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Sponsors of a measure to expand gambling in Illinois said Tuesday that they’re confident a package that includes new casinos, sports wagering and increased taxes for video gambling will be approved by Friday's deadline.

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10/16/2019

article Pritzker halts sale of land for Tinley Park horse track casino after Tribune investigation
(Illinois) -- Less than a month ago, Rick Heidner was the toast of an Illinois Racing Board hearing, hailed as a new friend and potential savior for the horse racing...

10/15/2019

article Danville Mayor Confident Of Casino Success
(Illinois) -- The mayor of Danville lives near a Big Lots store, where a bus from East Peoria’s Par-A-Dice Casino regularly stops to pick up customers.

10/14/2019

article Chicagoland Close to Development of Another Suburban Land-Based Casino Venue Located in Homewood, IL
(Illinois) -- Illinois has recently approved gambling expansion all over the state. Chicago operators have submitted several proposals regarding suburban location of a...
article Gaming Company Named in Illinois State Senator Martin Sandoval Federal Corruption Probe
(Illinois) -- When federal agents raided the home and offices of Illinois State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-12th) last month, among their targets were documents related...
article Matteson is jumping into the race to be the host community for a south suburban casino.
(Illinois) -- Matteson is jumping into the race to be the host community for a south suburban casino. Village officials said Monday they are teaming up with Oklahoma...

10/13/2019

article Chicago man faces charges linked to sports gambling
(Illinois) -- A 35-year-old Chicago man has been indicted on federal charges that accuse him of illegal gambling and of hiding sports-betting income in a bankruptcy...
article Suburban casino proposals could put new gaming venues on Northwest Indiana's doorstep
(Illinois) -- The new Hard Rock Casino Gary may be just the first of several casinos to open in the years ahead within or very near to Northwest Indiana.The Illinois...

10/12/2019

article Gambling, construction, red-light cameras and a smoke-filled room: Here’s what’s in the feds’ unredacted search warrant
(Illinois) -- It reads like a federal checklist for Chicago corruption. Gambling. Construction. Red-light cameras. A smoke-filled room. But an 11-page document released...

10/11/2019

article Danville’s first extended-stay hotel holds grand opening
(Illinois) -- Local government and business officials celebrated the long-awaited grand opening Thursday of an extended-stay hotel property, the TownePlace Suites by...
article Hawthorne Race Course Moves Ahead on $450M Casino Project, Hires Veteran Industry Executive with Chicago-Area Ties
(Illinois) -- While other Chicago-area casino plans are stalling, Hawthorne Race Course continues to move ahead with its plans to add one to the historic racetrack. It...
article From real estate to racino: Suburban developer’s rise to video gambling kingpin, name in search warrant
(Illinois) -- He’s made a big name for himself in Illinois’ burgeoning video gambling industry. And his name popped up in a proposal to help revive the...
article Mayor: Waukegan casino consultant releases report showing 2 candidates ‘neck-and-neck’ as council prepares to weigh decision
(Illinois) -- A report by the Chicago-based consultant hired by Waukegan to evaluate the four proposals for a Fountain Square casino was posted online by the city on...

10/8/2019

article Data Mandate, Branding, In-Person Registration Surface As Key Issues For Illinois Sports Betting
(Illinois) -- Response to the Illinois Gaming Board’s sports betting public-comment period was, to say the least, robust… and fierce. The 35-plus replies...
article Church crowd opposes Waukegan casino proposal, but mayor confident plan will move forward
(Illinois) -- The Waukegan City Council’s meeting Monday night was packed with an overflow crowd of residents, primarily affiliated with local churches, who...

10/7/2019

article Danville city chooses casino operator, which unveils family-friendly project
(Illinois) -- A group looking to put a Las Vegas-style casino resort in the Illinois city of Danville says it wants to build a family-oriented destination and promote...
article Danville Planning Commission postpones more than a dozen gaming items
(Illinois) -- The Danville Planning Commission postponed more than a dozen requests from store owners seeking special use permits to operate skilled-gaming machines....
article Would-be legal bettors chime in on Illinois sports betting launch: ‘Get on it already’
(Illinois) -- Ease up on restrictions. Protect athletes. And get a move on, already. That’s just a taste of what members of the public had to say to the Illinois...

10/6/2019

article Would-be legal bettors chime in on Illinois sports betting launch: ‘Get on it already’
(Illinois) -- Ease up on restrictions. Protect athletes. And get a move on, already. That’s just a taste of what members of the public had to say to the Illinois...
article Danville officials think they hit jackpot with casino partner
(Illinois) -- For the past seven years, combined revenues from Illinois’ 10 casinos have declined annually, with only one posting increases — the River...

