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article Rockford casino hearing: what you need to know
(9/22/2019)
(Illinois) -- On Monday, we’ll hear for the first time details of the three proposed Rockford casinos. A public hearing is scheduled for 5:30pm at the Coronado...
article Rosemont Panel To Take Look At Sports Betting Possibility
(9/22/2019)
(Illinois) -- Rosemont is exploring the possibility of allowing sports betting in the village having formed a five-member committee last week to help pick a company to...
article South Suburban Mayors Say Gambling Bill Rigged Against Them
(9/22/2019)
(Illinois) -- A group of south suburban mayors claims the recently passed gaming bill has a bias against their communities. Matteson Mayor Sheila Chalmers-Currin said...
article Casino revenues fall, but video gambling bolsters state's wagering
(9/21/2019)
(Illinois) -- Gamblers brought in more money for the state than ever before last year, even though casino revenues were down. Those were among the findings in a new...
article What you need to know before the Rockford casino hearing
(9/21/2019)
(Illinois) -- We expect to learn more about the three proposals for a casino during a public hearing Monday night at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. Although the...
article Beating the odds: Argosy bounces back from floods
(9/21/2019)
(Illinois) -- Gamblers returned to the Argosy Casino Alton in August, making it the best month for the facility since the spring floods, and the second best so far this...
article Ministers: Problem gambling could come with Rockford casino
(9/21/2019)
(Illinois) -- The Rockford Ministers Fellowship and other religious organizations are raising an alarm about the dangers expanded access to gambling poses to vulnerable...
article On last day of Arlington season, a dark cloud over track's future
(9/21/2019)
(Illinois) -- Dark storm clouds cast a literal and figurative shadow over Arlington International Racecourse Saturday afternoon, on what was the last day of racing for...
article Did Illinois Make The Right Move on Gambling Expansion? Expert Says It’s Complicated
(9/20/2019)
(Illinois) -- Newly-released tax data from Illinois’ gambling businesses shows an industry in flux. Though video gambling is flourishing, traditional shops like...
article Rosemont eyes sports betting license for Allstate Arena
(9/20/2019)
(Illinois) -- Rosemont has formed a special gaming committee to start identifying potential applicants to operate a sports wagering facility “within the vicinity...
article Finalists pitch Waukegan officials on casino proposals
(9/19/2019)
(Illinois) -- The six finalists for who will open the first casino in Waukegan pitched city officials on Wednesday. Officials spent four hours listening to plans from...
article Waukegan Casino Finalists Make Their Pitches
(9/19/2019)
(Illinois) -- The finalists vying to build Waukegan’s first casino made their pitches before city officials on Wednesday in a meeting that had to be moved to a...
article Report Shows Decline in Illinois Casino Revenue
(9/19/2019)
(Illinois) -- Despite a new report that showed the state’s casinos generated less revenue and had 6 percent fewer visitors than the year before, one state Senator...
article Illinois Suburb Trustees Vote On A Lesser Law For Video Gambling
(9/19/2019)
(Illinois) -- On Tuesday, trustees of Schaumburg, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, suggested replacing the village’s outright ban on video gambling for the previous...
article Hard Rock Is Offering Support to Several Rockford Groups
(9/18/2019)
(Illinois) -- The City of Rockford has to send their choice for a Rockford casino to the Illinois Gaming Board by October 26th, so it's officially crunch time for...
article Hard Rock offered downtown booster group support in exchange for Rockford casino endorsement
(9/18/2019)
(Illinois) -- Hard Rock International is trying to drum up support for its casino proposal by offering financial support to various local groups in exchange for...
article Forest City Casino envisions water park, golf complex and senior housing to boot
(9/18/2019)
(Illinois) -- The grand plan for 136 acres off Lyford Road calls not only for a casino and hotel but also for a water park, golf entertainment complex and senior citizen...
article Public hearing for casino is happening in 1 week
(9/18/2019)
(Illinois) -- In a week, the public is invited to attend an information listening session about three proposed locations for a casino coming to Rockford.
article Waukegan moves casino hearing to Genesee Theatre, expecting large turnout
(9/18/2019)
(Illinois) -- The city of Waukegan has received “hundreds of calls" about Wednesday’s scheduled public hearing on the proposed Waukegan casino,...
