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Bad-Actor Amendment Proposed In Illinois Sports Betting To Target DraftKings, FanDuel

A late amendment before Thursday’s subcommittee hearing on Illinois sports betting brought a bad-actor clause aimed at keeping out DraftKings and FanDuel. Last week, House Revenue and Finance Committee Chairman Mike Zalewski told Legal Sports Report about four amendments that would be discussed as options to fill out his sports betting bill — H 3308.

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4/24/2019

article Online Gambling’s ‘Bad Actor’ Debate Reignites As Sports Betting Spreads
(Illinois) -- An old, familiar friend made an appearance during a March 27 subcommittee hearing on Illinois sports betting: Bad actors. When I reference bad actors I...

4/23/2019

article State House subcommittee to hold hearing on sports betting in Chicago
(Illinois) -- The Illinois House of Representatives Subcommittee on Sales, Amusement & Other Taxes will hold a hearing this week in Chicago to discuss sports betting...

4/22/2019

article This barely noticed gaming bill could be a whole lot bigger than advertised
(Illinois) -- From the synopsis of SB516… Provides procedures for a riverboat to relocate to new a location. Removes provisions that describe the geographical...

4/21/2019

article Video slots take heavy toll on some players
(Illinois) -- Lisa sat inside Lucky’s video gaming parlor Tuesday afternoon with a pained smile on her face. “I’m happy today,” the 50-year-old...

4/18/2019

article Video gambling supporters push back on Pritzker’s proposed tax hike on terminal revenue
(Illinois) -- Video gambling supporters are pushing back against Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan to nearly double the state’s tax on the betting terminals. Barry...

4/15/2019

article Recovering Addict Considers Social Impact Of Gambling Expansion
(Illinois) -- As the state considers a gambling expansion Gov. J.B. Pritzker hopes will bring in $200 million in revenue next fiscal year, one Bloomington-Normal woman...

4/14/2019

article Illinois leads nation in non-casino slots
(Illinois) -- Illinois offers more locations to gamble and more machines to play than Nevada — and every other state in the nation. The state boasts boasts 30,384...
article State not addressing gambling’s ‘dark side’
(Illinois) -- In the rush to legalize video slot machines, not one psychologist, social worker or behavioral health counselor testified before lawmakers about problem...

4/12/2019

article Illinois Folds On Helping People Addicted To Gambling
(Illinois) -- Illinois now has more places to gamble than any other state. That's because lawmakers in Springfield approved video gambling a decade ago. At that time...

4/11/2019

article Lightfoot talks gambling, guns, graduated income tax on Day 2 in Springfield
(Illinois) -- Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot on Thursday pressed Illinois Senate leaders about her key priority — the “magnitude” of the city’s...

4/8/2019

article Washington officials think new video gambling license fees are a good bet
(Illinois) -- City Council members on Monday took another swing at raising video gambling license fees. After tabling a proposal from city staff a week earlier, aldermen...

4/7/2019

article Legalized Sports Gambling Could Help State Debts Says Rep Mike Zalewski
(Illinois) -- Illinois House Revenue and Finance Committee Chairman Mike Zalewksi, State Representative for the 23rd district, is spearheading the initiatives to get...
article Video slot revenue helps small towns
(Illinois) -- Revenue from slot machines have been a “godsend” for Knoxville, according to Mayor Dennis Maurer. In 2018 15 video gambling machines brought in...

4/6/2019

article Campton Hills video gambling proponents see progress despite referendum result
(Illinois) -- Nearly 54 percent of voters in Campton Hills weighed in against allowing video gambling in the village in this week's election, but Trustee Nick Girka...
article Illinois casinos, horse racetracks wager financial futures on sports betting
(Illinois) -- While the grandstands are still empty at Fairmount Park, horses, with riders mounted, gallop around the dirt track, which is muddy from the previous night...
article Legalized sports betting may be coming soon to Illinois
(Illinois) -- Legislative momentum is in place to bring sports betting to Illinois. But it will take weeks for all interested parties to get their opinions to lawmakers...

4/5/2019

article If All Roads Meet In The Woods, Which Path Might Illinois Sports Betting Take?
(Illinois) -- Stakeholders discussed five directions that Illinois sports betting could go in the state at a hearing last week in the House Subcommittee on Sales,...
article Illinois casinos, horse racetracks wager their financial futures on sports betting
(Illinois) -- While the grandstands are still empty at Fairmount Park, horses, with riders mounted, gallop around the dirt track, which is muddy from the previous night...
article Waukegan vote to eliminate video gambling distance requirement is postponed again
(Illinois) -- A proposal to eliminate a year-old distance requirement aimed at limiting the growth of video gambling in Waukegan has once again been tabled at the...

4/3/2019

article Campton Hills residents vote to keep video gambling ban
(Illinois) -- Campton Hills residents on Tuesday sent a message that they don't want video gambling in their community. As part of an advisory referendum in Tuesday...

4/1/2019

article Illinois adds ‘bad actor’ clause to sports gambling legislation
(Illinois) -- Some of the sportsbooks hoping to get into the game in Illinois may have just had their dreams crushed. An amendment was added to legislation being...
article Editorial | Gambling fever?
(Illinois) -- How does one freeze a raging fire? It's easy to sympathize with Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin's call for a moratorium on the expansion of video...

3/30/2019

article Momentum for sports betting in Illinois builds, but how to do it an open question
(Illinois) -- Legislative momentum is in place to bring sports betting to Illinois. But it will take weeks for all interested parties to get their opinions to lawmakers...

