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Power Ball and Mega Millions to pull out of Illinois

The multi-state lottery association overseeing Powerball and Mega Millions games will leave the market by the end of June if the state doesn’t end its budget impasse.

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12/13/2017

article Illinois video gambling parlors must split profits with terminal operators, judge rules
(Illinois) -- Illinois video gambling parlors must continue to evenly split their profits with companies that operate the terminals, a Cook County judge has ruled. The...

12/9/2017

article Cook Co. judge ends bid by Dotty's, other 'gaming cafes' to challenge rules over video gambling take
(Illinois) -- The house doesn’t always win — at least not in court, against a state regulatory body it has accused of setting bad rules over how the take...
article Mount Prospect restaurateurs want village board to OK video gambling
(Illinois) -- Mount Prospect restaurateurs told the village board this week they would like to offer video gambling. "We're currently operating in a business...
article Video gaming tax not a bell-ringer
(Illinois) -- While many view video gambling as a license to print money, many owners of the location where these games are played are not pleased with a proposed $1,000...

12/5/2017

article City, video gambling owners at odds
(Illinois) -- A battle between the Kankakee administration and video gambling machine operators is about to come to a head as the two sides battle over a $1,000 per...

11/29/2017

article Supporters, opponents air concerns at Orland Park video gambling forum
(Illinois) -- The competitiveness of small businesses and the social costs of gambling were among the major themes during Orland Park's first public meeting on the...

11/25/2017

article Eyes on Illinois for 2018 Online Gaming
(Illinois) -- Less than two weeks ago, it became clear that Illinois was not going to proceed with any effort to legalize and regulate online gambling in 2017. The time...

11/21/2017

article Alderman reject gaming terminal license fee
(Illinois) -- Galesburg City Council enacted some fee adjustments along with a new fee for towing licenses but not one for gaming terminals. 7th Ward Alderman Jeremy...
article Online Poker, Fantasy Sports Might Be Part Of Larger Illinois Gaming Package, Lawmaker Says
(Illinois) -- Illinois came close to passing online gambling and daily fantasy sports legislation this year, but proposed bills didn’t quite reach the finish line.

11/18/2017

article Orland Park could see more than $460,000 from video gambling, study says
(Illinois) -- A recently completed study on the economic impact of allowing video gambling in Orland Park estimates the village could realize more than $460,000 in...

11/15/2017

article Rivers Remains Top Casino In State
(Illinois) -- Des Plaines’ Rivers Casino was the most profitable riverboat gambling location in the state last month, according to reports from the Illinois Gaming...

11/13/2017

article Illinois online gaming and DFS bill misses the cut
(Illinois) -- Representatives in the Illinois state legislature have failed to approve or reject a bill which would see online poker, casino games and daily fantasy...
article Online Gambling Legislation Fails in Illinois
(Illinois) -- This week, the Illinois state legislature has adjourned for the year with the hopes of getting some sort of online gambling legalization in the state, but...

11/11/2017

article Illinois Online Gambling, Fantasy Sports Bill Will Have To Wait Until 2018
(Illinois) -- The Illinois legislature wrapped up its work for 2017 on Thursday, completing its second part of a veto session. The session came and went without action...

11/7/2017

article Orland Park officials seeking public input on gambling issue
(Illinois) -- Orland Park trustees at their meeting Monday held off taking a vote on an advisory referendum regarding video gambling in the village, and have tentatively...

11/6/2017

article Sycamore City Council votes against additional video gambling licenses
(Illinois) -- It’s going to be another year before the Sycamore City Council entertains the idea of creating more liquor licenses in the video gambling class after...
article Fairmount Park IL horse racing track could cut race days
(Illinois) -- Howard Moellering, 72, sits at Fairmount Park at a table with some food, horse racing sheets spread out, watching the races on televisions mounted next to...

11/4/2017

article OP/ED: Illinois gambling addiction's only cure is more gambling
(Illinois) -- In Illinois, state politicians practice moral relativism. A thing is good or bad depending on how much tax revenue it generates, so any moral objections to...

10/28/2017

article OP/ED: Illinois gambling addiction’s only cure is more gambling
(Illinois) -- In Illinois, state politicians practice moral relativism. A thing is good or bad depending on how much tax revenue it generates, so any moral objections to...
article State still assessing Kewanee’s 19th Hole slots plan
(Illinois) -- State gaming regulators are still studying a slot machine application from the Kewanee Park District for its 19th Hole restaurant at Baker Park Golf Course...

10/24/2017

article For first time, Illinois’ revenue from video gaming surpasses casinos
(Illinois) -- For the first time, Illinois is now getting more revenue from local video gaming machines than from casinos. A new state report on the revenue shift...

10/23/2017

article Video gaming revenue surpasses riverboat casino revenue for first time
(Illinois) -- Video gaming revenue collected by the state of Illinois surpassed riverboat casino revenue for the first time in 2017. According to a new report from the...

10/21/2017

article Illinois Video Gambling Terminals Generate More Tax Revenue Than Riverboat Casinos
(Illinois) -- Video gambling terminals (VGTs) inside Illinois bars and eateries where liquor is served delivered $296 million in tax revenue to state coffers during the...

10/20/2017

article Lottery and new private manager work to allay concerns
(Illinois) -- New Illinois lottery manager Camelot Illinois won’t earn financial incentives unless it meets the state's financial targets, Illinois Lottery...