10/5/2019

article Illinois Sports Betting Behind Other States
(Illinois) -- Indiana had already beat Illinois in a race to allow sports wagering at the state's ten casinos and on Thursday, the Hoosier State also beat the Land...
article Developer's plan for Danville includes more than just casino
(Illinois) -- A group looking to put a Las Vegas-style casino resort in Danville says it wants to build a family oriented destination and promote economic growth in the...

10/4/2019

article Group approves casino zoning petition
(Illinois) -- An intersection plan for one or two intersections and various signs, including a “big and bold” flashing, monument-type sign that could make...
article OP/ED: Gaming Board should play hardball with Arlington owner Churchill Downs
(Illinois) -- A casino at Arlington Park would dramatically enhance the venue’s entertainment appeal, bolster live racing by driving more dollars into purses, and...

10/3/2019

article Danville’s Mayor Has High Hopes For Casino Plans
(Illinois) -- The casino operator approved by the Danville City Council this week still has to obtain a state gaming license. But the mayor of Danville says once it...
article Lou Lang an adviser on the Danville casino
(Illinois) -- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he is willing to talk about adding a casino in Chicago, but he stated on Friday that he is opposed to a larger expansion...

10/2/2019

article City all in on Haven Gaming as casino operator
(Illinois) -- D-Vegas has been a long-running nickname used by some residents for Danville, it being the opposite of a bright lights big city. Now after a 30-year wait...
article Danville City Council chooses operator for casino project
(Illinois) -- The city of Danville has chosen its operator for the upcoming casino project. City officials gathered Tuesday night and chose Haven Gaming LLC, a new...
article Newly chosen Danville casino developer: 'We want the "wow" effect'
(Illinois) -- A newly formed group of individuals with a long history in the gaming industry hopes to build a Las Vegas-style casino resort that attracts people all...
article ‘Hope springs eternal’ for Danville casino to turn economic tide in eastern Illinois city
(Illinois) -- Chuck Hamilton has seen a lot of new businesses come put their chips on the table in Danville over his 64 years in his eastern Illinois hometown, two and a...
article Aurora looks to firm up gambling laws
(Illinois) -- A proposed change in Aurora’s laws relating to gambling offenses would be only slight. But a city official said that even with no changes, it would...

10/1/2019

article Is Illinois The Next US Gambling Mecca?
(Illinois) -- Like a lighthouse glimmering on the horizon of a pitch-black ocean, you can see the casino lights of Las Vegas luring you to gamble as you fly into...

9/28/2019

article Casino operator announcement expected Tuesday
(Illinois) -- About a month later than expected, Danville City Council members should vote Tuesday night on the casino operator as announced by Mayor Rickey Williams Jr...
article University of Illinois expert says gambling will cost state more than it gains
(Illinois) -- A professor emeritus at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign said that any benefits the state might gain from gambling expansion will be small...
article Schaumburg trustees to vote on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Village of Schaumburg Trustee Marge Connelly is not opposed to video gambling coming to the area, but she’s adamant that it happen in what she...

9/27/2019

article And then there were four: One of Waukegan’s would-be casino developers withdraws from consideration
(Illinois) -- Waukegan Development Associates, the team behind the Italian-themed Casino Fontana proposal that would have included 10 acres neighboring a city-owned site...
article Column: Arlington Racecourse doesn’t want casino gambling. The state should back off.
(Illinois) -- Is the Illinois Racing Board taking business lessons from the film “Goodfellas?” In that world of organized crime chronicled so brilliantly by...
article Fairmount Park will have more racing days in 2020, but has not yet hit its minimum
(Illinois) -- Fairmount Park in Collinsville has scheduled 60 racing days in 2020 — up from 40 this year. But that schedule will require Fairmount to spend more...
article Proposed Danville casino timeline has construction not starting until February 2021
(Illinois) -- Construction of a Danville casino wouldn’t begin until early 2021, according to a project timeline included in documents submitted to the city’...
article Tinley Park doesn’t have a track yet, but it does have harness racing dates for late 2020
(Illinois) -- While Tinley Park doesn’t yet have a harness racing track, state regulators have approved horse racing dates for late next year at a proposed site in...

9/26/2019

article Legal sports wagering is coming to Illinois. Here’s what you need to know before you place your bets.
(Illinois) -- OK, it’s time to come clean. In high school, friends called me “the bookie.” Each week I would Xerox (that was the verb used at the time...
article Racino Wins First Approval To Operate In Tinley Park
(Illinois) -- A proposed horse racing track and casino won state approval Tuesday to operate in Tinley Park next December. The Illinois Racing Board approved the 12...

