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article Illinois extends gambling suspension to April 30
(4/2/2020)
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board has announced that a temporary suspension on brick-and-mortar gambling in the state due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (Covid-...
article Illinois Video Gambling On-Hold For One More Month
(4/1/2020)
(Illinois) -- Gas stations and any places that are still open are going to miss-out on another month’s worth of video poker money. Governor Pritzker’s order...
article Illinois Phase 2 Sports Betting Rules Get Initial Approval
(3/31/2020)
(Illinois) -- Though sports betting in the state of Illinois was stopped almost immediately after it began due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19, some administrative...
article Illinois casinos to remain closed through April
(3/31/2020)
(Illinois) -- Illinois casinos will sit silent for at least another month to help stop the spread of coronavirus in the state. On Tuesday, the Illinois Gaming Board...
article Harrah's Lawsuit: Woman Injured During Robbery
(3/30/2020)
(Illinois) -- A Brookfield woman who was attacked in downtown Joliet by a knife-wielding robber during her visit to Joliet's Harrah's Casino two years ago has...
article Illinois Gaming Board Extends Casino Closures Until April 8
(3/23/2020)
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board extended the closure of all casinos and video gaming terminals in the state through April 8, a move done to sync up with Governor...
article Illinois Casinos to Remain Closed Until April 8
(3/20/2020)
(Illinois) -- All of Illinois casinos will remain closed until April 8 amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a news release issued Friday by the Illinois Gaming...
article Illinois bans video gaming in effort to slow coronavirus spread
(3/16/2020)
(Illinois) -- State officials are shutting down video gaming in Illinois for the remainder of March to help limit exposure to COVID-19. The Illinois Gaming Board ordered...
article Illinois video gaming terminals shut down for two weeks over coronavirus concerns
(3/16/2020)
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board on Monday ordered the cessation of all video gaming operations through March 30 in the wake of the growing coronavirus outbreak....
article Capitol Teletrack could get boost from sports betting
(3/15/2020)
(Illinois) -- On a usual day, CAPITOL TELETRACK manager Greg Harrell estimates that about 25 regular customers come in “like clockwork” to play the ponies at...
article Penn National Gaming to Temporarily Suspend Operations at Illinois Casinos Under Order of Illinois Gaming Board
(3/14/2020)
(Illinois) -- Penn National Gaming, Inc. announced today that it has received an order from the Illinois Gaming Board that it must temporarily suspend operations for 14...
article All bets are off: Illinois casinos ordered to shut down due to coronavirus
(3/13/2020)
(Illinois) -- The Illinois casino industry is the latest casualty of the coronavirus. State officials on Friday ordered all 10 casinos across the state to suspend...
article Illinois casinos ordered closed for two weeks over coronavirus concerns
(3/13/2020)
(Illinois) -- Illinois casinos will close for two weeks because of coronavirus concerns, the gaming board announced Friday shortly after Rivers, the state’s...
article Illinois gaming regulators order 14-day shutdown of the state’s riverboat casinos
(3/13/2020)
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board on Friday ordered the state’s 10 riverboat casinos to cease operations for 14 days, starting Monday, due to the coronavirus...
article Illinois Opens Its First Legal Sports Book. What Does The Future Hold For Gamblers And Government?
(3/12/2020)
(Illinois) -- Legalized sports betting has officially launched in Illinois. This week, a casino in suburban Chicago opened the state’s first place for gamblers to...
article NASCAR, cricket, darts among gamblers’ choices as coronavirus crimps Illinois sports betting launch
(3/12/2020)
(Illinois) -- State legislators spent months negotiating to legalize sports betting in Illinois. Casinos spent a small fortune constructing gleaming new sportsbooks....
article Sports Betting Analyst Sam Panayotovich: "Only in Illinois fashion," would someone's pants fall down at the sportsbook opening
(3/11/2020)
(Illinois) -- Sports Betting Analyst Sam Panayotovich calls John Williams from the Rivers Casino sportsbook, where Eddie Olczyk makes the first paper bet. And he even...
article Illinois Opens Its First Legal Sports Book. What Does The Future Hold For Gamblers And Government?
(3/11/2020)
(Illinois) -- Legalized sports betting has officially launched in Illinois. This week, a casino in suburban Chicago opened the state’s first place for gamblers to...
article With a century of sports betting history, Illinois launches first legal sportsbook
(3/10/2020)
(Illinois) -- After nearly a century of housing numerous underground sports betting operations and residents waiting patiently for the last eight months, the Land of...
