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Three casinos in Illinois have been issued a temporary betting operating permit so far. Those casinos are located in Des Plaines, Elgin, and Alton.

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9/19/2020

article Pritzker Renews Executive Order, Sports Betting Remote Registration Extended In Illinois
(Illinois) -- Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker extended remote registration for sports betting, as the Secretary of State filed Executive Order 2020-55 on Friday which included...

9/18/2020

article Remote registration gives Illinois a sports betting surge
(Illinois) -- Relaxing an in-person registration requirement for sports betting has been hailed as a critical moment in Illinois’ July performance, despite the...

9/17/2020

article Will Pritzker Give Mobile Illinois Sports Betting Another Reprieve?
(Illinois) -- It sounds like an extension could be in the works to continue remote Illinois sports betting registration beyond Saturday. At least one sportsbook operator...
article Danville awaits approval from the state gambling board to build casino
(Illinois) -- After the city of Danville passed a rezoning petition for a plot of land where a casino will go on Tuesday, the plan must be approved by the Illinois state...

9/16/2020

article Illinois racks up nearly $62M sports betting handle since pandemic-spoiled launch — and 90% is linked to state’s top grossing casino
(Illinois) -- Illinois’ new legal sports betting industry got off to a false start due to COVID-19, but it’s hitting pay dirt just as pro football teams return to the...
article Danville council approves casino zoning
(Illinois) -- The Danville City Council unanimously approved rezoning property for the proposed casino Tuesday night. The council, meeting via teleconference, voted 10-0...
article Hawthorne plans sportsbooks at three suburban OTBs, including Prospect Heights
(Illinois) -- A retail sports betting site is expected to open as soon as next month inside Player's Pub & Grill in Prospect Heights -- one of three new...

9/15/2020

article Gamblers place $52.5 million sports bets in July. The most bet on sport? Soccer.
(Illinois) -- The first full month of sports betting in Illinois had gamblers placing $52.5 million in wagers during July. That's according to reports from the...
press release Illinois sports bets top $52 million in July; online wagering gains traction as NFL season kicks off
(Illinois) -- Despite a dearth of major sports and only two places to place bets, legal sports books generated more than $52.5 million in wagers during July, the first...
article Casino proposal approved
(Illinois) -- Failed attempts to bring a casino into Danville may be over. City council voted to rezone a property, giving the green light to a new proposal by Danville...

9/12/2020

article Council to act on casino zoning
(Illinois) -- The Danville City Council on Tuesday will act on rezoning property for the proposed casino. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday via teleconference. The...

9/11/2020

article OP/ED: NFL season kicks off a new era of sports betting in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Despite beating Detroit twice in 2019, the Chicago Bears are three-point underdogs for Sunday’s season opener against the Lions.

9/8/2020

press release Another Sportsbook Coming To Illinois As Unibet Secures Market Access
(Illinois) -- Kindred has announced plans to launch its Unibet sportsbook in Illinois following a new market access deal with Penn National. Under the agreement, Kindred...

9/7/2020

article Virus costing communities gaming revenue
(Illinois) -- City leaders have seen half as much revenue from the casino this year as in 2019 because of the pandemic and state orders by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. Last year...

9/5/2020

article Edwardsville-area video gaming bans rooted in decade of opposition
(Illinois) -- When it came to video gaming, some area municipalities preferred to avert their gaze on the topic. Edwardsville, Glen Carbon and Maryville all banned video...

9/4/2020

article Proposed casino site struggling to get zoning approval
(Illinois) -- The new spot for the casino is struggling to move forward. Last night, it was voted down by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The new proposed site is on...

9/3/2020

article PointsBet Sportsbook Poised To Launch In Illinois Ahead Of NFL Season
(Illinois) -- Illinois sports bettors may well have a fourth option for mobile sports betting by the time the NFL kicks off next Thursday, as the Illinois Gaming Board...

9/2/2020

article Will Illinois Ever Take Another Stab At Legalizing Online Casino?
(Illinois) -- The progress of gambling expansion in the US is notoriously difficult to predict. At times, we’ve seen bills start off strong only to die on the...

9/1/2020

article Illinois casino must face biometric privacy lawsuit over security cameras
(Illinois) -- An Illinois federal judge has rejected a bid by Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino and its parent company to dismiss a lawsuit accusing it of using video surveillance...
article Par-A-Dice Casino begins mobile sports betting
(Illinois) -- Bettors in Illinois now have a new platform to place their wagers. On Monday, Boyd Gaming, the owner of the Par-A-Dice Casino, announced it’s is...

8/31/2020

article FanDuel Par-A-Dice sports app live in Illinois
(Illinois) -- FanDuel announced today that its sports betting app in Illinois is live. Players in the state can now access the FanDuel Par-A-Dice Sportsbook app and...
article Racetrack not in the cards on site of Waukegan casino, officials say
(Illinois) -- Waukegan officials are confident they will learn this fall which operator is approved for an Illinois gaming license to operate a casino as part of an...

8/30/2020

article Danville remains hopeful in Round 2 of casino bid
(Illinois) -- The Danville city council earlier this month approved a new bid from a reconfigured entity called Danville Development LLC, which is planning a casino...

8/29/2020

article Owner of original Danville casino site sued by shareholder
(Illinois) -- The corporation that owns the property where the Danville casino was going to be located is being sued by one of its shareholders. Ellen Mervis Tully...

8/28/2020

article Par-A-Dice launches sports betting app with FanDuel
(Illinois) -- Par-A-Dice and FanDuel have partnered to launch Illinois' third sports betting app. Though the logo of the Illinois section of the app has Par-A-Dice...