10/17/2017

article State's video gambling revenues outpace casinos for first time
(Illinois) -- Video gambling is now more profitable than casinos for Illinois. The state made $296 million from the machines during the 2017 fiscal year that ended June...

10/3/2017

article Washington council approves video gambling restrictions, lifts moratorium
(Illinois) -- Changes in the city’s video gambling ordinance that essentially prevent a video gambling café from opening in Washington were approved Monday by the...

9/27/2017

article Recipients see drop in proceeds from riverboat gambling in Kane County
(Illinois) -- A dwindling share of riverboat gambling profits coming to Kane County fueled the lowest amount ever given back to local community agencies this year. But...

9/26/2017

article Illinois 2018 Schedule May Hinge on Legislative Help
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Racing Board has approved a 2018 schedule roughly mirroring 2017 dates but only after hearing dire predictions for the industry's future...

9/24/2017

article New Manager For The Illinois Lottery
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Lottery has awarded its private management contract to Camelot Illinois, LLC. The proposed ten-year contract is based on a revised structure...

9/19/2017

article 3 gunmen rob Illinois casino; security guard shot
(Illinois) -- Three people with assault rifles barged into an Illinois casino Sunday, shot a security guard and stole money from the cash cage, police said. The three...

9/18/2017

article Illinois gambling revenue still rising
(Illinois) -- Video gambling revenues are continuing to rise, five years after terminals were legalized in Illinois. An annual wagering report from the Illinois...

9/16/2017

article Illinois video gambling revenue continues to grow
(Illinois) -- Video gambling revenues are continuing to rise, five years after terminals were legalized in Illinois. An annual wagering report from the Illinois...

9/13/2017

article Five years after introduction, study says video gambling leading to crime upticks
(Illinois) -- September marked the five-year anniversary of video gaming legalization in Illinois. A new report claims that the societal costs of gambling may not be...
article Aurora enacts 6-month moratorium on new video gambling licenses
(Illinois) -- The Aurora City Council has enacted a six-month moratorium on awarding any new video gambling licenses. Approval came despite opposition from several...
article Park Board holds off video gaming machines at Westview for a month
(Illinois) -- A decision on whether to install two video gaming machines in the pro shop at Westview Golf Course is being delayed a month to provide time for more public...
article Video gambling continues to grow in communities
(Illinois) -- Video gambling continues to set new highs 5 years after terminals were legalized in Illinois, with Springfield leading the state in terminal numbers and...

9/11/2017

article East Dundee puts cap on video gambling
(Illinois) -- East Dundee officials voted Monday to limit video gaming and liquor licenses, which will require any new applicants face the Village Board and request...
article Video gaming continues to grow; Springfield leads Illinois with 635 terminals
(Illinois) -- Video gambling continues to set new highs five years after terminals were legalized in Illinois, with Springfield leading the state in terminal numbers and...

9/7/2017

article Aurora considers 6-month video gambling moratorium
(Illinois) -- The Aurora City Council will vote next week on a six-month moratorium on new video gambling terminal licenses in the city. The moratorium would give city...

9/6/2017

article Despite rise of video gaming, casino revenue drops in Aurora, Elgin
(Illinois) -- In the years after the Grand Victoria Casino came to Elgin, the city put the tens of millions of dollars generated by the casino toward solving...

9/4/2017

article Selle: Betting on legislative aid for race tracks a long shot
(Illinois) -- The kid in the cheap seats at Arlington Park was either in math class for a home-schooler or his mom was teaching the finer points of thoroughbred racing...

8/27/2017

article Casinos Decline Tied To Joliet's Challenges
(Illinois) -- Last week, Joliet announced "all non-emergency" overtime pay for city employees was being halted effective immediately to address a short-term...

8/25/2017

article No end in sight to video gambling
(Illinois) -- While many Illinois cities had hoped market saturation eventually would do what the state has failed to do – impose a ceiling on the growth of video...

8/23/2017

article Video Gambling Linked to Crime Spike: Study
(Illinois) -- A new study led by economists at the University of Illinois suggests that access to video gambling is responsible for an increase of violent crime and...

8/16/2017

article East Dundee to consider limiting video gambling licenses
(Illinois) -- East Dundee trustees are expected to vote next month on an ordinance placing a cap on the number of gaming licenses issued in town, Village Administrator...

8/15/2017

article Alderman: ‘We don’t need video gambling cafes in Washington’
(Illinois) -- The two newest members of the City Council spoke out strongly Monday in favor of changes recommended in the city’s video gambling ordinance. Aldermen...
article Will Illinois be the fourth state to legalise online casinos?
(Illinois) -- The state of Illinois is reportedly set to move forward with legislation that will legalise online gambling, meaning it will could become the fourth...

8/12/2017

article Illinois Still Looms As Possibility For Legal Online Gambling As Pennsylvania Stagnates
(Illinois) -- While nothing of substance is happening in Pennsylvania on the legalization of online gambling, Illinois remains a possibility for the fourth state to...

8/11/2017

article Illinois Still Looms As Possibility For Legal Online Gambling As Pennsylvania Stagnates
(Illinois) -- While nothing of substance is happening in Pennsylvania on the legalization of online gambling, Illinois remains a possibility for the fourth state to...

