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6/23/2017

article The big bet: Decatur video gambling tally tops $878 million
(Illinois) -- Five years after the first legalized video gaming machine arrived, Illinois now has one terminal for every 481 residents — a ratio so big, so...

6/21/2017

article Illinois Online Gambling, Fantasy Sports Bills Stir To Life During Special Session
(Illinois) -- The prospects of Illinois’ legislature passing a bill that would legalize and regulate online gambling and daily fantasy sports got a boost as...
article Champaign council extends video-gambling moratorium till Jan. 23
(Illinois) -- There won't be any new video-gambling terminals in Champaign for the rest of 2017 after the city council voted Tuesday to extend a moratorium on video...

6/20/2017

article Ban on new video gambling licenses extended
(Illinois) -- City leaders say they're going to hold their cards for a while before choosing whether to allow more gambling. If you're looking to open a new...

6/19/2017

article Freeze on gambling: In or out?
(Illinois) -- The Champaign City Council's vote Tuesday on extending a video-gaming moratorium until Jan. 23 will show how serious it is about added regulations on...
article Power Ball and Mega Millions to pull out of Illinois
(Illinois) -- The multi-state lottery association overseeing Powerball and Mega Millions games will leave the market by the end of June if the state doesn’t end...

6/17/2017

article OP/ED: What happens when a state can’t pay their lottery winners?
(Illinois) -- There’s a common theme which runs through some of the old time gangster movies I used to watch and it has to do with the numbers racket. It was...
article Powerball, Mega Millions may be victims of Illinois budget impasse, lottery officials say
(Illinois) -- Lottery players will not be able to purchase Powerball or Mega Millions tickets in Illinois after the end of this month unless the ongoing state budget...

6/16/2017

article iGaming in Illinois could generate $1.7 billion
(Illinois) -- Illinois could get more than US$1.7 billion if the state legalises online gaming. The information was revealed earlier this month in a report conducted by...

6/13/2017

article DuPage committee kills effort to revoke video gaming ban
(Illinois) -- The question of whether to repeal the existing ban on video gaming in unincorporated areas of DuPage County was answered Tuesday morning with a resounding...
article DuPage keeps ban on video gambling in unincorporated areas
(Illinois) -- DuPage County's ban on video gambling in unincorporated areas will remain in place after a county board committee refused to repeal the prohibition....
article How Illinois Stands To Benefit From Taxing Online Gambling, Poker And Daily Fantasy Sports
(Illinois) -- Illinois could realize hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue for the state if a bill to legalize online gambling, online poker and daily fantasy...

6/6/2017

article Illinois State Senate passes online gambling legalization proposal
(Illinois) -- Last week reportedly saw members of the Illinois State Senate overwhelmingly pass a piece of proposed legislation that would legalize online gambling and...

6/5/2017

article Former employee accuses Casino Queen of wrongful termination
(Illinois) -- A former Casino Queen employee claims she was wrongfully terminated for seeking benefits under the Worker's Compensation Act. Ameenah El-Amin filed a...

6/3/2017

article Is there too much video gambling in Springfield?
(Illinois) -- Video gaming in Springfield is at the saturation point if trends in gambling tax collections are an indication. Taxes on gambling terminals have raised...
article OP/ED: Adding Illinois To The Online Gambling Push Is A Positive Development, Even If Bill Doesn’t Pass
(Illinois) -- Let’s start here: If no state passes a bill legalizing online poker or gambling this year, that would be a disappointment. But in the past week, a...
article OP/ED: Letter: No to a casino in downtown Springfield
(Illinois) -- A casino for downtown Springfield is a terrible idea. Joni Mitchell had it right: “... you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s...

6/2/2017

article Inside Gaming: Illinois Senate Passes DFS, Online Gambling Bill
(Illinois) -- Illinois became a focus of attention this week as far as gambling legislation is concerned, with gambling-related proposals before both the state's...
article City, Casino Eye Next Step Toward Theater Buy
(Illinois) -- A new agreement will likely set the stage for the city’s potential purchase of the iconic Des Plaines Theater. Rivers Casino and Des Plaines are...

6/1/2017

article Illinois senate approves online gambling, daily fantasy sports bill
(Illinois) -- Illinois state senators stunned observers on Wednesday by overwhelmingly approving online gambling and daily fantasy sports legislation.

