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Report: Video gambling sees significant growth in Illinois

Video gambling has seen significant growth in Illinois, with revenues increasing by more than 75 percent in just the last three years, a new state report concludes.

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12/12/2018

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

12/11/2018

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

12/5/2018

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

12/4/2018

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

11/30/2018

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

11/27/2018

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

11/26/2018

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

11/25/2018

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

11/24/2018

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

11/22/2018

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

11/20/2018

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

11/15/2018

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

11/14/2018

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

11/13/2018

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

11/12/2018

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

11/9/2018

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

11/7/2018

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

11/2/2018

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

11/1/2018

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

10/31/2018

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

10/30/2018

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

10/23/2018

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

10/22/2018

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

10/21/2018

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

10/20/2018

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

10/19/2018

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

10/18/2018

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

10/17/2018

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

10/16/2018

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

10/15/2018

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

10/14/2018

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

10/12/2018

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

10/11/2018

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

9/24/2018

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

9/23/2018

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

9/19/2018

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

9/17/2018

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

9/15/2018

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

9/14/2018

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

9/6/2018

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

8/30/2018

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

8/28/2018

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

8/27/2018

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

8/26/2018

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

8/25/2018

article Chicago Casino Supported by Former Illinois Governor Despite Opposition While in Office
(Illinois) -- When Jim Edgar served as the governor of Illinois from 1991-1999, he was known for his opposition to casino gambling in the state, causing one political...
article Mayor testifies at expanded gambling hearing
(Illinois) -- Mayor Scott Eisenhauer was on hand Wednesday to testify at the first of two hearings scheduled during the next couple months regarding expanded gambling....

8/23/2018

article Former Gov. Jim Edgar, once against casinos, now favors one
(Illinois) -- Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar, once an opponent of land-based casinos, now says he favors casino expansion, including one in Chicago. Edgar on Wednesday...

8/22/2018

article Heavy Lifting On Illinois Online Gambling, Sports Betting Has To Wait After Legislative Hearing
(Illinois) -- The Illinois legislature has set the stage for an October discussion on online gambling and sports betting following Wednesday’s committee hearing in...
article Lawmakers weigh concerns about potential gaming expansion that could land casino in south suburbs
(Illinois) -- State lawmakers heard public testimony Wednesday about potential gaming expansion that could land a casino in the south suburbs. State Rep. Bob Rita, D-...
article Deal him in: Decades later, ‘Gov. No-No’ now says ‘yes, yes’ to Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- The man Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan once called “Governor No-No” now backs a Chicago casino — if it means it’ll help his...

8/15/2018

article Orland Park businesses seek OK for video gambling after ban lifted
(Illinois) -- At least seven Orland Park businesses have filed paperwork with state regulators seeking to offer video gambling since the village board voted Aug. 6 to...

8/10/2018

article LEGAL BLOG: At Stake
(Illinois) -- With our apologies for the delay, on a beautiful summer morning, the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) held its monthly meeting on August 2, 2018. In attendance...

8/9/2018

article Illinois Legislature to Hold Hearings on Gaming Expansion
(Illinois) -- The State of Illinois will be hosting a couple of hearings on gambling expansion in the coming weeks. The first will be held at the Bilandic Building in...

8/8/2018

article Lake County uses gambling revenue to fight gambling addiction
(Illinois) -- With video gambling machines bringing in more money, how are local governments spending it? Often, it's used to fill holes in the budget or pay staff...

8/7/2018

article Illinois puts gaming expansion back on the table with new hearings (sub req)
(Illinois) -- Senators in Illinois they will hold two subcommittee hearings in the coming months aimed at introducing a gaming expansion bill which would legalize sports...
article Video gambling ban overturned in Orland Park
(Illinois) -- After months of discussion and debate as well as two advisory referendum questions, Orland Park officials have overturned a ban on video gambling in the...

8/6/2018

article Illinois Racing Board moves forward with “historical horse racing” plan
(Illinois) -- Illinois’ horse racing industry is making a move to add a type of video gambling at its tracks. The idea is called “historical horse racing...
article ‘Sweepstakes’ machines turn the tables on Illinois’ video poker law
(Illinois) -- For years, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been staunchly opposed to allowing video gambling machines at bars and restaurants in the city, hoping instead to...

