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Illinois Gaming

2/28/2015

article Rita sees new hope for casino expansion
(Illinois) -- Most gamblers believe that no matter how bad their luck is running, everything can change with the next roll of the dice, turn of the wheel or flip of a...

2/27/2015

article Casino cafe geared for women seeking liquor license to open in Lake Zurich
(Illinois) -- Lake Zurich trustees will be asked to approve a special liquor license for a gambling cafe on the village's far south end that would be geared toward...
article What does Rahm's rough week mean for suburban casino expansion?
(Illinois) -- Proposals in recent years that would put slot machines at Arlington International Racecourse and a new casino in Lake County have included a big gambling...

2/26/2015

article Chicago Casino Bill Filed
(Illinois) -- New gambling expansion bills have been introduced in Springfield that would likely have a major effect on existing gaming operations including Rivers...

2/24/2015

article Slots at Fairmount? State lawmaker will try again for gaming expansion
(Illinois) -- An Illinois lawmaker is taking another run at gambling-expansion legislation that could bring slot machines to the Fairmount Park horse-racing track. A...

2/23/2015

article Speaker pulls casino bill out of concern for local governments' revenue
(Illinois) -- Passage of a casino gambling bill hit a snag in the Indiana House on Monday as concerns about diminished revenues going to local communities delayed its...

2/22/2015

article Butler says concerns about video gaming remain
(Illinois) -- City and county officials received nearly $20,000 combined in January from the state as their portion of proceeds from people playing video gaming machines.

2/20/2015

article Rock Falls takes gambling amendment off table
(Illinois) -- The city will let the state Legislature, and the market, further dictate what businesses can have video gambling. A Rock Falls committee this week decided...

2/19/2015

article Moylan Bill Wouldn't Allow New Casinos Within 20 Miles Of Des Plaines
(Illinois) -- As local concern grows over the potential expansion of gambling in Illinois, State Rep. Marty Moylan (D-55th) of Des Plaines filed legislation on Wednesday...

2/17/2015

article Normal OKs liquor licenses for 3 video gambling establishments
(Illinois) -- Three more video gambling establishments could be coming to Normal. The Normal Local Liquor Commission on Monday approved limited-hours liquor licenses for...

2/16/2015

article Rockford considers limits on slot-machine growth
(Illinois) -- A six-month moratorium on new businesses with video gambling could end Tuesday, but in its place may come new rules meant to make it more difficult to open...
article Video gaming helps to dent Galesburg deficit
(Illinois) -- A strip mall on Henderson Street houses some of the newest games in Galesburg. “They’re close,” said Denny Lytle, Galesburg. “You...

2/15/2015

article Quick action unlikely on Peoria video-gambling cafes
(Illinois) -- The odds in the near future of the Peoria City Council considering restrictions on video-gambling cafes appear low. So do the odds of the council approving...

2/14/2015

article Coffee shop casinos take hold in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Slot machines in coffee shops are becoming big business in the suburbs of Illinois and now account for 7pc of all state gaming revenue. According to the...

2/13/2015

article Long Grove village board hopefuls disagree on keeping video gambling
(Illinois) -- After taxes, four Long Grove restaurants and bars made about $60,000 in profits from video gambling since terminals went live last August in the sleepy...
article O’Fallon will vote Tuesday on whether to allow video gaming
(Illinois) -- The O’Fallon City Council will vote Tuesday to decide if video gaming should be permitted in town. The city has prohibited video gambling machines...

2/10/2015

article Column: Illinois' gambling habit out of control
(Illinois) -- Remember when video gambling — those state-approved slot machines and poker games — was only supposed to expand to local taverns and...
article Bill would allow video gaming machines in bars
(Indiana) -- A long-ago debate over video gaming in bars and fraternal halls has resurfaced at the Indiana Statehouse. Up to 15,000 video gaming machines could dot the...

2/9/2015

article Video gambling gives Galesburg coffers a boost in 2014
(Illinois) -- Video gambling dollars greatly exceeded expectations for the city of Galesburg last year, as monthly returns have so far proved it to be a steady stream of...