8/27/2020

article Casino site comes before zoning commission
(Illinois) -- The Danville Area Planning and Zoning Commission will hear a rezoning request from Danville Development, LLC next week for the new proposed casino’s...

8/26/2020

article OP/ED: South suburban officials fear gaming board will push decision on casino license beyond October deadline
(Illinois) -- South suburban officials are worried that the Illinois Gaming Board will delay a decision on awarding a license for the Southland’s long-awaited...

8/25/2020

article DraftKings CEO Rips Rush Street Over Illinois Sports Betting: ‘Corrupt Idiots’
(Illinois) -- DraftKings CEO and co-founder Jason Robins on Monday morning fired off some harsh words showing that he is unappreciative — to put it mildly —...
article Online giant skates out of Illinois’ sports betting ‘penalty box’ — delivering a body check as it hits the ice
(Illinois) -- They’re out of Illinois’ “penalty box” for now, but the bad sports betting blood remains. Thanks to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s...

8/24/2020

article Gov. Pritzker Brings Back Remote Sign-ups For IL Sportsbooks
(Illinois) -- As of Friday, Illinois sports bettors can once again register for a mobile betting account remotely. In the latest saga of Illinois sports betting and...
article Which Competitors Does DraftKings CEO Think Are ‘Corrupt Idiots?’
(Illinois) -- It’s clear that the CEO of DraftKings Sportsbook thinks there’s one party responsible for all the hoop-jumping it’s faced in Illinois....

8/22/2020

article Online sports betting is back in Illinois: DraftKings officially taking mobile bets
(Illinois) -- Online sports betting is back in Illinois. In a surprise Friday afternoon news drop, Governor J.B. Pritzker has re-signed an executive order, allowing...

8/21/2020

article Illinois guv reinstates mobile sports betting registration (until Sept. 19)
(Illinois) -- Illinois sports bettors are rejoicing on news that their governor has once again lifted the ban on mobile registration for new online betting accounts. On...

8/20/2020

article Illinois Town Finds New Partner as Wilmorite Selected to Build, Operate Danville Casino
(Illinois) -- The City Council in Danville, Ill., signed off on a new plan Tuesday to bring a casino to the central Illinois town near the Indiana state line.

8/19/2020

article DraftKings Launches Push To Restore Online Registration In Illinois
(Illinois) -- The travails of gaining access to mobile sports betting in Illinois have taken yet another twist as DraftKings has begun an email campaign asking residents...
article FanDuel Sportsbook To Go Live With Sports Betting In Illinois With Par-A-Dice Casino
(Illinois) -- If everything goes as planned, FanDuel will join the ranks of live Illinois sportsbooks by the start of football season, but it will do so with its “...
article New casino plans laid out
(Illinois) -- After having "the wool pulled over our eyes in a couple of occasions," with the previously chosen casino operating partner Haven Gaming, one...

8/17/2020

article Casino Receipts For Month Of July Better At One Joliet Casino Over Another
(Illinois) -- Casinos taking in millions despite being at 50% capacity due to COVID-19. Tom Swoik, executive director of the Illinois Casino Gaming Association says...
press release Illinois COVID-19 Mitigations Affect East St. Louis-Area Casinos, Sports Betting
(Illinois) -- Capacity and operating hours will be reduced at DraftKings at Casino Queen and Argosy Casino Alton, two of the four casinos where sports betting is...

8/14/2020

article Buffalo Grove debates restaurant's video gambling fees
(Illinois) -- In late February, Buffalo Grove's Original Bagel & Bialy restaurant paid $6,000 in village licensing fees to operate six video gambling machines...
article House edges back? Illinois casinos rake in $82.6 million in first month since coronavirus shutdown
(Illinois) -- Masks, plexi-glass shields and an ongoing pandemic haven’t done much to dampen the hopes of Illinois gamblers looking to score a few bucks. The state’s 10...
article Proposed casino partner: Danville Development LLC
(Illinois) -- The Danville City Council Tuesday night will hear a casino presentation by Danville Development LLC and consider approving it as the modified operating...

8/12/2020

article Here's Why Illinois Golf Betting Is Off The Board For Now
(Illinois) -- Illinois sure isn’t making it easy for locals to partake in the regulated sports betting market. Not content with merely making customers increase...

8/6/2020

article Grand Victoria Casino becomes third in Illinois to open sportsbook
(Illinois) -- This week, Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin opened its new sportsbook, making the gambling property the third in Illinois to open a retail sports betting...

8/5/2020

article Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin becomes third in state to open sportsbook
(Illinois) -- Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin opened its new sportsbook this week, becoming the third casino in the state to offer bets on sports since it was legalized...
article DraftKings Is Now In Illinois, As DraftKings At Casino Queen Sportsbook Launches
(Illinois) -- The Illinois online sports betting market gained another option today with the official launch of DraftKings Sportsbook Illinois which will officially be...

8/4/2020

article Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin becomes third in state to open sportsbook
(Illinois) -- Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin opened its new sportsbook this week, becoming the third casino in the state to offer bets on sports since it was legalized...

8/2/2020

article Hawthorne racino approved
(Illinois) -- Hawthorne Race Course is officially on the road to becoming a racino. The Illinois Gaming Board on Thursday voted unanimously that the ownership and key...

8/1/2020

article Hawthorne Race Course gets preliminary approval to build Chicago area’s first racino
(Illinois) -- Hawthorne Race Course is headed to the starting gate with the state’s first racino after getting preliminary approval to build a casino at its horse...

