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Illinois Gaming

10/31/2014

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

10/29/2014

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

10/27/2014

article Proponents say video gambling a win-win
(Illinois) -- For Gene Williams, there’s been no downside to video gambling. Lynwood’s mayor says his village lacks a large retail base and, because it isn...
article Rise of the machines: Gambling terminals, revenue jump in Southland
(Illinois) -- Between January and September of this year, the number of video gambling terminals in the Southland has been rising, along with the amount of money wagered...
article Guest view: Horse racing offers bigger impact in Illinois than casinos
(Illinois) -- A recent column by Tom Swoik about slot machines at racetracks is misleading on several fronts. Special legislation to bail out their industry?

10/26/2014

article Proponents say video gambling a win-win
(Illinois) -- For Gene Williams, there’s been no downside to video gambling. Lynwood’s mayor says his village lacks a large retail base and, because it isn...

10/25/2014

article Guest view: Horse racing offers bigger impact in Illinois than casinos
(Illinois) -- A recent column by Tom Swoik about slot machines at racetracks is misleading on several fronts. Special legislation to bail out their industry?
article Gambling mixes with kids entertainment
(Illinois) -- While toddlers ride a miniature carousel at The People's Choice Family Fun Center in north suburban Waukegan, adults play their own games at five video...
article Video gambling boom in McHenry County not felt in Crystal Lake
(Illinois) -- After a group of Crystal Lake bar and restaurant owners requested an October hearing on the issue in August, the scheduled city council meetings for...

10/24/2014

article 16-Plus group fighting to keep casino admission tax
(Illinois) -- Opposition is mounting among Lake County communities to possible legislation that could reduce or eliminate money they receive from the admission tax...

10/23/2014

article My View: Racetracks want opportunity to compete for gaming dollars
(Illinois) -- A recent op-ed by Tom Swoik about slot machines at racetracks is misleading on several fronts.
article Study: Legal loophole leads to 218 casino cafes in Illinois
(Illinois) -- A loophole in the Illinois Video Gaming Act has allowed 218 "casino cafes" to open across the state, according to a study released today by the...

10/20/2014

article City panel considering fees for video gaming machines
(Illinois) -- The city's Liquor Commission is considering an annual video gaming fee, a money-maker that other municipalities, including Normal, already have tapped.
article Illinois Lottery Chief Says Private Management Here To Stay [sub req]
(Illinois) -- Despite firing the first private company to manage a state lottery, Illinois will not return operations to state control, lottery superintendent Michael...

10/19/2014

article Municipalities guard against casino tax reduction bid
(Illinois) -- As state legislators look at various ways to help its casino industry stem revenue losses caused by increased competition in neighboring states, more area...

10/18/2014

article My View: Put brakes on gaming expansion
(Illinois) -- It has been two years since the first legal video slot machines were installed in Illinois. In just 24 months, more than 18,000 slot machines have been...
article The elephant in the gaming room / Video gambling might be good for businesses, but is it good for their customers?
(Illinois) -- All Margaret wanted was to buy a soda. She’d heard that the gas station had gaming machines, and she knew well the pull they had on her, but it was...

10/16/2014

article Commission: Illinois could become 'sucker state'
(Illinois) -- A Chicago Crime Commission vice president says Illinois could become known as "the sucker state" if it doesn't eradicate unregulated casino-...
article Hobart sends message to state on casino revenue crisis
(Illinois) -- The City Council Wednesday voiced its opposition to possible legislation that would reduce the amount of revenue it receives from casinos from admission...

10/15/2014

article Peoria council discusses possible video gaming requirements
(Illinois) -- Those interested in having video gaming machines in Peoria will likely have to prove their establishments first. The Peoria City Council is considering a...
article Swoik: Put brakes on gambling expansion in Illinois
(Illinois) -- It’s been two years since the first legal video slot machines were installed in Illinois. Since then, more than 18,000 slot machines have been...