8/10/2017

article Who gets biggest cut of video gambling pie?
(Illinois) -- With gaming revenue on the increase in South Beloit, Rockton and Roscoe, one city councilor is hoping to keep more of the revenue local. In a Monday...

8/6/2017

article Struggling Illinois Lottery closer to getting new manager
(Illinois) -- Illinois is ready to unveil the firm it hopes can boost the fortunes of its biggest moneymaking venture — the state lottery — nearly three...

8/2/2017

article Freeze gambling parlors in downtown La Salle? Council to consider issue
(Illinois) -- The proliferation of gambling parlors piggybacking on class B liquor licenses in downtown La Salle has an alderman seeking to stop any more. Alderman Mark...

7/20/2017

article Central Illinois riverboat casino cuts jobs as revenue declines
(Illinois) -- The parent company of the Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino laid off about 3 percent of its employees in East Peoria this week, citing declining revenue.
article Illinois grocery store’s video gambling broadens wagering scope in the burbs
(Illinois) -- In June, a Piggly Wiggly in Antioch became one of the first full-service grocery stores in the state of Illinois to offer video gambling potentially...

7/19/2017

article Deli with video gambling may be built in Oswego
(Illinois) -- A developer wants to open a deli with video gambling machines in Oswego. Bryan Sterbenz pitched his concept during Tuesday's Oswego Village Board...
article Grocery store's video gambling opens new wagering frontier in suburbs
(Illinois) -- There's more than just booze behind the new bar inside Antioch's Piggly Wiggly grocery store. Shoppers can find four video gambling machines there...

7/18/2017

article Layoffs announced at Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino
(Illinois) -- Layoffs have been announced to employees at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino in East Peoria. Boyd Gaming spokesman David Strow says a little less than three-...

7/11/2017

article Lottery in Illinois reports losses
(Illinois) -- A lottery official from Illinois reported late last week that the state lost approximately US$4 million when two games, Powerball and Mega Millions, were...

7/10/2017

article Illinois resumes lottery games
(Illinois) -- Illinois Lottery officials announced that sales of the two popular games that were canceled late last month were resumed on Thursday. Powerball and Mega...

7/9/2017

article Powerball and Mega Million lottery ticket sales resume in Illinois
(Illinois) -- In late June, officials of the Illinois State Lottery decided to stop selling popular lottery tickets for the Mega Millions and Powerball. The state was...

7/8/2017

article Gambling machines saturating Springfield
(Illinois) -- Every year the number of gaming machines in Springfield continues to grow, according to city officials. There are currently 682 video gaming terminals in...

7/6/2017

article Illinois Appears To Have A Budget Deal, Is Gambling Expansion Next? [sub req]
(Illinois) -- The state of Illinois has not passed a fiscal budget in almost three years, leaving the issues of daily fantasy sports (DFS), casino expansion and sports...

7/4/2017

article Cary Village Board rejects Bella's Bistro Market video gambling proposal
(Illinois) -- The Cary Village Board rejected a request for a video gambling license for Bella's Bistro Market after postponing the vote twice over concerns that the...
article Casino bill for Rockford falls flat in Springfield
(Illinois) -- Lawmakers are wrapping up a fiery session in Springfield that ended with both chambers passing a budget, and Gov. Bruce Rauner delivering his promised veto...

7/2/2017

article Video gaming brings cities of Mattoon, Charleston revenue
(Illinois) -- Five years after the first legalized video gaming machine went online, Illinois now has one terminal for every 481 residents -- a ratio so big, so...
article Editorial: Gambling not the way to prop up budgets
(Illinois) -- Consider this data to grasp the impact of gambling locally: $57.6 million was put into video-gaming terminals last year in Bloomington, which collected $...

7/1/2017

article Casino expansion bill ‘a bad bet’
(Illinois) -- State Sen. Tony Hwang, R-28th, issued the following statement after the Gov. Dannel Malloy signed the casino expansion bill into law: When the governor...
article Illinois Lottery Winners Might Need Extra Luck in Receiving Payments, State Budget to Stall Prizes
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Lottery has plenty of cash on hand, but come July 1, the state agency won’t be allowed to issue winnings to players unless the...
article Kennedy: In favor of a Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- Taping “Connected to Chicago” with Bill Cameron for Sunday night at 7, Democratic candidate for governor Chris Kennedy came out in favor of a...
article Illinois Lottery suspends Powerball, Mega Millions sales as Wisconsin gets bump in business
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin lottery vendors along the Illinois border expect to see a boost in sales as their neighbor to the south has suspended Mega Millions and...

6/30/2017

article Illinois cancels lottery games
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Lottery has announced that two popular games will no longer be available due to a state budget crisis. Powerball and Mega Millions will be out...

6/29/2017

article Illinois Loses Hope for iGaming and DFS Bills amid Budget Deadlock
(Illinois) -- The hope for the state of Illinois to finally see online gambling and daily fantasy sports legislation within the current legislative session is slowly...

6/28/2017

article Sliders contemplate video gaming upgrade
(Illinois) -- A Springfield baseball team is considering adding gambling to its game day experience. Springfield Sliders executive director Todd Miller says the baseball...

6/27/2017

article Sliders asking park board for video gaming terminals
(Illinois) -- The Springfield Park Board on Wednesday will consider a proposal from the Springfield Sliders baseball team to have video gaming machines at Robin Roberts...

