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4/23/2014

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

4/22/2014

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

4/21/2014

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

4/20/2014

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

4/19/2014

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

4/18/2014

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

4/17/2014

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

4/16/2014

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

4/15/2014

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

4/9/2014

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

4/7/2014

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

4/6/2014

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

4/4/2014

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

4/3/2014

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

4/1/2014

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

3/31/2014

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

3/30/2014

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

3/25/2014

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

3/21/2014

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

3/19/2014

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

3/18/2014

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

3/17/2014

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

3/16/2014

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

3/14/2014

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

3/13/2014

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

3/11/2014

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

3/10/2014

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

3/9/2014

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

3/4/2014

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

3/3/2014

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

2/28/2014

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

2/27/2014

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

2/25/2014

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

2/24/2014

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

2/22/2014

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

2/21/2014

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

2/19/2014

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

2/18/2014

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

2/17/2014

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

2/16/2014

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

2/15/2014

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

2/14/2014

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

2/13/2014

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

2/11/2014

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

2/10/2014

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

2/9/2014

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

2/8/2014

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

2/7/2014

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

1/31/2014

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

1/29/2014

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

1/28/2014

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

1/27/2014

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

1/26/2014

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

1/25/2014

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

1/24/2014

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

1/23/2014

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

1/22/2014

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

1/21/2014

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

1/19/2014

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

1/16/2014

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

1/15/2014

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

1/14/2014

article Illinois Gaming Board chief 'astounded' after lawmakers reject video gambling reforms
(Illinois) -- An obscure panel of lawmakers unexpectedly shot down video gambling reforms Tuesday, leaving regulators grasping to close loopholes in the lucrative...
article Tinley Park to allow video gambling despite residents' objections
(Illinois) -- Tinley Park officials have formally voted to allow video gambling machines in the village despite objections raised by some who said gambling isn't...

1/9/2014

article Elgin turns down cafe offering alcohol, video gambling
(Illinois) -- A cafe featuring alcohol and video gambling will not be coming to downtown Elgin, but the company hopes to set up shop elsewhere in the Northwest suburbs...

1/8/2014

article City relies on ever-shrinking gambling taxes
(Illinois) -- Despite a decreasing revenue pool from East Peoria’s riverboat gaming tax fund, city departments continue to rely on the money to help pay the costs...
article Niles testimony on video gambling goes on despite severe cold
(Illinois) -- Both ends of the argument over video gambling were expressed Monday in Niles: The village's ban should stand as a moral imperative and a way to prevent...
article Revenue Down by $10M at Both Joliet Casinos from 2012 to 2013
(Illinois) -- While the numbers continue to slide, in part due to the success of Des Plaines' Casino, Harrah's continues to be the second highest money-maker in...
article Rivers Casino continues growth in second year
(Illinois) -- In its second full year, Rivers Casino in Des Plaines has so far managed to avoid the declining revenues that have burdened other Illinois gambling palaces...

1/7/2014

article Pro, Anti-Gambling Experts Clash At Niles Hearing On Video Gaming
(Illinois) -- As a task force listens to views on whether Niles should permit video gaming, experts tossed out staggering numbers. Citizens can comment Wednesday, Jan. 8...

1/2/2014

article Suburbs near Wisconsin cash in on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Fox Lake Mayor Donny Schmit said he had no idea what to expect when the first video gambling machine flickered on in the village more than a year ago.

12/30/2013

article Gaming Board calls influx of sweepstakes video games illegal
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers promised years ago to finally get rid of video poker machines that had long gone unregulated and untaxed in dark corners of bars across...
article OP/ED: Limit gambling marketing to limit damage
(Illinois) -- I walked recently down the main street of my hometown to the R Bar tavern to try out the new video gaming machines. Not a gambler, I did so for research on...

12/29/2013

article COLUMN: Limit gambling marketing to limit damage
(Illinois) -- I walked recently down the main street of my hometown to the R Bar tavern to try out the new video gaming machines. Not a gambler, I did so for research on...