8/2/2018

article Developers discuss future of former Clock Tower site
(Illinois) -- An iconic part of Rockford's skyline is gone. The Clock Tower came down Wednesday, leaving a hole at the city's gateway. Many people driving by...
article Hearings on expanding gambling hope to build consensus, work in sports betting
(Illinois) -- A state lawmaker pushing for more gambling to help fill the state’s coffers said there’s going to need to be a lot of give-and-take from those...
article Money Troubles Drive Illinois Rep to Schedule Two Sports Betting Hearings
(Illinois) -- Illinois state lawmakers didn’t legalize sports betting during the 2018 legislative session, but Representative Bob Rita (D-Blue Island) is doing...

8/1/2018

article Petrillo: Historical Racing Not Viable Solution For Arlington
(Illinois) -- One week after the Illinois Racing Board moved to adopt regulations for wagering on historical racing, Arlington International Racecourse general manager...

7/31/2018

article Illinois Lawmakers Will Hold Online Casino, Poker, Sports Betting Hearings
(Illinois) -- Illinois is going to take a serious at look at a major gaming expansion during a pair of scheduled hearings in the coming months, according to a key...

7/29/2018

article Video gambling on past horse races likely at Illinois tracks
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Racing Board is moving ahead with plans to introduce a form of video gambling on past horse races despite legal questions. The board agreed...

7/28/2018

article Illinois Racing Commission Wants To Expand Gambling, But Some Say Hold Your Horses
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Racing Board (IRB) is going to develop regulations that will permit racetracks to offer historical horse racing in the state. The decision...

7/27/2018

article Illinois Racing Board to create video horse racing rules
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Racing Board is moving ahead with plans to introduce a form of video gambling on past horse races despite legal questions.The Chicago Tribune...

7/26/2018

article Illinois Racing Board to begin rule-making process for historical racing machines
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Racing Board at a regular monthly meeting Thursday at Arlington said it would begin the formal process of making rules to govern the...

7/25/2018

article Jackpot? Legalized sports betting's potential in Illinois a wild card
(Illinois) -- There’s a sports gambling economy in Decatur — people betting online and people placing wagers with local bookies. Some of that gambling is...

7/21/2018

article Hanover Park extends video gambling to golf establishments
(Illinois) -- The Hanover Park village board approved a measure this week that expands video gambling to golf establishments. The village's original ordinance...

7/20/2018

article Mount Prospect Tentatively Approves Video Gambling
(Illinois) -- Mount Prospect trustees Tuesday (July 17) took one more step toward allowing video gambling in the village. Board members approved the first of two...

7/17/2018

article Concerned about video gambling, Wauconda officials may scrutinize liquor license applications
(Illinois) -- Concerned about the proliferation of video gambling machines in town, Wauconda officials are investigating ways to limit future gambling expansion....

7/12/2018

article Round Lake Park considering request for video gambling at Thorntons
(Illinois) -- Patrons of the potential next video gambling location in Round Lake Park will also be able to fill their gas tanks or buy some snacks for the road.

7/3/2018

article Annexation hearing scheduled for gas station that wants 24/7 gambling
(Illinois) -- An annexation hearing has been scheduled by Tinley Park for a gas station that wants to offer around-the-clock video gambling and sell package liquor. The...

7/1/2018

article Illinois horse racing wants you to bet on the past so it has a future
(Illinois) -- So what sucker would gamble on a horse race that already ran? The Illinois Racing Board bets that you would. The board unanimously backed historical horse...

6/27/2018

article Illinois racetracks seek OK to take wagers on 'historical horse racing'
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Racing Board advanced a proposal Tuesday to allow video gambling on past horse races — even as the board's attorney advised that the...

6/26/2018

article Betting on past horse races? Tracks seek OK to take wagers on 'historical horse racing'
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Racing Board advanced a proposal Tuesday to allow video gambling on past horse races — even as the board’s attorney advised that...

6/23/2018

article Aurora hits quarter century as a casino town
(Illinois) -- Brian Rooney remembers well the day Hollywood Casino opened its doors in downtown Aurora. “Aurora was really a struggling town,” said Rooney, a...

6/22/2018

article Aurora hits quarter century as a casino town
(Illinois) -- Brian Rooney remembers well the day Hollywood Casino opened its doors in downtown Aurora. “Aurora was really a struggling town,” said Rooney, a...

6/12/2018

article State lawmakers still eyeing gambling expansions, marijuana legalization
(Illinois) -- Illinoisans looking to gamble at a new casino in Rockford or Danville or to legally buy marijuana to get high for fun will have to wait until next year for...
article Video gambling proponents find little support at Burr Ridge Village Board
(Illinois) -- Don’t bet on gambling coming to Burr Ridge anytime soon. The Village Board discussed Monday opening up the town to video gambling at restaurants and...