10/14/2014

article City of Peoria Looking to Add More Regulations for Video Gambling
(Illinois) -- The City of Peoria looking to add more regulations to bars and restaurants wanting to add video gambling machines. According to code changes discussed by...
article Video gambling machines take money from local casinos
(Illinois) -- Video Gambling Machines could be taking local revenue from casinos. Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore says a lot of the money now being spent on machines used to go...

10/13/2014

article Peoria City Council to review restrictions on video gambling cafes
(Illinois) -- Gambling and delayed gratification tend not to mix. But for proponents of video-gambling cafes, waiting soon might be the only game in town.

10/12/2014

article Update On Video Gaming Bill In Illinois
(Illinois) -- Video gambling has been legal for two years in Illinois, and there’s a difference of opinion of whether it’s the reason for a low tide for...

10/11/2014

article Video gambling skyrockets in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Jack Berkey's hands appeared neon pink in the glow of a video slot machine, but luck was elusive on this particular night at Third Base Sports Bar and...

10/8/2014

article Elgin City Council: Bar at cineplex okay, no video gaming at gas station
(Illinois) -- In its role as the city’s Liquor Control Commission, the City Council Wednesday afternoon approved moving along staff creating an ordinance allowing...

10/6/2014

article Elgin gas station wants a bar and video gambling machines
(Illinois) -- A gas station with a convenience store along Randall Road would like to have a bar so that it could also offer its patrons video gambling. Glogovsky Oil...
article Horse tracks stumble amid painful wait for slots
(Illinois) -- Chicago's horse-racing circuit may be heading into its final furlong. Once hosts to one of the most popular sports in America, the area's two...
article Quinn, Rauner open to new gambling
(Illinois) -- A yearslong debate over whether Arlington International Racecourse should have slot machines and Lake County and Chicago should have casinos is likely to...

10/5/2014

article Quinn, Rauner open to new gambling
(Illinois) -- A yearslong debate over whether Arlington International Racecourse should have slot machines and Lake County and Chicago should have casinos is likely to...

10/2/2014

article Emerald Casino debacle leads to huge judgment
(Illinois) -- Six former officials of the ill-fated effort to put a casino in Rosemont each were hit this week with a $45.3 million judgment as a result of their roles...
article Failed Rosemont casino suit nets creditors $272 million verdict
(Illinois) -- A federal judge ruled that six former officers of the failed Emerald Casino bid in Rosemont owe creditors $272 million for losing the company's gaming...

9/30/2014

article Casino no longer is the only game in town
(Illinois) -- Illinois casinos are feeling the squeeze. Once the exclusive source for video gambling in the state, they are now losing market share to neighborhood video...

9/28/2014

article Grand Victoria celebrates past, gambles on future
(Illinois) -- The Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin is making preparations for a 20th anniversary celebration next month. Feeling lucky? The casino will be giving away $62,...
article Support for Fairmount Park becomes issue in legislative race
(Illinois) -- A challenger for state representative in the district that covers Fairmount Park says the incumbent hasn't done enough to help the horse-racing track...

9/27/2014

article Casinos say local video-gaming outlets are beating them at their own game
(Illinois) -- Illinois' casino industry is blaming sprawling video-gaming competition for its recent drop in attendance across the state. The state legalized video...

9/25/2014

article Video gambling continues to grow in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Video gaming continues to increase in popularity in Illinois two years after its legalization in September of 2012, according to the Herald-News.

9/23/2014

article Libertyville asked to delay video gambling decision
(Illinois) -- The possibility of video gambling in Libertyville has stirred debate, and village officials are being asked to wait a month before making a decision.
article Libertyville may repeal ban on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Libertyville banned video gambling five years ago, but trustees might change their minds when they revisit the topic on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Trustees are...

9/22/2014

article Don’t bet on gaming expansion — yet
(Illinois) -- If you ask the chief architect of the most recent proposal to expand gaming in Illinois whether you should bet for or against that plan becoming law...
article Video gambling money continue to roll in
(Illinois) -- With this month marking the two-year anniversary for gaming in Illinois, video gaming revenue is still going strong, according to the latest figures...

9/20/2014

article Rauner not fan of gambling, airport slots
(Illinois) -- Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner said Thursday he’s not a fan of gambling or a plan to put slot machines at Chicago’s...