article Illinois casino gets in the sports wagering game
(3/9/2020)
(Illinois) -- Illinois sports fans no longer have to travel to Indiana to legally bet on their favorite teams. Sports wagering began Monday at the Rivers Casino in Des...
article Sports betting launches in Illinois with wager at Rivers Casino
(3/9/2020)
(Illinois) -- All sports bets are on in Illinois. The Land of Lincoln became the 15th state to play host to a legal sports wager as Rivers Casino in Des Plaines opened...
article BetRivers Sportsbook at Rivers Casino Des Plaines opens Monday, becoming 1st Illinois sports gambling brick-and-mortar site
(3/9/2020)
(Illinois) -- The first brick-and-mortar sportsbook in Illinois opens for business on Monday. The Bet Rivers Sportsbook at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines will start taking...
article Illinois no longer off the board: Sports betting launches with wager at Rivers Casino
(3/9/2020)
(Illinois) -- Illinois has turned the page on its first legal sportsbook. The Land of Lincoln became the 15th state to play host to a legal sports wager as Rivers Casino...
article Sports betting 101: What to know now that Illinois’ first legal sportsbook is going live
(3/8/2020)
(Illinois) -- With Illinois’ first legal sportsbook opening Monday and just days to go before others start sprouting up across Illinois, it’s time for casual...
article Sports wagers will start March 16 at Alton casino
(3/8/2020)
(Illinois) -- Sports wagering at the Argosy Casino Alton is set to start Monday, March 16 just hours after selections are announced for the NCAA men’s basketball...
article Illinois sports betting to begin Monday, just in time for March Madness
(3/7/2020)
(Illinois) -- Just in time for March Madness, legal sports betting is set to begin in Illinois with the planned opening of BetRivers Sportsbook at Rivers Casino in Des...
article Beginner's luck: How one video gambling company worked the odds and took over a state
(3/7/2020)
(Illinois) -- Andrew Rubenstein rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange last November, then pumped his fist and cheered. He had much to celebrate. In a...
article Illinois sports betting slated to begin at Rivers Casino on Monday, just in time for March Madness
(3/6/2020)
(Illinois) -- Legal sports betting is ready to begin in Illinois just in time for March Madness, with Rivers Casino in Des Plaines planning to open its BetRivers...
article Legal sports betting launches Monday as Des Plaines casino vows to ‘take March Madness out of the office pool’
(3/6/2020)
(Illinois) -- The first legal sports bet will be placed in Illinois on Monday, eight months after the industry was signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker as part of a...
article Rivers Casino sportsbook will take state's first legal sports bet on Monday
(3/6/2020)
(Illinois) -- The BetRivers Sportsbook at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines will open for business Monday, becoming the first sportsbook in Illinois to accept a legal bet,...
article What Other States Can Learn From What Happened in Illinois After It Legalized Gambling
(3/6/2020)
(Illinois) -- This week, we published an investigation into how Accel Entertainment took advantage of shortcomings and underfunding in Illinois’ regulatory...
article Par-A-Dice casino applies for sports betting license
(3/4/2020)
(Illinois) -- Par-A-Dice Casino has applied for a sports betting license, according to the Illinois Gaming Board website. No timeline is available for when their request...
article Beginner’s luck: How one video gambling company worked the odds and took over a state
(3/3/2020)
(Illinois) -- Andrew Rubenstein rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange last November, then pumped his fist and cheered. He had much to celebrate. In a...
article Fairmount Park opens for racing today, hopes for sportsbook to open this year
(3/3/2020)
(Illinois) -- Expect bigger purses for horsemen, a much earlier start to the season, sports betting and a full-fledged casino coming to Fairmount Park. The first two are...
article Will Rivers Casino have sports betting in time for NCAA March Madness?
(3/3/2020)
(Illinois) -- Rivers Casino is currently working with the Illinois Gaming Board on getting final regulatory approvals, and they are hopeful the sportsbook will be open...
article Fairmount Park bets big on sports wagering. Will Illinois let it become a ‘racino’?
(3/2/2020)
(Illinois) -- Fairmount Park could attract a new set of customers this season if the state approves sports betting at the racetrack under expanded gambling laws. In fact...
article Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury accuses State Rep. Bob Rita, gaming industry interests of seeking to knock down village’s new ‘push tax'
(3/1/2020)
(Illinois) -- Oak Lawn is gearing up for a possible legal battle with the state’s video gaming interests after terminal operators at a majority of the village...
37 Total Articles on this Issue