5/31/2017

article Illinois Senate DFS bill will have to wait until next month to find out its fate
(Illinois) -- A bill that would legalize and regulate both daily fantasy sports and online gambling in Illinois was passed by the state’s Senate on Wednesday night...
article Illinois Senate Passes Online Gambling Bill At Last Minute; Faces Uncertain Future In House
(Illinois) -- Illinois’ Senate passed a bill that would legalize both online gambling and daily fantasy sports in the state in what was the legislature’s...
article Kacich: Betting bill's sudden appearance is no fantasy
(Illinois) -- It's a time-honored Springfield tradition to drop a huge piece of legislation into the stew in the closing days of the session, and this week is no...
article Expanded gambling on hold; adding Springfield casino still possible
(Illinois) -- Expansion of gambling in Illinois is among issues the General Assembly didn’t deal with before the spring session deadline Wednesday and will likely...

5/30/2017

article Video gambling continues to grow in the Illinois Valley
(Illinois) -- The room is never really empty. Customers shuffle between the cases of liquor and through a tinted glass door to the video slots. A sign above the door,...

5/29/2017

article Illinois rejects another casino
(Illinois) -- An expected plan to add a new casino in Springfield, Illinois, may have been dismissed by the House Rules Committee. The governmental entity has blocked...
article Springfield lobbying for the right to develop a downtown casino
(Illinois) -- A little over a week after the Illinois State Senate passed a proposed measure that could see the Midwestern state license up to six new casinos, and...

5/28/2017

article Odds against Springfield casino after amendment blocked
(Illinois) -- Chances of a Springfield casino took a major hit Sunday when a House committee blocked an amendment to add the casino to an omnibus gambling expansion bill...

5/27/2017

article Local business notes: Springfield Black Chamber endorses casino
(Illinois) -- The Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce backs the concept of a downtown casino, though the group acknowledges odds are against the proposal in the short...
article OP/ED: My turn: New casino bills take billions from Illinois education
(Illinois) -- Passing the Illinois Senate on May 17 and pending in the House, Senate Bill 7 would authorize a Chicago Casino Development Authority (CCDA) as a government...

5/26/2017

article Editorial: A casino bill raises a red flag in Chicago
(Illinois) -- With their adjournment scheduled for Wednesday, lawmakers in Springfield spent the week rushing mostly inconsequential bills through the legislative funnel.

5/25/2017

article DuPage County to revisit video gambling ban
(Illinois) -- Amid calls for a repeal of DuPage's ban on video gambling machines, county board members are going to revisit the issue. Officials in recent months...
article OP/ED: As Illinois lawmakers seek more gambling income, one city resists — a little
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers are again looking to gambling to save their ability to keep spending. A big Chicago casino, slots at Fairmount Park: more never seems to...
article Push for downtown Springfield casino taking shape
(Illinois) -- A proposal for a downtown casino in Springfield is taking shape at the Statehouse, but questions remain about whether the last-minute effort can gain...

5/23/2017

article Developer Chris Stone pushing for casino in downtown Springfield
(Illinois) -- A lobbyist and local developer has proposed bringing a casino to downtown Springfield, an effort that faces significant political obstacles. City officials...
article Illinois can approve another casino
(Illinois) -- As MGM Resorts International is opening its big casino in Illinois next year, the state’s authorities have shown interest in allowing further gaming...

5/22/2017

article Developer Chris Stone pushing for casino in downtown Springfield
(Illinois) -- A lobbyist and local developer has proposed bringing a casino to downtown Springfield, an effort that faces significant political obstacles. City officials...

5/20/2017

article Legislation expanding gambling in Illinois passed Senate
(Illinois) -- After years of discussion in Illinois, legislation that would expand gambling in the state that includes a provision for racetracks to operate slot...

5/19/2017

article Illinois Casino Expansion Bill Passes Senate Vote
(Illinois) -- Illinois Senate lawmakers approved earlier this week a bill that provides for the construction of up to six land-based casinos across the state. The...
article Legislation to expand gambling in Illinois advances
(Illinois) -- Legislation that would expand gambling in Illinois and includes a provision for racetracks to operate slot machines passed the Illinois Senate on Thursday.
article Rauner Willing To Back Chicago Casino, But Only With Grand Bargain On Budget
(Illinois) -- Gov. Bruce Rauner said he might sign legislation allowing for a casino in Chicago and some other places in Illinois, but only if it’s part of the...
article Third gambling cafe OK'd in Oswego
(Illinois) -- Oswego has authorized its third video gambling cafe. Trustees in a 5 to 1 vote approved the gambling licensing and liquor license for Milly's Cafe that...

5/17/2017

article Video gaming parlor plan can’t draw enough support from aldermen
(Illinois) -- The O’Fallon City Council on Monday shot down a café proposal that included video gaming plans. Local businessman Abdullah Abraham of Maryville, who...

5/15/2017

article Illinois village passes one-year video gambling machines moratorium
(Illinois) -- In an attempt to stop the perceived proliferation of video gambling machine parlors, officials in the Illinois village of Island Lake have reportedly...