article Crowd expected Wednesday for Illinois Supreme Court hearings at Lewis and Clark
(9/18/2019)
(Illinois) -- Almost 1,000 people will get a chance to see the state’s highest court in action Wednesday when the Illinois Supreme Court hears oral arguments on...
article BLOG: Despite Casino Decrease Illinois Brings In More Tax From Gambling
(9/17/2019)
(Illinois) -- In the fiscal year ending in June, Illinois brought in more tax cash from gambling. That’s just one of a couple of highlights indicated in Monday...
article Illinois Raked In More Gambling Tax Money, Despite Casino Decrease
(9/17/2019)
(Illinois) -- Illinois brought in more tax money from gambling in the fiscal year that ended in June. That’s just one of several highlights from a new report...
article State revenue from casinos continues to drop
(9/17/2019)
(Illinois) -- As Illinois embarks on a massive gambling expansion of up to six new casinos and the addition of slot machines and table games at horse tracks, revenue...
article Tinley Inches Closer To Bringing Racino To Village
(9/17/2019)
(Illinois) -- Tinley Park's trustees moved forward in its bid to recruit a racino by amending two key zoning ordinances to permit a racing and gambling business in the...
article New Illinois Law Requires Panic Buttons for Hotel and Casino Staff
(9/16/2019)
(Illinois) -- Hotels and casinos in Illinois will soon be required to have anti-sexual harassment policies that include, for certain workers, access to a safety button...
article State revenue from casinos continues to drop as Illinois prepares for massive gambling expansion
(9/14/2019)
(Illinois) -- As Illinois embarks on a massive gambling expansion of up to six new casinos and the addition of slot machines and table games at horse tracks, revenue...
article Grand Victoria Riverboat Casino hit with class action over worker fingerprint scans
(9/14/2019)
(Illinois) -- The operators of the Grand Victoria Riverboat Casino in Elgin have been hit with a class action lawsuit, accusing them of violating an Illinois biometrics...
article Video gambling regrets? Long Grove officials raise concerns after granting sixth license
(9/13/2019)
(Illinois) -- Some Long Grove village board members expressed concern about video gambling machines that are allowed at bars and restaurants in town as another...
article Could DuPage County give video gambling another chance?
(9/11/2019)
(Illinois) -- One decade after DuPage became the first county in Illinois to ban video gambling, the vice chairman of the county board says the panel should consider...
article As Fairmount Park expands, adds casino, 1,000 jobs could come to Metro East
(9/11/2019)
(Illinois) -- Saturday is the last day fans can soak in a live race at Fairmount Park racetrack in Collinsville, but next year the popular track is eyeing a big...
article Sports wagering and video gambling coming soon to Rosemont?
(9/11/2019)
(Illinois) -- Visitors to Rosemont may soon be able to place their bets, as the village explores a partnership with sportsbook operators and considers overturning its...
article Collins Tower owners say new plan hinges on Danville casino being built downtown
(9/10/2019)
(Illinois) -- As city officials await an engineering report on Collins Tower based on up-close drone footage, the owners of Danville’s tallest building —...
article Rockford hearing set for casino
(9/10/2019)
(Illinois) -- The City of Rockford will host a state-mandated public hearing on Sept. 23 ahead of any construction on a casino in the city.
article A Tale Of Two Casinos: Could Waukegan Casino Cut Into Des Plaines Rivers Profits?
(9/9/2019)
(Illinois) -- What would a new casino in Waukegan mean for revenue earned by Rivers Casino, located approximately 26 miles south in Des Plaines? While a new...
article The public can ask questions about a Rockford casino at Sept. 23 hearing
(9/9/2019)
(Illinois) -- Got something to say or want questions answered about a Rockford casino? The city will take written comments before or at a Sept. 23 public hearing at the...