Crow Tribe

article March marks opening of new Native American exhibit
(3/16/2020)
(Illinois) -- A group of 50 or so Apsáalooke in full Crow regalia led by Chicago’s American Indian Center honor guard marched to the steady beat of drums as they...
article Crow tell their own story with major exhibit at Chicago's Field Museum
(3/15/2020)
(Illinois) -- As an indigenous female scholar and curator, Nina Sanders doesn’t lack for stories to tell. Born and raised on the Crow Indian Reservation, Sanders...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Marijuana & Hemp

article Geneseo voters to decide whether city officials should have longer terms
(3/14/2020)
(Illinois) -- Voters in Geneseo will decide in Illinois' March 17 primary election whether their elected officials will continue to serve two-year terms or switch to...
1 Article on this Issue

Video Gaming

article Video gaming trade association files lawsuit over Oak Lawn’s 'push tax,’ claims ordinance is unconstitutional
(3/13/2020)
(Illinois) -- A video gaming trade association has filed a legal challenge to Oak Lawn’s push tax, arguing that the first-of-its-kind tax on users of video slot...
1 Article on this Issue

COVID-19

article Coronavirus muffles March Madness but not Illinois’ new sports betting industry — yet
(3/11/2020)
(Illinois) -- The state’s most profitable casino hit its goal earlier this week of ushering in Illinois sports betting in time for March Madness. Now it’s...
1 Article on this Issue

Mascot Issue

article Native Americans should be the judge of when some high school mascots stay or go
(3/9/2020)
(Illinois) -- A new bill making its way through Springfield would make it tougher for high schools to keep their Native American mascots. We support the bill in concept...
article Are Native American High School Mascots On Their Way Out In Illinois?
(3/5/2020)
(Illinois) -- New state legislation is taking aim at Illinois schools with Native American mascots. A bill introduced in the Illinois House would require high schools...
article University of Illinois student government offering 'buyback' for 'racist' merchandise featuring former mascot
(3/5/2020)
(Illinois) -- The University of Illinois student government is giving students the opportunity to sell back their clothes featuring the school's “racist...
article Illinois Legislation Could Mean Changes For Mascots
(3/4/2020)
(Illinois) -- A proposed bill in the Illinois House of Representatives could mean changes to mascots in 52 Illinois schools. The bill, which was introduced by...
article Lawmaker wants Native American community to oversee its imagery in high schools
(3/4/2020)
(Illinois) -- A Rockford lawmaker wants to give the Native American community all oversight of how they want their imagery to be represented in Illinois high schools...
article RACIST BLOG: UI offers 'buyback' on 'racist' old mascot gear
(3/3/2020)
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Student Government is hosting an annual t-shirt buyback geared toward reducing the number of t-shirts featuring it’s old “Chief...
article The Mascot Wars Will Never End
(3/3/2020)
(Illinois) -- This week, students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, my alma mater, will take part in a historic, hotly debated vote about a bird. That...
article Proposed bill would require Illinois high schools with Native American mascots to receive approval from local tribes
(3/1/2020)
(Illinois) -- A new bill would require Illinois schools that want to keep using Native American mascots and logos to receive approval from local tribes if they want to...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