6/11/2018

article Nowlan: More gambling won’t save Illinois
(Illinois) -- State governments are salivating now that the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for them to authorize sports gambling, a legal (Nevada only right now...

6/8/2018

article Rivers Casino parent puts down a marker on sports betting
(Illinois) -- After the U.S. Supreme Court tossed a federal ban on sports betting last month, a Chicago-based casino operator is touting favorable odds of cashing in....

6/7/2018

article Burr Ridge To Discuss Video Gambling
(Illinois) -- Video gambling in Burr Ridge will be discussed at the upcoming village board meeting on June 11. According to a memo from the village administrator, the...

6/6/2018

article Cook County allows video gambling in unincorporated areas
(Illinois) -- Cook County commissioners voted Wednesday to allow video gambling in unincorporated areas of the cash-strapped county, a measure supporters praised for the...

6/4/2018

article Gaming bill gets stuck in committee as session ends. What does it mean for Fairmount Park?
(Illinois) -- With no new revenue source approved for horse racetracks by the General Assembly before the end of its session last week, the future of the Fairmount Park...

6/3/2018

article COLUMN: More gambling fools gold for Illinois
(Illinois) -- State governments are salivating now that the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for them to authorize sports gambling, a legal (Nevada only right now...

6/2/2018

article Jim Nowlan: Don’t count on more gambling to save Illinois
(Illinois) -- State governments are salivating now the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for them to authorize sports gambling, a legal (Nevada only right now) and...
article Budget highlighted eventful, mostly peaceful session
(Illinois) -- For the first time in a while, Illinois lawmakers aren’t facing overtime duty in Springfield this summer. With a budget passed and a commitment from...

6/1/2018

article Boyd Gaming closes $100 million purchase of Illinois slot route operator
(Illinois) -- Boyd Gaming Corp. completed it’s $100 million purchase of an Illinois slot machine route operator, less than a month after announcing the transaction...

5/31/2018

article Rockford casino in jeopardy as gambling bill stalls in committee
(Illinois) -- A gambling expansion bill which would have paved the way for a Rockford casino stalled in an Illinois House committee on Monday, making it unlikely to win...

5/30/2018

article Chicago Casino Bill Shot Down, Mayor Rahm Emanuel Reportedly Pleased
(Illinois) -- A casino bill in Illinois that would have authorized six new gambling venues including one in Chicago failed to advance out of a House committee this week.
article Gambling expansion talks revived
(Illinois) -- Legislators revived expanded gambling talks in Springfield. Mayor Scott Eisenhauer testified again Monday in front of the state House executive committee...
article Our View: Don’t rush to roll dice on casino
(Illinois) -- A casino doesn’t appear to be in the cards this year for Springfield. Discussion this week in the Capitol about expanding gambling beyond the 10...

5/29/2018

article Lawmaker to roll dice again on Illinois gambling expansion bill
(Illinois) -- The chief sponsor of statewide gambling expansion legislation in the House plans to rework some aspects of the bill in a bid to get it to the floor for a...
article Rahm thinks latest Chicago casino bill is a loser, City Hall adviser says
(Illinois) -- A gaming expansion bill shot down in an Illinois House committee on Monday — which would have added a Chicago casino — now has a big opponent:...
article State bill that would allow a casino at Walker's Bluff still in limbo
(Illinois) -- A gambling expansion bill the Illinois General Assembly fell one vote shy Monday to get out of the executive committee. The measure needs six votes to get...

5/28/2018

article BLOG: Gaming bill can’t get out of House Executive Committee
(Illinois) -- A dormant gambling-expansion plan came to life just long enough to stall in a House committee. The Executive Committee’s 5-4 vote Monday on Rep....
article Chicago Casino’s Bad Odds: Lawmakers Reject Gambling Bill
(Illinois) -- Chicago’s long-held desire for a city-owned casino will continue to go unrequited, after an Illinois House panel voted down a massive gambling...
article Gambling expansion revived in Illinois House but stalls in committee
(Illinois) -- A massive gambling expansion bill stalled in a House committee Monday further clouding chances the bill can win approval before Thursday's scheduled...
article Gaming bill that would create Chicago casino may get another shot
(Illinois) -- Efforts to drastically expand gaming in Illinois — and create a Chicago casino — may get another chance after falling short of advancing in an...

5/27/2018

article Make book on Illinois jumping at sports gambling
(Illinois) -- The U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow states to legalize sports gambling leaves us betting Illinois will be scoring taxes in time for basketball season.
article Survey: Lawmakers mixed on sports gambling in Illinois
(Illinois) -- If Lou Lang moves fast, it might be a mere matter of weeks before the Skokie state representative has a sports wagering bill ready for inspection by his...
article Plan for downtown Springfield casino floated again
(Illinois) -- A Springfield lobbyist and developer is once again promoting the idea of a casino for downtown Springfield coupled with video gaming positions that would...

