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5/25/2016

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

5/23/2016

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

5/22/2016

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

5/18/2016

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

5/16/2016

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

5/15/2016

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

5/14/2016

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

5/12/2016

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

5/11/2016

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

5/10/2016

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

5/9/2016

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

5/8/2016

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

5/7/2016

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

5/6/2016

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

5/5/2016

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

5/2/2016

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

4/27/2016

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

4/25/2016

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

4/19/2016

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

4/18/2016

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

4/16/2016

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

4/13/2016

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

4/11/2016

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

4/10/2016

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

4/8/2016

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

4/7/2016

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

4/4/2016

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

4/2/2016

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

3/26/2016

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

3/23/2016

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

3/17/2016

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

3/12/2016

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

3/9/2016

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

3/8/2016

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

3/7/2016

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

3/6/2016

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

3/5/2016

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

3/4/2016

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

2/27/2016

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

2/26/2016

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

2/25/2016

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

2/24/2016

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

2/18/2016

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

2/16/2016

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

2/15/2016

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

2/14/2016

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

2/13/2016

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

2/12/2016

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

2/11/2016

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

2/10/2016

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

2/9/2016

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

2/7/2016

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

2/5/2016

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

2/4/2016

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

1/24/2016

article New bar, gaming facility proposed
(Illinois) -- A new bar and gaming facility could come to DeKalb if city officials approve its bar liquor and supplemental video gaming license Monday. Cynthia Jensen...
article IL Group Restates Opposition to Rule Changes
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Jan. 24 said proposed changes in state racing regulations, as well as another rule that allows...
press release Illinois Tracks Threaten Collapse of Live Racing
(Illinois) -- Illinois tracks are plotting to upend industry regulations fundamental to the integrity and strength of thoroughbred horse racing, threatening to crush...

1/17/2016

article Council plans "homework" on casino
(Illinois) -- While some are excited for the prospect of a Decatur casino, the Decatur City Council won’t take up the matter just yet. Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe said...

1/16/2016

article Debtors file to close Balmoral Park for good, sell off assets
(Illinois) -- Balmoral Park's debtors want to put the historic racetrack just south of Crete down like a sick horse. Debtors filed a motion Thursday in the Illinois...

1/13/2016

article Video gambling is in O’Fallon now, city hasn’t earmarked profits just yet
(Illinois) -- Local O’Fallon businesses and organizations are optimistic about the present and future of video gambling, which last year was implemented as an...

1/11/2016

article Flooding hurt Alton Argosy casino
(Illinois) -- Among the casualties of flooding last month on the Mississippi River was the Alton Argosy casino, where high water forced the gambling hall to close for...

1/10/2016

article The modest beginning of riverboats
(Illinois) -- Riverboat casino gambling started as a quaint, Mark Twain-type of experience, but quickly turned into the equivalent of an arms race between the states.

1/4/2016

article State Supreme Court ruling means casino owes Cook County $3 million
(Illinois) -- A recent decision by the Illinois Supreme Court will allow Cook County to collect about $3 million in unpaid taxes from Des Plaines' Rivers Casino. The...

1/3/2016

article Council support sought for casino plan
(Illinois) -- A new casino could open in the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel under a proposal that the Decatur City Council will likely hear soon.
article Decatur City Council to Consider Casino Proposal Soon
(Illinois) -- The Decatur City Council is expected to consider a proposal for the establishment of a small casino at the existing Decatur Conference Center & Hotel...

12/27/2015

article Lisa Madigan Declares Daily Sports Fantasy Betting Illegal in Illinois
(Illinois) -- If you’re an Online fantasy sports contests player you may soon find yourself guilty of breaking the law if you live in the state of Illinois. The...
article Balmoral's final ride
(Illinois) -- The future of Balmoral Park is still up in the air after an atmosphere of sadness and nostalgia hung over what presumably was the final night of racing...