3/29/2019

article Bad-Actor Amendment Proposed In Illinois Sports Betting To Target DraftKings, FanDuel
(Illinois) -- A late amendment before Thursday’s subcommittee hearing on Illinois sports betting brought a bad-actor clause aimed at keeping out DraftKings and...
article Casinos, horse tracks, sports leagues battle over rules for sports betting in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker's call for lawmakers to pass a bill legalizing sports betting without getting bogged down in the squabbles that have doomed previous...
article Many horses in the race for legalized sports gambling in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Legislative momentum is in place to bring sports betting to Illinois. But it will take weeks for all interested parties to get their opinions to lawmakers...
article NBA executive tells lawmakers to protect integrity of games in sports gambling talks
(Illinois) -- It wasn’t just opening day for baseball Thursday, it was also opening day for a bill to legalize sports betting in Illinois. The Illinois House...
article QC towns grapple with video gambling
(Illinois) -- In 2012, as video gambling began in Illinois, Geneseo voted to ban it. In 2015, as every surrounding community embraced video gambling, Geneseo refused. On...

3/28/2019

article 'It's a very delicate issue': Gambling interests spar over how sports betting should be run in Illinois during first public hearing
(Illinois) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s call for lawmakers to pass a bill legalizing sports betting without getting bogged down in the squabbles that have doomed...
article Lawmakers explore proposals to legalize sports gambling
(Illinois) -- Lawmakers want to make sports gambling legal in Illinois, but there's a number of different proposals to do so. A committee heard from several people...
article Sports Leagues Want A Piece Of The Action In Legal Sports Betting Market
(Illinois) -- As Illinois considers legalizing sports betting, state and national sports leagues are asking for a share of the money. But not everyone is on board with...
article What Would Sports Betting Look Like in Illinois?
(Illinois) -- With March Madness in full swing and MLB’s opening day getting baseball fans revved up, Illinois legislators spent hours Thursday analyzing how the...

3/27/2019

article Off The Record: Sports Betting: Lawmakers Begin The Trek
(Illinois) -- The seemingly unstoppable wave of digital and in-person sports betting throughout the U.S. and Illinois, not only on professional games but collegiate and...

3/26/2019

article EDITORIAL: How Illinois can win at sports betting (no mobsters allowed)
(Illinois) -- The annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament is underway, which means millions of Americans have filled out brackets and put down money on games and...

3/25/2019

article Bloomington City Council OKs motor fuel tax hike, video gambling fee
(Illinois) -- Motorists in Bloomington will be paying more for gasoline, with the City Council doubling the local motor fuel tax to pay for street and sidewalk repairs....
article Lottery launches ads after poll finds low gambling literacy for young players
(Illinois) -- Following a study that found some Illinois Lottery players, particularly young ones, had a poor understanding of the nature of gambling — like that...
article Urbana's mayor calls for a pause on gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- Urbana would halt expansion of video gambling if Mayor Diane Marlin convinces the city council to go along with the idea. In a memo to the council ahead of...

3/24/2019

article Sports gambling proposals emerge in statehouse
(Illinois) -- State Representative Michael Zalewski (D-Riverside) joined Capitol Connection to explain his plan to legalize sports gambling in Illinois.

3/22/2019

article 4 ways sports betting might be allowed (and taxed) in Illinois
(Illinois) -- An Illinois lawmaker leading the charge to bring sports betting to the state has laid out the first concrete details on how that might happen. Four...

3/21/2019

article First plans to legalize sports betting in Illinois released
(Illinois) -- An Illinois lawmaker leading the charge to bring sports betting to the state has laid out the first concrete details on how that might happen. Four...
article Sports betting at casinos and horse tracks, or wherever lotto tickets are sold? Illinois House Democrats offer options.
(Illinois) -- Illinois House Democrats are laying out four potential paths for legalizing sports betting in the state, with options ranging from creating a limited...
article Zalewski unveils sports betting menu options
(Illinois) -- In an effort to kick-start discussions on sports betting, state Rep. Mike Zalewski has filed four different proposals to bring sports betting to Illinois....
article Sports betting at casinos and horse tracks, or wherever lotto tickets are sold? Illinois House Democrats offer options.
(Illinois) -- Illinois House Democrats are laying out four potential paths for legalizing sports betting in the state, with options ranging from creating a limited...

3/20/2019

article Campton Hills hopefuls united on 'rural' goals, differ on gambling
(Illinois) -- Four people running for three 4-year Campton Hills trustee seats in the April 2 election have similar goals for the village, such as preserving its rural...

3/19/2019

article Why does Illinois see a spike in gaming revenue each March?
(Illinois) -- The parlor had been open just over an hour, but the only people inside were the owner and a handful of men changing out a few video gaming machines. Bailey...

3/18/2019

article City Council to vote on ordinance limiting businesses’ gambling areas
(Illinois) -- The Charleston City Council will vote on amending title 3-3-13 and approving the city budget among other items during its Tuesday meeting at 6:30 p.m. at...
article Washington raises liquor license fees, considers higher video gambling fees
(Illinois) -- Liquor license fees in Washington will be going up. And it appears fees for video gambling machines are next. The City Council on Monday unanimously...
article Harrah's Metropolis Casino to reopen Tuesday as Ohio River floodwaters recede
(Illinois) -- Harrah's Metropolis Casino is scheduled to reopen to the public on Tuesday, a month after it closed because of flooding from the Ohio River. The casino...