2/8/2015

article Jumer's Casino employee the 'go-to' person
(Illinois) -- Behind the glitz and glamour of a casino, there are people working to make the customer experience a good one. At Jumer’s Casino & Hotel, Rock...
article Video gambling has big payoff for area suburbs
(Illinois) -- Video gambling could some day give Little League baseball players in Calumet Park a real field of their own. Kids now have to travel to ball fields in...
article Coffee shop-looking cafe casinos taking hold in suburbs
(Illinois) -- It's the lunch-hour rush, and the food counter at one of Oakbrook Terrace's newest businesses offers deviled eggs, mini bratwursts and white...
article Letter: We don't need a casino in Rockford
(Illinois) -- The city of Rockford, its businesses and people are doing a great job in changing our image and in creating new jobs. We have the growing aerospace...

2/7/2015

article Des Plaines using casino money to help solve flooding
(Illinois) -- Thanks to the state's highest grossing casino in its front yard, Des Plaines has casino revenues it plans to use this year to pay for infrastructure...

2/6/2015

article Des Plaines mayor speaks out about casino expansion
(Illinois) -- Des Plaines Mayor Matthew Bogusz recently urged his fellow elected officials to staunchly oppose any efforts to increase the number of casinos permitted in...
article Des Plaines' Casino Haul Plentiful
(Illinois) -- The big bet Des Plaines made on bringing a casino to town has paid off so far, according to a presentation by city staff this week.

2/5/2015

article OP/ED: Scratch-offs or slots? It's a no-brainer!
(Illinois) -- The availability of scratch-off lottery tickets at convenience stores, gas stations, and other locations throughout the states of Indiana and Illinois...

2/2/2015

article Choice to lead Gaming Board opposed gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- Springfield attorney Don Tracy has been nominated to be the new chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board even though he has publicly stated opposition to...

2/1/2015

article Video gambling totals more than double in 2014
(Illinois) -- Gamblers wagered nearly $100 million in video machines between Streator, Ottawa and Marseilles in 2014 — more than double the amount in 2013,...

1/31/2015

article CASINOS: Out-of-state competition continues to take toll
(Illinois) -- The legalization of slot machines at bars and other businesses in Illinois has taken a toll the last two years on traditional casinos, which already face a...

1/30/2015

article Illegal social club gambling undermines legitimate gaming operators, experts say
(Illinois) -- Video poker machines are illegal in Pennsylvania and other states if they offer payouts to people using them. But some state legislators are calling for a...
article Tax revenue from Illinois video gambling more than doubles
(Illinois) -- The state of Illinois and local governments saw tax revenue from video gambling more than double last year. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises...

1/28/2015

article Springfield gaming terminal up 46 percent in 2014; revenue hits $1M
(Illinois) -- The number of video gaming terminals in Springfield jumped more than 46 percent in 2014 to 520 at the end of the year. Revenue of a little more than $1...
article Tax revenue from video gambling doubles in Illinois, Freeport
(Illinois) -- The state of Illinois and local governments — including Rockford — saw tax revenue from video gambling more than double last year. The...
article Illinois Gambling In Limbo As New Governor Takes Office [sub req]
(Illinois) -- The regulation of gaming in Illinois is in suspended animation as the industry waits for the new governor to appoint a chairman to the state’s gaming...

1/27/2015

article Most candidates for Chicago mayor support city casino
(Illinois) -- Most candidates running for Chicago mayor say they'd support a city-owned casino. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the four candidates trying to unseat...
article Video gambling revenues doubled in 2014
(Illinois) -- State and local revenue from video gambling more than doubled last year as the industry continued its lightning fast expansion.
article Digging Deeper: Rockford vs. Beloit when it comes to a casino
(Illinois) -- It could become a race between the states when it comes to gambling in this area. Monday, 13 News told you about a renewed push to bring a casino to Beloit...

1/26/2015

article President of Fairmont Park optimistic about racetrack's future now Rauner is in office
(Illinois) -- Collinsville’s Fairmont Park is hoping to transform into a racino, a race track with slot machines, now that a new governor has taken over in...
article Illinois Lottery management company under review
(Illinois) -- The management of Illinois’ lottery is under legal review. Illinois’ lottery is run by a private company named Northstar. And Northstar is part...
article Road and school funds down due to Illinois lottery operator
(Illinois) -- A political dispute is rising out of concerns over the privatization of Illinois’ lottery. Before he left office, then-Governor Pat Quinn tried to...