12/23/2015

article Illinois Attorney General: Daily Fantasy Sports Violate State Law
(Illinois) -- Some in the “daily fantasy sports” industry thought Christmas came early this year when, on December 11, 2015, the Appellate Division of the...
article Illinois now wants to stop FanDuel, DraftKings from accepting bets in state
(Illinois) -- First it was New York. Now the attorney general in Illinois says daily fantasy sports betting is illegal. If it holds, the legal opinion issued Wednesday...
article Cook County Wins Slot Machine Tax Fight With Rivers Casino
(Illinois) -- The owners of the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines have lost a three-year court battle with Cook County, over a slot machine tax approved by the Cook County...
article Rivers Casino owes county $3 million in unpaid taxes
(Illinois) -- A recent Illinois Supreme Court decision will allow Cook County to collect about $3 million in unpaid taxes, as well as generate another $1 million in tax...

12/19/2015

article New bid date for Balmoral Park assets
(Illinois) -- The owners of Balmoral Park and Maywood Park race tracks have received bankruptcy court approval to have another run at soliciting bids for the tracks...
article Letter: A city-owned Chicago casino is a bad idea
(Illinois) -- To the Editor: Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants a city-owned casino in Chicago to help pay for public pensions for police and firefighters.

12/18/2015

article Illinois gaming revenue saves East St. Louis from potential payless paydays
(Illinois) -- Cash-strapped East St. Louis has received an overdue gift from the state just in time for the holidays: $2.5 million worth of back taxes from the Illinois...

12/14/2015

article Hollywood Casino in Joliet experiences year-to-date revenue gains
(Illinois) -- While statewide casino revenue continues on the decline, the latest year-to-date figures for 2015 show Hollywood Casino in Joliet is among the few...

12/10/2015

article Balmoral, Maywood track assets to be auctioned
(Illinois) -- With no acceptable offers received to keep two Chicago-area harness racing tracks running, the operators of Balmoral Park and Maywood Park will auction off...

12/9/2015

article Huck Finn Restaurant in Oak Lawn wants gambling
(Illinois) -- The management of the family-owned Huck Finn restaurant in Oak Lawn will soon offer more than hearty meals to its customers. If things go as planned, five...
article Long Grove poised to approve video gambling in the long-run
(Illinois) -- A Tuesday vote means video gambling machines will likely become a regular fixture at Long Grove taverns. At the end of a long, contentious discussion...
article Utica board unsure about more gambling
(Illinois) -- At Wednesday night’s Utica Village Board meeting, certain board members expressed concern about bringing more video gaming into the village’s...

12/8/2015

article Lottery winners will soon get paid
(Illinois) -- Illinois lottery winners will soon get to cash in. The state's lottery received one billion dollars from a spending bill that was signed by Governor...

12/7/2015

article Long Grove expected to make final decision on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Every month, her profit has gone up. But this week, it might fall to zero. Mary Ann Ullrich, who owns Long Grove's Village Tavern with her husband Chip...
article Lottery winners put on hold will get their money
(Illinois) -- Since July 1, some Illinois Lottery winners experienced payment delays, as the Lottery has not had the legal authority to disburse winnings because of the...
article Payouts long halted, House bill OKs $1 billion for Illinois lottery
(Illinois) -- A package that will allocate special funds totaling more than $3 billion to help communities maintain 911 telephone systems and pay for snow removal was...

12/5/2015

article Letter: A casino will not solve pension problems
(Illinois) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants a city-owned casino in Chicago to help pay for public pensions for police and firefighters. While the idea might sound good on...

12/3/2015

article Anti-gambling residents sue Mundelein over botched truck stop zoning
(Illinois) -- In an attempt to prevent video gambling at the Graham's Countryside BP gas station, a group of local residents have sued Mundelein over its procedure...

12/2/2015

article House OKs money for cities, lottery
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers put another patch on the state's stopgap spending plan Wednesday, approving a package that will funnel more than $3 billion in...
article Rauner, Democrats strike deal on lottery payouts, gas tax money for towns
(Illinois) -- Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Democrats on Wednesday struck a rare agreement, compromising on a plan to release more than $3.1 billion to pay...

11/24/2015

article Mahomet approves video gambling
(Illinois) -- Mahomet is opening its doors to video gaming machines. That was the only Champaign County town that didn't allow it. The Mahomet village board approved...
article Lack of Illinois Lottery payouts sending gamblers out of state
(Illinois) -- Since the Illinois Lottery announced in August that the ongoing budget impasse would no longer allow them to immediately pay winners of more than $600...