3/17/2019

article Gambling money again plays significant role in Waukegan election
(Illinois) -- In an echo of Waukegan’s last mayoral race, dollars tied to the video gambling industry appear to be a significant force in Waukegan’s...

3/14/2019

article Why a Chicago Casino May Never Happen
(Illinois) -- There’s plenty of action at Rivers Casino in suburban Des Plaines on this Wednesday afternoon. Scores of gamblers shovel quarters and dollar bills...

3/11/2019

article Sweeny: Bill would let Rockford raise gambling machine fee
(Illinois) -- Rockford leaders have groused for years that the city’s non-home rule status prevents it from charging businesses more than $25 a year for the...
article Illinois casino to pay former worker's estate after denying medical leave for cancer treatment
(Illinois) -- An Illinois casino will pay the estate of a deceased former employee whom the federal government says was fired for asking for medical leave so he could...

3/7/2019

article City of Elgin Remains Focused on New Video Gambling Fees and VGT Limits Implementation
(Illinois) -- After bringing the matter of implementing video gambling licensing fees to the discussion table, the city of Elgin remains focused on the possible...
article Unpacking Pritzker's Tax Proposals: Gambling
(Illinois) -- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker last month laid out his plan for a state budget. But the Democratic governor is perhaps being too optimistic, counting on...
article Letter: Sports gambling a 'bad bet' for Illinois
(Illinois) -- Gov. Pritzker wants the General Assembly to immediately legalize internet and sports gambling. The last time legislators moved quickly to pass a massive...

3/6/2019

article Harrah’s employees help out around Metropolis during flooding
(Illinois) -- Much of Harrah’s Casino in Metropolis is still impacted by flooding since the business shut down nearly two weeks ago. That is when the Ohio River...

3/5/2019

article Illinois Website Offers Help For Gambling Addictions
(Illinois) -- Illinois is launching a new state website aimed at helping people affected by gambling addictions. The Illinois Department of Human Services announced the...

3/4/2019

article Illinois gets ready to go all in on sports betting
(Illinois) -- Sports gambling, a multibillion-dollar industry that mostly relies on the black market, may soon go legit in Illinois. Backed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and a...
article Illinois Governor looks to join other states in legalizing sports betting
(Illinois) -- State by state, the U.S. is slowly legalizing sports betting, and Illinois’s Governor J.B. Pritzker is looking to join in on the industry. There are...

3/3/2019

article How has the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ affected Illinois? The state hasn’t bothered to check.
(Illinois) -- Orville Dash sits in a recliner with a clipboard and goes over his numbers. One spin every six seconds. Ten spins a minute. Six hundred spins an hour. The...
article LETTER: Illinois lawmakers should reject internet and sports gambling
(Illinois) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants the Legislature to immediately legalize internet and sports gambling. The last time legislators moved quickly to pass a massive...
article Pritzker looks to legal sports betting for revenue
(Illinois) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker is hoping the burgeoning sports-gambling industry will help solve Illinois’ budget troubles, but state lawmakers must first...

3/2/2019

article Editorial: If Illinois is expanding gambling, more services for addicts needed
(Illinois) -- When it comes to gambling, the state of Illinois has done all it can to put temptation within reach of its citizens by allowing video gambling machines in...

3/1/2019

article Churchill Downs gets OK to take control of Rivers Casino in Des Plaines
(Illinois) -- Churchill Downs Inc. was directed to seek female and minority investors as a condition of gaining approval from an Illinois agency Friday to complete a...

2/28/2019

article Bookies beware: Illinois gets ready to go all in on sports betting
(Illinois) -- Sports gambling, a multibillion-dollar industry that mostly relies on the black market, may soon go legit in Illinois. Backed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and a...

2/27/2019

article Eye On Gambling: City Hires Second Lobbying Firm
(Illinois) -- Preparing for what many believe will be expansion of gambling in Illinois — perhaps this year — that could include more casinos and sports...
article How has the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ affected Illinois? The state hasn’t bothered to check.
(Illinois) -- Orville Dash sits in a recliner with a clipboard. Tall and broad-shouldered, with wispy white hair where a pompadour once rose, the former statistical...

2/26/2019

article Bloomington Video Gambling Moratorium Extended To Sept. 1
(Illinois) -- Bloomington will keep its moratorium on video gambling until after state legislators have made key decisions about sports betting and marijuana. Aldermen...

2/23/2019

article Governor Pritzker wants to legalize sports gambling
(Illinois) -- Legal sports gambling could come to Illinois soon. Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to see it legalized so it can bring in hundreds of millions of dollars for the...
article Churchill Downs heading toward finish line for Rivers Casino deal
(Illinois) -- An Illinois agency as soon as this week may consider approval of Churchill Downs Inc.'s proposed deal for majority ownership in Rivers Casino in Des...
article Gamblers lost $22M at local spots last year
(Illinois) -- Want to try your luck on a video gambling machine? You have plenty of opportunities in Kankakee County. According to state records, 118 places in the...
article Will increase in game options result in more gambling addiction?
(Illinois) -- Orville Dash sits in a recliner with a clipboard. Tall and broad-shouldered, with wispy white hair where a pompadour once rose, the former statistical...

2/22/2019

article How Illinois bet on video gambling and lost
(Illinois) -- With the last streaks of daylight fading on a mild October evening, the cars pulled up in waves at Piero’s Italian Cuisine, an old-school Las Vegas...
article Pritzker banking on $200 million from legal sports betting, but efforts to expand gambling have never been easy in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker is counting on $200 million in licensing fees from legalized sports wagering to help plug a $3.2 billion hole in next year’s state...