1/23/2015

article OP/ED: Video gambling industry is no white knight
(Illinois) -- In a recent letter published on this site and elsewhere in the state, the president of the Illinois Gaming Machine Operators Association, Mike Gelatka,...

1/21/2015

article Rauner’s dismissal of Illinois Gaming Board chairman leaves gambling industry without oversight
(Illinois) -- It was with shock and disbelief to learn that one of Gov. Rauner’s first acts was to dismiss Aaron Jaffe as Chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board....

1/20/2015

article Gambling backers renew casino push despite declines
(Illinois) -- Backers of more gambling in Illinois are getting ready to introduce legislation that would create five new casinos and allow slot machines at horse racing...
article Ill. Gov. Rauner Wants to Take Closer Look at Gaming Industry
(Illinois) -- It sounds like Gov. Bruce Rauner might be warming up to the idea of expanded gambling in Illinois. Rauner says he doesn’t like to gamble, but he also...
article Urbana defers action on video gambling licenses
(Illinois) -- Video gamblers in Urbana will have to wait a little while longer to find out if the city council supports allowing the practice to expand. The council was...

1/19/2015

article More video gambling could come to Urbana and existing businesses are concerned
(Illinois) -- Urbana could issue more video gambling licenses in the name of generating more revenue, but not all businesses are on board. When American Legion Post 71...
article Urbana to vote on increasing gambling
(Illinois) -- Coming soon to Urbana, if the city council gives its blessing: even more businesses with video gambling machines. The council is scheduled to vote Tuesday...

1/18/2015

article Illinois Video Gaming Growth Could Spur Legislative Pushback [sub req]
(Illinois) -- Vastly different revenue trends between the casino and video gaming sectors in Illinois could lead to legislation to address the growing disparity, gaming...

1/16/2015

article Danville casino supporters preparing to make their voice heard again
(Illinois) -- Supporters of a Danville casino are gearing up for another attempt at getting the bill passed in Springfield. The plan has been in the works for years and...

1/10/2015

article Quad City Downs off-track betting site closing
(Illinois) -- Trackside Quad City Downs will close Jan. 31. The off-track betting facility at 5005 Morton Drive, East Moline, is owned by Arlington International...
article What to do with gambling revenue in Island Lake?
(Illinois) -- As Island Lake officials await their first installment of video gambling revenue, trustees and residents on Thursday discussed what to do with the cash.

1/9/2015

article Intercept initiative nets nearly $120K
(Illinois) -- Parents who owe delinquent child support and like to gamble be warned; if you win big at Illinois casinos, it’s your children who will benefit.
article Over $120K in gambling winnings seized from deadbeat parents
(Illinois) -- State authorities have collected more than $120,000 in gambling winnings from “delinquent” parents who owe child support under a new program...

1/7/2015

article Grand Victoria official backtracks on video gambling at wife's restaurant
(Illinois) -- Grand Victoria Casino's general manager said he and his wife have scrapped a plan to install video gambling machines in his wife's new restaurant...

1/6/2015

article Casino manager's wife opening restaurant with video gambling
(Illinois) -- The wife of a top executive at Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin is planning to open in South Elgin a new restaurant with video gambling machines, which the...

12/28/2014

article Video gambling taxes down slightly in Joliet
(Illinois) -- Video gambling brought in about $38,000 in tax revenue to Joliet in November, down from $40,327 in October, according to the latest figures from the...

12/26/2014

article Political scandal judgment forces Balmoral filing
(Illinois) -- Thrown off track by increased gambling competition, declining revenue and a scandal involving former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Balmoral Racing Club...

12/25/2014

article Two IL Tracks File for Bankruptcy Protection
(Illinois) -- Two Chicago-area harness tracks with the same ownership voluntarily filed for bankruptcy protection Dec. 24 "to ensure continued operations,"...

12/24/2014

article Illinois Horse racing tracks tied to Blagojevich scandal file for bankruptcy
(Illinois) -- Illinois' only two harness horse racing tracks kept their promise to the Illinois Racing Board as they filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday to continue...

12/20/2014

article Neil Bluhm: Unchecked casino expansion stops paying out
(Illinois) -- Chicago billionaire Neil Bluhm last week was granted the right to open a $300 million resort-casino near Albany, N.Y., even as his parallel bid to open one...