9/25/2019

article Illinois Sports Betting Comment Period Could Spotlight Issues With Bill
(Illinois) -- Industry dissatisfaction with the Sports Wagering Act could be part of the reason why the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) is seeking public comment before...
article Unveiled Rockford Casino Plans Explained In Layman Terms
(Illinois) -- All three sets of plans for a casino in Rockford has been presented. Now it's up to city officials to decide which will come to fruition. More than 600...
article Danville casino could open sooner than expected
(Illinois) -- The Danville casino could soon be opening sooner than expected. According to city officials, the developer that is most likely to be recommended to the...
article DuPage to discuss repealing video gambling ban
(Illinois) -- With a veterans group calling for a repeal of DuPage's decade-old ban on video gambling, county board members are going to revisit the issue. Officials...
article Springfield City Council Considers Changes To Video Gaming Rules
(Illinois) -- The Springfield City Council wants to make sure the city’s many video gaming parlors are playing by the rules. Video gambling establishments can...
article Tinley Park ‘racino’ harness track off to the races with Illinois Racing Board approval
(Illinois) -- A new horse racing track and casino proposed for Tinley Park has made it out of the starting gate. Overshadowed at Tuesday’s Illinois Racing Board...
article Illinois Sports Betting Comment Period Could Spotlight Issues With Bill
(Illinois) -- Industry dissatisfaction with the Sports Wagering Act could be part of the reason why the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) is seeking public comment before...
article Post time: Illinois Racing Board grants Arlington race dates despite passing on casino bid
(Illinois) -- Embittered state horse racing regulators approved a license Tuesday for Arlington International Racecourse, begrudgingly handing down 2020 race dates to...

9/24/2019

article Illinois Racing Board grants Arlington’s race dates in 2020, but still presses for track to add casino gaming
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Racing Board voted unanimously Tuesday to allow horse racing at Arlington International Racecourse next year, despite the decision by the...
article Post time: Illinois Racing Board grants Arlington race dates despite passing on casino bid
(Illinois) -- Embittered state horse racing regulators approved a license Tuesday for Arlington International Racecourse, begrudgingly handing down 2020 race dates to...

9/23/2019

article Public hears three casino proposals
(Illinois) -- There will only be one casino in Rockford and three development companies are vying for who it will be. Up until now, the city of Rockford hadn’t...
article Selle: Waukegan weighs the betting odds on casino suitors
(Illinois) -- The sweeping gambling law aimed at pulling Illinois out of its financial hole might be stumbling, but not in Waukegan if last week’s public hearing...

9/22/2019

article Rockford casino hearing: what you need to know
(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
(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
(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...

9/21/2019

article Casino revenues fall, but video gambling bolsters state's wagering
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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...

9/20/2019

article Did Illinois Make The Right Move on Gambling Expansion? Expert Says It’s Complicated
(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
(Illinois) -- Rosemont has formed a special gaming committee to start identifying potential applicants to operate a sports wagering facility “within the vicinity...

9/19/2019

article Finalists pitch Waukegan officials on casino proposals
(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
(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
(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
(Illinois) -- On Tuesday, trustees of Schaumburg, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, suggested replacing the village’s outright ban on video gambling for the previous...

9/18/2019

article Hard Rock Is Offering Support to Several Rockford Groups
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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...

9/17/2019

article BLOG: Despite Casino Decrease Illinois Brings In More Tax From Gambling
(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
(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
(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
(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...

9/16/2019

article New Illinois Law Requires Panic Buttons for Hotel and Casino Staff
(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...

9/14/2019

article State revenue from casinos continues to drop as Illinois prepares for massive gambling expansion
(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
(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...

9/13/2019

article Video gambling regrets? Long Grove officials raise concerns after granting sixth license
(Illinois) -- Some Long Grove village board members expressed concern about video gambling machines that are allowed at bars and restaurants in town as another...

9/11/2019

article Could DuPage County give video gambling another chance?
(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
(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?
(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...

9/10/2019

article Collins Tower owners say new plan hinges on Danville casino being built downtown
(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
(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.

9/9/2019

article A Tale Of Two Casinos: Could Waukegan Casino Cut Into Des Plaines Rivers Profits?
(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
(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...
article Aurora panel decides not to change video gambling law
(Illinois) -- An Aurora City Council committee has decided to recommend no changes to the city’s video gambling ordinance. The decision was made at a recent...

9/8/2019

article Casino developers put chips on table for Waukegan gambling den
(Illinois) -- Helipads and posh villas. Italianate fountains and dine-in movie theaters. Saltwater pools and cavernous concert halls. And lots of slots. They’re...
article Springfield may cap number of businesses that can have video gambling
(Illinois) -- The five video gaming terminals that sit near the entrance of Main Gate Bar & Grill have been a boon for part-owner Bill Tinsley. “It’s huge,” Tinsley...