2/21/2019

article How Has The 'Crack Cocaine Of Gambling' Affected Illinois? The State Hasn’t Bothered To Check.
(Illinois) -- Orville Dash sits in a recliner with a clipboard. Tall and broad-shouldered, with wispy white hair where a pompadour once rose, the former statistical...

2/20/2019

article How Illinois is failing people addicted to ‘the crack cocaine of gambling’
(Illinois) -- Since video gambling went live in 2012, more than 30,000 video slot and poker machines have been installed in the state and gamblers have lost more than $5...
article Illinois has done little to address addiction 6½ years into legal video gambling
(Illinois) -- Orville Dash sits on a recliner with his clipboard. Tall and broad-shouldered, with wispy white hair where a pompadour once rose, the former statistical...

2/18/2019

article Bloomington eyes keeping moratorium on video gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- Ward 5 Alderman Joni Painter proposed Monday night that the current one-year moratorium on adding any new video gambling machines in the city be extended...
article VGT Ban in Bloomington May Face Extension if City Council Decides So
(Illinois) -- Bloomington City Council may consider a possible extension of the video gambling machines ban. The city reported a 6% increase (about $44,726) in its 2018...
article Casino temporarily closes because of rising water
(Illinois) -- Harrah’s Casino in Metropolis, Illinois, is closed until further notice. There are 500 people who work at the casino who will not be able to do their...

2/17/2019

article Bloomington council may consider extending ban on new video gambling machines
(Illinois) -- Despite fewer video gambling machines and a nearly year-long moratorium on adding any new ones, the city's 2018 share of revenue from the gambling tax went...
article Harrah’s Metropolis to close doors due to Ohio River flooding
(Illinois) -- Harrah’s Casino in Metropolis, Illinois will close its doors due to flooding along the Ohio River on Monday, Feb. 18. According to Harrah’s as...

2/13/2019

article Editorial: Illinois betting big on gambling
(Illinois) -- Change is coming to Illinois — a higher minimum wage first, soon to be followed by the legalization of marijuana. Then there is sports gambling,...
article Revenue from video gaming exceeds state casinos for the first time
(Illinois) -- For the first time, revenue from video gambling machines exceeds cash generated at the Illinois’s casinos. The new numbers from the Illinois Gaming...
article Why 3 Area Towns Remain Opposed To Video Gaming
(Illinois) -- While some Des Plaines City Council members appear to favor allowing video gaming at local bars, restaurants and fraternal organizations, Mayor Matt Bogusz...
article Elgin continues discussion on video gambling fees
(Illinois) -- Elgin officials continued discussing Wednesday the possibility of implementing licensing fees for video gambling, which has been allowed in town since 2013.
article Chicago man charged with making bomb threat at Hollywood Casino in Aurora
(Illinois) -- A 29-year-old Chicago man is accused of making a bomb threat at Hollywood Casino in downtown Aurora. Mustadin Muadinov, of the 8500 block of Rascher Avenue...

2/12/2019

article Hollywood Casino Aurora evacuated due to threat
(Illinois) -- Hollywood Casino Aurora was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after a man made threatening statements to an employee, Illinois State Police said. State police...
article Video gambling in Des Plaines? Where the candidates stand
(Illinois) -- Only one candidate for Des Plaines city council says he'll oppose video gambling in the city, while others either support lifting the city's ban or...

2/11/2019

article O’Connor says legalizing video gambling could help city address pension crisis
(Illinois) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel has long been dead-set against video gambling for fear that Chicago would become saturated with video machines in bars and restaurants...

2/10/2019

article EDITORIAL: More gambling?
(Illinois) -- Change is coming to Illinois — a higher minimum wage first, soon to be followed by the legalization of marijuana. Then there is sports gambling,...

2/9/2019

article Millennials and market saturation raise doubts about new casino push
(Illinois) -- Talk of new Chicago and downstate casinos is resurfacing among politicians as an answer to government fiscal woes. But casino revenue is off sharply from...
article Mount Prospect grants three more video gambling licenses
(Illinois) -- For years, Mount Prospect resisted allowing gambling in the village. But now that video gambling is permitted, establishments are lining up to get their...

2/8/2019

article Could legal sports gambling mean $100M windfall?
(Illinois) -- The state of Illinois could see $100 million in increased annual revenue by legalizing sports gambling, according to a joint report released this week by...

2/6/2019

article Casino as government jackpot? Maybe not.
(Illinois) -- Gambling in Illinois is undergoing some of the same market, demographic and technological stress that killed off Blockbuster and is now adding to the ills...

2/5/2019

article Sports gambling a good bet for Illinois, new report argues
(Illinois) -- Legalizing sports betting could create 2,500 new jobs and raise $100 million in new annual revenue for the state, a new report argues.

2/3/2019

article Asked & answered: Garry McCarthy
(Illinois) -- Do you favor or oppose creation of a Chicago gambling casino or legal sale of marijuana for recreational use to provide revenues?
article Asked & answered: Jerry Joyce
(Illinois) -- Do you favor or oppose creation of a Chicago gambling casino or legal sale of marijuana for recreational use to provide revenues?
article Asked & answered: Robert Fioretti
(Illinois) -- Do you favor or oppose creation of a Chicago gambling casino or legal sale of marijuana for recreational use to provide revenues?