12/28/2013

article Top 10 of 2013: Progress in Plainville's quest for slots
(Illinois) -- The state Gaming Commission is scheduled to issue a license to one of three applicants for the operation of a slot-machine parlor in February, the first...

12/22/2013

article Editorial: Gambling expansion should be careful, small
(Illinois) -- Expanding gambling in Illinois will likely be introduced once again when the General Assembly meets next year. But the state should proceed with caution...

12/20/2013

article Woodridge could opt to repeal video gambling ban
(Illinois) -- Woodridge trustees are considering repealing a ban on video gambling in the suburb. At a workshop meeting on Dec. 12, several trustees told the audience...

12/19/2013

article Video gambling falls off menu in Highwood
(Illinois) -- Video gambling in Highwood appears to be a dead issue – at least for now – after aldermen supporting allowing it in the town opted not to bring...

12/18/2013

article Tinley Park switching stance on video gambling
(Illinois) -- In a move that appears to end long-standing opposition to gambling in the village, Tinley Park trustees on Tuesday night moved toward allowing video...

12/16/2013

article Long Grove hears video gambling pitch
(Illinois) -- Video gambling has divided Long Grove into camps of supporters and opponents. “Video gambling has no place in Long Grove,” resident Charles...

12/14/2013

article Video gaming brings in money for state, businesses
(Illinois) -- Video gaming machines went live in Illinois in October 2012 and Illinois has brought in almost $44 million dollars since then. The Video Gaming Act was...

12/12/2013

article With pension reform off the table, gambling expansion could be next
(Illinois) -- Gov. Pat Quinn refused to debate the merits of a long-sought expansion of gambling in Illinois for months, saying lawmakers must first send him a plan to...
article Gaming and Leisure Properties Acquires Casino Queen
(Illinois) -- Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. has announced that it has agreed to buy the real estate assets associated with the Casino Queen in East St. Louis,...

11/28/2013

article Union alleges unfair labor practices at Des Plaines casino
(Illinois) -- A service employees union has filed unfair labor practice complaints against Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, claiming casino management is trying to block...

11/27/2013

article Union files charges against Des Plaines casino
(Illinois) -- A Chicago-based hospitality workers union claims that Rivers Casino operators are trying to derail efforts to unionize employees at the Des Plaines...

11/24/2013

article Gaming Board targets video poker loopholes
(Illinois) -- State gambling regulators struggling to keep tabs on who profits in the sprawling video poker market pushed forward reforms Thursday and called on...

11/22/2013

article Gaming board to ban firms from video gambling business
(Illinois) -- Struggling to keep tabs on who profits in the sprawling video poker market, state gambling regulators instituted a series of reforms today and called on...

11/21/2013

article Highwood continues debate on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Video gambling in Highwood remains in play as the City Council, residents and business owners argue the merits of an activity that could bring an estimated...

11/20/2013

article Obama library, casino would boost Michael Reese site
(Illinois) -- The city of Chicago should try to attract a destination-style anchor, such as a casino or the Obama presidential library, to spark redevelopment of the...
article Study Shows Casino More Economically Viable For Michael Reese Hospital Site Than Obama Library
(Illinois) -- The former site of Michael Reese Hospital was once considered to be a centerpiece of the 2016 Summer Olympics if Chicago won the bid.
article Chicago casino more economically viable for Michael Reese site than Obama library, hotels
(Illinois) -- A Chicago casino anchoring a redevelopment that includes the former Michael Reese Hospital site would be more economically viable for the city than a...

11/12/2013

article Metro East casinos see double-digit revenue declines
(Illinois) -- Revenue at the two St. Louis-area casinos in Illinois dropped in October compared with the same month last year. Penn National Gaming’s Argosy Alton...

11/8/2013

article Stella's video gambling bar opens first location in Hoffman Estates
(Illinois) -- Stella's, a new bar that offers beer and wine, a menu of small plates and video gambling, opened the first of several approved locations in the Chicago...