9/7/2019

article Illinois Gaming Board adopts new ethics rules for casino licenses
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board announced Friday that it had adopted new rules it said will strengthen existing ethical safeguards and require more people to...

9/6/2019

article Danville zoning commission to consider variety of regulations for proposed casino site
(Illinois) -- A Danville casino complex could include a hotel, retail shops, a restaurant and bar, an entertainment venue and even recreational facilities like a...
article Lockport looks to form gaming commission
(Illinois) -- Having decided that Lockport needs more rules for video gambling on its books, the city council continues to hone its proposed changes to the ordinance...
article New Illinois law requires panic buttons for hotel, casino staff working alone
(Illinois) -- Beginning July 1, hotels and casinos in Illinois will be required to have anti-sexual harassment policies that include, for certain workers, access to a...
article Illinois Gaming Board adopts new ethics rules for casino licenses
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board announced Friday that it had adopted new rules it said will strengthen existing ethical safeguards and require more people to...

9/4/2019

article BLOG: S&P warns Lightfoot against relying on Springfield
(Illinois) -- The municipal bond market has a message for first-year Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot: go light on one-time maneuvers, avoid fiscal gimmicks, and move the...
article Danville officials say strongest bids for new casino both use I-74 site
(Illinois) -- The two casino development proposals that Danville leaders consider the strongest have both built their plans on the 40-acre site near the Interstate 74...

9/3/2019

article Danville narrows search down to two developers for new casino
(Illinois) -- The clock is ticking for Danville’s new casino. The city still needs to agree on a location and a developer. Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. told City...

9/2/2019

article The Week in Review: If Arlington Closes, What Happens to Chicago Racing
(Illinois) -- Anger and betrayal were the prevalent responses from the Illinois Thoroughbred community in the wake of last week’s stunning announcement by...

9/1/2019

article Counseling gets boost with Illinois gambling expansion — but more addiction is sure to follow
(Illinois) -- Years ago, before Chris K. started down a dark path that would see him lose upwards of $800,000 at Chicago-area craps tables, there weren’t video...

8/31/2019

article Future of Arlington International Racecourse in question after decision to not pursue gambling
(Illinois) -- The parent company of Arlington International Racecourse on Wednesday announced that it wouldn’t pursue a gambling license for the facility and may...
article How could Arlington Park be redeveloped? Experts outline the options and challenges
(Illinois) -- While hopes of a legislative rescue of Arlington Park as a horse racing venue remain alive, last week's announcement that owner Churchill Downs Inc....

8/30/2019

article Arlington Park Could Halt Racing, Nixes Casino License: Owner
(Illinois) -- After years of lobbying for slot machines and table games at Arlington Park, Churchill Downs Inc. has announced it will not move forward with obtaining a...
article Duchossois says its up to lawmakers to save Arlington Park
(Illinois) -- This week's announcement by Churchill Downs Inc. that it will not seek a casino license for Arlington Park, while only committing to two more years of...
article Waukegan hopes casino will provide financial relief, but many issues unaddressed
(Illinois) -- While Waukegan could reap financial benefits from a casino, questions remain about who stands to benefit the most. At least six gaming operations have...

8/29/2019

article Blame 'governing class' in Springfield for weak casino prospects, activist says
(Illinois) -- Caught in the crossfire between the state’s nation-leading tax burden and this year’s new gaming expansion from Springfield is an unlikely...
article Arlington horse track not seeking casino license, owners say
(Illinois) -- Arlington Race Course is getting out of the game. The tracks owners announced Wednesday that they aren't going to try for a casino license. "I had...
article EDITORIAL: And it’s off — Arlington racino rejection another sign new gambling law is flawed
(Illinois) -- On Wednesday, the owners of Arlington International Racecourse announced they won’t be setting up slot machines and casino games at the track,...
article Stakes are high as Rockford casino deadline nears
(Illinois) -- Hard Rock International has for weeks waged a sophisticated marketing campaign while potential competitors for a Rockford casino license have remained...

8/28/2019

article Arlington Park won't seek casino license, casting track's future in doubt
(Illinois) -- Arlington International Racecourse will not seek a state license to operate casino games, owner Churchill Downs Incorporated said Wednesday in an...
article Arlington Racecourse passes on casino bid under new Illinois gambling law and may move racetrack
(Illinois) -- Churchill Downs, the majority owner of Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights, not only has no plans to add casino gambling to the...
article Arlington’s future in doubt as owners pass on casino expansion, threaten to move track
(Illinois) -- The corporate owners of Arlington International Racecourse announced Wednesday they won’t apply for newly authorized state licenses for slot machines...
press release ‘Stunned And Profoundly Disappointed’: Illinois Horsemen Respond To Churchill Downs’ Decision On Arlington Park
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association issued the following statement Wednesday in response to Churchill Downs Incorporated's...