2/2/2019

article Slowik: Did a famous Chicagoan help block a notorious gambler from opening a casino near Midlothian?
(Illinois) -- For three years, this column has chronicled how no one maintains a residential street in unincorporated Bremen Township near Midlothian.

1/26/2019

article Pritzker, others consider gambling expansion to boost state finances, balance budget
(Illinois) -- A long-sought gaming expansion has again been called for by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, leaving questions about what it could look like, and bringing up concerns...

1/24/2019

article Pritzker, others consider gambling expansion to boost state finances, balance budget
(Illinois) -- A long-sought gaming expansion has again been called for by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, leaving questions about what it could look like, and bringing up concerns...
article Video gambling cafes could become neighbors in Wheeling
(Illinois) -- Wheeling has approved plans for a video gambling cafe to open on Dundee Road, three doors down from a similar operation.
article When Illinois Laws Meet Real People
(Illinois) -- We’ve had lots going on lately. As you know, last week we published our first investigation into video gambling in Illinois. We’re excited that...

1/23/2019

article Belleville man named president of Casino Queen after Jeff Watson steps down for judgeship
(Illinois) -- The Casino Queen Board of Directors has named a new president about a week after the casino’s former president announced he was retiring to become a...
article Video gambling keeps growing
(Illinois) -- Located south of Burger King in Oglesby’s industrial park are five of Oglesby’s active slot machines. P.J.’s Lucky Dollar, a bar and...

1/22/2019

article East Dundee says OK to liquor license, video gaming for new owners of Manor Cafe
(Illinois) -- Video gambling and alcoholic beverages are set to join the menu of offerings at East Dundee's Manor Cafe. Village Board trustees voted 4-1 Monday to...
article OP/ED: State's bet on expanded gambling poses risks
(Illinois) -- With Illinois in desperate financial shape and a new governor taking office who advocates costly new social spending plans, the state is desperate for new...
article Video gambling back on the agenda in Palatine
(Illinois) -- Palatine village council members plan to restart discussions about allowing video gambling at bars, restaurants and other establishments in town.

1/21/2019

article Campton Hills to ask voters again about video gambling
(Illinois) -- Campton Hills trustees once again will ask voters if they want video gambling in the village. Nearly 70 percent of voters rejected a similar proposal in an...

1/20/2019

article EDITORIAL: State’s video-gambling bust a cautionary tale for Chicago
(Illinois) -- How will Chicago meet its monstrous unfunded pension obligations? Without a twinge of real pain, if you believe some of the folks running for mayor. They...

1/19/2019

article How Illinois bet on video gambling and lost
(Illinois) -- The machines, which legislators said would generate billions of dollars in revenue for the cash-strapped state, are spread out over 6,800 establishments,...

1/18/2019

article Editorial: Keeping City Hall — and corruption — out of a Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel again is trying to put a casino in Chicago, part of his plan to salvage city pensions. Emanuel wants legislative approval for a gambling...

1/16/2019

article Waukegan officials call for review of 'arbitrary' rules related to video gambling sites
(Illinois) -- Less than a year after approving regulations aimed at reining in the proximity of video gambling locations, the Waukegan City Council may need to take...

1/15/2019

article How Illinois Bet on Video Gambling and Lost
(Illinois) -- Legalizing video poker and slots was supposed to generate billions of dollars for the state. A decade later, that hasn’t happened. Now, legislators...
article How We Analyzed Video Gambling in Illinois
(Illinois) -- For our series, “The Bad Bet: How Illinois Bet on Video Gambling and Lost,” ProPublica Illinois examined video gambling across the state, the...

1/14/2019

article Dealer Hits Joliet Hollywood Casino With Whistleblower Lawsuit
(Illinois) -- A former supervisor at the Hollywood Casino Joliet has filed a civil lawsuit at the Will County Courthouse accusing her former employer of illegal conduct...
article Harrah's Joliet Sued By Customer From Orland Park
(Illinois) -- An Orland Park woman who visited Harrah's Joliet Casino Hotel nearly two years ago has hired a prominent local law firm in hopes of collecting...

1/13/2019

article J.B. Pritzker discusses gambling, marijuana, capital bill before inauguration
(Illinois) -- Democratic Illinois Governor-Elect J.B. Pritzker discusses gambling expansion, marijuana legalization, a capital bill and gun dealer licensing prior the...

1/9/2019

article Campton Hills considering asking residents if video gambling should be allowed
(Illinois) -- The Campton Hills Village Board will hold a special meeting on Jan. 11 to decide if the board should put an advisory referendum on the April 2 ballot...

1/8/2019

article BLOG: Debt, dope and casinos: Chicago is circling the drain
(Illinois) -- While the federal government is slowly careening toward permanent, fiscal disaster, many state governments (which don’t have the power of the...

1/7/2019

article Peoria will consider raising video gaming fees
(Illinois) -- The City Council will look closer at businesses that offer video gaming and consider doubling fees for taverns and restaurants that offer such terminals....

1/5/2019

article Our View: Sports betting not a panacea for Illinois’ financial woes
(Illinois) -- One topic we can expect to see receive serious discussion in the spring legislative session, which starts Wednesday, is whether Illinois should legalize...

1/4/2019

article Gambling Series: Local gaming puts hit on casinos
(Illinois) -- Video gaming has become big business in Illinois, with nearly $20 billion being wagered each year in the state’s video gaming terminals. So how has...