11/21/2015

article 4 state fines for underage gambling -- all in Mundelein
(Illinois) -- In more than three years that video gambling machines have operated in Illinois bars and restaurants, four locations have been fined by the state Gaming...

11/20/2015

article Mundelein gambling fines raise statewide questions
(Illinois) -- In more than three years that video gambling machines have operated in Illinois bars and restaurants, four locations have been fined by the state Gaming...
article Oswego tweaks video gambling license process
(Illinois) -- The Oswego Village Board will oversee future video gambling licenses similar to how new liquor licenses are issued. Village trustees recently amended the...
article Rahm Emanuel Rolls The Dice On A Government-Owned Casino In Chicago
(Chicago) -- There is a reason doctors are so concerned about the dosage of the medications they prescribe. Counterintuitively, it is not the case that by prescribing...
article Illinois Lottery's IOUs a reminder state and its leaders are no prize
(Illinois) -- In a move so emblematic of this state's government it makes my eye twitch, the Illinois Lottery bought newspaper ads to thank its players and apologize...
article Illinois' decreased lottery ticket sales impact small businesses in border communities
(Illinois) -- Since announcing in August that prizes over $600 would not be paid immediately due to state budget problems, the Illinois lottery has seen a significant...

11/19/2015

article Alderman Wants To Open Chicago’s Doors To Video Gambling, But Mayor Says No
(Illinois) -- A freshman Chicago alderman has offered a new proposal to allow video gambling throughout much of the city, but its chances for passage appear limited.
article Mahomet board hears both sides in debate on gambling
(Illinois) -- Residents on both sides of the gambling issue expressed their opinions at the Mahomet village board's study session, ahead of a possible vote next week...

11/18/2015

article Rookie alderman wants video gaming; mayor gives thumbs-down
(Illinois) -- One month after voting to raise property taxes by a record $588 million, a rookie alderman on Wednesday forged ahead with a plan to minimize pain for...

11/14/2015

article Clark, Champaign overall casino revenue falls
(Illinois) -- Clark and Champaign counties have seen their casino revenue shrink this year. Clark County’s casino revenue fell to $1.5 million this year, nearly 4...

11/12/2015

article Rivers Casino and OKRP Chicago let in-the-know limo drivers do all the talking in new ads
(Illinois) -- Lots of personality is fast becoming a trademark of the creative output at Chicago boutique ad agency O'Keefe Reinhard & Paul. After a hugely...

11/11/2015

article Illinois Lottery’s failure to pay draws other states into lawsuit
(Illinois) -- The ongoing impasse over the Illinois state budget has roped in dozens of other states’ lotteries into a lawsuit filed against the Illinois Lottery...

11/10/2015

article House agrees to pay suburbs and lottery winners, but no money coming yet
(Illinois) -- Republicans and Democrats made a rare joint effort to send some long-awaited state money to mayors and Illinois Lottery winners who have been begging for...
article Illinois House passes bill for gas tax and lottery winnings
(Illinois) -- The Illinois House passed a bill to pay out lottery winnings, gambling proceeds and gas tax money. There were 115 “yes” votes, and now has to...
article Rep. Jones launches effort to keep Balmoral, Maywood open
(Illinois) -- State Rep. Thaddeus Jones, D-Calumet City, is sponsoring legislation in the Illinois House to prevent the closing of Balmoral Park and Maywood Park...

11/9/2015

article Lawsuit by unpaid Illinois lottery winners pulls in other states
(Illinois) -- Multi-state lottery groups pushed back on Monday against a move by lottery winners in Illinois to drag dozens of states into a lawsuit against the Illinois...

11/8/2015

article Illinois Lawmakers Propose Bill for Lottery Funding
(Illinois) -- The state of Illinois is still working without a budget which is causing lottery workers to accept IOU's. But statehouse Democrats are trying to change...

11/6/2015

article Riverboat Gaming: Des Plaines Becomes Even More Dominant
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board has released riverboat casino numbers for the month of October. Des Plaines remains number one, even more dominant than before,...
article Illinois Lottery Woes Mean Good Business For Hoosier Lotto Retailers
(Illinois) -- The state of Illinois recently released a statement saying any large lottery payouts would be delayed because of the state’s ongoing financial issues...
article Quad City Downs to auction off items over the weekend
(Illinois) -- It's time to clear house at the Quad City Downs. Everything from farm machinery to kitchen supplies to memorabilia will be auctioned off this weekend....