5/26/2018

article Plan for Springfield casino floated again, but won’t be part of expansion this year
(Illinois) -- A Springfield lobbyist and developer is once again promoting the idea of a casino for downtown Springfield coupled with video gaming positions that would...

5/25/2018

article Illinois Making Last-Minute Effort To Legalize Online Gambling, Sports Betting, Fantasy Sports
(Illinois) -- A last-minute effort to legalize online gambling, sports betting and daily fantasy sports in Illinois surfaced on Friday. An amendment presented for Senate...

5/24/2018

article Ameristar opens 15,000-square-foot gaming room in East Chicago, becoming 1st NWI casino to operate on land
(Illinois) -- Ameristar Casino in East Chicago opened its new high-limit slots and table games room Thursday with speeches, wine, hours d’oeuvres and some Las...

5/23/2018

article Des Plaines, Rivers Casino finalize deal to reopen downtown theater
(Illinois) -- It's official: Des Plaines and Rivers Casino have inked a contract to share the costs of reopening the city's historic downtown theater. Aldermen...
article Rivers Revenue Down In April; Casino Still Top Generator
(Illinois) -- Admissions and adjusted gross receipts at most Illinois casinos saw significant decreases in April of this year compared to March.

5/20/2018

article Column: Kevin Pendergast represents side of legal gambling story easy to overlook
(Illinois) -- A couple of years ago, Kevin Pendergast decided to tell his two young sons about the unsavory part of his past as a convicted sports gambler who spent two...

5/19/2018

article Argosy Cares donates to Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope program
(Illinois) -- The Salvation Army in Alton received a boost in fighting poverty with a $2,500 donation from Argosy Casino Alton to The Salvation Army Pathway of Hope...

5/13/2018

article Bill Would Exempt Illinois Veterans Groups From City Bans on Video Gambling
(Illinois) -- Illinois state senators have passed a bill that would allow veterans’ organizations to offer video gambling in their establishments even if local...
article Video gambling machines heading to veteran establishments?
(Illinois) -- More than 100 communities across Illinois currently ban video gambling, but some veterans in those areas say they should get a pass. Lawmakers are...

5/10/2018

article Video gambling brings millions to Illinois, but casino cities aren't seeing the benefits
(Illinois) -- Video gambling is bringing millions to Illinois state and local governments, but in cities like Aurora and Elgin that for decades earned cash from their...

5/8/2018

article Orland officials delay vote on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Orland Park officials have delayed taking action on a measure that would do away with a years-old ban on video gambling in the village. Business owners and...

5/4/2018

article Boyd Gaming pays $100m for Lattner VGT business in Illinois
(Illinois) -- US regional casino operator Boyd Gaming has acquired a healthy chunk of the video gaming terminal (VGT) market in Illinois. This week, Boyd announced that...

5/3/2018

article Proposal would give veterans groups a way around gambling bans
(Illinois) -- A Gurnee American Legion post that failed in its attempts to get local approval for video gambling has inspired a legislative bill that would let veterans...

5/1/2018

article EDITORIAL: Horse tracks trot out an old nag to get cash from Illinois lawmakers
(Illinois) -- She was a reliable old nag, but years of neglect and fast, shiny newcomers have left Illinois' horse racing industry barely able to get out of the...
article OP/ED: Sin taxes? Illinois wouldn’t know what to do without them
(Illinois) -- I would bet that recreational marijuana will be legalized in Illinois, along with sports gambling if the U.S. Supreme Court clears the way. Fact is, our...

4/30/2018

article Lake in the Hills blocks video gambling at Speedway gas station
(Illinois) -- Lake in the Hills officials have denied a liquor license request that would allow a Speedway gas station to have video gambling and sell beer and wine for...

4/22/2018

article Village in northern Illinois twice rejects proposal for video gambling cafe
(Illinois) -- In Illinois, a Naperville-based marketing agency’s plan for a video gambling café in Kendall County was denied by Oswego Village Board members this...
article Games not up to scratch: Illinois sells lottery tickets even after top prizes have been won
(Illinois) -- At $30 a ticket, the Illinois Lottery’s World Class Millions instant game was not only one of its priciest offerings – it was also potentially...

4/19/2018

article Oswego turns down plan for video gambling parlor
(Illinois) -- Oswego Village Board members rejected a plan for a video gambling cafe in the village because they didn't like the location. After getting a lukewarm...