9/18/2014

article GOP's Rauner not a fan of gambling, airport slots
(Illinois) -- Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner said Thursday he's not a fan of gambling or a plan to put slot machines at Chicago's international...
article Video gambling will be on ballot
(Illinois) -- Despite it being the two-year anniversary month of video gambling in Illinois, Mike Gelatka, President of the Illinois Gaming Machine Operators Association...

9/14/2014

article Drop in casino revenue leaves Lake County commissioners short
(Illinois) -- An unexpected casino revenue shortfall of about $1.1 million this year has Lake County commissioners again pushing some needed facility maintenance work...
article Fairmount Park leaders say track needs slots to survive
(Illinois) -- The president of Fairmount Park wonders how many more seasons the Collinsville horse track can survive without slot machines.
article In an about face, Collinsville City Council supports slot machines at Fairmount Park
(Illinois) -- Just more than three years ago, Collinsville City Councilwoman Nancy Moss implored her fellow Council members to vote against a resolution allowing slot...

9/9/2014

article Lisle upholds ban on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Lisle will continue to ban video gambling in its bars and restaurants. Village trustees voted Monday to uphold the prohibition that has been in place since...

9/8/2014

article John Roska: Law on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Q: What's the law on video gambling? I thought it was only supposed to be in bars, but some places with gambling don't seem like bars. Aren't...

9/7/2014

article John Roska: Law on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Q: What's the law on video gambling? I thought it was only supposed to be in bars, but some places with gambling don't seem like bars. Aren't...

9/5/2014

article Video gambling pays off for Galesburg
(Illinois) -- Income from video gambling is poised to exceed the city's original projections for the year, as the two-year anniversary of the law's...

9/4/2014

article Casino revenue reversal sought
(Illinois) -- For the past several years, Clinton’s Wild Rose Casino and Resort has seen a steady decrease in revenue. Tom Timmons, the president of Wild Rose...

9/3/2014

article Crucial law vote for gambling parlors on hold
(Illinois) -- Delores Daugherty was at Lucky Leprechaun in La Salle cashing in her winning ticket Tuesday after a successful afternoon of video gaming.

8/28/2014

article Slot Machines in Bars Leave Illinois Casinos Hung Over
(Illinois) -- The Sweet Pop Fizz Candy Bar in East Dundee, Illinois, offers gelato, hand-painted chocolates -- and slot machines, two of them, ready to play between sips...

8/27/2014

article Lake Station casino money to help pay its bills
(Illinois) -- The City Council approved a request from Mayor Keith Soderquist last week to pour $420,000 of casino revenue into the flagging general fund, but at least...

8/26/2014

article Peoria City Council Continues Video Gambling Talks
(Illinois) -- The City of Peoria is ready to tackle businesses finding loopholes in the new video gambling ordinance. The City Council started serious talks on video...
article Syverson: Smaller casino possible despite slot machine boom
(Illinois) -- Rockford should still pursue a casino despite the proliferation of slot machines around the city, state Sen. Dave Syverson said. I asked Syverson whether...

8/25/2014

article Danville leery of allowing new gaming cafes
(Illinois) -- Before Illinois legalized video gaming machines, the doors to Danville's American Legion were closed three days a week and the post was operating at a...

8/23/2014

article Kane County to rely less on riverboat money
(Illinois) -- Kane County Board members showed they'll take a precise look at the reliance of internal programs on riverboat gambling proceeds Friday afternoon even...

8/22/2014

article Future slot rules for Rockford may be borrowed from neighbors
(Illinois) -- Sen. Dave Syverson wants to curtail the spread of slot machines. The Rockford Republican says Illinois’ video gaming laws strayed from their original...

8/19/2014

article Batavia aldermen reject lifting ban on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Batavia aldermen on Monday rejected lifting the city’s ban on video gambling. Only six of the 14 aldermen voted to lift the ban. Voting “yes...
article Batavia City Council keeps ban on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Although it was by a narrow margin, the Batavia City Council Monday night refused to overturn a decision imposed five years ago that bans video gambling in...
article Illinois-Northstar Marriage Ends In Early Divorce [sub req'd]
(Illinois) -- The first ever management agreement between a U.S. state lottery and a private company is to end in divorce less than four years into a ten-year contract,...