11/4/2015

article Guest View: Video gambling is the new 'crack cocaine'
(Illinois) -- The U.S. National Gambling Impact Study Commission highlighted in its final report that electronic gambling machines (EGMs) constituted the new “...

10/30/2015

article Oak Forest getting its 1st video gambling café
(Illinois) -- The Oak Forest City Council has approved a liquor license for the city's first video gambling cafe. The license was granted this week to the owners of...
article Horse racing falls victim to casinos, video gambling, politicians
(Illinois) -- Sondra Brown had a way of life. Her way of life was with the horses at Balmoral Park. "All my life that's what I've done, work with the horses...

10/28/2015

article Casino towns plan budgets as gambling tax revenue withheld
(Illinois) -- Casino towns outside Chicago are feeling the sting of a lack of a state budget because they're not receiving their share of gambling tax revenues. The...

10/27/2015

article Bill would allow but regulate fantasy sports games
(Illinois) -- An Illinois lawmaker wants to continue to allow people to put their money toward online fantasy sports contests if they wish, but he says pay-to-play...
article Gambling gives boost to youth sports in Crestwood
(Illinois) -- Money being fed into video gambling machines in Crestwood will, starting next year, be used to help offset the cost to residents who want their kids to...
article Newly renovated, Argosy up for new license
(Illinois) -- One month after becoming Argosy Casino’s general manager, Joelle Shearin was telling the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) of the facility’s history...

10/26/2015

article Casino towns plan budgets as gambling tax revenue withheld
(Illinois) -- Casino towns outside Chicago are feeling the sting of a lack of a state budget because they're not receiving their share of gambling tax revenues. The...
article Suburbs with casinos feel extra pinch from state budget crisis
(Illinois) -- How do you tackle planning a city budget without millions owed in casino money? With a lot of uncertainty. The state’s budget impasse is affecting...
article States surrounding Illinois ready for lottery business
(Illinois) -- Even buying lottery tickets in Illinois is losing its charm. With Illinois delaying payouts of more than $600 because of its budget mess, neighboring...

10/25/2015

article How the Illinois budget crisis is affecting suburban casino towns
(Illinois) -- How do you tackle planning a city budget without millions owed in casino money? With a lot of uncertainty. The state's budget impasse is affecting...

10/24/2015

article Illinois budget crisis could become local crisis, too
(Illinois) -- The solution to the state budget crisis could determine whether cities, counties and townships ever see their shares of gasoline and gambling taxes again.

10/22/2015

article Casino mall sues Illinois gaming board
(Illinois) -- A developer of a proposed casino mall in Hometown has filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Gaming Board claiming it exceeded its legal authority and...

10/20/2015

article Give lottery winners their money, Democrats says
(Illinois) -- A Democratic effort to start sending towns some of the gambling and gas taxes they're owed by the state made some headway today, but not enough to...
article St. Charles legalizes video gambling, with an asterisk
(Illinois) -- The final vote to legalize video gambling in St. Charles Monday night came packaged with red faces, threats and emotional speeches. Having heard community...

10/19/2015

article State owes suburbs millions in gambling taxes
(Illinois) -- Illinois gamblers lost more than $227 million to machines at bars, restaurants and gas stations in the first 90 days of the state budget impasse, but local...
article Illinois lottery players crossing border to play in other states
(Illinois) -- Randall Lobello of Bensenville said he still plans to buy lottery tickets, despite the Illinois Lottery's announcement Wednesday that even more winners...

10/15/2015

article Illinois Lottery delays payment of all winnings over $600
(Illinois) -- People who win more than $600 in the Illinois Lottery won't get their money right away because of the ongoing state budget impasse, as officials said...

10/14/2015

article Elmhurst committee split on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Those on both sides of the video gambling issue left Tuesday's meeting of the Public Affairs and Safety Committee disappointed, as committee members...
article Casino Group Interested In Decatur
(Illinois) -- Decatur may be the latest to enter the sweepstakes to obtain a casino license. Decatur hotel operator Steve Horve tells WAND News a group is interested in...
article Decatur named as possible casino site
(Illinois) -- A casino company has been scouting out Illinois for a new location. Decatur is on the that list and people say they've got what it takes. The Decatur...

