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Opposition voices went silent, grew weary or were ignored — and gambling roared in

You might have noticed something missing from this year’s debate on the expansion of legalized gambling in Illinois: any actual debate. Practically without substantive opposition beyond backstabbing within the gambling industry itself, three decades of Illinois lawmakers gradually upping the ante on legalized wagering as a solution to government revenue needs gave way to an “all in” explosion of new and larger gambling venues and more ways for people to part with their money —including online and sports betting.

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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...

7/9/2019

article Search begins for casino developer in Waukegan
(Illinois) -- This week, officials in Waukegan began the search process for developers to help with a new casino project. The city will be created a new casino thanks to...
article Will County Board to vote on allowing video gaming this month
(Illinois) -- Will County is one step closer to potentially allowing video gaming in unincorporated areas. The County Board’s Legislative and Policy Committee...

7/8/2019

article Rockford mayor authorized to hire more casino consultants
(Illinois) -- City Council on Monday night authorized Mayor Tom McNamara to spend up to $150,000 on consultants and lawyers to help the city sift through, score and...
article Rockford to hire legal counsel dedicated to casino negotiations
(Illinois) -- Rockford's finance and personnel committee unanimously approved the use of up to $150,000 for legal counsel to help the city review casino proposals.

7/7/2019

article CITY OF WAUKEGAN: Request for Qualifications and Proposals - Casino Development & Operator
(Illinois) -- The City of Waukegan invites qualified Project Teams to submit proposals through the issuance of this Request for Qualifications and Proposals for the...
article Column: “Vegasification” happening to local bars and restaurants, including in Buffalo Grove, as more video gaming terminals pop up
(Illinois) -- Are you also noticing the "Vegasification" of familiar places around your neighborhood that have undergone some changes recently? No, just me? It...
article Illinois' gaming expansion is law. When will we see sports betting, more video gambling?
(Illinois) -- Just because Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a massive gaming expansion into law, which, among other things, legalized sports wagering in the state, it doesn...
article Metropolis mayor: a casino is overall positive for the community
(Illinois) -- Having casino revenue flow into the city has been a big impact on the southern Illinois City of Metropolis for the past few decades. Danville officials...

7/6/2019

article Clock on Danville casino begins
(Illinois) -- The clock is now ticking after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a gambling expansion bill that includes a casino license for Danville. City leaders now have to...

7/5/2019

article Illinois’ gaming expansion is law. When will we see sports betting, more video gambling?
(Illinois) -- Just because Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a massive gaming expansion into law, it doesn’t mean people can wager on St. Louis Cardinals games right...
article Column: Illinois is getting more casinos, but the deck is still stacked against us
(Illinois) -- While politicians gleefully celebrated a new state law that will bring a casino to Waukegan, one noted the legislation will end the busloads of gamblers...
article Moran: Waukegan’s request for casino bids includes different location concepts, possible ‘temporary’ facility
(Illinois) -- Back in the earliest years of the Big ’80s, I took a trip with a friend and his family to the Wisconsin Dells, where we saw usual sights like The...
article State Rep. Katie Stuart discusses gaming expansion
(Illinois) -- Illinois State Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, discusses the gaming expansion, which was recently signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. The expansion allowed...
article Lake County Board to talk gambling ban Tuesday
(Illinois) -- The Lake County Board will meet Tuesday morning in Waukegan to discuss a moratorium on new video gambling machines at businesses in unincorporated areas...
article Slowik: Will County horse trainers hope gaming expansion will revive harness racing industry
(Illinois) -- People who earn their livelihoods working with horses in eastern Will County are hoping recent gaming-expansion legislation will revive the struggling...

7/4/2019

article Illinois Riverboat Casino Regulations Author Discusses State Expanded Gaming, Chicago Bidders
(Illinois) -- The lawyer who helped write Illinois’ riverboat casino regulations back in the 1990s spoke with Casino.org to discuss the state’s massive...
article New site recommended for Danville's proposed casino
(Illinois) -- A location for a new, proposed casino in Danville has now been picked. Vermilion Development Corporation said a 42-acre site south of I-74 has been...
article ‘Time is of the essence’: Waukegan starts search process for casino developer
(Illinois) -- The city of Waukegan kicked off the search process Wednesday for the developers of a new casino authorized as part of the state’s recently approved...

7/3/2019

article State’s Lawmakers Musing Over Massive Gambling Expansion in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Illinois is finally gearing up for its biggest gambling market expansion in recent years. Following the news, all of the state’s major gambling...
article At Walker's Bluff, governor calls casino a 'gateway' to economic development in southern Illinois
(Illinois) -- The two hundred or so guests who welcomed Gov. J.B. Pritzker to Walker's Bluff Tuesday morning walked away with one lesson -- never give up. It's...
article Danville officials pick site for potential casino; request for proposals sent today
(Illinois) -- Solicitations for proposals for a casino project in Danville’s Southgate Industrial Park area were scheduled to go out this morning to prospective...
article Rockford casts wide net for casino proposals
(Illinois) -- City officials on Wednesday issued a 22-page request for casino proposals that includes a revised timeline for a decision. Given the non-refundable $75,000...
article Will ‘racino' win change the stakes for Arlington Park's owner?
(Illinois) -- For decades, Arlington International Racecourse clamored to add slot machines and other gambling devices to lure back bettors who've abandoned horse...