8/27/2019

article State gambling regulators seek public comment on sports betting rules
(Illinois) -- Before Illinoisans can start putting dollars down on sports contests, state regulators want their two cents on how to roll out the newly legitimized world...

8/26/2019

article Bodega bookies: Lottery retailers poised to join Illinois sports betting action
(Illinois) -- Hankering for a chocolate bar? Craving a soda? Feeling good about picking the Bears on a parlay card? Illinoisans will soon be able to indulge in all three...
article Waukegan To Place Bets On Best Of 6 Casino Proposals
(Illinois) -- City officials are preparing to narrow the list proposals from developers hoping to build a casino in Waukegan in the coming week ahead of an October...

8/25/2019

article Not all-in just yet — Will County businesses could eventually benefit from sports betting
(Illinois) -- While legalized sports betting could have a significant impact in Will County, the degree of the impact probably won’t be apparent for some time.
article Washington City Council will vote on video gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- More video gambling could be coming to the city of Washington. City Council members will vote Sept. 3 on allowing businesses with five video gambling...

8/24/2019

article Rivers Casino owners show their hand in bid for Waukegan gambling den
(Illinois) -- The owners of Illinois’ highest-grossing casino are going all-in with a proposal to operate the newly authorized casino in Waukegan. Churchill Downs...
article South suburban mayor scratches racetrack veto claim — but not opposition to racino
(Illinois) -- Horse-racing advocates on Thursday shot down the incorrect claim of a south suburban mayor who said owners of a soon-to-be-licensed racino can block a...

8/23/2019

article Casinos: Potawatomi Bids For Waukegan Location, Ho-Chunk Waits For Beloit Decision
(Illinois) -- You may see more casinos popping up in Illinois in the next year or two. Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently signed legislation allowing a massive expansion of...
article Crestwood casino opponents say their voices are being ignored
(Illinois) -- It was the early 1980s, Jerry Prosapio said, when he “bottomed out.” He said he was gambling away money he didn’t have and, to feed his...
article Waukegan releases names of all six would-be casino developers, including a second tied to Tap Room Gaming
(Illinois) -- Another of the would-be developers of a Waukegan casino is tied to Tap Room Gaming, the video gambling company owned by former state Sen. Michael Bond that...
article Three casino proposals being reviewed
(Illinois) -- Extending the deadline for casino proposals resulted in one more proposal, and selection of the casino operating partner is expected to be announced at the...
article Wheeling bans electronic sweepstakes machines
(Illinois) -- Village Attorney James Ferolo said the machines look like licensed video gaming machines and currently are not regulated under the Illinois Video Gaming...
article Winnebago County Board supports casino along I-90
(Illinois) -- The Winnebago County Board voted to support a casino along the I-90 corridor at Thursday night’s meeting. The vote passed 13-5. Machesney Park’...

8/22/2019

article Black mayors to Pritzker: Stacked deck deals south suburbs a losing casino hand
(Illinois) -- A coalition of mayors from mostly African American south suburbs are calling on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to reconsider a key portion of the state’s new...
article South suburban mayor scratches racetrack veto claim — but not opposition to racino
(Illinois) -- Horse-racing advocates on Thursday shot down the incorrect claim of a south suburban mayor who said owners of a soon-to-be-licensed racino can block a...
article Rivers Casino owners show their hand in bid for Waukegan gambling den
(Illinois) -- The owners of Illinois’ highest-grossing casino are going all-in with a proposal to operate the newly authorized casino in Waukegan. Churchill Downs...

8/21/2019

article Jackson County Republican chairman fears impact of expanded gambling
(Illinois) -- Jackson County Republican Chairman Chris Grissom has had enough of all the gambling expansion across much of Illinois. “They’re dealing with a...
article Black mayors to Pritzker: Stacked deck deals south suburbs a losing casino hand
(Illinois) -- A coalition of mayors from mostly African American south suburbs are calling on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to reconsider a key portion of the state’s new...
article OP/ED: Waukegan school superintendent lacked ‘forward planning’ in seeking cut of casino revenue
(Illinois) -- Theresa Plascencia writes an editorial asking that District 60 be given more consideration in the casino bidding process in time for it to appear the...
article Temporary harness racing track in Tinley Park could open next year
(Illinois) -- Should state regulators approve plans for harness racing in Tinley Park, a temporary facility could be quickly built and start hosting races by December...
article Danville mayor confirms third proposal to develop casino submitted
(Illinois) -- Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. confirmed Wednesday that the city has now received three proposals from prospective developers of a Danville casino. He had said...
article Will Schaumburg lift video gambling ban?
(Illinois) -- Revisiting an issue raised during the election campaign in the spring, Schaumburg village board members Tuesday discussed ending their 7-year-old ban on...