10/13/2015

article OP/ED: Illinois, and Decatur, should welcome more gambling business
(Illinois) -- Recently there have been newspaper articles which suggest that prospective legislation to expand “riverboat gambling” could include Decatur,...

10/11/2015

article Jim Dey: Odds against big increases in gambling revenue
(Illinois) -- Betting on increased gambling revenues as part of a solution to Illinois' fiscal woes has become a dangerous proposition. An exhaustive study —...

10/10/2015

article State money grab is latest twist in decline of Joliet gambling taxes
(Illinois) -- Joliet already was grappling with declining gambling taxes, when things got worse in July: The city stopped getting any money from that source. The state...

10/9/2015

article Gambling a Common Theme in Corruption Cases
(Illinois) -- A clue to former Chicago Public Schools boss Barbara Byrd-Bennett's reason for scheming may be found in her indictment. "I have tuition to pay and casinos...

10/7/2015

article How St. Charles went from 'no' to 'yes' on video gambling
(Illinois) -- St. Charles will be the next local community to legalize video gambling. The reasons are more about what city officials fear losing than what may be gained...

10/6/2015

article Video slot machines spin through some suburbs
(Illinois) -- Video gambling is alive and well in the western suburbs. Darien had seven places with video gambling licenses, Oakbrook Terrace had nine and Countryside...

10/5/2015

article St. Charles on verge of legalizing video gambling
(Illinois) -- By the end of the debate on legalizing video gambling in St. Charles Monday night, it was clear aldermen would make new enemies out of at least one major...

10/4/2015

article Don’t bet on more gambling dollars
(Illinois) -- Making a buck in the Illinois gambling industry is becoming a tougher bet. According to a new report from the General Assembly, taxes generated from all...
article Mundelein annexes gas station, owner pushes forward with video gaming application
(Illinois) -- The Mundelein Village Board's decision to annex land occupied by the Graham's Countryside BP gas station at Midlothian Road and Route 60/83 may...
article Southern View village president steps down as liquor commissioner to own gambling parlor
(Illinois) -- Southern View Village President Nora Petrosky could soon be an owner of a gambling establishment in her own community. Petrosky, her husband, Gary, and...
article Palos Hills rejects video gambling cafes
(Illinois) -- Video gambling cafes won't be coming to Palos Hills anytime soon, after a narrow majority of aldermen said they believed the establishments would be...

10/3/2015

article Historic Balmoral Park to close next year
(Illinois) -- Historic Balmoral Park in Crete, which has hosted horse racing since 1926 when it opened as Lincoln Fields, will be forced to close next year due to a...

10/2/2015

article Maywood Park track ends harness racing, Balmoral next
(Illinois) -- Maywood Park, which inaugurated betting on harness racing in Illinois in 1946, seems destined to have run its final race Friday. Harness racing, meanwhile...

9/29/2015

article Legislative report finds gambling at a slowdown in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Gambling is going through slow times in Illinois, with state taxes for all forms of gambling falling by nearly 6 percent this year despite growth in the...

9/27/2015

article Legislative report finds gambling at a slowdown in Illinois, despite video gains
(Illinois) -- Gambling is going through slow times in Illinois, with state taxes for all forms of gambling falling by nearly 6 percent this year despite growth in the...

9/25/2015

article Geneseo says ‘no’ to gambling
(Illinois) -- Video gambling machines won’t be found in Geneseo bars or gas stations. At the Tuesday, Sept. 22 committee of the whole meeting, aldermen voted...
article Two Mundelein bars fined in underage video gambling violations
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board voted Sept. 21 to fine two Mundelein businesses $25,000 after allegations that they violated the Illinois Video Gaming Act. The...

9/24/2015

article Gaming Board Rejects Video Gambling At Hometown Strip Mall
(Illinois) -- The mayor of a small southwestern suburb is unhappy with a decision by the Illinois Gaming Board to reject the suburb’s proposal for a video gambling...