12/16/2014

article Court Decision Threatens Illinois Racing
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Racing Board is scrambling to cope with a huge civil judgment against the state's harness tracks that probably will push them into bankruptcy...
article Lawsuit leaves horse tracks facing bankruptcy, attorney says
(Illinois) -- Facing a $78 million lawsuit judgment for involvement in an extortion scandal involving former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Illinois' only two pari-mutuel...

12/15/2014

article Rivers Casino Nears $400 Million Mark For 2014
(Illinois) -- Des Plaines-based Rivers Casino continues to churn out income and gamblers with its total adjusted gross revenue on track to exceed $400 million this year.

12/12/2014

article Revenue up at Harrah's Casino
(Illinois) -- According to the latest figures from the Illinois Gaming Board, Harrah's Casino in Joliet brought in about $16.5 million in November, representing a 1....
article Illinois Lottery cuts ties with private manager
(Illinois) -- The split between the Illinois Lottery and its private manager, Northstar Lottery Group, is now official after three years of acrimony over lower-than-...

12/11/2014

article Community sentiment outweighs support for video gambling in Libertyville
(Illinois) -- Libertyville officials have decided to pass on video gambling, saying the overall affect on the family-oriented community trumps the benefit to some...

12/10/2014

article Illinois, Northstar Finalize Divorce Settlement [sub req]
(Illinois) -- Illinois plans to begin procurement of a new private manager for its lottery as soon as early 2015 after reaching an agreement to finalize its bitter...

12/9/2014

article Jury awards damages to Illinois riverboat casinos
(Illinois) -- A jury has found a racetrack owner liable in a civil racketeering case that involved actions during Rod Blagojevich’s time as Illinois governor. The...
article Peoria council may discuss video gambling issue at next meeting, or next month
(Illinois) -- The Peoria City Council appears ready to discuss video-gambling cafes again. If not in detail Tuesday night, then perhaps next month. Either way, the hope...
article Some lessons from video gambling growth
(Illinois) -- Video gambling has proven to be a big business in Illinois, but there are also some lessons to be learned from the law passed two years ago. The gaming...

12/8/2014

article 2 years in, video gambling a boon for business, local government
(Illinois) -- Inside Jeremy Casiello's new business is a symbol of everything people who dislike gambling fear: A poster of Al Capone wearing a classic gangster grin...
article Betting on Video Gambling Cafés
(Illinois) -- Just last month, the Lake County Board voted for an ordinance that may limit the types of businesses that offer video gambling in the county's...

12/7/2014

article Suburban Video Gambling Increases Despite Initial Concerns
(Illinois) -- Despite some initial reluctance when video gambling was legalized in Illinois two years ago, many suburbs have since voted to allow it. And in that time,...
article Marengo, Lake in the Hills surprised by gas station gambling ruling
(Illinois) -- An Illinois Gaming Board decision that granted a Lake in the Hills gas station permission to use video gaming machines and allow customers to play the...
article State does about-face on video gambling at retirement home
(Illinois) -- Saying they messed up, state regulators have revoked a video gaming license from a catering company that planned to open a mini-casino in a low-income...

12/4/2014

article Officials considering video gambling surcharge
(Illinois) -- With video gaming machines popping up throughout the city, officials are considering implementing a yearly surcharge on each unit, perhaps as much as $500...

12/1/2014

article Video gambling's spread raising cash, eyebrows
(Illinois) -- Since video gambling began in Illinois two years ago, the slot-like terminals have been showing up in places lawmakers never imagined — floral shops...

11/28/2014

article Video gambling's spread raising cash, eyebrows
(Illinois) -- Since video gambling began in Illinois two years ago, the slot-like terminals have been showing up in places lawmakers never imagined — floral shops...

11/27/2014

article A look back... Par-A-Dice Casino changed landscape of city
(Illinois) -- Imagine what East Peoria would be like without the Par-A-Dice Casino. Since the Par-A-Dice came to the city in 1993, City Administrator Tom Brimberry said...

11/23/2014

article Column: Gambling preys on the poor for 'success'
(Illinois) -- A state agency recently reported that gambling revenues in Illinois were up more than 7 percent in the past year. This gives me the opportunity for my...