12/28/2018

article 2 Troublemakers Arrested At Harrah's Casino: Cops
(Illinois) -- A middle-aged man and woman from Romeoville were arrested on Christmas night by Joliet Police at the Harrah's Casino after police say they became...

12/23/2018

article Tom Kacich | Lawmakers may gamble on a casino bill again
(Illinois) -- With a renewed push for casino expansion in Illinois — particularly a facility on the south side of Chicago that has been suggested by outgoing Mayor...

12/22/2018

article Chicago Mayoral Candidate Open to Slots at O’Hare and Midway
(Illinois) -- Chicago mayoral candidate Susana Mendoza said on Friday that she is open to the installation of slot machines at O’Hare and Midway airports as a...

12/21/2018

article Mendoza floats idea of slot machines at O’Hare and Midway
(Illinois) -- Mayoral candidate Susana Mendoza on Friday floated the idea of installing slot machines at O’Hare and Midway airports to generate a jackpot of new...

12/18/2018

article State Senator Bennett renews commitment for Danville casino
(Illinois) -- State Senator Scott Bennett has renewed his commitment for a Danville casino. Bennett said the casino would create jobs, fund local schools and would draw...

12/16/2018

article Editorial: Shove all in on casino
(Illinois) -- If Danville officials hope to see a casino in the city, they better energize their efforts — and fast — to persuade the Illinois General...

12/12/2018

article Emanuel wants fast action on Chicago casino—possibly on Southeast Side
(Illinois) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he’ll push Springfield to authorize a long-discussed Chicago gambling casino this spring—before he leaves office. And...
article Mayor Rahm Emanuel floats port district land as Chicago casino location
(Illinois) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday floated a port district site on the Far Southeast Side as the possible location for a Chicago casino, if state lawmakers...
article City of Moline cashing in on video gambling boom
(Illinois) -- Gambling machines in Moline could soon come with a hefty price tag. That's because city leaders are looking at upping the charges for machine owners....

12/11/2018

article COLAs, pot and gambling: It's not a party—it's Emanuel's pension Rx
(Illinois) -- In a plea that the lame duck mayor will have only limited ability to implement, Rahm Emanuel tomorrow will formally lay out his ideas on how to slay the...

12/5/2018

article Joliet approves 1-year moratorium to limit number of new video gambling licenses
(Illinois) -- Bars, restaurants and other liquor license holders in Joliet won’t be able to seek new video gambling licenses for at least a year, unless they...
article Mount Prospect grants Pap's village's first license for video gambling
(Illinois) -- About three months after Mount Prospect trustees voted to allow video gambling in town, the village now has its first venue for it. The village board on...
article Rolling Meadows to get first video gambling cafe
(Illinois) -- Rolling Meadows is set to get its first video gambling cafe, offering five machines for players to test their luck, along with a full menu of food and...

12/4/2018

article State may look at fast spread of video gambling
(Illinois) -- Video poker machines are more prevalent and profitable than ever before, according to a new state report. That has some lawmakers and local leaders looking...

11/30/2018

article Joliet council votes on partial moratorium for video gambling
(Illinois) -- Joliet for the second time in two years is taking action to try to control the growth of video gambling in the city. The Joliet City Council votes Tuesday...
article Video gambling machines shut down in town
(Illinois) -- The lights are out, the plugs are pulled and the video gaming machines have officially been shut down in Forest Park. After the Cook County Clerk certified...

11/27/2018

article Our View: Bet on it: Video gaming fuels increase in Illinois gaming revenue
(Illinois) -- Wanna bet? The numbers show that there are plenty of people out there who do. They don’t mind spending their hard-earned cash on a (slim) chance to...

11/26/2018

article Oak Park bans sweepstakes gambling machines
(Illinois) -- Video gambling has been prohibited in Oak Park for nearly a decade, and now the so-called video sweepstakes machines are forbidden in the village as well....
article State may look at spread of video gambling
(Illinois) -- Video poker machines are more prevalent and profitable than ever before, according to a new state report. That has some lawmakers and local leaders looking...

11/25/2018

article Gamble pays off: Gambling revenues reach record high; numbers up locally, too
(Illinois) -- Video gambling has seen significant growth in Illinois, with revenues increasing by more than 75 percent in just the last 3 years, a new state report...

11/24/2018

article Report: Video gambling sees significant growth in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Video gambling has seen significant growth in Illinois, with revenues increasing by more than 75 percent in just the last three years, a new state report...

11/22/2018

article Gambling ‘Tea Leaves’ Show Coming Expansion
(Illinois) -- For the last six or seven years, many proposals to expand gambling and satisfy scampering state legislators in their quest to find more revenue to pay for...

11/20/2018

article 'It exploits people': Oak Park to ban electronic ‘sweepstakes’ machines in village
(Illinois) -- Hoping to close any loopholes that may be exploited, the Oak Park board of trustees on Nov. 19 voted to ban electronic sweepstakes machines from operating...

11/15/2018

article Another new form of legal gambling in Illinois — betting on 'historical' horse races — moves closer to approval
(Illinois) -- Illinois gamblers could soon have another new way to place bets, with a proposal to allow wagering on “historical” horse races passing another...
article Our View: Rockford should be allowed to increase video gaming fees
(Illinois) -- It’s ridiculous that the city of Peoria can consider increasing its video-gambling license fee from $500 to $1,000 a year while the city of Rockford...