9/23/2015

article BLOG: Kadner’s dogged determination kills casino mall
(Illinois) -- A developer is apparently hoping to launch a unique concept, a sort of casino mall, in strip malls in Crestwood and Hometown. The idea would be to lease...
article Illinois Gaming Board rejects licenses for 'casino mall' concept in small town outside Chicago
(Illinois) -- Plans to refurbish a half-empty strip mall outside Chicago into multiple video gambling cafes have been rejected by Illinois Gaming Board members who...
article Illinois Gaming Board rejects video licenses for strip mall
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board has rejected video license applications for operators who'd envisioned opening several businesses in a half-vacant strip mall...
article Horse Races At Chicago’s Bankrupt Maywood Park Face Cancellation
(Illinois) -- An advocacy group within Illinois’s horse-racing industry is fighting to save live racing at the financially struggling Maywood Park track for the...

9/22/2015

article State gaming board slams door on casino malls
(Illinois) -- Illinois Gaming Board members attempted to shut down the development of "casino malls" on Tuesday, voting unanimously to reject the video license...

9/20/2015

article Riverboat revenues continue to fall
(Illinois) -- Thus far, the risk hasn’t justified the reward regarding video gaming in Illinois. Video gaming terminals have been siphoning business away from...

9/19/2015

article Illinois' gambling revenues shrinking
(Illinois) -- Some state lawmakers have long looked at gaming expansion as a relatively pain-free way for Illinois to raise millions of dollars in new revenue.
article Video gaming vote concerns St. Charles business owners
(Illinois) -- Some St. Charles business owners want their voices heard as city leaders prepare to vote on video gaming. The group – which includes representation...
article Rauner jettisons lottery manager Northstar
(Illinois) -- Gov. Bruce Rauner's office says it has reached an agreement to terminate the contract of Northstar Lottery Group, the private company whose management...

9/18/2015

article OP/ED: Illinois' sorry addition to gambling
(Illinois) -- When it comes to gambling, the State of Illinois acts like an addict constantly searching for the thrill of a victory, incapable of rational thought, and...

9/17/2015

article 'Jackpot' results for Illinois’ video gaming
(Illinois) -- Three years ago, the first video gaming machines popped up in Illinois bars, restaurants, and truck stops. You could say the business has hit the jackpot...
article Kadner: Gaming czar 'inclined to oppose backdoor casinos'
(Illinois) -- Video gambling malls proposed for Hometown and Crestwood are "backdoor casinos," according to the chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board, who said...
article Video Gambling Hits The Jackpot; But Attempt To Stall Video Poker Malls
(Illinois) -- Three years ago, the first video gaming machines popped up in Illinois bars, restaurants, and truck stops. You could say the business has hit the jackpot...

9/15/2015

article Rita tries to stop casino malls in Southland
(Illinois) -- State Rep. Robert Rita, D-Blue Island, is trying to enlist the help of the Illinois Gaming Board to stop the development of "casino malls," but...

9/14/2015

article Illinois Lottery Suspends Payouts Until State Lawmakers Settle Budget Stalemate
(Illinois) -- People who have hopes of winning a big lottery prize will have to put their dreams on hold in Illinois. The Governor and Illinois lawmakers can't come...
article Joliet casinos and others statewide experience revenue dip
(Illinois) -- Revenue at Harrah’s Casino in Joliet dropped by nearly 14 percent in August, signifying the largest year-to-year drop statewide. Harrah’s...

9/9/2015

article St. Charles council inclined to keep banning video gambling
(Illinois) -- St. Charles aldermen are recommending the city keep prohibiting video gambling. The city council -- meeting as its government operations committee -- voted...
article Suit seeks to force Illinois Lottery to pay big winners
(Illinois) -- Two Illinois Lottery winners, including a Homer Glen resident, on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit against the lottery for stopping payouts of cash prizes...

9/8/2015

article Riverboat Casino Gaming Numbers Down Across the Board; Both Monthly and Yearly
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board has released riverboat casino numbers for the month of August; with all of the numbers, short term and long term, having gone...

9/4/2015

article Guilt-by-marriage? Video gambling applicant claims Illinois Gaming Board blackballed her because of spouse’s suit against Board
(Illinois) -- A West Chicago woman has sued the Illinois Gaming Board, claiming the board improperly turned down her applications last spring for four video gaming...