8/20/2019

article 'Not a done deal’: Waukegan residents push back against casino while supporters push for proposal backed by business that fueled local elections
(Illinois) -- The proposed Waukegan casino dominated the City Council meeting Monday evening with most residents expressing their opposition while several business...
article Extension of deadline for Danville casino proposals doesn't produce any new bidders
(Illinois) -- With the city’s extended deadline for casino development applications here, the count still stands at two. City officials aren’t saying which...
article Illinois gambling expansion poised to revive Fairmount Track
(Illinois) -- Fairmount Park Racetrack is filled with spectators on most Tuesdays and Saturdays, eager to watch horses fly down the dirt track. But with just 41 live...

8/19/2019

article Watchdog group concerned that new Illinois casinos could cost taxpayers billions of dollars
(Illinois) -- A watchdog group worries that the state's big bet on more than a dozen new casinos could go bust. Consultants have warned a Chicago casino could lose...
article Businesses object to extra video gambling machines at Bloomington truck stops
(Illinois) -- Several bar owners and vendors of gambling machines told the City Council Monday proposed restrictions would give large truck stops an unfair advantage...

8/18/2019

article Bloomington eyes new restrictions on video gambling machines
(Illinois) -- Proposed new gambling restrictions include capping the number of Bloomington establishments licensed for video gambling machines at about 60. At its work...
article Illinois Gambling Expansion Poised To Revive Fairmount Track
(Illinois) -- Fairmount Park Racetrack is filled with spectators on most Tuesdays and Saturdays, eager to watch horses fly down the dirt track. But with just 41 live...

8/17/2019

article LETTERS: Powell shouldn't get attacked
(Connecticut) -- It’s unfortunate that Chris Powell once again rears his head to spout his ill-informed, hate-filled rhetoric. Being offensive isn’t new for...

8/16/2019

article Get A Grip: The Week In Sports Betting: Illinois Lagging In Midwest
(Illinois) -- Iowa became the first Midwestern state to launch sports betting on Thursday, and more than two months after the Illinois General Assembly sent sports...

8/12/2019

article Deadline for Danville-casino development proposals pushed
(Illinois) -- Amid a debate over the potential site of a new casino in Danville, Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. announced August 6 that the deadline to submit proposals to...
article LEGAL BLOG: At Stake
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) held its monthly meeting on Thursday, August 8. The Board began by mentioning the possibility of rescheduling the September...

8/10/2019

article New Gaming Board chairman vows credibility, integrity
(Illinois) -- The new chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board said this week he has no illusions about how tough of a job lies ahead. “We all know that those tasks...
article My View: Mobility options are critical for Rockford casino
(Illinois) -- The proposed Rockford casino, regardless of its final chosen location, provides a terrific opportunity to improve mobility options for Rockford citizens,...

8/9/2019

article Gambling Giant Applies To Bring Horse Racing To Tinley Park
(Illinois) -- An owner of one of the largest video gaming operations in Illinois and a partner of a scrapped senior-housing development plan in Tinley Park has applied...
article Illinois eyes six new casinos, but gaming expansion will pose challenges
(Illinois) -- The new chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board on Thursday said he has no illusions about how tough of a job lies ahead. “We all know that those tasks...
article From truck stops to elections, a river of gambling money is flooding Waukegan
(Illinois) -- Owners of one of Illinois’ largest video gambling companies are behind efforts to influence city politics, expand gambling and build a casino near...
article Full House Resorts applies to build new Illinois hotel-casino; loss widens and results miss Street forecasts
(Illinois) -- Full House Resorts credited recent renovations for boosting performance at its Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, hotel-casino and said that the company has...

8/8/2019

article Danville casino deadline pushed back
(Illinois) -- With only two casino proposals, and those without all the criteria addressed, the Danville City Council Tuesday night approved Mayor Rickey Williams Jr....

8/7/2019

article Deadline for Danville casino proposals pushed back
(Illinois) -- The deadline for proposals for a new casino in Danville has been pushed back.

8/6/2019

article OP/ED: Gambling stance latest sign of Republican identity crisis
(Illinois) -- To the Editor: State Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) was recently on record suggesting that a new casino should be built on Interstate 90 instead of...
article Alderman calls for new timetable, potential new site for Danville casino
(Illinois) -- Nearly a week after the deadline to submit proposals came and went, one alderman is calling for a new timetable — and a potential new site —...