11/7/2013

article Video gambling debate resurfaces in Highwood
(Illinois) -- There were tears, accusations and balled-up fists pounding the podium as longtime residents and business owners pleaded with the Highwood City Council on...

11/4/2013

article Casino's tax appeals prove unpopular
(Illinois) -- Since gamblers first stepped up to the shiny new slot machines at Rivers Casino, Illinois' most profitable gambling palace has pumped...

10/31/2013

article Video gambling at Elk Grove golf course edges closer
(Illinois) -- Fox Run Golf Links in Elk Grove Village could become one of the first publicly owned golf courses in the state to have video gambling machines if approved...

10/30/2013

article Cary approves video gambling
(Illinois) -- Places with alcohol licenses in town can now have video gambling terminals. The Village Board on Tuesday voted 5-1 to permit the machines. The action is a...

10/28/2013

article Walker says Illinois casino not likely
(Wisconsin) -- Will a new casino be built across the border in Illinois, if Governor Scott Walker rejects a proposed Menominee casino in Kenosha? Walker says that...

10/25/2013

article Gambling regulators 'working on' video poker reforms
(Illinois) -- Illinois regulators are looking at tightening rules on the lucrative video poker market after revelations that those without a license can cash in on the...

10/24/2013

article Casino bill back on table in Illinois Legislature, corruption worries and all
(Illinois) -- Lawmakers reopened talks Wednesday on gambling expansion in the hopes of reaching a deal that could get through the Legislature and win the approval of Gov...
article Gambling concerns resurface
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers re-opened talks Wednesday on a gambling expansion measure in the hopes of reaching a deal that could get through the Legislature and win...
article Gambling expansion in Illinois no closer
(Illinois) -- Five months after another proposal to expand gambling in Illinois fizzled out, it's clear the idea is no farther along than it was when the Legislature...
article Illinois casinos denied 24-hour-a-day request
(Illinois) -- Gamblers who don’t want to have to leave a casino for a couple of hours when they close for a while in the early morning hours will have to still...
article Illinois casinos won't be allowed to stay open 24 hours
(Illinois) -- Illinois casinos won't be allowed to stay open 24 hours a day, gambling regulators said today. Illinois Gaming Board Chairman Aaron Jaffe announced...
article Gambling expansion hearing brings up same concerns
(Illinois) -- An Illinois legislator is trying to re-start negotiations over a big expansion of gambling. Talks broke down in May, and Democratic state Representative...

10/20/2013

article Casino vote unlikely in veto session
(Illinois) -- The Illinois General Assembly’s next vote on a bill to expand gambling and add five casinos in the state, including in Danville, isn’t expected...
article ADAMS: Dotty’s in Illinois – a New Era and a New Opportunity
(Illinois) -- A tiny article in the news on Monday, October 14th caught my eye. A Nevada-familiar name, Dotty’s, received a license to open a café with slot...
article South suburbs urged to take chance on casino revenue sharing
(Illinois) -- Some south suburban officials are hoping to bring casino cash to the entire region no matter where a gambling venue may end up.
article Ill. horse racing could be hobbled if law not renewed
(Illinois) -- Illinois’ already hobbled horse racing industry could be headed toward a “tragic” situation if lawmakers don’t take action on a...

10/19/2013

article Illinois video gaming revenues fall short of expectations
(Illinois) -- Video gambling revenue is paying an extra salary for one local bar owner, but it's not enough to fix Moline's crumbling cemetery walls.
article Video gambling revenue growing in first year
(Illinois) -- Local businesses are seeing an increase in revenue thanks to the approval last year of video gambling.

10/18/2013

article South suburbs urged to take chance on casino revenue sharing
(Illinois) -- Some south suburban officials are hoping to bring casino cash to the entire region no matter where a gambling venue may end up.

10/17/2013

article Sponsor revives gambling talks
(Illinois) -- The sponsor of a bill that would add five new casinos in Illinois and allow slot machines at both major Chicago airports says he plans to revive talks on...