9/2/2015

article A fresh revenue stream for mental health? Chicago casino, nonprofit says
(Illinois) -- If Chicago ever gets a casino, a health care nonprofit wants a slice of the income to fund mental health services. Given the health risks involved in...
article Illinois' Biggest Casino Hit With $2 Million Fine
(Illinois) -- Illinois’ biggest and most popular casino has been hit with a $2 million fine, and two of its officers have been ordered suspended, after a complaint...

9/1/2015

article Growth of video gaming likely limited in Rantoul
(Illinois) -- Mayor Chuck Smith called video gaming in the village "a challenge for us" due to limited access. He said the Rantoul Liquor Commission mandated...

8/31/2015

article Bartlett village board to hear revised plans for gambling bistro
(Illinois) -- The Bartlett village board Tuesday will consider revised plans for a video gambling bistro that's previously faced scrutiny from residents and town...
article Competition for Kane County riverboat cash intensifies
(Illinois) -- With state funding for social services in budget limbo, and dwindling profits for the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin, competition for Kane County grants...
article Geneseo reconsiders video gambling
(Illinois) -- The amount of potential revenue available is causing Geneseo aldermen to reconsider allowing video gaming in the city. The State of Illinois uses the...

8/28/2015

article Rivers Casino Partners Fined $2 Million
(Illinois) -- Midwest Gaming & Entertainment, LLC, whose partners own Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, was fined $2 million last Tuesday and the licenses of two of its...
article Big Illinois lottery winners won't get paid til budget stalemate ends
(Illinois) -- Big Illinois Lottery winners are among those who won't get paid until Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers approve a state budget that was due July 1....
article Illinois State Lottery to big winners: No money for you until state has budget
(Illinois) -- The Illinois State Lottery’s motto is “Anything’s Possible.” Recent big winners, though, are getting a different message: “...

8/25/2015

article Appellate panel: Cook County can tax Rivers Casino's slot machines, other video gambling terminals
(Illinois) -- The operators of Rivers Casino were dealt a blow last week when a state appellate court overturned a Cook County judge’s decision vacating Cook County’s...

8/24/2015

article Appellate court upholds Preckwinkle's slot machine tax
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Appellate Court has reinstated a Cook County tax on slot machines, handing a setback to Rivers Casino and a boost of roughly $1.1 million to...

8/21/2015

article The woman who wants to make the Argosy an experience
(Illinois) -- Incoming general manager Joelle Shearin already has a plan for the Argosy: to strike a fine balance between customer perks, to drive revenue and to bring...

8/20/2015

article Springfield's video gambling regulations eyed for possible loophole
(Illinois) -- Some Springfield aldermen are concerned that a loophole or gray area in video gambling restrictions passed last year could allow businesses to skirt the...
article Was Des Plaines lobbyist advocating for, and against, gambling expansion?
(Illinois) -- A lobbyist hired by the city of Des Plaines to advocate against gambling expansion may have been doing just the opposite on behalf of Rockford, according...

8/18/2015

article Early indications on St. Charles video gambling vote: Aldermen not in favor
(Illinois) -- St. Charles aldermen will decide in September whether to allow video gambling. Aldermen, meeting as the government operations committee, voted Monday to...
article Galesburg aldermen vote down regulations for new businesses, video gambling licenses
(Illinois) -- Aldermen struck down a pair of business regulations with unanimous votes Monday against a proposed business and video gambling licenses. The City Council...
article Kane County cuts $68,000 in Grand Vic riverboat grant requests
(Illinois) -- Kane County's Riverboat Committee, which decides how to allocate Grand Victoria Casino riverboat grants, cut the amount of internal grants to three...

8/17/2015

article First video gambling machines installed in Norridge
(Illinois) -- After a weekend of live music, sports and cold beers for the crowd of mostly regulars who gather at DBA Newbe's Sports Bar and Grill in Norridge, most...

8/16/2015

article City Council takes up registration for new businesses, video gambling regulation
(Illinois) -- A number of tabled items regarding business licenses and video gambling are on the City Council’s agenda for Monday night’s meeting.

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