7/31/2020

article What Happened? Why Some Sports Were Pulled From Betting In Illinois
(Illinois) -- For those of you still trying to figure out why you couldn’t bet on motor sports, the PGA, Korean Baseball and lower-level soccer in Illinois last...
article Danville casino developer receives approval to withdraw application
(Illinois) -- At its meeting Thursday, the Illinois Gaming Board approved letting Haven Gaming LLC withdraw its application to operate a casino in Danville. Haven Gaming...
article Gaming board OKs casino application withdrawal
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board Thursday approved Haven Gaming’s withdrawal request for its Danville casino owners license application. The board’s...
article CDI non-committal on future of Arlington Park
(Illinois) -- The already uncertain future of Arlington Park got even murkier on Thursday, as the track’s controlling owner, Churchill Downs Inc. hosted an earnings call...
article Rozner: What a sad ending for Arlington Park
(Illinois) -- For anyone who has followed horse racing closely the last few decades, Thursday's news was hardly a surprise. But it was no less devastating. During an...

7/30/2020

article Hawthorne Wins Preliminary Approval for Casino
(Illinois) -- Hawthorne Race Course July 30 won preliminary approval for its long-awaited casino, an action Hawthorne President Tim Carey called "a truly monumental...
article IGB Tweaks Rebranding Rule, Hawthorne Gets Illinois Sports Betting License
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board opted to move forward with its proposed rebranding rule for mobile and internet sports betting with a modification Thursday, and...
article This Bookmaker Should Be Happy About Illinois Sports Betting Mess, And It’s Not Rivers
(Illinois) -- The agenda for today’s Illinois Gaming Board meeting does not mention Rush Street, DraftKings, or FanDuel in the sports betting section. In reality,...

7/29/2020

article OTBs Poised To Become Critical To Illinois Sports Betting
(Illinois) -- In Illinois, horse racing events are currently taking place at racetracks — only without fans. And just last week, Gov. J.B. Pritzker did not renew...
article After change in partners, Danville casino developer plans to reapply
(Illinois) -- When Haven Gaming submitted its application on a Monday afternoon in October for a license to operate a casino in Danville, its attorney said the five days...
article Rolling Meadows planning new restrictions on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Rolling Meadows aldermen have taken the first steps to imposing limits on video gambling in response to a proliferation of the machines after a citywide...

7/28/2020

article Rozner: In Illinois, you can always bet on one winner. And it's not you.
(Illinois) -- Even if you're not interested in sports betting, you have to be fascinated by the politics of what's occurred over the last few weeks. It's...
article Danville casino developer withdraws application with plans to resubmit
(Illinois) -- Haven Gaming LLC withdrew its application Tuesday to operate a casino in Danville, but plans to resubmit an updated plan to the Illinois Gaming Board....
article Danville still betting on Haven with new casino application
(Illinois) -- Danville is still betting on Haven Gaming for the city’s casino license. As soon as the Illinois Gaming Board’s agenda became public Tuesday...

7/27/2020

article Pritzker’s Choice To Roll Back Remote Sports Betting Registration In Illinois ‘Terrible’
(Illinois) -- Reaction from Illinois stakeholders to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s decision to end the period of remote registration for legal sports wagering accounts,...

7/26/2020

article Springfield Shocker: Illinois Sports Betting Remote Registration Ends Today
(Illinois) -- Governor J.B. Pritzker abruptly rescinded remote registration for mobile Illinois sports betting accounts as of tomorrow, effectively ending DraftKings...
article Suspension Of In-Person Registration Rule In Illinois Set To Expire
(Illinois) -- It appears to be back to the book for patrons interested in sports betting in Illinois. The Executive Order issued by Gov. J.B. Pritzker suspending the in-...
article DraftKings formalizes deal with Illinois casino; online betting imminent
(Illinois) -- There will be no 18-month wait in Illinois for the biggest mobile sportsbooks in the country after all, as DraftKings announced today it’s not-so-...

7/25/2020

article Casino Queen partners with DraftKings, rebrands
(Illinois) -- Prominent fantasy sports company DraftKings Inc. said Thursday it has partnered with the East St. Louis-based Casino Queen, which will be rebranded as...

7/22/2020

article Waukegan council approves video gaming license for restaurant after requirements revised
(Illinois) -- Waukegan made it easier in April for local businesses to obtain video gaming licenses by eliminating the requirement there be at least 1,500 feet between...

7/16/2020

article OP/ED: Hollywood Casino in Aurora may lay off more than 100 employees
(Illinois) -- More than 100 employees of the Hollywood Casino in Aurora are set to be laid off in September, according to a notice the company has filed.

7/11/2020

article Illinois Casinos Benefit From Tax Break Approved During Pandemic
(Illinois) -- The 10 casinos of Illinois reopened this month, but they're not paying as much tax to the cash-strapped state as they did before the COVID-19 pandemic...

7/10/2020

article Hollywood Casino To Lay Off 256 In Aurora, Joliet Amid Pandemic
(Illinois) -- More than 250 employees of Hollywood Casino in Aurora and Joliet are set to be out of a job in September. The company filed notices last month of impending...

7/9/2020

article Batavia aldermen split on whether to cap video gambling licenses
(Illinois) -- When it comes to making policy decisions related to video gambling in Batavia, Alderman Nick Cerone finds himself teetering on the edge. It's a dilemma...
article Video gambling kingpin Rick Heidner ‘not a target’ of federal investigation
(Illinois) -- Federal investigators might have been interested in Rick Heidner’s ties to a crooked ex-state senator, but the video gambling kingpin is not in the...

