mulls risk, reward of local video gambling
(Illinois) -- A corporate-owned chain of video gambling cafes that have been sprouting up in the Chicago area ever since the state legalized gaming more than six years...
article With legal battle over gambling machine tax ended, casino owes Cook County $3 million
(Illinois) -- After the Illinois Supreme Court refused to hear the casino owners' appeal, Cook County now has the green light to collect $3 million in unpaid taxes...

2/7/2016

article BGA Public Eye: State OKs gambling malls while ripping ‘backdoor casinos’
(Illinois) -- Illinois’ gaming regulators have railed for months against what one called “backdoor casinos,” saying such commercial strips with...

2/5/2016

article State and Local Casino Numbers Up From December to January
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board has released the docksite and riverboat casino numbers for the month of January. The new year began with Des Plaines Casino...

2/4/2016

article Demo paves way for hotel near Waukegan's proposed casino site
(Illinois) -- Demolition of a vacant Jewel-Osco on Lakehurst Road continued Wednesday to clear room for a new Hampton Inn hotel across from Waukegan's proposed...

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