8/5/2019

article Six potential casino developers submit proposals in Waukegan
(Illinois) -- Six prospective casino developers submitted their proposals by Monday’s 3 p.m. deadline, the city’s director of planning and economic...

8/4/2019

article Churchill Downs Wants To Expand Gambling Options in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Churchill Downs Inc., the majority owner of Rivers Casino Des Plaines in Illinois, plans to add more gaming offerings at the venue as well as a sportsbook...

8/3/2019

article Nowlan: When is more gambling too much? How would Illinois know?
(Illinois) -- At the convenience store in my rural town, there is a new “wall” of plastic boxes filled with colorful lottery instant-game tickets, right on...
article Our View: Casino proposals will lead to interesting debates
(Illinois) -- Downtown vs. a site off Interstate 90. Let the debate begin. As expected, there’s discussion about a downtown site for the Rockford casino, which...
article Casino proposals on council agenda
(Illinois) -- A casino proposals update, announcement of the city’s new city engineer and continued talk about licensing related to video gaming will be coming up...

8/2/2019

article Ameristar Casino parent company inks mobile sports wagering deals
(Chicago) -- The parent company of the Ameristar Casino is preparing to launch online sports wagering in Indiana sometime next year, following its rollout of in-casino...
article ‘Tough’ new Illinois Gaming Board chairman faced with massive gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- Charles Schmadeke spent nearly two decades working quietly and diligently behind the scenes at the top legal ranks of Illinois government, associates say....
article Rivers Casino owner is betting big with plans to expand Des Plaines casino and add sports wagering under new Illinois law
(Illinois) -- The majority owner of Rivers Casino is betting big on Illinois’ new gambling expansion law, announcing plans this week to add 800 gaming positions...
article Rockford Coalition Announces Proposal For Downtown Site With Casino, Aquarium
(Illinois) -- A Rockford coalition has announced a proposal for a downtown casino and aquarium, as the deadline for proposals to the city approaches. The Rock River West...
article OP/ED: When is more gambling too much? How would Illinois know?
(Illinois) -- At the convenience store in my rural town, there is a new “wall” of plastic boxes filled with colorful lottery instant-game tickets, right on the counter,...

8/1/2019

article Churchill Downs CEO: Rivers Casino will expand, add sportsbook
(Illinois) -- Churchill Downs' CEO Thursday discussed plans for the expansion of Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, the introduction of slots or table games at Arlington...
article Rivers Casino owner plans another location—and will expand in Des Plaines
(Illinois) -- The owner of Rivers Casino said it will participate in a bid for one of six new casino licenses recently authorized by the state, including one in Chicago...
article Casino proposals report expected next week
(Illinois) -- The deadline has passed for proposals to be submitted to operate a Danville casino. An initial report on the proposals won’t come until the Aug. 6...
article Chicago Sun-Times: Understaffed Gaming Board needs a fast bulking up
(Illinois) -- A historic increase in legal gambling in Illinois, signed into law on June 28, means the understaffed Illinois Gaming Board has an enormous and difficult...

7/30/2019

article New proposal pushes for casino in downtown Rockford
(Illinois) -- A coalition of community advocates makes a push for a casino in downtown Rockford. The Rock River West Casino Group announced a proposal for a downtown...
article Fairmount Park: Adding slots, other casino games to spur $50 million in new facilities
(Illinois) -- Plans to add slot machines, casino table games and sports betting to the Fairmount Park horse track under a statewide gambling expansion law promoted here...
article Illinois Gov. Pritzker Visits Fairmount Track To Tout Gambling Expansion
(Illinois) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a massive gambling expansion into law in June. On Tuesday he stopped by Fairmount Park Racetrack in Collinsville to talk about...

7/29/2019

article Gorman: Downtown Rockford casino proposal in the works
(Illinois) -- Wisconsin-based Gorman & Company Inc. is in talks with several potential partners to submit a bid to develop a riverfront casino on 13 acres south of...
article Gov. J.B. Pritzker fills two seats on Illinois Gaming Board as work toward Chicago casino, massive gambling expansion begins
(Illinois) -- A month after signing legislation authorizing a massive expansion of gambling in Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has filled two vacancies on the board charged...

7/27/2019

article Rockford Mayor's View: Casino process just starting, no deal done or site selected yet
(Illinois) -- More than 20 years ago, the Illinois General Assembly granted casino licenses to cities across the state, in hopes of propping up the economies in those...