7/2/2020

article Illinois reopens gaming industry with requirements
(Illinois) -- On Wednesday, the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB), in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), announced video gaming and casino...

7/1/2020

article Illinois casinos angling to clean up now that coronavirus closing is over
(Illinois) -- Imagine Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra sitting down for a hand of blackjack, with their trademark banter muffled by surgical masks —...
article Illinois Governor Signs Chicago Casino Tax Bill, Improves Odds of Downtown Resort
(Illinois) -- Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) has signed legislation into law that reduces taxes on gross gaming revenue that will be generated by an integrated...
article Harrah’s Casino in Metropolis set to reopen
(Illinois) -- Harrah’s Casino in Metropolis is set to reopen July 1. Gamblers will have to follow certain guidelines inside the building, such as social distancing...
article Jumer's Casino reopens in Rock Island, with masks and temperature checks required
(Illinois) -- Masks are required for customers seeking to return to Jumer’s Casino and Hotel in Rock Island. The gaming facility opened at 9 a.m. Wednesday for the...
article Video Gambling Revenue Down $105 million
(Illinois) -- Because there hasn’t been video gambling since mid-March due to COVID-19 restrictions, state and local tax coffers are out more than $105 million...

6/30/2020

article Elgin’s Grand Victoria Casino to reopen Wednesday with less slots, reduced capacity, social distancing
(Illinois) -- The Grand Victoria Casino is to reopen Wednesday for the first time in more than three months, but it won’t be gaming as normal. The Elgin casino is...
article Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino prepares to welcome guests Wednesday
(Illinois) -- After being closed for 107 days, the Par-A-Dice Hotel & Casino is welcoming back guests Wednesday. The reopening follows Phase 4 of Governor J.B....
article State, local video gambling revenue down $105 million during Illinois COVID-19 shutdown
(Illinois) -- Because there hasn’t been video gambling since mid-March due to COVID-19 restrictions, state and local tax coffers are out more than $105 million...

6/29/2020

article Gambling Gets a Green Light in Illinois
(Illinois) -- How’s this for luck? On March 9, Rivers Casino in Des Plaines opened its sportsbook, becoming Illinois’ first brick-and-mortar location to...
article Illinois casinos, slots in bars reopen Wednesday
(Illinois) -- Northwest Indiana's five Lake Michigan casinos soon no longer will be the only game in town. The Illinois Gaming Board has authorized the state's...
article Argosy Casino to Reopen July 1
(Illinois) -- Argosy Casino Alton will reopen on Wednesday. It will have a slightly different feel than when it closed due to the pandemic back in March, with employees...

6/28/2020

article Rivers Casino, Video Machines To Open Wednesday With Masks, Distancing
(Illinois) -- Des Plaines-based Rivers Casino, the state of Illinois’ busiest and most lucrative casino, will reopen this Wednesday, July 1 at noon, but with a...

6/27/2020

article Argosy Casino Alton set to reopen Wednesday
(Illinois) -- Wagering returns Wednesday to Argosy Casino Alton and video gaming terminals throughout the state. On March 16, the Illinois Gaming Board suspended...
article Harrah’s Metropolis Casino and Hotel set to reopen
(Illinois) -- Harrah's Casino and Hotel is set to reopen on July 1st after being closed for more than three months. On March 16th, the Illinois Gaming Board closed...

6/26/2020

article Illinois casinos and video gaming venues cleared to reopen as of July 1
(Illinois) -- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration on Thursday gave the state’s 10 casinos and thousands of video gambling machine operators the green light to...
press release Pritzker touts Illinois reopening as other states backtrack
(Illinois) -- Illinois residents were able to go to work, exercise at the gym, dine indoors at a restaurant and see a movie at the theater starting Friday as the state...
article Spanish soccer gets early betting action at Des Plaines casino's new online sportsbook
(Illinois) -- Ordinarily this time of year, sports bettors might be laying down wagers on the NBA playoffs or Major League Baseball, but in the coronavirus era, Spanish...
press release What gamblers can expect when they head back to casinos July 1
(Illinois) -- Expect to wear face masks, stay 6 feet from the nearest bettor and skip the buffet line when casinos reopen starting Wednesday in Illinois. The state's...

6/25/2020

article Casinos can reopen Wednesday, Pritzker says
(Illinois) -- All bets are back on in Illinois starting next week. Following an unprecedented three-month shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. J.B. Pritzker...
press release Illinois casinos and video gaming locations set to reopen July 1
(Illinois) -- Chicago-area gamblers will soon have some places to place their bets. The Illinois Gaming Board announced Thursday casinos and video gaming operators...
article Bar owners frustrated about last minute delay of video gambling machines
(Illinois) -- On Friday, bars and restaurants across Illinois will be able to seat people inside. Owners and staff have been preparing for Phase 4. But at what some...
article Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino in Peoria to reopen July 1
(Illinois) -- Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino will reopen Wednesday, with capacity restrictions and other measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The opening plans...

6/23/2020

article Casino awaits state gambling OK
(Illinois) -- Officials at Argosy Casino Alton hope to learn this week when, and how, they can reopen. Since March 16, the Alton casino and nine others in Illinois have...

6/22/2020

article Casino license application still pending
(Illinois) -- An application for a new casino to be built in Danville was filed October last year, but developers still don’t have the go-ahead to break ground at...
article Arlington off to the races next month, reaches deal with trainers’ group
(Illinois) -- The new contract, which came after long and bitter negotiations, still won’t do much to cool simmering tension between the Illinois Thoroughbred...