7/2/2019

article Danville officials ready to push in chips on finding developer for potential casino
(Illinois) -- With the deadline to submit casino-development plans to the Illinois Gaming Board quickly approaching, city officials say they are poised and ready to send...
article Illinois governor vows to beat Beloit to a casino
(Illinois) -- To beat Beloit to a casino. That's the objective Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker laid out Monday following a news conference in Rockford celebrating state...
article Governor visits Walker's Bluff to talk about gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- On Friday Cynde Bunch, CEO and co-owner of Walker’s Bluff, got a green light on her resort project when Gov. JB Pritzker signed SB 609, a gambling...
article Southgate is recommended casino site
(Illinois) -- City officials say the best location for the anticipated casino in the city is on land in the Southgate Industrial Park area south of the Lynch Road and...

7/1/2019

article No sure bet on when sports wagering will be available to Illinois gamblers
(Illinois) -- Putting a legal bet down on the Bears’ season opener in September? That’s probably not in the cards for Illinois gamblers. Want to wager on a...
article Gambling critic warns Illinois more gambling could bring more problems
(Illinois) -- A gambling critic said the state could lose a bet on how many jobs will be created by expanding Illinois’ gambling industry. While state officials...
article Gov. Pritzker Kicks Off Rockford Casino Project
(Illinois) -- Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker visited Rockford Monday morning to mark the start of the process towards building a new casino in the area. Organizers...
article Waukegan celebrates casino, investments in Lake County with Gov. Pritzker
(Illinois) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker received standing ovations and many thanks at Waukegan City Hall Monday as he tours the state highlighting his Rebuild Illinois Capital...

6/29/2019

article 'It’s going to be an economic boon’: Waukegan finally gets a casino as Pritzker signs gambling expansion bill
(Illinois) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker is scheduled for an appearance Monday in Waukegan for a ceremonial re-signing of the gambling bill he signed into law Friday, a move...
article Clock on Danville casino begins
(Illinois) -- Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Tick-tock. That’s the clock now ticking away after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the gambling expansion bill on Friday that...
article Illinois gambling addiction program expects enrollment surge
(Illinois) -- A confidential list of more than 13,000 people in Illinois registered in a voluntary casino exclusion program for gambling addicts is projected to grow...

6/28/2019

article All bets are on — Illinois Gov. signs $45B capital plan, massive gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- New schools, roads and bridges. A massive casino in Chicago, and an array of new gambling options, including sports betting. And a slew of new taxes. They...
article Illinois governor OKs massive gaming expansion to support $45 billion state construction plan
(Illinois) -- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed into law a $45 billion capital spending plan to build and upgrade bridges, roads, schools and parks and pay for it...
article It’s Official: Pritzker Signs Illinois Sports Betting Into Law
(Illinois) -- Friday morning as part of a “Bill Signing Tour,” Governor J.B. Pritzker made Illinois the fifth state this year — and biggest by...
article Prizker Signs $45 Billion Infrastructure Plan; Legalizes Sports Betting
(Illinois) -- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker Friday signed into law a long-awaited $45 billion infrastructure plan. The money will help restore the state’s crumbling...
article With sports gambling now legal in Illinois, the charade is finally over
(Illinois) -- When it came to sports gambling in the United States, we were, for the longest time, holier than thou. Some newspapers wouldn’t print the betting...
article 'It’s going to be an economic boon’: Waukegan finally gets a casino as Pritzker signs gambling expansion bill
(Illinois) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker is scheduled for an appearance Monday in Waukegan for a ceremonial re-signing of the gambling bill he signed into law Friday, a move...
article City Of Rockford Launches Application Process For New Casino
(Illinois) -- Rockford is moving ahead with its plans to build a casino after Governor J.B. Pritzker signed an expanded gambling bill into law Friday. Mayor Tom McNamara...
article Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara unveils casino timeline
(Illinois) -- City officials will use a request for proposal process to evaluate and choose one or more casino proposals, Mayor Tom McNamara said Friday during a news...
article Lake County could block video gaming expansion
(Illinois) -- Lake County officials are moving ahead with plans to prohibit the expansion of video gambling in unincorporated areas. The financial and administrative...
article Finally, Help Officially Arrives for Illinois Racing
(Illinois) -- On June 28, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law a sweeping expansion of Illinois gaming that includes authorization for the state's racetracks...