6/26/2017

article Bloomington keeps top 10 slot in video gaming
(Illinois) -- For a second year in a row, Bloomington is on the Illinois Gaming Board's list of top 10 video gaming cities. The city dropped a notch on the list...

6/25/2017

article Video gambling machines are everywhere. Is it too much?
(Illinois) -- Five years after the first legalized video gaming machine arrived, Illinois now has one terminal for every 481 residents — a ratio so small, so...
article Our view: Gambling funds no permanent fix
(Illinois) -- Consider this data to grasp the impact of gambling locally: $8.8 million was put into Decatur video gaming terminals in May. That’s for just one...
article Our View: Gaming has changed in Illinois; is adding casinos a viable option?
(Illinois) -- We’ve been staunch supporters of bringing a casino to Rockford, but wonder whether the window of opportunity has closed because of the proliferation...
article Our View: Rockford casino? We’ll believe it when we bet in it
(Illinois) -- Sometimes we wonder whether our odds of winning the lottery are better than the odds that a casino will come to Rockford. State Sen. Dave Syverson, who has...

6/23/2017

article The big bet: Decatur video gambling tally tops $878 million
(Illinois) -- Five years after the first legalized video gaming machine arrived, Illinois now has one terminal for every 481 residents — a ratio so big, so...

6/21/2017

article Illinois Online Gambling, Fantasy Sports Bills Stir To Life During Special Session
(Illinois) -- The prospects of Illinois’ legislature passing a bill that would legalize and regulate online gambling and daily fantasy sports got a boost as...
article Champaign council extends video-gambling moratorium till Jan. 23
(Illinois) -- There won't be any new video-gambling terminals in Champaign for the rest of 2017 after the city council voted Tuesday to extend a moratorium on video...

6/20/2017

article Ban on new video gambling licenses extended
(Illinois) -- City leaders say they're going to hold their cards for a while before choosing whether to allow more gambling. If you're looking to open a new...

6/19/2017

article Freeze on gambling: In or out?
(Illinois) -- The Champaign City Council's vote Tuesday on extending a video-gaming moratorium until Jan. 23 will show how serious it is about added regulations on...
article Power Ball and Mega Millions to pull out of Illinois
(Illinois) -- The multi-state lottery association overseeing Powerball and Mega Millions games will leave the market by the end of June if the state doesn’t end...

6/17/2017

article OP/ED: What happens when a state can’t pay their lottery winners?
(Illinois) -- There’s a common theme which runs through some of the old time gangster movies I used to watch and it has to do with the numbers racket. It was...
article Powerball, Mega Millions may be victims of Illinois budget impasse, lottery officials say
(Illinois) -- Lottery players will not be able to purchase Powerball or Mega Millions tickets in Illinois after the end of this month unless the ongoing state budget...

6/16/2017

article iGaming in Illinois could generate $1.7 billion
(Illinois) -- Illinois could get more than US$1.7 billion if the state legalises online gaming. The information was revealed earlier this month in a report conducted by...

6/13/2017

article DuPage committee kills effort to revoke video gaming ban
(Illinois) -- The question of whether to repeal the existing ban on video gaming in unincorporated areas of DuPage County was answered Tuesday morning with a resounding...
article DuPage keeps ban on video gambling in unincorporated areas
(Illinois) -- DuPage County's ban on video gambling in unincorporated areas will remain in place after a county board committee refused to repeal the prohibition....
article How Illinois Stands To Benefit From Taxing Online Gambling, Poker And Daily Fantasy Sports
(Illinois) -- Illinois could realize hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue for the state if a bill to legalize online gambling, online poker and daily fantasy...

6/6/2017

article Illinois State Senate passes online gambling legalization proposal
(Illinois) -- Last week reportedly saw members of the Illinois State Senate overwhelmingly pass a piece of proposed legislation that would legalize online gambling and...

6/5/2017

article Former employee accuses Casino Queen of wrongful termination
(Illinois) -- A former Casino Queen employee claims she was wrongfully terminated for seeking benefits under the Worker's Compensation Act. Ameenah El-Amin filed a...

6/3/2017

article Is there too much video gambling in Springfield?
(Illinois) -- Video gaming in Springfield is at the saturation point if trends in gambling tax collections are an indication. Taxes on gambling terminals have raised...
article OP/ED: Adding Illinois To The Online Gambling Push Is A Positive Development, Even If Bill Doesn’t Pass
(Illinois) -- Let’s start here: If no state passes a bill legalizing online poker or gambling this year, that would be a disappointment. But in the past week, a...
article OP/ED: Letter: No to a casino in downtown Springfield
(Illinois) -- A casino for downtown Springfield is a terrible idea. Joni Mitchell had it right: “... you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s...

6/2/2017

article Inside Gaming: Illinois Senate Passes DFS, Online Gambling Bill
(Illinois) -- Illinois became a focus of attention this week as far as gambling legislation is concerned, with gambling-related proposals before both the state's...
article City, Casino Eye Next Step Toward Theater Buy
(Illinois) -- A new agreement will likely set the stage for the city’s potential purchase of the iconic Des Plaines Theater. Rivers Casino and Des Plaines are...

6/1/2017

article Illinois senate approves online gambling, daily fantasy sports bill
(Illinois) -- Illinois state senators stunned observers on Wednesday by overwhelmingly approving online gambling and daily fantasy sports legislation.