6/21/2020

article Watch now: COVID-19 has made gaming revenues vanish
(Illinois) -- When COVID-19 pulled the plug on Illinois gambling, it took away a reliable source of money for municipalities. Consider this: Normal’s 2019 share of...

6/20/2020

article Illinois Becomes 11th State To Offer Online Sports Betting As BetRivers Opens For Business
(Illinois) -- It was a big week for the advancement of sports betting in Illinois, and while the future of the local horse racing calendar remains undecided, massive...

6/19/2020

article Illinois businesses are betting that casino gambling and video gaming will be back soon
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board hasn't announced when it will allow casinos to reopen or when video-gaming machines will be turned on at bars, restaurants...
article Arlington Park, ITHA Still Trying To Hammer Out Contract
(Illinois) -- Despite moving to the brink of a two-year contract for horse racing in 2020 and 2021, Arlington Park and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s...

6/18/2020

article Mobile sports betting launches in Illinois — finally
(Illinois) -- Illinois’ first legal sportsbook is open again — from afar, at least. Nearly a year after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the law that introduced the...
article Now you can bet from home too. Rivers launches first online sportsbook in Illinois as casinos remain closed.
(Illinois) -- Professional sporting events may still be few and far between under wide-ranging coronavirus restrictions, but as of Thursday, sports fans in Illinois can...
article Illinois businesses are betting that casino gambling and video gaming will be back soon
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board hasn’t announced when it will allow casinos to reopen or when video-gaming machines will be turned on at bars, restaurants...

6/17/2020

article Indiana, Wisconsin casinos open betting with masks, hand sanitizer – while Illinois studies its cards
(Illinois) -- Masks and hand sanitizer are the name of the game at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. You’ll have to raise your COVID-19 precautionary...
article Regulatory Hurdles for Sports Betting in Illinois During COVID-19
(Illinois) -- With sporting events looking to come back online following COVID-19 restrictions, so are the business opportunities tied to sports betting. By way of...

6/16/2020

article Illinois casino gaming could resume on June 26th
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board says gaming machines will be turning back on on June 26th. The move coincides with the expected Phase 4 of Gov. JB Pritzker...

6/13/2020

article Pandemic will prompt new casino protocols
(Illinois) -- The state has established safety rules for casinos in Illinois to follow once they reopen, but industry officials said it will be a different experience...

6/12/2020

article Sports Betting Coming To 7 IL Casinos: See Locations
(Illinois) -- Seven Illinois casinos will be allowed to take bets on live sports when they are allowed to reopen after the state's gaming board approved sports...
article Casino gambling in Illinois will be a different experience in COVID-19 era
(Illinois) -- The state has established safety rules for casinos in Illinois to follow once they reopen, but industry officials said it will be a different experience...

6/11/2020

article Gambling regulators turn another page in epic sports book tome, handing licenses to 7 casinos
(Illinois) -- There’s still nowhere for Illinois gamblers to wager on sports that have returned. That’s because even with the long-coveted licenses in hand,...
article Mobile Still On Hold As Illinois Sports Betting Licenses Issued
(Illinois) -- Seven casinos received master licenses Thursday to run Illinois sports betting operations, but mobile wagering remains on hold. The Illinois Gaming Board...
article No dice, yet, for casino reopenings in Illinois
(Illinois) -- While casinos in Las Vegas reopened a week ago and Indiana prepares to welcome back gamblers Monday, it's no dice, yet, for the 10 gambling houses in...

6/10/2020

article Illinois Gaming Board Releases Casino Reopening Protocols
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board released its casino reopening protocols Tuesday, offering cleaning and social distancing guidelines to the 10 casinos across the...

6/9/2020

article Masks on, buffets off as Illinois gambling regulators set guidelines for casinos to reopen
(Illinois) -- Gamblers might be allowed back around the craps tables at Illinois casinos this summer for their shot at rolling a lucky seven — as long as they stay...
article Horse racing returns to Collinsville track, but no fans will be in the stands
(Illinois) -- Fairmount Park had “spectator-free” horse racing for one day, March 17, before closing down for nearly three months due to the coronavirus...

6/8/2020

article Remote sports betting allowed in Illinois during pandemic
(Illinois) -- Remote sports betting will temporarily be legal in Illinois following an executive order signed by Gov. JB Pritzker Sunday. Casino gaming and horse racing...

6/6/2020

article Aldermen to consider capping video gambling licenses in Batavia
(Illinois) -- A proposal to cap the number of video gambling licenses in Batavia is expected to be up for debate this month. The idea was brought forward this week by...
article Arlington Park OK with racing without fans, but it still needs a deal with horsemen
(Illinois) -- While Arlington Park's president says the track now is willing to race without fans, members of a state agency Friday delayed a vote to grant meet...

6/5/2020

article Illinois Online Sports Betting Could Be Coming Sooner Than Expected
(Illinois) -- Shutdowns prompted by COVID-19 have taken a toll on the sports betting industry, but, ironically, could now potentially spur a speed up to the arrival of...
article Online sports betting could soon be in hand for Illinois gamblers
(Illinois) -- When legal sports betting launched in Illinois three months ago, some gamblers might’ve expected they’d be placing wagers on the White Sox from...
article Fairmount Park outlines plans for return of live racing
(Illinois) -- Fairmount Park said Friday that it has received approval from the Illinois Racing Board to resume live racing on June 9. The Collinsville horse track will...
article Gov. J.B. Pritzker temporarily suspends in-person registration requirement for sports wagering
(Illinois) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker this week suspended the in-person registration requirement for sports wagering during the state disaster proclamation, allowing bettors...