6/27/2019

article Gov. J.B. Pritzker set to sign bills for massive gambling expansion and $45 billion construction program; cigarette and gas tax hikes would kick in Monday
(Illinois) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker is poised to sign a package of bills on Friday authorizing a $45 billion plan to upgrade roads, bridges, parks and university buildings...
article Lake County closer to halting video gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- Lake County officials are moving ahead with plans to prohibit the expansion of video gambling in unincorporated areas. The financial and administrative...

6/26/2019

article He Balanced The Budget, Legalized Pot, Made Sports Betting Legal…WHAT’S NEXT? Gov. J.B. Pritzker Explains.
(Illinois) -- Governor, J.B. Pritzker, discusses legalizing marijuana, balancing the budget, sports betting, a new casino and what he plans on tackling next.

6/25/2019

article Danville looking to strengthen stance on 'gambling cafes'
(Illinois) -- With development of a Danville casino and statewide expansion of video gambling on the horizon, city leaders want to solidify their longtime stance against...

6/24/2019

article Still Waiting: Here’s Why Pritzker Hasn’t Signed IL Sports Betting Into Law
(Illinois) -- It’s been more than three weeks since the Illinois General Assembly passed a massive capital bill that includes legalized sports betting and sent it...
article Holcomb keeping watchful eye on Illinois gaming expansion, marijuana legalization
(Indiana) -- Gov. Eric Holcomb is not sweating the potential effects on Indiana posed by a massive expansion of gaming across the state line in Illinois. In an interview...

6/23/2019

article Raging Rivers And Casino to Reopen
(Illinois) -- As the floodwaters continue to recede from the Riverbend, businesses impacted from the flood are re-opening. Argosy Alton Casino has announced that it will...
article State’s all-in gambling expansion offers new temptation for those struggling to stay out
(Illinois) -- They’re pharmacists and nurses, doctors and dentists, lawyers and laborers, retirees and millennials. Some have master’s degrees. Others...

6/22/2019

article As floodwater begins to recede, a Metro East casino plans to reopen its doors
(Illinois) -- Businesses in Alton are still feeling the affects of severe flooding but one major business received good news Saturday morning. The Argosy Casino plans to...
article Video gambling coming to fair next year
(Illinois) -- Some day, a visit to a state fair beer tent will mean a chance to get a cold one, maybe listen to some music and also do a little gambling if you are so...

6/21/2019

article BLOG: Could Bluhm’s Lightfoot ties help his city casino bid?
(Illinois) -- Chicago is finally set to get a much-anticipated casino. And it’s not just any casino, but one that could rival Las Vegas mega-casinos in size and...
article Commentary: Illinois is making a bad bet on its sports gambling tax
(Illinois) -- It came down to the buzzer, but Illinois enacted legislation to legalize sports betting before time ran out in the 2019 state legislative session. While...
article Concerns Linger Over New Ownership At Rivers Casino
(Illinois) -- Kentucky-based Churchill Downs Inc. completed its $326 million acquisition of a majority stake in Rivers Casino in Des Plaines despite state gambling...
article Las Vegas gaming companies look at opportunities in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Nevada-based casinos and slot machine manufacturers have been preparing for new markets in places like Massachusetts and Japan. Now, there’s an...

6/20/2019

article Aurora says casino only one possible use for Bilter Road land
(Illinois) -- As some nearby residents voiced concerns, Aurora officials this week said the city would entertain any number of possible uses for land it assembles in the...
article Sale goes through, but concerns linger over new Rivers Casino ownership
(Illinois) -- Kentucky-based Churchill Downs Inc. completed its $326 million acquisition of a majority stake in Rivers Casino in Des Plaines despite state gambling...
article Chairman of gaming board, Rauner appointee, resigns
(Illinois) -- The head of the Illinois Gaming Board has stepped down after serving four years in the post. Springfield attorney Don Tracy was named chairman by then-Gov...

6/19/2019

article Opposition voices went silent, grew weary or were ignored — and gambling roared in
(Illinois) -- You might have noticed something missing from this year’s debate on the expansion of legalized gambling in Illinois: any actual debate. Practically...

6/18/2019

article Illinois’ Gaming Expansion Could Be a Losing Bet for Problem Gamblers
(Illinois) -- More casinos, more slots and legalized betting on sports. As Illinois prepares to expand gambling to every corner of the state – including slot...

6/17/2019

article Comedian Dane Cook to play Rivers Casino in October
(Illinois) -- Stand-up comedians are often the definition of perpetual motion. Consider Dane Cook among them. In the midst of his “Tell It Like It is” tour,...

6/16/2019

article Danville, state officials confident city will someday have a casino
(Illinois) -- With video gaming expansion in the cards and Indiana working on opening a large facility across the state line in Terre Haute, building a casino in...