35 Total Articles on this Issue

Chicago Casino

article Lawmakers look to rework gaming law for financially feasible Chicago casino
(9/18/2019)
(Illinois) -- The betting line on a Chicago casino just got a little better. A leading state lawmaker said he believes the gaming law can be reworked to make it...
article Regulators call for law change to make Chicago casino viable
(9/18/2019)
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board is calling on lawmakers to change state law to make a Chicago casino viable. A Union Gaming Analytics' study released last...
article State gaming board urges changes in law authorizing Chicago casino
(9/18/2019)
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board said Monday that state lawmakers need to change a law they enacted earlier this year if they ever hope to see a casino developed...
article ‘Law change needed’ for Chicago casino
(9/18/2019)
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board has said that lawmakers in the US state need to change a law they enacted earlier this year if they ever hope to see a casino...
article Poker-faced regulators call on lawmakers to change gambling law to make Chicago casino a winning bet
(9/17/2019)
(Illinois) -- After a consultant’s report dampened hopes earlier this summer on the prospects of a Chicago casino, Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined a chorus of casino...
article Why a Casino Can’t Fund Chicago’s Pensions
(9/16/2019)
(Illinois) -- When my grandmother found out I was playing the horses, she called me up to try to teach me a lesson. I can still hear her bellowing into the phone:...
article Gaming Board urges changes in law authorizing Chicago casino
(9/16/2019)
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board said Monday that state lawmakers need to change a law they enacted earlier this year if they ever hope to see a casino developed...
article Regulators call for law change to make Chicago casino viable
(9/16/2019)
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board is calling on lawmakers to change state law to make a Chicago casino viable. A Union Gaming Analytics' study released last...
article Without offering specifics, Illinois Gaming Board tells lawmakers to consider changing terms of Chicago casino license
(9/16/2019)
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board wants lawmakers to consider changing the terms of the license for the long-proposed Chicago casino after a consultant last month...
article Is hope of casino jackpot a sucker bet? State’s gambling tax revenue booming, but it’s not from casinos
(9/12/2019)
(Illinois) -- Statewide gambling tax revenue is at an all-time high, but the percentage of those funds coming from casinos keeps trending lower and lower.
article State revenue from casinos continues to drop as Illinois prepares for massive gambling expansion
(9/12/2019)
(Illinois) -- As Illinois embarks on a massive gambling expansion of up to six new casinos and the addition of slot machines and table games at horse tracks, revenue...
11 Total Articles on this Issue

Hard Rock

article Hard Rock is a winner; I-90 location should be one, too
(9/14/2019)
(Illinois) -- As a downtown property owner, and for what it is worth, I am supporting the I-90 Hard Rock Casino Rockford. My first brush with casino politics goes back...
article Sinnissippi neighbors oppose golf course closing
(9/13/2019)
(Illinois) -- The potential closing of Sinnissippi Golf Course is meeting resistance from some neighbors and the alderman who represents the area. The proposal has also...
article Hard Rock Casino Rockford partners with local businesses
(9/11/2019)
(Illinois) -- "What we get will be wonderful, I'm looking forward to it," says Rockford resident Russ Steiner. Steiner has been living in Rockford for 50...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Cannabis & Casinos

article OP/ED: In pondering Peoria pot, don't pull another Par-A-Dice
(9/12/2019)
(Illinois) -- While mulling recreational-pot sales, the Peoria City Council should take a field trip. The journey wouldn’t have to lengthy, just to anyplace with a...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article A Rockford casino license is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
(9/22/2019)
(Illinois) -- The idea of Rockford as a part of Illinois gaming expansion isn’t new. We as a community have urged for this expansion for decades. Yes, decades. I...
article Native American Culture Comes Alive at the Harvest Pow Wow
(9/22/2019)
(Illinois) -- Native American culture came alive at Midwest Soarring’s 25th annual Harvest Pow Wow. “The Pow Wow that we have here is an event that gathers...
article Breaking down casino proposals ahead of public hearing
(9/19/2019)
(Illinois) -- The public is invited to see three presentations, one from each casino applicant, Monday night at 5:30 at the Coronado. Each applicant will have 45 minutes...
article Uncertainty in Illinois
(9/19/2019)
(Illinois) -- Churchill Downs draws ire of Illinois Racing Board after saying “no thanks” to having a casino at thoroughbred racing’s Arlington Racecourse, throwing...
article Angry racing board scolds Arlington owners: Are you in horse racing or ‘only a gaming software company’?