5/31/2017

article Illinois Senate DFS bill will have to wait until next month to find out its fate
(Illinois) -- A bill that would legalize and regulate both daily fantasy sports and online gambling in Illinois was passed by the state’s Senate on Wednesday night...
article Illinois Senate Passes Online Gambling Bill At Last Minute; Faces Uncertain Future In House
(Illinois) -- Illinois’ Senate passed a bill that would legalize both online gambling and daily fantasy sports in the state in what was the legislature’s...
article Kacich: Betting bill's sudden appearance is no fantasy
(Illinois) -- It's a time-honored Springfield tradition to drop a huge piece of legislation into the stew in the closing days of the session, and this week is no...
article Expanded gambling on hold; adding Springfield casino still possible
(Illinois) -- Expansion of gambling in Illinois is among issues the General Assembly didn’t deal with before the spring session deadline Wednesday and will likely...

5/30/2017

article Video gambling continues to grow in the Illinois Valley
(Illinois) -- The room is never really empty. Customers shuffle between the cases of liquor and through a tinted glass door to the video slots. A sign above the door,...

5/29/2017

article Illinois rejects another casino
(Illinois) -- An expected plan to add a new casino in Springfield, Illinois, may have been dismissed by the House Rules Committee. The governmental entity has blocked...
article Springfield lobbying for the right to develop a downtown casino
(Illinois) -- A little over a week after the Illinois State Senate passed a proposed measure that could see the Midwestern state license up to six new casinos, and...

5/28/2017

article Odds against Springfield casino after amendment blocked
(Illinois) -- Chances of a Springfield casino took a major hit Sunday when a House committee blocked an amendment to add the casino to an omnibus gambling expansion bill...

5/27/2017

article Local business notes: Springfield Black Chamber endorses casino
(Illinois) -- The Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce backs the concept of a downtown casino, though the group acknowledges odds are against the proposal in the short...
article OP/ED: My turn: New casino bills take billions from Illinois education
(Illinois) -- Passing the Illinois Senate on May 17 and pending in the House, Senate Bill 7 would authorize a Chicago Casino Development Authority (CCDA) as a government...

5/26/2017

article Editorial: A casino bill raises a red flag in Chicago
(Illinois) -- With their adjournment scheduled for Wednesday, lawmakers in Springfield spent the week rushing mostly inconsequential bills through the legislative funnel.

5/25/2017

article DuPage County to revisit video gambling ban
(Illinois) -- Amid calls for a repeal of DuPage's ban on video gambling machines, county board members are going to revisit the issue. Officials in recent months...
article OP/ED: As Illinois lawmakers seek more gambling income, one city resists — a little
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers are again looking to gambling to save their ability to keep spending. A big Chicago casino, slots at Fairmount Park: more never seems to...
article Push for downtown Springfield casino taking shape
(Illinois) -- A proposal for a downtown casino in Springfield is taking shape at the Statehouse, but questions remain about whether the last-minute effort can gain...

5/23/2017

article Developer Chris Stone pushing for casino in downtown Springfield
(Illinois) -- A lobbyist and local developer has proposed bringing a casino to downtown Springfield, an effort that faces significant political obstacles. City officials...
article Illinois can approve another casino
(Illinois) -- As MGM Resorts International is opening its big casino in Illinois next year, the state’s authorities have shown interest in allowing further gaming...

5/22/2017

article Developer Chris Stone pushing for casino in downtown Springfield
(Illinois) -- A lobbyist and local developer has proposed bringing a casino to downtown Springfield, an effort that faces significant political obstacles. City officials...

5/20/2017

article Legislation expanding gambling in Illinois passed Senate
(Illinois) -- After years of discussion in Illinois, legislation that would expand gambling in the state that includes a provision for racetracks to operate slot...

5/19/2017

article Illinois Casino Expansion Bill Passes Senate Vote
(Illinois) -- Illinois Senate lawmakers approved earlier this week a bill that provides for the construction of up to six land-based casinos across the state. The...
article Legislation to expand gambling in Illinois advances
(Illinois) -- Legislation that would expand gambling in Illinois and includes a provision for racetracks to operate slot machines passed the Illinois Senate on Thursday.
article Rauner Willing To Back Chicago Casino, But Only With Grand Bargain On Budget
(Illinois) -- Gov. Bruce Rauner said he might sign legislation allowing for a casino in Chicago and some other places in Illinois, but only if it’s part of the...
article Third gambling cafe OK'd in Oswego
(Illinois) -- Oswego has authorized its third video gambling cafe. Trustees in a 5 to 1 vote approved the gambling licensing and liquor license for Milly's Cafe that...

5/17/2017

article Video gaming parlor plan can’t draw enough support from aldermen
(Illinois) -- The O’Fallon City Council on Monday shot down a café proposal that included video gaming plans. Local businessman Abdullah Abraham of Maryville, who...

5/15/2017

article Illinois village passes one-year video gambling machines moratorium
(Illinois) -- In an attempt to stop the perceived proliferation of video gambling machine parlors, officials in the Illinois village of Island Lake have reportedly...