6/3/2020

article Illinois Gaming Board Proposes Rule Clarification For Mobile Sports Wagering
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board last week proposed an emergency rule change in relation to branding for mobile and internet sports betting, aiming to clarify...

6/2/2020

article WATCH NOW: City Council officially picks Caesars Entertainment to run casino in Danville
(Illinois) -- Danville City Council has officially selected Caesars Entertainment as the city's casino provider. Whether the company brings a gambling resort to...

5/28/2020

article Pritzker Announces East St. Louis Contact Tracing Partnership, Addresses Casino Reopening
(Illinois) -- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a health organization in East St. Louis will lend its help to the state's COVID-19 contact tracing initiative....

5/27/2020

article Danville casino license process extended
(Illinois) -- Despite the Illinois Gaming Board not meeting in the past few months due to the coronavirus pandemic and casino plans moving more quickly in Terre Haute,...

5/26/2020

article Illinois hoping lower tax rates will win it a Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers are hoping they've shifted the odds in favor of finally establishing a Chicago casino. After months of negotiations, the Democratic-...

5/19/2020

article Gold Rush Amusements, Inc. Files Counterclaim Alleging Violation of Illinois' Anti-Inducement Law
(Illinois) -- Daniel Fischer, the principal owner of the Dotty's chain of video gaming cafés in Illinois, who is also involved in bids for new casino licenses in...
article Oswego OKs video gambling at gas stations, convenience stores
(Illinois) -- The Oswego Village Board has approved an ordinance creating a new liquor license classification to allow video gambling and on-premise consumption of...
article Alton casino, when it reopens, has some interesting sports betting propositions
(Illinois) -- Ezekiel Elliott was born in Alton and went to elementary school there for a couple years, laying the foundation for what became a standout football career...

5/18/2020

article Gambling on video slot machines: Not everyone's a winner
(Illinois) -- Slot machine advertisements block out the windows of Chances Lounge, so you can’t see who’s inside. In the dim interior of the gaming parlor,...

5/11/2020

article How Illinois’ Casino Industry Is Being Impacted By COVID-19
(Illinois) -- Illinois is losing millions of dollars in casino tax revenue as operations remain closed under Gov. JB Pritzker’s stay-at-home order. Meanwhile,...

5/7/2020

article Lightfoot outlines Springfield agenda for Democratic lawmakers
(Illinois) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot told Democratic lawmakers Thursday she has three items on her Springfield agenda: a Chicago casino; renewed authorization for a $5-...

5/1/2020

article Illinois casinos to stay closed until further notice
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board has decreed the state’s casinos will remain closed and its video gambling terminals will remain dark “until further...

4/30/2020

article The house doesn’t always win: Casinos already lost $100 million as COVID-19 keeps them shut ‘until further notice’
(Illinois) -- Illinois casinos, already in the midst of an unprecedented shutdown as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, will remain closed “until further notice...
article Rivers delays Des Plaines casino expansion project due to COVID-19
(Illinois) -- The owner of Rivers Casino in Des Plaines is postponing plans for an expansion of the gambling establishment -- the state's most lucrative, until it...

4/29/2020

article Illinois Gaming Board Working Through Sports Betting License Applications
(Illinois) -- There may not be any sports wagering taking place in Illinois due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Illinois Gaming Board has been quietly reviewing and...
article Problem Gamblers Look For Help as Illinois Increases Gaming
(Illinois) -- Jolene was 24 years old the first time she fell under the spell of a slot machine. She stuck in a $20 bill and out came $4,000. Not too far off from...

4/26/2020

article Bloomington council may hold gambling license renewal fees during pandemic
(Illinois) -- Local liquor establishments, whose video gambling machines were shut down by state order during the COVID-19 pandemic, may not have to pay the city's...

4/22/2020

article Mayor reports on casino; council OKs Carle's semi-final plat
(Illinois) -- A phone call from Illinois Gov. J B. Pritzker surprised Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. Friday and had him push for Pritzker to encourage movement by the...

4/21/2020

article Joliet files insurance claim on casino tax losses
(Illinois) -- Yellow police tape blocks the entrance to Harrah's Casino on Mar. 24 in Joliet. Joliet is hoping insurance could help with the nearly $1.3 million a...
article Mayor reports on casino; council OKs Carle's semi-final plat
(Illinois) -- A phone call from Illinois Gov. J B. Pritzker surprised Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. Friday and had him push for Pritzker to encourage movement by the...

4/18/2020

article Watchdog: Why March was the worst month to lose video gambling revenue
(Illinois) -- Susan Remein was expecting a big payout from the six video gambling machines inside Coach's Corner sports bar in Elk Grove Village last month. "...

4/14/2020

article Rivers Casino Announces Furlough For Over 1,400 Employees
(Illinois) -- Rivers Casino in Des Plaines announced furloughs for most of its employees starting the week of April 12 and ending June 30. Rivers spokesperson Dennis...

4/13/2020

article Waukegan City Council approves new video gambling push tax that faces legal challenge elsewhere
(Illinois) -- A new Waukegan city tax on video gambling that has faced legal challenges elsewhere was narrowly approved last week, one of two revenue streams Mayor Sam...
article A decade after missing out on casino, sportsbook and slots on tap in Rosemont
(Illinois) -- From playing the slots at a local hotel bar to placing a bet near the Allstate Arena, Rosemont officials are making preparations for an expansion of...
article With Casinos Closed, Gambling Addicts Look for Ways to Cope
(Illinois) -- Rivers Casino Des Plaines announced it will furlough most of its employees this week as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 1,442 of the casino...