8/18/2014

article Future slot machine parlors must wait for new Rockford rules
(Illinois) -- Aldermen may develop new rules to govern slot machines before allowing any new businesses that feature gambling. A pending decision on whether to allow a...
article Blagojevich "shenanigans" cited in casino case decision
(Illinois) -- An eight-year-old legal battle over the redistribution of casino revenues to the horse racing industry gained new life last week when a federal appeals...

8/17/2014

article Crystal Lake restaurant owners double down on video gambling push
(Illinois) -- A group of Crystal Lake bar and restaurant owners are rolling the dice on convincing City Council members to allow video gambling in the city.
article Rockford aldermen weigh how to handle slot machine boom
(Illinois) -- A small building with peeling white paint and large glass windows sits empty at the corner of Charles Street and St. Louis Avenue. From the outside, it may...

8/16/2014

article Quinn Dumps Lottery Management Contract
(Illinois) -- Three years of revenue shortfalls have prompted Governor Pat Quinn to scratch the ten-year contract with the company hired to run the state lottery.

8/15/2014

article Casino lawsuit tied to Blagojevich corruption trial can proceed
(Illinois) -- A lawsuit which alleges racetrack owners bribed disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to sign legislation that hurt riverboat casinos has been given the...
article Illinois Lottery cancels Northstar contract seven years ahead of schedule
(Illinois) -- The CEO of the Iowa state lottery has become the latest to suggest that the future lies in online sales. On Monday, Terry Rich told the Gazette that...
article State to dump private Illinois Lottery manager
(Illinois) -- The bumpy marriage between the state and the private company that operates the Illinois Lottery is ending in a divorce. Gov. Pat Quinn's office...

8/13/2014

article Homer Glen denies video gambling cafe
(Illinois) -- Homer Glen trustees have rejected plans for a Betty’s Bistro, a cafe that would offer video gambling and be targeted to women.

8/12/2014

article Dying Illinois Race Tracks Seek Gambling Expansion
(Illinois) -- The Illinois horse racing industry believes the time is now to allow racing at their facilities, or else hundreds of jobs will be on the line. Horse tracks...
article Video gambling impacts riverboat revenue
(Illinois) -- The popularity of video gambling is eroding Kane County’s Riverboat Fund, leading to a plan to cut about 8 percent a year through 2020 for the fund...
article Fairness for Fairmount continues fight to bring gaming to Fairmount Race Track
(Illinois) -- On a recent evening about 15 people gathered in the Collinsville Township Senior Center to discuss how they can help save Fairmount Race Track.
article Firm hired to run Illinois Lottery has failed to hit profit goals for 3rd straight year
(Illinois) -- For the third consecutive year, the private firm hired run the Illinois Lottery has failed to bring in the profits it promised to raise for the state, even...

8/7/2014

article Crews work to replace casino transformer in Aurora
(Illinois) -- Work is underway to replace an enormous transformer at Hollywood Casino in Aurora. Crews are working Thursday morning to lift the existing transformer from...

8/6/2014

article Batavia committee votes against video gambling
(Illinois) -- The majority of members at Tuesday’s Batavia City Council committee of the whole meeting decided not to overturn a decision imposed five years ago...

8/5/2014

article Batavia votes against lifting ban on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Aldermen at Tuesday’s Joint Committee of the Whole meeting rejected lifting the city’s ban on video gambling. Only four of the aldermen at the...
article 2 men charged with child endangerment at Des Plaines casino
(Illinois) -- Two Norridge men have been charged with child endangerment after allegedly leaving two children in a car at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines last Thursday...

8/4/2014

article Caesars Building Becomes Boat to Satisfy Waterborne-Casino Law
(Illinois) -- After its gambling fortunes sank in an isolated river town, Caesars Entertainment Corp. is seeking a solution in a feat of maritime and statutory...
article Batavia Council to look at allowing video gambling
(Illinois) -- The Batavia City Council joint committee of the whole at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday will be presented with an ordinance that would lift a ban on video gaming in the...