11/14/2018

article 'Little baby casinos': Huge growth in video gambling boosts Illinois gaming revenue to record levels, but at what cost?
(Illinois) -- Full meals used to be on the menu at La Cabana Mexican Restaurant in Melrose Park, but now the small storefront sells only steak tacos. These days, many...
article Illinois compares video gambling to casinos
(Illinois) -- A recent annual report issued by the state legislature’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability says the addition of video gambling in...
article Nick in the AM: Peoria proposes doubling video-gambling license fees
(Illinois) -- Good morning, troops. It’s Tuesday, Nov. 13. The city of Peoria is proposing to increase its video-gambling license fee to help plug a $6 million...

11/13/2018

article Residents vote video gambling out of town
(Illinois) -- After two years of debate, video gambling has officially been outlawed in Forest Park by the slimmest of margins. With all 11 precincts reporting –...

11/12/2018

article State approves video gambling for 6 Orland Park businesses
(Illinois) -- State gaming regulators have approved video gambling licenses for six Orland Park businesses, just months after the village lifted a longtime ban on the...
article Video gambling equivalent of 24 new casinos
(Illinois) -- The addition of video gambling in Illinois is now the equivalent of having more than 24 casinos. That's according to details from the recently released...
article Video Gambling Outlawed Just 2 Years After Its Approval in Forest Park
(Illinois) -- Video gambling has now officially been outlawed in west suburban Forest Park after nearly 6,000 residents voted on the binding referendum in last weeks...

11/9/2018

article Casino group gets riverboat from Illinois to play substitute vessel
(India) -- Pride Group of Casinos and Hotels on Thursday said that it has purchased riverboat ‘Argosy IV’ from Illinois, US, in order to facilitate dry dock...

11/7/2018

article Forest Park votes to ban video gambling in history-making referendum
(Illinois) -- Voters in Forest Park have chosen to ban video gambling after a hard-fought campaign. About 52 percent of those who cast ballots in the near west suburb...
article Local leaders mixed on gaming expansion bill
(Illinois) -- There has been recent talk about the vacancy left by the clock tower and if a casino will take its place. In the past, efforts in support of a casino have...

11/2/2018

article Rivers Casino eyes new majority stakeholder: owner of Arlington Park racetrack
(Illinois) -- The owner of Arlington Park racetrack has announced a bid to become majority stakeholder in the nearby gambling mecca, Rivers Casino in Des Plaines....
article With Rivers Casino purchase, future of Arlington Park unclear
(Illinois) -- Churchill Downs Inc.'s CEO said the company's plan to buy a majority share of Rivers Casino in Des Plaines for $500 million was born from a desire...

11/1/2018

article Owner of Arlington Park seeks to buy majority stake in Rivers Casino in Des Plaines
(Illinois) -- Churchill Downs Inc., owner of Arlington Park in Arlington Heights and host of the Kentucky Derby, announced Wednesday it signed an agreement to buy Rivers...
article 5 takeaways from the state’s wagering update
(Illinois) -- Drop a pin anywhere in La Salle County and you probably won’t be too far from a video slot machine. The county remains a hotbed of machines compared...

10/31/2018

article Chicago Mayoral Hopeful: Casino, Marijuana Money Could Help City’s Pension Woes
(Illinois) -- One of Chicago’s leading mayoral candidates said that revenue from casinos and legalized marijuana could help put a dent in the city’s $28...

10/30/2018

article Examining Answers to Key Sports Betting Questions in Illinois
(Illinois) -- After hearing from a bevy of sports betting professionals, major professional leagues, players’ associations, and those opposed to sports betting,...
article Unregulated sweepstakes machines enter village
(Illinois) -- As a final vote on whether to approve or prohibit video gambling in Forest Park approaches on Nov. 6, controversial sweepstakes machines that look and work...

10/23/2018

article Video gaming vote is likely a first for Illinois
(Illinois) -- Whether residents vote for or against video gambling in Forest Park on Nov. 6, the village has already made history: Forest Park is likely the first...

10/22/2018

article Illinois looking at sports betting as a way to infuse revenue into the cash strapped state
(Illinois) -- Illinois may turn to expanding gaming as a way to raise revenue in the cash-strapped state. From slot machines to video gaming to horse races, there are...

10/21/2018

article Rowland | Deal Illinois in on sports betting, but prepare for diminishing returns
(Illinois) -- Lawmakers prepared to allow sports gambling in Illinois shouldn't be expecting a jackpot that will solve the state's fiscal crisis. The opportunity...

10/20/2018

article Illinois lawmaker works on sports gambling bill
(Illinois) -- A bill to legalize sports gambling in Illinois likely won’t be put before the General Assembly until next year, according to a state lawmaker....

10/19/2018

article Illinois Sports Betting A Hot Topic At State Hearing on Gambling
(Illinois) -- On Wednesday, Illinois legislators gathered in Springfield for a second hearing on sports betting. The first hearing back in August got the ball rolling,...
article Ostrowski: Could we see legalized gambling in Illinois by 2019?
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers took a small step toward legalized sports gambling on Wednesday in Springfield. A second hearing was held to discuss sports betting,...
article Rowland: Deal Illinois in on sports gambling, but prepare for diminishing returns
(Illinois) -- Lawmakers prepared to allow sports gambling in Illinois shouldn’t be expecting a jackpot that will solve the state’s fiscal crisis. The...