4/10/2020

article Par-A-Dice workers on unpaid furlough as casino reels from pandemic fallout
(Illinois) -- The gaming industry, like so many other industries, is being hit hard by the pandemic's economic fallout. Evidence of that is a change impacting...

4/9/2020

article Ilani Casino Donates $750,000 To COVID-19 Relief Efforts
(Washington) -- The Cowlitz Indian Tribe, owner of the ilani Casino Resort in Ridgefield north of Vancouver, announced this week that it’s donating $500,000 to the...

4/8/2020

article Illinois Racing Board Seeks Applications For Chief State Steward
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Racing Board is currently seeking applications for the open position of chief state steward to work at Arlington Park and Hawthorne Racecourse...

4/6/2020

article Video Gambling, Sweepstakes Machines Generate Controversy in Illinois
(Illinois) -- The Chicago suburb of Rolling Meadows, Illinois is considering limiting the number of video gambling locations to about a dozen as the nearby Windy City...

4/2/2020

article Illinois extends gambling suspension to April 30
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board has announced that a temporary suspension on brick-and-mortar gambling in the state due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (Covid-...

4/1/2020

article Illinois Video Gambling On-Hold For One More Month
(Illinois) -- Gas stations and any places that are still open are going to miss-out on another month’s worth of video poker money. Governor Pritzker’s order...

3/31/2020

article Illinois Phase 2 Sports Betting Rules Get Initial Approval
(Illinois) -- Though sports betting in the state of Illinois was stopped almost immediately after it began due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19, some administrative...
article Illinois casinos to remain closed through April
(Illinois) -- Illinois casinos will sit silent for at least another month to help stop the spread of coronavirus in the state. On Tuesday, the Illinois Gaming Board...

3/30/2020

article Harrah's Lawsuit: Woman Injured During Robbery
(Illinois) -- A Brookfield woman who was attacked in downtown Joliet by a knife-wielding robber during her visit to Joliet's Harrah's Casino two years ago has...

3/23/2020

article Illinois Gaming Board Extends Casino Closures Until April 8
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board extended the closure of all casinos and video gaming terminals in the state through April 8, a move done to sync up with Governor...

3/20/2020

article Illinois Casinos to Remain Closed Until April 8
(Illinois) -- All of Illinois casinos will remain closed until April 8 amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a news release issued Friday by the Illinois Gaming...

3/16/2020

article Illinois bans video gaming in effort to slow coronavirus spread
(Illinois) -- State officials are shutting down video gaming in Illinois for the remainder of March to help limit exposure to COVID-19. The Illinois Gaming Board ordered...
article Illinois video gaming terminals shut down for two weeks over coronavirus concerns
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board on Monday ordered the cessation of all video gaming operations through March 30 in the wake of the growing coronavirus outbreak....

3/15/2020

article Capitol Teletrack could get boost from sports betting
(Illinois) -- On a usual day, CAPITOL TELETRACK manager Greg Harrell estimates that about 25 regular customers come in “like clockwork” to play the ponies at...

3/14/2020

article Penn National Gaming to Temporarily Suspend Operations at Illinois Casinos Under Order of Illinois Gaming Board
(Illinois) -- Penn National Gaming, Inc. announced today that it has received an order from the Illinois Gaming Board that it must temporarily suspend operations for 14...

3/13/2020

article All bets are off: Illinois casinos ordered to shut down due to coronavirus
(Illinois) -- The Illinois casino industry is the latest casualty of the coronavirus. State officials on Friday ordered all 10 casinos across the state to suspend...
article Illinois casinos ordered closed for two weeks over coronavirus concerns
(Illinois) -- Illinois casinos will close for two weeks because of coronavirus concerns, the gaming board announced Friday shortly after Rivers, the state’s...
article Illinois gaming regulators order 14-day shutdown of the state’s riverboat casinos
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board on Friday ordered the state’s 10 riverboat casinos to cease operations for 14 days, starting Monday, due to the coronavirus...

3/12/2020

article Illinois Opens Its First Legal Sports Book. What Does The Future Hold For Gamblers And Government?
(Illinois) -- Legalized sports betting has officially launched in Illinois. This week, a casino in suburban Chicago opened the state’s first place for gamblers to...
article NASCAR, cricket, darts among gamblers’ choices as coronavirus crimps Illinois sports betting launch
(Illinois) -- State legislators spent months negotiating to legalize sports betting in Illinois. Casinos spent a small fortune constructing gleaming new sportsbooks....

3/11/2020

article Sports Betting Analyst Sam Panayotovich: "Only in Illinois fashion," would someone's pants fall down at the sportsbook opening
(Illinois) -- Sports Betting Analyst Sam Panayotovich calls John Williams from the Rivers Casino sportsbook, where Eddie Olczyk makes the first paper bet. And he even...
article Illinois Opens Its First Legal Sports Book. What Does The Future Hold For Gamblers And Government?
(Illinois) -- Legalized sports betting has officially launched in Illinois. This week, a casino in suburban Chicago opened the state’s first place for gamblers to...

3/10/2020

article With a century of sports betting history, Illinois launches first legal sportsbook
(Illinois) -- After nearly a century of housing numerous underground sports betting operations and residents waiting patiently for the last eight months, the Land of...