7/26/2019

article Waukegan expects temporary casino to be part of deal with developer
(Illinois) -- The city of Waukegan is not setting a price for the Fountain Square property it owns as it fields questions from potential casino developers, one of...

7/25/2019

article Are Danville city leaders betting on a casino?
(Illinois) -- The 650,000 square foot White Mill Building in Danville has been vacant for years. “There were folks who are of the opinion that we should tear the...

7/22/2019

article Seven groups interested in building casino in Danville
(Illinois) -- Seven different parties have officially expressed interest in building a casino in Danville, according to Mayor Rickey Wiiliams. City officials sent out...

7/21/2019

article After a bill becomes law in Illinois, 'obscure but powerful' group implements it
(Illinois) -- Some major laws signed by Illinois’ governor will soon go through the rules process. The cartoon classic "Schoolhouse Rock" explained how a...

7/20/2019

article Rockford hires 2 consulting firms to help navigate casino selection
(Illinois) -- The city has hired two consulting firms to help the staff and City Council members navigate the process of selecting a casino operator and location. Union...

7/19/2019

article Rockford hires 2 consulting firms to help navigate casino selection
(Illinois) -- The city has hired two consulting firms to help the staff and City Council members navigate the process of selecting a casino operator and location. Union...

7/17/2019

article Seven casino groups interested in building casino in Danville
(Illinois) -- Seven different casino groups are expressing interest in building a casino in Danville. That's according to Mayor Ricky Williams from last night's...
article Seven groups interested in building casino in Danville; proposals due July 31
(Illinois) -- Seven different parties have officially expressed interest in building a casino in Danville, according to Mayor Rickey Wiiliams.
article Waukegan’s search for casino developer continues as firm from 2009 effort claims exclusive development rights
(Illinois) -- As the city of Waukegan extends the deadline for interested casino developers to submit their proposals, the would-be developers behind Waukegan’s 2009...

7/16/2019

article Bloomington Council Mulls Future Of Video Gambling, Supports Parkview Inn License
(Illinois) -- Bloomington is still mulling over what to do with the city’s year-and-a-half long moratorium on new video gambling licenses. City council members...

7/15/2019

article Bloomington keeps video gambling on hold for now but favors OK for Parkview Inn
(Illinois) -- The City Council isn't ready to lift a moratorium banning the addition of new video gambling machines but a majority voiced support Monday night for...

7/14/2019

article Illinois gambling expansion could take a while. Here's a look at what's to come.
(Illinois) -- Two weeks after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law authorizing a massive expansion of gambling in Illinois, the state has taken the first small step toward...

7/13/2019

article New Gambling Behind Schedule in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Illinois' new gambling expansion is barely two weeks old, but the state is already behind schedule. Illinois lawmakers intentionally set the state on a...
article State goes for broke
(Illinois) -- The state’s roads and bridges are in poor condition. That’s being nice. While we complain about them, few enjoy handing over the cash to get...

7/12/2019

article Illinois gambling expansion could take a while. Here’s a look at what’s to come.
(Illinois) -- Two weeks after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law authorizing a massive expansion of gambling in Illinois, the state has taken the first small step toward...

7/11/2019

article And, they're off Horse racing struggles in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Shortly after the first race, a thunderstorm descends on Arlington International Racecourse, just north of Chicago. An hour before post time, families...
article Lawmakers Expect Rockford Casino To Boost Local and State Revenue
(Illinois) -- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill at the end of June that allows six new casinos and legalizes sports betting. Rockford is the site of one such...
article 'This is video gambling': Arlington Heights set to ban sweepstakes machines
(Illinois) -- Arlington Heights is set to join Mount Prospect, Mundelein and Huntley in banning electronic sweepstakes machines, which local officials say resemble video...
article There won't be a ban on new video gambling locations in Lake County
(Illinois) -- A proposed ban on new video gambling locations in unincorporated Lake County has been defeated and is unlikely to be considered again. The defeat comes...

7/10/2019

article Illinois Betting on a Rapid Pace for Casino Expansion
(Illinois) -- State legislators laid out a rapid pace in the new gambling expansion law that will give Illinois six new casinos, including one in Chicago – so fast...
article Illinois Enacts Sports Gambling Law
(Illinois) -- At the end of June, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law a massive gaming initiative, which includes legalized sports gambling. While the sports...
article Rivers Continues To Far Outpace Casino Rivals
(Illinois) -- More than 1.4 million admissions to Rivers Casino in Des Plaines have been recorded this year through June 30, which is nearly three times the number of...
article Community members express concerns over video gambling
(Illinois) -- There were no poker faces at Wednesday night's 'Betting on Rockford' forum. Everyone shared their opinion over video gambling in the stateline...

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