10/18/2018

article Illinois lawmaker works on sports gambling bill
(Illinois) -- An Illinois lawmaker says a bill to legalize sports gambling in the state likely won’t be put before the General Assembly until next year. The State...
article Illinois lawmakers told to narrow focus for sports betting success
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers have been urged to pursue in-venue sports betting to ensure the state’s millions of residents will be able to wager legally by the...
article Road blocks continue for multi-casino to open in Williamson Co., IL
(Illinois) -- Ideas for a multi-casino resort at Walker’s Bluff have been in the plans for years, but have been held up until a new gambling bill is passed that...
article Sports Betting In Illinois Faces Uncertain Future
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers are trying to gauge whether legalizing sports betting could help the state earn some much-needed revenue. Experts say the plan has long-...

10/17/2018

article Experts cast doubt on Illinois’ potential gambling revenue jackpot
(Illinois) -- Illinois officials have their eyes on a potential payday from legalizing new forms of gambling, but state revenue specialists warn that it may not be the...
article Illinois lawmakers host hearing on online gambling, sports betting
(Illinois) -- The Illinois legislature held a hearing on online gambling and sports betting Wednesday. Online gaming is a billion dollar industry and state officials...
article Illinois Sports Betting Takes Center Stage In Gambling Expansion Hearing
(Illinois) -- State lawmakers from two House subcommittees gathered in Springfield on Wednesday for a second hearing on gambling expansion including Illinois sports...
article Advocates renew push for Walker's Bluff casino
(Illinois) -- A group of people supporting an expansion of Walker's Bluff make their case to state lawmakers. The House gaming committee held a hearing today on...
article Alderman debate if sweepstakes terminals are unlicensed casinos
(Illinois) -- Video gaming is illegal in Chicago, but look-alike sweepstakes terminals have been popping up in Chicago establishments and City Hall is getting involved....

10/16/2018

article Illinois Sports Betting And Online Casino Up For Debate In Legislature This Week
(Illinois) -- The second chapter on Illinois sports betting and possible online casino expansion is set to take place Wednesday at the state capitol. State Rep. Bob Rita...

10/15/2018

article Illinois lawmakers to consider sports betting during Wednesday hearing
(Illinois) -- Whether Illinois should enter the world of sports and fantasy betting will be on the table for a hearing to be held Wednesday in Springfield. It is the...

10/14/2018

article Sports betting to be considered
(Illinois) -- Whether Illinois should enter the world of sports and fantasy betting will be on the table for a hearing to be held Wednesday in Springfield. It is the...

10/12/2018

article Pro, anti-video gamers trade claims in Review interview
(Illinois) -- A pair of Forest Park bar owners and two video gambling opponents debated the pros and cons of video gambling at the Forest Park Review office on Oct. 11,...
article Niles Video Gambling Regulation Changes Allows More Signage
(Illinois) -- Niles trustees approved changes to their village ordinance governing video gambling on a split vote during a special Tuesday, Oct. 9 village board meeting...
article Underage stings target video gambling
(Illinois) -- If police want to check the age of people drinking alcohol, they can check IDs to see if they are at least 21 years old. If they want to check a saloon...

10/11/2018

article Elgin looking at video gambling fees to fund social services
(Illinois) -- The city of Elgin will be looking at establishing an annual fee for video gambling, and the proceeds would fund grants for social service agencies.

9/24/2018

article Shakeup In Illinois Politics Could Open The Door For Gambling Expansion
(Illinois) -- With the potential for a new governor, new Chicago mayor and a shakeup in the state’s legislative officers, politics might finally align for passing...

9/23/2018

article Aurora council to vote on first exemption to new video gambling rules so restaurant can open on East Side
(Illinois) -- The Aurora City Council may approve an exemption to its new video gambling law so a new restaurant can open on the far East Side. It would be the first...

9/19/2018

article A new casino could be coming to downtown Danville
(Illinois) -- For almost ten years, Danville's tallest building sat vacant. Recently purchased by Chris and Jeri Collins, the Bresee Tower is now known as Collins...
article Former Bresee Tower's new owners discuss plans for hotel-casino complex
(Illinois) -- With casino expansion legislation brewing in Springfield, the owners of the newly named Collins Tower are now considering working a casino into their plans...

9/17/2018

article Panel recommends first exemption to Aurora's video gambling law
(Illinois) -- Aurora is looking at granting an exemption to its video gambling law for a planned restaurant near Fox Valley Mall. It would be the first such exemption...

9/15/2018

article Wheeling remaining open to video gambling cafes
(Illinois) -- Video gambling cafes are here to stay in Wheeling -- for now. The village board debated this week whether it should reinstate a cap on the businesses...

9/14/2018

article J.B. Pritzker: Legal sports betting in Illinois is 'an important thing to consider'
(Illinois) -- Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker on Friday said legalizing sports betting in Illinois is “an important thing to consider” as a way...

9/6/2018

article Older liquor licenses receive priority as Orland Park reviews video gambling applications
(Illinois) -- When it comes to winning a coveted license for video gambling in Orland Park, maturity, at least when it comes to age of a liquor license, is a boost.

8/30/2018

article Multi-million dollar revitalization project coming to East St. Louis riverfront
(Illinois) -- Major changes could be coming to the riverfront in East St. Louis. Today, state and local officials will hold a ribbon cutting to discuss changes for the...

8/28/2018

article Rockford Park District rolls the dice on video gambling machines
(Illinois) -- The Rockford Park District is on the verge of installing video gambling machines at four of its golf courses, along with the Riverview Ice House, the...

8/27/2018

article State lawmakers again eye gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers are once again looking at a big expansion of gambling as a way to prop up the state's ailing finances. A joint hearing of House and...

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