6/15/2019

article Gambling expansion bill to bring casino, and jobs, to Southern Illinois
(Illinois) -- Both houses of the legislature have passed a bill that would greatly expand legalized gambling throughout the state.Particular attention has been paid to...
article Horses, gambling may push aside plan for big housing development in Tinley Park
(Illinois) -- In Tinley Park, horses and houses may be competing for the same patch of land as legislation that would expand gambling could put state-owned property in...

6/14/2019

article Despite Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s legislative wins, Illinois ‘not out of the woods’ financially
(Illinois) -- The mood was upbeat earlier this month when state lawmakers wrapped up their spring session after passing a $40 billion budget and a $45 billion capital...
article Legislators made statements about issues ahead of session. Did they follow through?
(Illinois) -- During the last few years, state Sen. Paul Schimpf, R-Waterloo, has been one of the proponents of a casino license at Walker’s Bluff in on the...
article Editorial: As Illinois gambling expands: Don't meddle with the Gaming Board, Gov. Pritzker
(Illinois) -- If the prospect of Illinois wildly expanding gambling doesn’t make you nervous, this should: Gov. J.B. Pritzker and lawmakers evidently are...
article LETTERS: ‘Investigate the opportunities’ of new location for Aurora casino
(Illinois) -- At the end of this spring’s legislative session, the General Assembly passed a comprehensive gaming proposal. The package authorizes six new casinos...
article Everything You Need To Know About Illinois Online Sports Betting
(Illinois) -- Whether you’re a fan of the Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Fire, Red Stars or Bandits, the Illinois legislature has gone all-in on giving...
article Why sports betting is a gamble for Chicago's pro teams
(Illinois) -- Sports betting in Illinois could be a gold mine for Chicago's pro sports teams. It's also a big gamble for them. As the pending statewide...

6/13/2019

article Gambling and pot will help repair broken Illinois, Pritzker says
(Illinois) -- Bringing a massive casino to Chicago’s struggling neighborhoods and legalizing marijuana across Illinois is the price to pay for stabilizing the...
article Moody’s: Schools winners in new state budget — but impact of gambling, legal pot hazy
(Illinois) -- A Moody’s Investors report says the state’s new budget provides an infusion of money for local governments and will help some of the state...
article What you need to know about Illinois’ gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- Answers to frequently asked questions about new casinos and sports betting in Illinois. There are currently 10 casinos in Illinois. But with Senate Bill...

6/11/2019

article Lawmakers roll the dice with new gaming law
(Illinois) -- Six new casinos along with sports betting parlors at Chicago’s arenas might be two of a host of changes coming to Illinois’ gambling landscape...
article Slowik: South suburban towns are jockeying for a casino. 'We all believe we have the best site.'
(Illinois) -- Now that lawmakers have finally approved gambling-expansion legislation to allow a casino in the south suburbs, people are wondering where the casino will...

6/10/2019

article As Illinois expands gambling, it will also try to determine how many gambling addicts it has
(Illinois) -- Before he managed to kick his gambling habit in 2014, Chris — a 62-year-old lawyer and grandfather — saw a good chunk of his retirement account...
article The Most Neglected Public Health Issue: Gambling
(Illinois) -- In light of the new Illinois gambling expansion bill, National Director of Stop Predatory Gambling Les Bernal joins WGN Radio’s Karen Conti to...
article As Illinois Expands Gambling, It Will Also Try to Determine How Many Gambling Addicts It Has
(Illinois) -- Illinois will finally conduct a thorough study of the gambling problem in the state — the first such survey in nearly 30 years. It said it will spend more...
article Danville buzzing after passage of bill including casino license for city
(Illinois) -- John Beninati isn’t a gambler. But the longtime Danville resident said he’s excited a casino may finally be coming to town after a nearly two-...

6/9/2019

article Hefferman: Sports betting in Illinois will have social costs
(Illinois) -- It was my third straight night at The President. I wasn't there for the 24-hour buffet, which occasionally was my home for breakfast after a big...
article Metro East race track saddles up for sports betting, casino games
(Illinois) -- Brian Zander, the president at Fairmount Park, nearly had given up hope. The horse-racing track in Collinsville will soon be part of a massive gambling...

6/8/2019

article Casino bill puts south suburban properties in play
(Illinois) -- Even in the best of times, progress comes slowly to much of the south suburbs. But action by the Illinois General Assembly has set off a land rush in...
article From casino to airport, south suburbs could benefit big from new bill
(Illinois) -- A $45 billion capital bill passed in Springfield will provide infrastructure upgrades throughout Illinois. Under the plan, Chicago fared well, it usually...
article Illinois Lottery could soon offer sports betting at retail locations
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Lottery could soon offer sports betting at retail locations as part of recently passed gambling legislation in Springfield. Senate Bill 690,...
article What our new sin-tax fix says about Illinois. (Hint: It's not good.)
(Illinois) -- Studies show states that turn to gambling and pot tend to have few other options. Heavily in debt, losing population, facing difficulties funding pensions...