Other News

article Native American plight kicks off La Grange movie series on diversity
(3/10/2020)
(Illinois) -- The CommUNITY Diversity Group of La Grange kicked off its 2020 series with a movie about a Native American woman’s struggle to right a long-standing wrong...
article History Lesson: Nina Sanders's Apsáalooke Women and Warriors
(3/9/2020)
(Illinois) -- Growing up on the Apsáalooke (also known as the Crow) reservation in Garryowen, Montana, during the 1980s and ’90s, Nina Sanders felt deeply tied to her...
article Exhibition upends traditional representations of Native American cultures
(3/5/2020)
(Illinois) -- Apsáalooke warriors began their training as children. To prepare for battle, the boys of the tribe practiced what they called “counting coup”...
article Art depicting Native Americans and white settlers adorn the walls of Chicago Public Schools buildings. Some say it’s racist and should be removed.
(2/26/2020)
(Illinois) -- When the Chicago Board of Education proposed a new policy on artwork adorning its buildings, people weighed in on a particular set of pieces they want gone...
article Art criticized as racist could be removed from Chicago Public Schools under new policy: ‘The days of painting early white Americans as saviors are over’
(2/26/2020)
(Illinois) -- When the Chicago Board of Education proposed a new policy on artwork adorning its buildings, people weighed in on a particular set of pieces they want gone...
article How Should Museums Curate Native Culture? Chicago's Field Museum Gives Indigenous People a Voice in Curation
(2/26/2020)
(Illinois) -- For many years, Native American communities weren’t given the opportunity to tell their own stories in museums. As a response to this, with respect...
article Facing federal indictment in gambling case, Casey Urlacher resigns from Illinois Civil Service Commission
(2/24/2020)
(Illinois) -- Casey Urlacher, the mayor of suburban Mettawa and brother of Chicago Bears’ Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher, has resigned from the Illinois Civil...
article Native American lost city of Cahokia: Experts debunk myth surrounding its demise
(2/6/2020)
(Illinois) -- A team of archaeologists is debunking the myth surrounding the demise of the lost Native American civilization that was once at Cahokia Mounds near...
article Napleton’s to pave lot for temporary casino parking in Rockford
(1/28/2020)
(Illinois) -- Napleton Auto Group has purchased 3 acres behind its Perryville Road dealership that could be used to accommodate overflow parking when Giovanni’s...
article How Ancient Poop Debunked Myth of Native American Lost Civilization
(1/28/2020)
(Illinois) -- New study debunks myth of Cahokia’s Native American lost civilization: ancient poop levels point to repopulation of iconic pre-Columbian metropolis.
article Reading history in the soil
(1/28/2020)
(Illinois) -- “Huh." Looking down at the material in the glass beaker, I’m perplexed. I’m trying to determine the ratio of silt to clay in my...
article Poetry Reading: A Winter Night of Indigenous Tellings
(1/18/2020)
(Illinois) -- Evanston, IL—January 16, 2020: The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is collaborating with the American Indian Center of Chicago for an evening...
article Sacred artifacts held by Southern Illinois University Carbondale reburied with Hopi, Navajo ancestors
(1/4/2020)
(Illinois) -- From 1977 to 1983, Southern Illinois University Carbondale led a massive series of archaeological digs at Black Mesa, in Northern Arizona, where Peabody...
article Dunn Museum cradle inspires Native artists’ new display
(1/1/2020)
(Illinois) -- Traditional native artists Pat Kruse and Terri Hom visited the Dunn Museum in Libertyville 16 months ago to research a birchbark cradle in the museum’s...
article Historic ‘Red Men’ statue up for sale
(1/1/2020)
(Illinois) -- Behind every statue there’s a story. The story behind the eight-foot statue of a stoic Indian chief that has stood guard over the 100 block of North Main...
article MORON ALERT: Joliet Township Supervisor Vera’s racist comment in closed meeting
(12/29/2019)
(Illinois) -- After discovering Joliet Township went into a closed meeting on June 11, 2019 to discuss Road District personnel, we requested the minutes and audio...
article Southern Illinois archaeologist’s finds return to SIU, shedding light on early cultures
(12/28/2019)
(Illinois) -- Irvin Peithmann’s many documents, writings, photographs and artifacts became dispersed over his career and after his death in 1981. But the amateur...
article Winter conference offers fellowship for young Native Americans
(12/16/2019)
(Illinois) -- Ron Hutchcraft Ministries is holding an end-of-year Winter Conference for young Native American Christians later this month. The event runs from December...
article Trickster Art Gallery announces expansion, new partnerships for Native American cultural education
(12/12/2019)
(Illinois) -- The Trickster Art Gallery is announcing renovations and program expansions next year, with plans to re-brand as Trickster Native Cultural Connections.
article Should we instead rename Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive for a woman named Kitihawa?
(12/4/2019)
(Illinois) -- In October when a member of the City Council, David Moore of the 17th Ward, proposed that Lake Shore Drive be renamed for Jean Baptiste Point du Sable,...

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