5/3/2017

article Illinois casino industry reports improved March takings despite lower admissions
(Illinois) -- March was a mixed bag for the riverboat gaming industry in Illinois as the Midwestern state’s ten floating casinos reported a 3.14% increase year-on-...
article Kane Co. grants drying up along with riverboat profits
(Illinois) -- Shrinking profits for Elgin's Grand Victoria Riverboat will fuel the lowest total amount of riverboat grants ever awarded by Kane County. The county...

5/1/2017

article Kane County evaluates impact of video gaming on Grand Victoria grants
(Illinois) -- When Illinois allowed video gaming in bars and restaurants four years ago, Kane County officials were concerned how the industry would affect Elgin's...
article Video gaming comes to Crosstown Pub in Batavia
(Illinois) -- The first video gaming machines recently arrived in Batavia at Crosstown Pub & Grill, 1890 Mill St, just east of Randall Road. Batavia aldermen lifted...

4/18/2017

article City Council Closes Gas Station Gambling Loophole
(Illinois) -- The Woodstock City Council closed a loophole that could have allowed some gas stations to receive video gambling licenses. The city amended its Unified...

4/17/2017

article Rockford’s place in the casino expansion bill
(Illinois) -- Although a group of investors is reportedly eyeing the distressed Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center as a site for a casino, the Forest City may...

4/14/2017

article Waukegan candidates raised 'big-money' in mayoral race
(Illinois) -- The recent Waukegan mayor's race wasn't just notable for how close the vote tally was — Sam Cunningham edged Lisa May, 7th, with 51.6 percent...

4/10/2017

article Video gambling parlors sue Illinois over profit-sharing
(Illinois) -- Illinois Café & Services Company LLC, which runs the Dotty's Café chain, filed a complaint April 4 in Cook County Circuit Court along with co-...

4/7/2017

article Oswego debates plan for new video gambling cafe
(Illinois) -- A proposal for a third video gambling cafe in Oswego has some village officials concerned. "I don't want Oswego to be known for video gambling,...

4/6/2017

article Illinois Gaming Board sued over video gambling profit-sharing rules
(Illinois) -- A group of in-state gambling establishments has asked a county court to strike down Illinois’ Video Gaming Act for unfairly favoring owners of video...
article Video parlors sued Illinois state
(Illinois) -- Two companies that own video gambling parlors sued Illinois state because they believe that they have a right to negotiate their profit-sharing deals. They...

4/5/2017

article Illinois video gambling parlors sue state over profit-sharing rules
(Illinois) -- Illinois' nearly 6,000 video gambling parlors could reinvest more in their businesses, including making their operations more consumer-friendly, if...
article Lawsuit challenges consitutionality of Illinois’ video-gaming law
(Illinois) -- A constitutional challenge to Illinois’ video-gaming law could have a significant effect in Springfield -- including gaming tax receipts -- as more...
article Webb: Bars, restaurants should make more off video gambling
(Illinois) -- A Cicero restaurant brought in more than $845,000 from video gaming machines last year but took home just $295,000 after taxes and handing over 50 percent...

4/3/2017

article Gambling bill could move with or without Senate’s ‘grand bargain’
(Illinois) -- A state senator said he’s willing to move forward with a bill that would create six new casinos in Illinois if the “grand bargain” budget...
article Illinois can reintroduce a gaming bill
(Illinois) -- Gaming expansion is pushing its way through legislation in the Senate of Illinois under the “grand bargain” budget, which contains several...

4/2/2017

article Huntley bans video gambling cafes, adopts new fees
(Illinois) -- Huntley village officials have banned video gambling cafes in town, adopted new fees and changed other regulations for video gambling establishments. A...

3/28/2017

article Taxpayers pay millions in bonuses to outgoing lottery firm's staff
(Illinois) -- Illinois taxpayers have funded about $2 million in "retention" bonuses for employees of a private firm managing the lottery despite the firm...

3/27/2017

article More complaints against Illinois Lottery
(Illinois) -- Northstar Lottery Group, the private operator of the Illinois State Lottery, is facing two charges for alleged fraud. The private company, which is a joint...
article New Tool To Combat Gambling Addiction
(Illinois) -- March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month and a new program adds a texting service to help those with a gambling problem. Michael Gelatka the Illinois...

3/22/2017

article Why video gambling will likely remain legal in St. Charles regardless of April election
(Illinois) -- Opponents of video gambling in St. Charles have one choice on the April ballot, but that may not be enough to repeal the city's ordinance. Candidates...

3/18/2017

article Cook County Board member cashes in on video gambling boom
(Illinois) -- Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri, who for years moonlighted as village president of Elmwood Park, took on a new side job in 2013 — as a sales...