6/7/2019

article STORY TO WATCH: Billionaire wins, fantasy sports lose in Illinois gambling bill
(Illinois) -- DraftKings CEO Jason Robins typically reserves his Twitter feed for commentary about last night’s game or a shout-out to someone he’s met in...
article Bill to OK resort casino in southern Illinois awaits governor’s signature
(Illinois) -- A new casino resort is one step closer to opening up in southern Illinois. A bill that would give Carterville, Illinois, winery Walker’s Bluff a...
article Illinois lawmakers deliver casino license for Rockford
(Illinois) -- The city of Rockford is preparing for a new casino after state lawmakers approved a gambling expansion package during the final hours of a legislative...
article More States May Oppose Online Sports Betting After Illinois Legislation
(Illinois) -- While Illinois became the latest state to legalize sports betting last week, the legislation heavily favored traditional retail casinos and shunned online...
article Lake County considers ban on new video gambling terminals
(Illinois) -- Pushing back against gambling expansion, Lake County officials are considering banning new video gambling licenses in unincorporated areas but say they...

6/6/2019

article Casino coming to Southern Illinois
(Illinois) -- Call her tenacious, determined, persevering, unrelenting or just downright stubborn, but Cynde Bunch's dogged pursuit of legislation that would enable...
article Did The Illinois Bill Create A Knock-On Effect For New NY Sports Betting Amendment?
(Illinois) -- Sports fans might soon be able to place bets on the New York Knicks and Rangers from Madison Square Garden or the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Sen. Joseph...
article Illinois gambling expansion bill could breathe new life into horse racing industry
(Illinois) -- The expanded gambling legislation that Illinois lawmakers passed over the weekend could breathe new life into the state's struggling horse racing...
article Illinois is poised to become the gambling capital of the Midwest
(Illinois) -- An 816-page bill introduced and passed by the General Assembly over the weekend will, if fully realized, transform Illinois into the gambling capital of...
article Illinois sports betting bill paves way for leagues to cash in
(Illinois) -- Illinois passed a sports betting bill over the weekend that includes mobile betting, in-venue kiosks and, most notably, a mandate that operators use...
article Let’s Break Down Some Numbers in Illinois’ New Gambling Expansion Bill
(Illinois) -- Well, it happened again. As they did in 2009, Illinois lawmakers decided last weekend that one way out of our state’s long-standing financial crisis...
article Plans for Rockford casino revived, linked to sports betting
(Illinois) -- A House Democrat has revived plans to expand the number of casinos in Illinois, including one in Rockford, and linked the measure to a popular sports...

6/5/2019

article Legislative Leaders in the Dark on Gaming Bill Specifics
(Illinois) -- Recently passed legislation to expand gambling in Illinois is so massive, not many people know everything that’s in it. That includes at least two of...
article Moran: After bringing a gambling package home, Link says Waukegan casino could break ground next year
(Illinois) -- On a bleak mid-March afternoon way back in 2004, then-Mayor Richard Hyde of Waukegan sat in a Chicago conference room as the Illinois Gaming Board voted 4-...
article Selle: Waukegan's bid to land a casino goes back to 1990 on the Waukegan River
(Illinois) -- For state Sen. Terry Link and his quest to bring a casino to Waukegan, it has been a long, strange and meandering trip. He even invoked his wedding...
article Tinley Park OKs video gambling for 3 businesses
(Illinois) -- Tinley Park officials approved video gambling for three businesses while holding off on requests from two others. At Tuesday’s Village Board meeting...
article With gambling legislation approved, Fairmount Park eyes ‘new era’
(Illinois) -- Legislation that would expand gambling and legalize sports betting in Illinois is expected to breathe fresh life into Fairmount Park horse track in...

6/4/2019

article Here’s when sports gambling could be legal in Illinois, and answers to other questions about casinos and betting
(Illinois) -- “Jeopardy!” whiz and professional Las Vegas gambler James Holzhauer, who grew up in Naperville, hailed the Illinois legislature’s weekend...
article BLOG: How much will gaming expansion really raise?
(Illinois) -- You can’t bond one-time revenues, of course, but $2.7 billion will eventually fund a lot of vertical construction projects. And we’ll see what...
article Gaming expansion bill to raise slot machine fees
(Illinois) -- The city of Rockford played its cards rights and could bring in more revenue because of the Illinois gaming expansion bill. "Obviously the state needs...
article Illinois is poised to become the gambling capital of the Midwest
(Illinois) -- An 816-page bill introduced and passed by the General Assembly over the weekend will, if fully realized, transform Illinois into the gambling capital of...
article Will gambling expansion really bring state $1 billion a year?
(Illinois) -- A wide array of expanded gambling options would increase gambling revenue by 70% in Illinois after years of relative stagnation, say supporters of the bill...
article With the legalization of sports betting in Illinois, you could bet against the Cubs or Bears at Wrigley or Soldier fields
(Illinois) -- Wisconsin sports fans may soon be able to head south of the border and place bets against the Bears, Cubs and Bulls after the Illinois General Assembly...
article Aurora officials OK with Illinois gambling changes
(Illinois) -- The city of Aurora appears OK with the bill heading toward Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk to dramatically expand legal gambling in Illinois. The bill,...
article Fairmount saddles up for sports betting, casino games
(Illinois) -- Brian Zander, the president at Fairmount Park, nearly had given up hope. The horse-racing track in Collinsville will soon be part of a massive gambling...
article Moran: After bringing a gambling package home, Link says Waukegan casino could break ground next year
(Illinois) -- On a bleak mid-March afternoon way back in 2004, then-Mayor Richard Hyde of Waukegan sat in a Chicago conference room as the Illinois Gaming Board voted 4-...
article Will massive Illinois casino expansion spell end to Northwest Indiana's gaming run of luck?
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers appear to finally have reached the elusive compromise that long has prevented the state from seriously threatening Northwest Indiana...