5/3/2017

article Illinois casino industry reports improved March takings despite lower admissions
(Illinois) -- March was a mixed bag for the riverboat gaming industry in Illinois as the Midwestern state’s ten floating casinos reported a 3.14% increase year-on-...
article Kane Co. grants drying up along with riverboat profits
(Illinois) -- Shrinking profits for Elgin's Grand Victoria Riverboat will fuel the lowest total amount of riverboat grants ever awarded by Kane County. The county...

5/1/2017

article Kane County evaluates impact of video gaming on Grand Victoria grants
(Illinois) -- When Illinois allowed video gaming in bars and restaurants four years ago, Kane County officials were concerned how the industry would affect Elgin's...
article Video gaming comes to Crosstown Pub in Batavia
(Illinois) -- The first video gaming machines recently arrived in Batavia at Crosstown Pub & Grill, 1890 Mill St, just east of Randall Road. Batavia aldermen lifted...

4/18/2017

article City Council Closes Gas Station Gambling Loophole
(Illinois) -- The Woodstock City Council closed a loophole that could have allowed some gas stations to receive video gambling licenses. The city amended its Unified...

4/17/2017

article Rockford’s place in the casino expansion bill
(Illinois) -- Although a group of investors is reportedly eyeing the distressed Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center as a site for a casino, the Forest City may...

4/14/2017

article Waukegan candidates raised 'big-money' in mayoral race
(Illinois) -- The recent Waukegan mayor's race wasn't just notable for how close the vote tally was — Sam Cunningham edged Lisa May, 7th, with 51.6 percent...

4/10/2017

article Video gambling parlors sue Illinois over profit-sharing
(Illinois) -- Illinois Café & Services Company LLC, which runs the Dotty's Café chain, filed a complaint April 4 in Cook County Circuit Court along with co-...

4/7/2017

article Oswego debates plan for new video gambling cafe
(Illinois) -- A proposal for a third video gambling cafe in Oswego has some village officials concerned. "I don't want Oswego to be known for video gambling,...

4/6/2017

article Illinois Gaming Board sued over video gambling profit-sharing rules
(Illinois) -- A group of in-state gambling establishments has asked a county court to strike down Illinois’ Video Gaming Act for unfairly favoring owners of video...
article Video parlors sued Illinois state
(Illinois) -- Two companies that own video gambling parlors sued Illinois state because they believe that they have a right to negotiate their profit-sharing deals. They...

4/5/2017

article Illinois video gambling parlors sue state over profit-sharing rules
(Illinois) -- Illinois' nearly 6,000 video gambling parlors could reinvest more in their businesses, including making their operations more consumer-friendly, if...
article Lawsuit challenges consitutionality of Illinois’ video-gaming law
(Illinois) -- A constitutional challenge to Illinois’ video-gaming law could have a significant effect in Springfield -- including gaming tax receipts -- as more...
article Webb: Bars, restaurants should make more off video gambling
(Illinois) -- A Cicero restaurant brought in more than $845,000 from video gaming machines last year but took home just $295,000 after taxes and handing over 50 percent...

4/3/2017

article Gambling bill could move with or without Senate’s ‘grand bargain’
(Illinois) -- A state senator said he’s willing to move forward with a bill that would create six new casinos in Illinois if the “grand bargain” budget...
article Illinois can reintroduce a gaming bill
(Illinois) -- Gaming expansion is pushing its way through legislation in the Senate of Illinois under the “grand bargain” budget, which contains several...

4/2/2017

article Huntley bans video gambling cafes, adopts new fees
(Illinois) -- Huntley village officials have banned video gambling cafes in town, adopted new fees and changed other regulations for video gambling establishments. A...

3/28/2017

article Taxpayers pay millions in bonuses to outgoing lottery firm's staff
(Illinois) -- Illinois taxpayers have funded about $2 million in "retention" bonuses for employees of a private firm managing the lottery despite the firm...

3/27/2017

article More complaints against Illinois Lottery
(Illinois) -- Northstar Lottery Group, the private operator of the Illinois State Lottery, is facing two charges for alleged fraud. The private company, which is a joint...
article New Tool To Combat Gambling Addiction
(Illinois) -- March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month and a new program adds a texting service to help those with a gambling problem. Michael Gelatka the Illinois...

3/22/2017

article Why video gambling will likely remain legal in St. Charles regardless of April election
(Illinois) -- Opponents of video gambling in St. Charles have one choice on the April ballot, but that may not be enough to repeal the city's ordinance. Candidates...

3/18/2017

article Cook County Board member cashes in on video gambling boom
(Illinois) -- Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri, who for years moonlighted as village president of Elmwood Park, took on a new side job in 2013 — as a sales...

3/16/2017

article Par-A-Dice Riverboat Casino is down, but not out
(Illinois) -- Connie Bartley knows the regular visits she and her sister make to the Par-A-Dice Riverboat Casino are no trips to Las Vegas, but she can dream a bit....

3/15/2017

article Illinois Casino Bill Would Bring Casino To Chicago
(Illinois) -- A new bill in Illinois seeks to greatly expand gambling in order to help shore up the state’s budget. The cash-strapped state is searching for new...

3/14/2017

article Illinois wants to bring casinos to Chicago
(Illinois) -- New details of an existing casino bill from Illinois that emerged this week establish that slot machine revenue would be 20 percent higher.