3/16/2017

article Par-A-Dice Riverboat Casino is down, but not out
(Illinois) -- Connie Bartley knows the regular visits she and her sister make to the Par-A-Dice Riverboat Casino are no trips to Las Vegas, but she can dream a bit....

3/15/2017

article Illinois Casino Bill Would Bring Casino To Chicago
(Illinois) -- A new bill in Illinois seeks to greatly expand gambling in order to help shore up the state’s budget. The cash-strapped state is searching for new...

3/14/2017

article Illinois wants to bring casinos to Chicago
(Illinois) -- New details of an existing casino bill from Illinois that emerged this week establish that slot machine revenue would be 20 percent higher.

3/13/2017

article Bet a bunch of new casino fees could balance Illinois’ budget
(Illinois) -- Illinois is again betting on gambling, but it appears the goal is not to win the pot but just to collect the buy-in. State lawmakers are proposing six new...

3/12/2017

article OP/ED: Bet a bunch of new casino fees could balance Illinois’ budget
(Illinois) -- Illinois is again betting on gambling, but it appears the goal is not to win the pot but just to collect the buy-in. State lawmakers are proposing six new...

3/11/2017

article Video gambling not enough to offset riverboat losses in Peoria
(Illinois) -- The state's video gaming system has proved to be a boon for businesses and municipalities that never benefited from riverboat gambling revenue before...

3/10/2017

article Waukegan mayoral candidates differ, slightly, on casino issue
(Illinois) -- At a groundbreaking ceremony in 2005 for the Walmart Supercenter in Waukegan's Fountain Square development, then-Mayor Richard Hyde turned a shovelful...

3/9/2017

article Join anti-gambling night at Aurora church March 23
(Illinois) -- Wesley United Methodist Church, 14 N. May St. in Aurora, will hold an anti-gambling advocacy night at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23.
article OP/ED: Gambling will not fix state’s many problems
(Illinois) -- Many who live in the Sauk Valley area might have read the column written by Austin Berg. Austin pointed out how our real estate taxes are spent –...

3/8/2017

article Selle: Don't bet on the Blackjack State, formerly known as Illinois
(Illinois) -- For some strange reason, Illinois lawmakers can't pass a budget, but they can bet the farm on expanding gambling across the state. The "grand...

3/6/2017

article Expanded gambling plan in Illinois would allow six new casinos
(Illinois) -- In January, reports surfaced that lawmakers in Illinois were going to consider a casino gambling expansion that would raise much-needed revenues for the...
article Illinois Land-Based Gambling Expansion Bill Provides for Six New Casinos
(Illinois) -- Up to six land-based casinos, including one in Chicago, could be built in Illinois, if a proposed bill survives through all legislative hurdles. The...
article Illinois Puts Forward Proposal to Add Casinos in Six Locations
(Illinois) -- Illinois legislators proposed an expansion of casino gambling on the territory of the state that will see the launch of new gambling establishments in six...
article Illinois Senate approves plan for six new casinos
(Illinois) -- Illinois legislators have tabled a proposal to expand gambling in the state by constructing six new casinos. This proposal aims to boost the needy state...
article Latest Budget Plan: Six More Illinois Casinos
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers are once again looking at more casinos as a way to save the state budget. Not included in the list of cities is Decatur, which had been...
article Sen. Brady expects expanded gambling to be part of budget solution
(Illinois) -- State Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, said he believes it’s only a matter of time before Illinois expands casino gambling. “I understand the...

3/5/2017

article Illinois gambling proposal would add casinos in 6 places
(Illinois) -- A proposal to expand casino gambling in Illinois would put new casinos in six locations, raising revenue for a cash-strapped state that's been without...

3/2/2017

article Illinois passes a gaming bill
(Illinois) -- Gaming expansion in Illinois is moving towards legalisation as the State’s Senate approved a bill on Tuesday. This week’s vote ended up passing...

3/1/2017

article Illinois Senate OKs Gambling Expansion Bill; Could Affect Des Plaines Big Time
(Illinois) -- Gambling expansion proponents won an important round yesterday (Tuesday) in their quest to add casinos and slot machines in the area by approving a bill...

2/28/2017

article Gaming bill clears Senate hurdle
(Illinois) -- A bill to create six new casinos — including one in Chicago — cleared a major hurdle in the Illinois Senate on Tuesday as senators took up...
article Illinois Senate bill would allow slot machines at Fairmount Park
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Senate lurched forward on a budget compromise Tuesday but the critical votes for breaking the historic budget stalemate are scheduled on the...

2/27/2017

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...

2/26/2017

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,...

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