10/16/2013

article Kadner: Rita calls hearing on gambling bill
(Illinois) -- An Illinois House committee will hold a wide-ranging hearing on gambling expansion in the state next Thursday, according to state Rep. Robert Rita (D-Blue...
article Sponsor of Illinois Gambling Expansion Plan Talks
(Illinois) -- The sponsor of a bill that would add five new casinos in Illinois and allow slot machines at both major Chicago airports plans to revive talks on the...
article Sponsor reviving talks on Illinois gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- The sponsor of a bill that would add five new casinos in Illinois and allow slot machines at both major Chicago airports says he plans to revive talks on...
article Gambling business hits snag in Joliet
(Illinois) -- Robin Drackley was leaving the orthodontist’s office Wednesday with her two daughters when she was told that someone wanted to put a gambling parlor...

10/15/2013

article 24-Hour Casinos A Bad Deal For Illinois, Gambling Critics Say
(Illinois) -- Anti-gambling groups and opponents of around-the-clock casinos are urging the Illinois Gaming Board to reject a proposal that would allow the state's...
article Homer Glen approves Dotty’s Cafe for video gambling
(Illinois) -- The village of Homer Glen has approved plans for a Dotty’s Café to open its chain of country-style cafes with video gambling terminals in town.
article Mundelein says no to gambling cafes geared to women
(Illinois) -- Mundelein's liquor control commission has rejected creating licenses for a video gambling cafe chain geared toward women.

10/14/2013

article Illinois considering around-the-clock gambling at its casinos
(Illinois) -- To hear a gambling addict tell it, the precious few hours that Illinois casinos close — sometimes just two — are the only barrier preventing a...

10/13/2013

article Video gambling brings about social concerns
(Illinois) -- When the state and municipalities considered whether to allow video gambling as a revenue source, there were people who voiced concerns about gambling...

10/12/2013

article Video gambling restaurant approved in Streamwood
(Illinois) -- A new restaurant is coming to Streamwood, and it will be the first of its kind to open in the village. Village Manager Gary O'Rourke said the village...

10/3/2013

article County’s casino arrives one machine at a time
(Illinois) -- While Lake County waits on the gambling casino that the state Legislature promises will arrive eventually, gambling’s power to shape local budgets...

9/26/2013

article Editorial: Two hours not likely a profit maker
(Illinois) -- Would allowing Illinois casinos to be open an additional two hours mean more revenue for the casinos and, ultimately, the state? Or would it make lives...

9/24/2013

article Barrington hears idea of trying video gambling out for a year
(Illinois) -- Business interests and advocates continued to dominate the discussion at Barrington's village board meeting Monday on the possibility of allowing video...
article IL Racing Gutted Unless Legislature Acts
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Racing Board approved four alternate schedules Sept. 24 for 2014 racing with legislative action—or inaction—left to determine...
article Kadner: Video gambling growth equals nine casinos
(Illinois) -- Video gambling has exploded in Illinois with suckers, I mean gamblers, dropping more than $175 million into the machines since they became legal a year ago...
article Video Gambling Map: Find Out What Towns Near Palos Are Packing Them In
(Illinois) -- Palos Hills welcomes video gamers while Palos Park and Palos Heights do not. Find out what towns are packing in the most video gamblers.

9/21/2013

article How Popular is Video Gambling in the Woodridge Area?
(Illinois) -- Nearly a year after video gambling went live in Illinois, hundreds of video gaming terminals are now up and running in restaurants and businesses...
article My View: Extra gambling has implications for all Illinoisans
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Treasury could have collected an additional $35 billion to $56 billion from gambling interests from 1990 to 2013 and thereby produced a...

9/20/2013

article 24 Hour Casino Plan Heard By Board
(Illinois) -- Illinois casinos are asking the Illinois Gaming Board to be allowed to stay open at all hours, but opponents say that will lead to more people becoming...

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