3/13/2017

article Bet a bunch of new casino fees could balance Illinois’ budget
(Illinois) -- Illinois is again betting on gambling, but it appears the goal is not to win the pot but just to collect the buy-in. State lawmakers are proposing six new...

3/12/2017

article OP/ED: Bet a bunch of new casino fees could balance Illinois’ budget
(Illinois) -- Illinois is again betting on gambling, but it appears the goal is not to win the pot but just to collect the buy-in. State lawmakers are proposing six new...

3/11/2017

article Video gambling not enough to offset riverboat losses in Peoria
(Illinois) -- The state's video gaming system has proved to be a boon for businesses and municipalities that never benefited from riverboat gambling revenue before...

3/10/2017

article Waukegan mayoral candidates differ, slightly, on casino issue
(Illinois) -- At a groundbreaking ceremony in 2005 for the Walmart Supercenter in Waukegan's Fountain Square development, then-Mayor Richard Hyde turned a shovelful...

3/9/2017

article Join anti-gambling night at Aurora church March 23
(Illinois) -- Wesley United Methodist Church, 14 N. May St. in Aurora, will hold an anti-gambling advocacy night at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23.
article OP/ED: Gambling will not fix state’s many problems
(Illinois) -- Many who live in the Sauk Valley area might have read the column written by Austin Berg. Austin pointed out how our real estate taxes are spent –...

3/8/2017

article Selle: Don't bet on the Blackjack State, formerly known as Illinois
(Illinois) -- For some strange reason, Illinois lawmakers can't pass a budget, but they can bet the farm on expanding gambling across the state. The "grand...

3/6/2017

article Expanded gambling plan in Illinois would allow six new casinos
(Illinois) -- In January, reports surfaced that lawmakers in Illinois were going to consider a casino gambling expansion that would raise much-needed revenues for the...
article Illinois Land-Based Gambling Expansion Bill Provides for Six New Casinos
(Illinois) -- Up to six land-based casinos, including one in Chicago, could be built in Illinois, if a proposed bill survives through all legislative hurdles. The...
article Illinois Puts Forward Proposal to Add Casinos in Six Locations
(Illinois) -- Illinois legislators proposed an expansion of casino gambling on the territory of the state that will see the launch of new gambling establishments in six...
article Illinois Senate approves plan for six new casinos
(Illinois) -- Illinois legislators have tabled a proposal to expand gambling in the state by constructing six new casinos. This proposal aims to boost the needy state...
article Latest Budget Plan: Six More Illinois Casinos
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers are once again looking at more casinos as a way to save the state budget. Not included in the list of cities is Decatur, which had been...
article Sen. Brady expects expanded gambling to be part of budget solution
(Illinois) -- State Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, said he believes it’s only a matter of time before Illinois expands casino gambling. “I understand the...

3/5/2017

article Illinois gambling proposal would add casinos in 6 places
(Illinois) -- A proposal to expand casino gambling in Illinois would put new casinos in six locations, raising revenue for a cash-strapped state that's been without...

3/2/2017

article Illinois passes a gaming bill
(Illinois) -- Gaming expansion in Illinois is moving towards legalisation as the State’s Senate approved a bill on Tuesday. This week’s vote ended up passing...

3/1/2017

article Illinois Senate OKs Gambling Expansion Bill; Could Affect Des Plaines Big Time
(Illinois) -- Gambling expansion proponents won an important round yesterday (Tuesday) in their quest to add casinos and slot machines in the area by approving a bill...

2/28/2017

article Gaming bill clears Senate hurdle
(Illinois) -- A bill to create six new casinos — including one in Chicago — cleared a major hurdle in the Illinois Senate on Tuesday as senators took up...
article Illinois Senate bill would allow slot machines at Fairmount Park
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Senate lurched forward on a budget compromise Tuesday but the critical votes for breaking the historic budget stalemate are scheduled on the...

2/27/2017

article Casino legislation watch still in effect
(Illinois) -- Attention will again be on Springfield this week with locals wondering whether a riverboat casino will ever come to Danville. Gambling expansion is...

2/26/2017

article Casino legislation watch still in effect
(Illinois) -- Attention will again be on Springfield this week with locals wondering whether a riverboat casino will ever come to Danville. Gambling expansion is...

2/25/2017

article OP/ED: Proposed casino legislation dictates more bankruptcy, education losses for Illinois
(Illinois) -- In Illinois, Lincoln's essential premise of "government of the people, by the people, and for the people" has been corrupted into "...

2/22/2017

article Champaign council taps brakes on gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- After detailed discussion, the city council passed an ordinance Tuesday that will temporarily halt the installation or operation of video-gambling...

2/16/2017

article GUEST COLUMN: Bankruptcy, education losses surely follow casino expansion
(Illinois) -- In Illinois, Lincoln’s essential premise of “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” has been corrupted into “...

2/9/2017

article Casino in Springfield?
(Illinois) -- Local Springfield leaders want to bring a Casino to the Capitol city. Springfield Alderman Kris Theilen says it's time the city looks for new ways to...
article Opinion: More casinos won’t help Illinois finances
(Illinois) -- In Illinois, Lincoln’s essential premise of “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” has been corrupted into “...

2/8/2017

article Council talks casino, new city budget
(Illinois) -- Aldermen heard Mayor Scott Eisenhauer give an update on state expanded gambling talks at Tuesday night’s Danville City Council meeting including a...