3/9/2020

article Illinois casino gets in the sports wagering game
(Illinois) -- Illinois sports fans no longer have to travel to Indiana to legally bet on their favorite teams. Sports wagering began Monday at the Rivers Casino in Des...
article Sports betting launches in Illinois with wager at Rivers Casino
(Illinois) -- All sports bets are on in Illinois. The Land of Lincoln became the 15th state to play host to a legal sports wager as Rivers Casino in Des Plaines opened...
article BetRivers Sportsbook at Rivers Casino Des Plaines opens Monday, becoming 1st Illinois sports gambling brick-and-mortar site
(Illinois) -- The first brick-and-mortar sportsbook in Illinois opens for business on Monday. The Bet Rivers Sportsbook at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines will start taking...
article Illinois no longer off the board: Sports betting launches with wager at Rivers Casino
(Illinois) -- Illinois has turned the page on its first legal sportsbook. The Land of Lincoln became the 15th state to play host to a legal sports wager as Rivers Casino...

3/8/2020

article Sports betting 101: What to know now that Illinois’ first legal sportsbook is going live
(Illinois) -- With Illinois’ first legal sportsbook opening Monday and just days to go before others start sprouting up across Illinois, it’s time for casual...
article Sports wagers will start March 16 at Alton casino
(Illinois) -- Sports wagering at the Argosy Casino Alton is set to start Monday, March 16 just hours after selections are announced for the NCAA men’s basketball...

3/7/2020

article Illinois sports betting to begin Monday, just in time for March Madness
(Illinois) -- Just in time for March Madness, legal sports betting is set to begin in Illinois with the planned opening of BetRivers Sportsbook at Rivers Casino in Des...
article Beginner's luck: How one video gambling company worked the odds and took over a state
(Illinois) -- Andrew Rubenstein rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange last November, then pumped his fist and cheered. He had much to celebrate. In a...

3/6/2020

article Illinois sports betting slated to begin at Rivers Casino on Monday, just in time for March Madness
(Illinois) -- Legal sports betting is ready to begin in Illinois just in time for March Madness, with Rivers Casino in Des Plaines planning to open its BetRivers...
article Legal sports betting launches Monday as Des Plaines casino vows to ‘take March Madness out of the office pool’
(Illinois) -- The first legal sports bet will be placed in Illinois on Monday, eight months after the industry was signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker as part of a...
article Rivers Casino sportsbook will take state's first legal sports bet on Monday
(Illinois) -- The BetRivers Sportsbook at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines will open for business Monday, becoming the first sportsbook in Illinois to accept a legal bet,...
article What Other States Can Learn From What Happened in Illinois After It Legalized Gambling
(Illinois) -- This week, we published an investigation into how Accel Entertainment took advantage of shortcomings and underfunding in Illinois’ regulatory...

3/4/2020

article Par-A-Dice casino applies for sports betting license
(Illinois) -- Par-A-Dice Casino has applied for a sports betting license, according to the Illinois Gaming Board website. No timeline is available for when their request...

3/3/2020

article Beginner’s luck: How one video gambling company worked the odds and took over a state
(Illinois) -- Andrew Rubenstein rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange last November, then pumped his fist and cheered. He had much to celebrate. In a...
article Fairmount Park opens for racing today, hopes for sportsbook to open this year
(Illinois) -- Expect bigger purses for horsemen, a much earlier start to the season, sports betting and a full-fledged casino coming to Fairmount Park. The first two are...
article Will Rivers Casino have sports betting in time for NCAA March Madness?
(Illinois) -- Rivers Casino is currently working with the Illinois Gaming Board on getting final regulatory approvals, and they are hopeful the sportsbook will be open...

3/2/2020

article Fairmount Park bets big on sports wagering. Will Illinois let it become a ‘racino’?
(Illinois) -- Fairmount Park could attract a new set of customers this season if the state approves sports betting at the racetrack under expanded gambling laws. In fact...

3/1/2020

article Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury accuses State Rep. Bob Rita, gaming industry interests of seeking to knock down village’s new ‘push tax'
(Illinois) -- Oak Lawn is gearing up for a possible legal battle with the state’s video gaming interests after terminal operators at a majority of the village...

2/29/2020

article More Illinois casinos line up for sports betting licenses with industry launch looming
(Illinois) -- Three more Illinois casinos and a downstate racetrack have applied for sports betting licenses, bringing the number of would-be sportsbooks to a lucky...
article 6 Months After Gaming Moratorium Ends, Some Bloomington Businesses Still Wait
(Illinois) -- Video gambling has created a substantial cash windfall for thousands of businesses in Illinois since the state legalized the machines in 2009. Gambling...
article More horses on Fairmount's grounds is a good sign as track opens new season
(Illinois) -- At the peak of Fairmount Park’s 2019 season there were 480 horses on the track's grounds according to Jim Watkins, president of the Illinois...

2/27/2020

article Legal sports betting begins to take Illinois by storm
(Illinois) -- Access to sports wagering is available online through any mobile device giving users a chance to press their luck 24/7. Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker...
article Pritzker yanks three Racing Board members from the saddle over campaign contributions
(Illinois) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday forced out three members of the Illinois Racing Board for allegedly making illegal political contributions, leaving the...
article Place your bets? Rivers Casino expects sports betting in time for March Madness
(Illinois) -- Each machine at the lucrative Rivers Casino in Des Plaines generates more revenue than gambling terminals at other casinos in the country, Bill Carstanjen...

2/26/2020

article Illinois casinos look to sports betting for revenue boost
(Illinois) -- Revenue from Illinois’ 10 casinos has been sliding for more than a decade at least in part because of the state’s smoking ban and the rise of...
article Illinois' in-person sports gambling rule could send people to offshore sports books, industry player warns
(Illinois) -- When Illinois residents begin to place bets on sporting events this year, an online gaming venue official warned that in-person registration restrictions...

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