6/3/2019

article After years of wishing, waiting, Danville gets chance at casino
(Illinois) -- There were many in the city, including Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. when he first ran for mayor in 2011 and lost, who thought the city would never get a...
article Arlington Park: Too soon to say when casino games will be available
(Illinois) -- Arlington International Racecourse officials said Monday they are pleased with legislation passed over the weekend permitting slots, table games and sports...
article Casino expansion, sports gambling passes, banning bets on Illinois college games
(Illinois) -- Casinos in Danville and five other cities, along with legalized sports betting, are coming to Illinois after Senate lawmakers approved a massive gambling...
article Illinois Passes Omnibus Gaming Bill, Includes Legal Sports Betting
(Illinois) -- It’s been an eventful spring session for Illinois, and sports betting is finally set to be legal in the state. Senate Bill 690 was passed through the...
article Par-A-Dice could move to Peoria if it decides to be land-based
(Illinois) -- Over the weekend Illinois lawmakers passed a bill that would legalize sports betting and give out new gambling licenses to cities in the state. The bill...
article Walker's Bluff has advocated for years for a casino license. Only the governor's signature is needed now.
(Illinois) -- Cynde Bunch, co-owner of Walker's Bluff, is a lady-in-waiting. On Saturday, the Illinois Senate sent a gaming expansion bill, SB 609, to the desk of...
article Waukegan casino OK'd by General Assembly would be 'big shot in the arm' to area towns, Lake County
(Illinois) -- Waukegan city officials are waiting for Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature on a gambling-expansion package before moving forward on a planned casino,...
article Waukegan finally gets its seat at casino table
(Illinois) -- After waiting for decades, Waukegan finally has a seat at the Illinois gambling table, with a casino approved as part of a sweeping gambling expansion bill...
article Column: Ties between lawmakers and the gambling industry? The IG should investigate
(Illinois) -- Newly installed Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been calling out elected officials who leverage their public service roles for personal profit. “No...
article Illinois Sports Betting Bill ‘Not The Best’
(Illinois) -- If one thing is clear after a weekend of wheeling and dealing, Illinois lawmakers accomplished their main goal — to legalize sports betting. But as...
article Illinois Is Poised to Become the Gambling Capital of the Midwest
(Illinois) -- An 816-page bill introduced and passed by the General Assembly over the weekend will, if fully realized, transform Illinois into the gambling capital of...

6/2/2019

article How gambling in Illinois might compare to other states
(Illinois) -- The bill more than doubles the amount of so-called gaming positions statewide — and that doesn’t include sports gambling, which the legislation...
article Illinois lawmakers vote to allow sports betting, approve Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- A major gambling expansion in Illinois that will give Chicago its first casino, allow betting on sports and raise money for a massive infrastructure...
article Illinois Senate approves legalizing sports betting, gambling expansion and funding for nearly $45 billion capital construction plan
(Illinois) -- The Illinois General Assembly adjourned its spring session Sunday and delivered first-term Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s “think big”...
article Illinois Senate approves plan that would bring a new casino to Southern Illinois
(Illinois) -- Six new casinos, along with legalized sports betting, are coming to Illinois after Senate lawmakers approved a massive gambling expansion bill Sunday....
article Another view: Lawmakers shouldn't take a dime from video gambling industry
(Illinois) -- Voters deserve to have public policy set by legislators who aren’t getting cash from one side of the debate. Gee whiz, you folks in the video...
article Senate OKs Rockford casino and capital improvements
(Illinois) -- Gov. JB Pritzker will likely sign “within the next 10 days” a widespread gambling bill that paves the way for casinos in Rockford and elsewhere...