(9/17/2019)
(Illinois) -- Churchill Downs Inc. last month blamed high taxes, a saturated gambling market and contributions to a state thoroughbred purse fund as reasons not to...
article OP/ED: Did the Illinois Legislature bet too high on new casinos?
(9/16/2019)
(Illinois) -- Did Illinois lawmakers this spring make a bad bet on a big expansion of casino gambling? A new report from the General Assembly's fiscal unit ought to...
article State revenue from casinos continues to drop as Illinois prepares for massive gambling expansion
(9/12/2019)
(Illinois) -- As Illinois embarks on a massive gambling expansion of up to six new casinos and the addition of slot machines and table games at horse tracks, revenue...
article Conservation Police Investigate Graffiti at Sacred Starved Rock Formation
(9/10/2019)
(Illinois) -- Officials at Starved Rock State Park are investigating recent graffiti that was seen on a sacred rock over Labor Day weekend. Images of the Council...
article MORON ALERT: Cops searching for couple accused of vandalizing sacred Native American site
(9/6/2019)
(Illinois) -- Cops are looking for this pair of jerks who scrawled a heart and other graffiti at a sacred Native American site — and then proudly posed for a...
article Police Looking for Couple Who Scrawled Graffiti at Ancient Native American Gathering Place, Posted Photo on Instagram: 'They Seemed Pretty Proud of It'
(9/4/2019)
(Illinois) -- An investigation has been launched following the discovery of a photograph which appears to show two people vandalizing a sandstorm formation which is more...
article MORON ALERT: Photo catches vandals defacing Starved Rock State Park
(9/3/2019)
(Illinois) -- What kind of jerks scrawl graffiti at a public park and desecrate an ancient Native American gathering place? Thankfully, they’re the kind dumb...
article Accel to acquire Grand River Jackpot
(8/30/2019)
(Illinois) -- Accel Entertainment, a leading gaming-as-a-service provider, has agreed to acquire Grand River Jackpot, one of the first licensed video gaming terminal...
article Wood River Massacre was a bloody event in War of 1812
(8/29/2019)
(Illinois) -- Illinois was home to a surprising amount of action during the War of 1812, with bloody confrontations statewide. One of the worst was close to home. This...
article Several gambling machines destroyed in recent crime spree in Caseyville
(8/27/2019)
(Illinois) -- Police in Caseyville are alerting business owners of several video game gambling machines being destroyed. Last week, police reported video machines were...
article 77-year-old ‘world’s greatest counterfeiter’ is heading back to prison
(8/21/2019)
(Illinois) -- Louis “The Coin” Colavecchio loves to spin a story, and on Wednesday he spun himself right into 15 months in federal prison. The 77-year-old,...
article Indigenous scholars confront the power, limitations of genomics
(8/20/2019)
(Illinois) -- They traveled to central Illinois from Manitoba, Mexico City, Nova Scotia and 18 U.S. states, bringing expertise in a variety of fields, including...
article Aukiki River Festival celebrates the history of the Kankakee
(8/18/2019)
(Illinois) -- Historical re-enactors will take visitors back through time to tell the story of the Kankakee River Aug. 24 and 25 at the 12th annual Aukiki River Festival...
article Illinois Joins New Jersey in Protecting Hotel (and Casino) Employees from Sexual Harassment and Violence by Requiring Employer-Provided Panic Button Devices
(8/14/2019)
(Illinois) -- Earlier this summer, we reported on ground-breaking legislation in New Jersey that requires hotels with more than 100 guest rooms to supply hotel employees...
article Bost Introduces Bill To Make Cahokia Mounds National Park
(8/13/2019)
(Illinois) -- Illinois Congressman Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) introduced legislation Tuesday that would establish Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville, Illinois as a national...
article Why Chicago’s Depression-Era School Murals Sparked Debates About Art And Politics For 80 Years
(8/11/2019)
(Illinois) -- Earlier this year, Lake View resident Pamela Monaco read about a debate dividing the Chicago suburb of Oak Park. Three schools there were in the process of...

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