11/19/2014

article Griffin: Video gambling blamed for casino attendance drop
(Illinois) -- Among the tips, suggestions and questions we receive, readers often ask for an update about stories we've reported on in the past. Every so often, we...

11/18/2014

article City Council waits on liquor, gambling fees
(Illinois) -- The Bloomington City Council did not appear ready Monday to move forward any time soon with raising liquor fees, creating a new video gaming fee or...

11/17/2014

article Illinois Offers Video Gaming Machines, But They Are Quite Far From Real Casino Experience
(Illinois) -- Video gaming machines now available in at Illinois bars and restaurants, can’t substitute real casino experience. American gambling laws are slowly,...

11/16/2014

article Proposal calls for 'historical racing' machines
(Illinois) -- A Republican lawmaker from southwest Illinois has proposed a plan allowing betting on old races as a way to boost the horse racing industry, an idea that...

11/15/2014

article Marengo considering video gaming expansion
(Illinois) -- Businesses that sell packaged liquors in Marengo would be allowed to have video gaming machines, under a City Council proposal that has some aldermen...

11/13/2014

article Column: Bar slots poor substitute for the real thing
(Illinois) -- Video gaming machines at bars and restaurants in Illinois are doing land office business. In the cities, towns, and villages that have approved them, you...

11/11/2014

article Sugar Grove turns down request for video gambling at gas station
(Illinois) -- Sugar Grove village trustees last month decided not to issue a liquor license to a BP Express Lane gas station at Route 47 and Cross Street that could have...

11/9/2014

article OP/ED: Gambling preys on poor for 'success'
(Illinois) -- A state agency recently reported that gambling revenues in Illinois were up more than 7 percent in the past year. This gives me the opportunity for my...

11/5/2014

article Does Quinn's loss help Arlington slots odds?
(Illinois) -- A past roadblock in Louisville-based Churchill Downs Inc.'s efforts to get slot machines at its Chicago-area Arlington International Racecourse lost an...

11/4/2014

article EDITORIAL: Illinois slots bite Q-C casinos
(Illinois) -- It’s as if another casino opened in our region. Nearly 700 new electronic gaming devices – we’ll call them ‘tavern slots’ for...

11/3/2014

article Revenue from tavern slots up, casinos down
(Illinois) -- Casinos' losses appear to be taverns' gains. The three Quad-City casinos last month took in $2,680,704 fewer dollars than they did in the previous...

10/31/2014

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

10/29/2014

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

10/27/2014

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

10/26/2014

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

10/25/2014

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

10/24/2014

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

10/23/2014

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

10/20/2014

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

10/19/2014

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

10/18/2014

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

10/16/2014

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

10/15/2014

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

10/14/2014

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

10/13/2014

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

10/12/2014

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

10/11/2014

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

10/8/2014

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

10/6/2014

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

10/5/2014

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

10/2/2014

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

9/30/2014

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

9/28/2014

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

9/27/2014

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

9/25/2014

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

9/23/2014

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

9/22/2014

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

9/20/2014

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

9/18/2014

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

9/14/2014

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

9/9/2014

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

9/8/2014

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

9/7/2014

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

9/5/2014

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

9/4/2014

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

9/3/2014

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

8/28/2014

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

8/27/2014

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

8/26/2014

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

8/25/2014

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

8/23/2014

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

8/22/2014

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

8/19/2014

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

8/18/2014

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

8/17/2014

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

8/16/2014

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

8/15/2014

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

8/13/2014

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

8/12/2014

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

8/7/2014

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

8/6/2014

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

8/5/2014

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

8/4/2014

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

8/1/2014

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

7/30/2014

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

7/28/2014

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

7/27/2014

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

7/26/2014

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

7/24/2014

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

7/23/2014

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

7/22/2014

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

7/20/2014

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

7/15/2014

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

7/8/2014

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

7/7/2014

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

7/2/2014

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

6/30/2014

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

6/26/2014

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

6/25/2014

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

6/24/2014

article Gurnee: Video gambling won't save American Legion Post 771
(Illinois) -- While Gurnee trustees and Mayor Kristina Kovarik agreed Monday they weren't interested in allowing video gambling to boost the local American Legion...
article Porter County casino revenue coming up short, council told
(Illinois) -- The riverboat fund, based on casino revenue, is running dry, potentially leaving the county’s longevity pay and the county’s drug task force in...

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