6/1/2019

article Gaming bill with Rockford casino passes House
(Illinois) -- The Illinois House on Saturday pushed through a monstrous expansion of legalized gambling in the state that includes a casino in Rockford. The measure also...
article House clears budget, gambling measure that includes adding Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- After two days of shaky behind-the-scenes negotiations, House lawmakers left Springfield having passed a comprehensive spending and capital plan. The...
article Illinois House approves sports betting, more casinos
(Illinois) -- House lawmakers approved a plan that would bring sports betting to Illinois along with six more potential casinos in a special extended session Saturday....
article Illinois Lawmakers Approve First Step Toward Casino In Chicago
(Illinois) -- In a historic vote, Illinois state lawmakers bet on casinos and sports wagering. The House approved the first step toward a casino in Chicago and much more...
article Illinois Sports Betting Heads to Senate For Final Approval
(Illinois) -- The improbable strategy of hitching sports betting to a massive gaming expansion and capital bill appears to be the golden ticket in Illinois where the...
article In overtime, lllinois House OKs new taxes for public works program and a gambling expansion that includes a Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- Democrats and Republicans in the Illinois House came together Saturday after tense negotiations to pass a package of legislation that included authorizing...
article Lawmakers vote yes to sports betting
(Illinois) -- Governor JB Pritzker released the following statement after the House passage of legislation to legalize sports betting and expand gaming throughout the...
article Some Orland Park businesses say video gambling is a good bet
(Illinois) -- For Michael Halleran, there are “no two ways about it,” Orland Park’s decision to allow video gambling has helped his business. Halleran...

5/31/2019

article BLOG: Mayor Lightfoot opposes sports betting proposal
(Illinois) -- Statement from Mayor Lori Lightfoot… I strongly support a gaming bill that directs a new casino and dollars to the city of Chicago. However, I...
article House OKs budget, but Lightfoot calls gambling proposal a losing hand
(Illinois) -- Legislators unveiled a whopping $40.6 billion spending plan on Friday — alongside the details of a capital proposal funded in part by expanded...
article Last-Gasp Illinois Sports Betting Bill Will Be Decided In Extra Time
(Illinois) -- The exhaustive effort to legalize sports betting in Illinois is heading into overtime. Friday was a frantic day in the state capitol, with a myriad of...
article Waukegan among 6 new casino sites in gambling expansion proposal taking shape in Springfield
(Illinois) -- Gambling legislation being crafted in the Illinois General Assembly includes a proposed casino for Waukegan in addition to five other locations, along with...

5/30/2019

article Gambling Expansion Still Coming Together
(Illinois) -- Sponsors of a measure to expand gambling in Illinois said Tuesday that they’re confident a package that includes new casinos, sports wagering and...
article Illinois lawmakers set to throw more money at failing Chicago convention center
(Illinois) -- Hidden in a flurry of end-of-session activity in Springfield is a bill that would pour more taxpayer money into a black hole. Well, a black box,...
article Sports betting in Illinois could bring in millions, but not on its own
(Illinois) -- Illinois could become the 10th state to legalize sports betting if it’s able to work through barriers at the legislative level, but with the...
article Chicago mega-casino in the cards? Gambling bill could add casinos, video gaming across state
(Illinois) -- Chicago would get a new mega-casino with the proceeds earmarked to pay for police and fire pensions under a mammoth gambling expansion deal in the final...

5/29/2019

article Letter: Illinois Sports Betting Won’t Happen Unless Another Major Expansion Is Included
(Illinois) -- Illinois state senators wrote a letter to Gov. J.B. Pritzker last month advising him that they would not support or vote for any standalone sports betting...
article Religious leaders want slowdown in push for Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- A number of Chicago religious leaders are urging the city's mayor and Illinois legislators to slow their push to place a casino in the city. The...
article Why Many Think Illinois Sports Betting, Casino Expansion Could Happen: ‘We Have To Do This’
(Illinois) -- Political will is building for Illinois sports betting with Republicans and Democrats in both chambers and the governor working toward passing a...
article Argosy Casino Alton, others, look to expand to land — labor unions give thumbs up
(Illinois) -- The Illinois AFL-CIO, one of the state’s largest labor unions, is urging lawmakers to pass an expanded gambling bill, saying it would not only create...
article Gambling expansion pieces still coming together, but supporters bet on passage
(Illinois) -- Sponsors of a measure to expand gambling in Illinois said Tuesday that they’re confident a package that includes new casinos, sports wagering and...
article Lawmakers Hopeful For Gambling Expansion
(Illinois) -- With the end of the legislative session looming, lawmakers are working on a number of items including gambling expansion. Proponents say the odds are good...