2/6/2017

article GUEST COLUMN: Proposed casino legislation dictates more bankruptcy, education losses for Illinois
(Illinois) -- In Illinois, Lincoln’s essential premise of “government of the people, by the people and for the people” has been corrupted into “...
article Should Springfield pursue a casino? Proponents say 'why not?'
(Illinois) -- When state senators put together a framework to end Illinois' two-year budget stalemate, they turned to a familiar strategy to generate more income --...

2/5/2017

article OP/ED: 'Government of the casinos ... for the casinos'
(Illinois) -- In Illinois, Lincoln's essential premise of "government of the people, by the people and for the people" has been corrupted into "...

2/4/2017

article Should Springfield pursue a casino? Proponents say 'why not?'
(Illinois) -- When state senators put together a framework to end Illinois' two-year budget stalemate, they turned to a familiar strategy to generate more income --...

2/2/2017

article The 'Cannibalization' Effect Of Casinos In Urban Markets
(Illinois) -- For years, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has championed a casino as the solution to the Windy City's mammoth fiscal crisis, and Illinois Senate Bill 7 is...
article Batavia ups its take on video gambling
(Illinois) -- As Batavia prepares for the introduction of video gambling in the community, city aldermen are making some changes to the game plan.

1/27/2017

article Illinois Senate To Vote On Expanding Riverboat Casino Gambling
(Illinois) -- When the Senate returns they'll also vote on a proposal to expand riverboat casino gambling. It's just one of the many ideas in the Senate's...

1/26/2017

article Eisenhauer touts benefits of proposed Danville casino to legislators
(Illinois) -- Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer told an Illinois Senate committee Wednesday that a casino in Danville, even with conservative, recently revised numbers,...
article Illinois Senate Considers Expanded Gambling Bill
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Senate began hearings Wednesday on a gambling expansion bill that calls for new casinos in Rockford, Chicago and its south suburbs, Danville,...

1/25/2017

article Considering casino has some cautious
(Illinois) -- Talks have started again to possibly open a casino in Danville. This idea is part of the Senate's grand bargaining deal to help raise more revenue for...
article Illinois Senate considering gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- An Illinois Senate committee is considering a massive expansion of riverboat casino gambling as part of a legislative package to break a state budget...
article Video gambling leads to growth in revenue for Illinois
(Illinois) -- A new report shows that roughly 3,000 video gambling terminals opened in Illinois last year, generating growing profits for some communities.

1/24/2017

article Illinois Online Gambling Legalization Looks Like A Long Shot For 2017
(Illinois) -- Illinois will consider a massive gambling expansion package, but it does not appear that online gambling will be in the mix, according to a recent report.
article Video Gambling Leads to Growth in Revenue
(Illinois) -- A new report shows that roughly 3,000 video gambling terminals opened in Illinois last year, generating growing profits for some communities.

1/22/2017

article Suburbs see growth in tax revenue from video gambling
(Illinois) -- Most south and southwest suburbs that allow video gambling saw tax revenue generated by the machines increase last year, according to new figures from the...

1/20/2017

article OP/ED: Gambling cash may be missing link to bail out state
(Illinois) -- We have to admire state Sen. Terry Link's perseverance when it comes to fighting for a gambling casino in Lake County. We've lost count on the...
article Vernon Hills upholds video gambling ban
(Illinois) -- Long Grove lifted its ban on video gambling a year ago and Buffalo Grove did the same this April, but Vernon Hills trustees are not following suit. Village...

1/18/2017

article Casino not a sure bet
(Illinois) -- It could be the right time for a Danville casino, according to the sentiment of local officials. Danville's name remains as talks continue on a state-...
article Slowik: Towns should share revenue if legislature approves south suburban casino
(Illinois) -- In case you missed it, the state legislature is once again kicking around the idea of expanding casino gaming into the south suburbs and elsewhere in...

1/16/2017

article Our View: No Illinois budget deal is complete without a proposal for a Rockford casino
(Illinois) -- There it is again. You knew it was coming. It's as inevitable as death, taxes and Mike Madigan's reelection as speaker of the House. Rockford and...

1/13/2017

article Casino revenue skids on snowy weather
(Illinois) -- Revenues skidded 11.6 percent in December at the region's five casinos, due in large part to snowy weather, but the yearly picture was not as gloomy.

1/12/2017

article Chicago Casino Shot Down in State Senate, but Resuscitation Expected
(Illinois) -- A Chicago casino and five other gambling licenses were up for consideration in the Illinois General Assembly, but deliberations were quickly squashed, as...

1/10/2017

article After prodding by Bluhm, Emanuel pushed against racinos
(Illinois) -- In the months leading up to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2015 re-election, members of the family that controls Illinois’ most successful casino gave $...

1/9/2017

article New Casino Bill Could Affect Walker's Project
(Illinois) -- A proposal to bring a casino to Williamson County has apparently undergone a huge shift. You'll find the details in a bill filed by Illinois Senate...
article Niles video gambling ordinance tweaked based on demand
(Illinois) -- The village of Niles has tweaked its ordinance allowing local businesses and others to apply for video gambling licenses, but the overall number of...
article Senate plays waiting game with minimum wage, tax, casino plan
(Illinois) -- Illinois Senate leaders on Monday slammed the brakes on a massive and ambitious budget package — which includes increasing the income tax, raising...

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