8/1/2014

article Illinois Tracks Seeking Fewer Dates in 2015
(Illinois) -- Arlington International Racecourse and Hawthorne Race Course both applied for fewer racing dates in 2015 than they were awarded this year and the Illinois...

7/30/2014

article Revisions for slot parlors could change gambling game
(Illinois) -- An amendment placing restrictions on small gaming parlors recently popping up throughout the state likely won't come before state legislators until...

7/28/2014

article Video gambling machines remain constant in Shiloh
(Illinois) -- Since video gambling machines have made a presence in the Village of Shiloh in March 2012, the overall municipality share revenue has grown from less than...

7/27/2014

article Video gaming brings in sizable profits
(Illinois) -- The state and many of its cities and counties are raking in big bucks from video gambling. The state’s Video Gaming Act, enacted in 2009, authorized...
article Communities ponder use of video gaming funds
(Illinois) -- Despite thousands of dollars of new revenue flowing into their communities, not everyone is happy about it — and not all city leaders are betting on...

7/26/2014

article Gaming revenue higher than expected
(Illinois) -- According to the Illinois Gaming Board, the city of Galesburg received $13,292 from video poker machines for the month of June. Participating Galesburg...
article Area video gaming parlors in jeopardy?
(Illinois) -- Joe Bianco pressed the “spin” button hoping his bet would finally set off the bells and whistles. In between spins at Suzi’s Video Poker...

7/24/2014

article Council moves along amending Grand Victoria Casino lease, hears plan for grandstand
(Illinois) -- Back before the Grand Victoria Casino opened in 1994 — and the city was negotiating the terms of its operating agreement — with the virtual...
article Elgin agrees to lower rent as casino talks of adding entertainment venue
(Illinois) -- After grilling Grand Victoria Casino representatives on their long-term plans, Elgin City Council members agreed to lower the casino's lease payments.

7/23/2014

article Penny slots dominate Illinois casino landscape
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board’s latest monthly report, covering May 2014 financial statistics at the state’s 10 riverboat locations, reveals penny...

7/22/2014

article St. Charles aldermen refuse discussion of video gambling at Moose lodge
(Illinois) -- A St. Charles fraternal organization asked aldermen to consider permitting video gambling at their lodge, but aldermen quickly killed any discussion of the...

7/20/2014

article Batavia may lift ban on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Batavia aldermen are looking into lifting a ban on video gaming. The Batavia City Council Committee of the Whole recently authorized staff to prepare a...

7/15/2014

article Casino revenue down in Joliet, statewide
(Illinois) -- Casino revenue in Joliet continued on a downward spiral in June, as was the case for the rest of the state, according to figures released last week by the...

7/8/2014

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

7/7/2014

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

7/2/2014

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

6/30/2014

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

6/26/2014

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

6/25/2014

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

6/24/2014

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

6/22/2014

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

6/20/2014

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

6/19/2014

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

6/12/2014

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

6/9/2014

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

6/8/2014

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

6/7/2014

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

6/6/2014

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

6/5/2014

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

6/3/2014

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

6/1/2014

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

5/31/2014

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

5/30/2014

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

5/29/2014

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

5/28/2014

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

5/26/2014

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

5/25/2014

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

5/24/2014

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

5/22/2014

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

5/21/2014

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

5/20/2014

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

5/19/2014

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

5/18/2014

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

5/17/2014

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

5/16/2014

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

5/13/2014

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

5/12/2014

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

5/10/2014

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

5/4/2014

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

5/1/2014

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

4/29/2014

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

4/23/2014

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

4/22/2014

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

4/21/2014

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

4/20/2014

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

4/19/2014

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

4/18/2014

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

4/17/2014

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

4/16/2014

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

4/15/2014

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

4/9/2014

article E. Dundee adds video gambling facility fees
(Illinois) -- The village will now require permit and machine fees for facilities that offer video gambling. During Monday’s board meeting, Trustees Allen...

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