5/28/2019

article Lawmakers Want Minority Involvement In Sports Betting Industry
(Illinois) -- With only four days left in the Illinois legislative session, some lawmakers say they are ready to move forward with a gambling expansion proposal. But...
article Plans for Rockford casino revived, linked to sports betting
(Illinois) -- A House Democrat has revived plans to expand the number of casinos in Illinois, including one in Rockford, and linked the measure to a popular sports...
article Chicago pastors urge slowdown on city casino as legislative session nears end
(Illinois) -- A group of pastors called on state leaders and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to slow down the push for a city casino, saying they want to make sure black...
article IL lawmakers push to bring casino to Walker’s Bluff Resort
(Illinois) -- An effort to expand gambling in Illinois could lead to a new casino in the Heartland. On Tuesday, May 28 Senator Dale Fowler and other lawmakers on both...
article Illinois Video Gambling Tax Hike Will Be Decided by Lawmakers With Financial Ties to the Industry
(Illinois) -- With the Illinois General Assembly poised to consider a tax hike on video gambling, some key lawmakers and their family members have developed previously...
article Labor unions push for expanded Illinois gambling in final days of session
(Illinois) -- One of the state’s largest labor unions urged lawmakers to pass an expanded gambling bill in the waning days of the 2019 session, saying it would not...

5/27/2019

article Chicago casino, gambling expansion now tied to legalizing sports betting
(Illinois) -- A House Democrat is reviving a plan to expand casino gambling in Illinois by linking it to a popular sports betting measure. Blue Island Democratic Rep....
article Plans link casino expansion to sports betting
(Illinois) -- A massive expansion of casino gambling in Illinois — a decade-long but futile legislative pursuit — was back with a boost Monday as a...
article Source says state gambling issues likely to be packed into one bill
(Illinois) -- Efforts in the Illinois House to pass a bill authorizing land-based casinos took a sharp turn Monday when a key committee voted to strip out the contents...
article A Rockford Riverboat Casino Might Actually Happen
(Illinois) -- While many of us are off work observing Memorial Day, politicians are actually trying to accomplish things in Springfield, Illinois. Locking down a casino...

5/26/2019

article Chicago casino, gambling expansion possibly on table this week in Springfield
(Illinois) -- The long-pursued goal of expanding casino gambling in Illinois is scheduled for a new look by the General Assembly. The House Executive Committee has...
article Gambling Expansion Moves Forward
(Illinois) -- One of the main state Representatives behind an effort to expand gambling in Illinois said that while time is running out in this legislative session,...
article Negotiations continue on gambling expansion bill
(Illinois) -- A key negotiator for a gambling expansion bill said Sunday that further negotiations are needed before a bill will be given to lawmakers for a vote....

5/25/2019

article One Week To Go: Can Illinois Still Get A Legal Sports Betting Market?
(Illinois) -- With only one week left in the spring legislative session, lawmakers are still trying to piece together a final sports betting proposal, but issues between...
article Illinois lawmakers have 5 days left, 5 big issues to settle
(Illinois) -- The Illinois General Assembly commenced its spring session in January with a bold directive from new Gov. J.B. Pritzker for a balanced budget, legalized...

5/24/2019

article DraftKings & FanDuel vs. Rush Street Gaming: Illinois Sports Betting Showdown
(Illinois) -- A heated debate has been brewing in Illinois and it appears it may have finally reached its boiling point. DraftKings and FanDuel are at the heart of this...
article Ill wind blowing in Illinois as sports betting debate gathers force
(Illinois) -- All’s fair in love and war or, as English writer and courtier John Lyly put it in his romantic novel Euphues: “Anye impietie may lawfully be...
article Online Gambling’s ‘Bad Actor’ Debate Reignites As Sports Betting Spreads
(Illinois) -- An old, familiar friend made an appearance during a March 27 subcommittee hearing on Illinois sports betting: Bad actors. When I reference bad actors I...
article Will latest changes make sports betting bill — and casinos — a winning wager?
(Illinois) -- The fight to expand gambling in the state has seen its fair share of struggles, mainly because the bill in years past had covered too many complex issues...
article Bier Stube owner joins fight against Illinois plan to hike video-gaming tax
(Illinois) -- Small-business owners across Illinois are fighting Gov. J.B. Pritzker's plan to raise taxes on revenue from video-gaming terminals, which currently...
article Illinois governor proposes tax on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is considering raising taxes on video gambling as part of a proposed bill. The increase would be about 20%. The governor...

5/23/2019

article All in: FanDuel CEO says ‘Illinois needs to pass a bill’ for sports betting
(Illinois) -- The online fantasy sports people – FanDuel and Draft Kings – are hoping to be in the winner’s circle if and when there is a sports...
article FanDuel, DraftKings take to the airwaves in battle with Rivers Casino over legalized sports betting in Illinois
(Illinois) -- The battle over who gets a cut of legalized sports betting in Illinois is coming to your TV screen. Daily fantasy sports companies FanDuel and DraftKings,...
article Illinois’ Sports Betting Bill Down to the Wire
(Illinois) -- After several failed attempts to get their sports betting bill stabile, Illinois lawmakers are up against a deadline to get the measure passed before the...
article Oh It’s On: DraftKings, FanDuel Go Nuclear In Illinois Sports Betting Fight
(Illinois) -- DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook are not taking a proposed bad-actor clause in Illinois sports betting legislation lying down. The sports...

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