4/18/2018

article Will New Gambling Bill Spell Relief For City?
(Illinois) -- State lawmakers are quietly moving forward with crafting new legislation that would greatly expand casino gambling in Illinois — an effort that...

4/17/2018

article Burr Ridge to debate legalized gambling
(Illinois) -- Some Burr Ridge Village Board members are open to the possibility of legalizing gambling machines, asking the village administrator to gather more...
article March a record breaking month for area gaming revenues
(Illinois) -- March was a huge month for local video gaming revenue as machines in La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties saw more than $4 million played.

4/16/2018

article Grand Victoria Casino Sells For $327 Million
(Illinois) -- Eldorado Resorts has purchased the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin for $327.5 million. The cash deal is expected to close by the end of this year, according...
article Grand Victoria Casino sold for $327 million
(Illinois) -- The Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin has been sold for $327.5 million. MGM Resorts International along with its venture partner are selling the casino to...

4/12/2018

article Winnebago County Board supports possible future casino
(Illinois) -- The Winnebago County Board green-lights the idea of bringing a casino to the area. This isn't the first time the County Board has supported the idea,...

4/11/2018

article Rolling Meadows council signals support for video gambling
(Illinois) -- Rolling Meadows may soon join Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Wheeling and Prospect Heights as one of the Northwest suburban towns that allows video...

4/10/2018

article Park Board supports Rockford casino
(Illinois) -- For the third time in seven years, the Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners is on record in support of a proposed gaming expansion bill that...

4/9/2018

article One Lawmaker Thinks O’Hare Airport Needs A Casino
(Illinois) -- Mayoral candidate Garry McCarthy vouched for a land-based casino as part of the new expansion plan at O’Hare Airport in a local interview over the...

4/8/2018

article Walker's Bluff still holding out for gaming license as bill deadlines loom
(Illinois) -- Walker’s Bluff's owner Cynde Bunch is still fighting to bring a casino license to her winery, which she says is the key to building a...

4/6/2018

article Clock is ticking on gaming license for Walker's Bluff
(Illinois) -- A bill that could bring hundreds of jobs and thousands of tourists to southern Illinois is once again sitting in committee in Springfield while the clock...

4/4/2018

article Illinois Senate panel takes up internet sports betting
(Illinois) -- Officials of Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association have told Illinois lawmakers about their concerns and possible support for legal...
article Column: Is the solution to Illinois' money woes finding the right spot for casinos?
(Illinois) -- There can be no doubt that our state is broke. The newly chosen Democratic candidate for governor, J.B. Pritzker, spent $70 million of his own money for...

4/3/2018

article Chicago mayoral candidate suggests casino for O’Hare International Airport
(Illinois) -- As part of his bid to become the next mayor of Chicago, candidate Garry McCarthy has reportedly suggested that the city could help to ease its current...
article Illinois Considers Sports Betting
(Illinois) -- March Madness fans in Illinois could not legally bet on Monday’s championship game. But a U.S. Supreme Court decision expected this spring could open...
article Illinois lawmakers weigh sports gambling, as NBA and MLB officials back the idea
(Illinois) -- Top professional sports officials told state lawmakers Tuesday that they’re open to legalizing sports betting in Illinois if the federal government...
article Illinois Senate panel looks at internet gaming
(Illinois) -- One day after the NCAA men's basketball championship -- for which millions of dollars were bet illegally via off-shore, online betting sites - Illinois...
article Casino, Poker Room Pitched For Chicago's O'Hare International Airport
(Illinois) -- A poker room where every single player is a tourist. Could a card room be built at one of the nation’s busiest airports? That’s the plan from...

4/2/2018

article Mayoral candidate Garry McCarthy floats idea of casino at O'Hare
(Illinois) -- Mayoral candidate Garry McCarthy said he favors locating a casino at O’Hare International Airport in order to help fix Chicago’s financial...
article McCarthy proposes O’Hare Airport casino
(Illinois) -- O’Hare Airport will be getting a new global terminal, new concourses and 25 percent more gate capacity, thanks to an $8.5 billion expansion plan...
article Video gaming contributes to dwindling casino revenue, education funding
(Illinois) -- The bus trips to nearby casinos don’t flow like they used to. “We’ve had to cut back on trips. Ridership is definitely down,” said...

3/28/2018

article Illinois Gaming Board, Liquor Commission Officials Axed
(Illinois) -- As Gov. Bruce Rauner heads to an event at a casino in East Peoria Wednesday, the Illinois Gaming Board’s top administrator, Mark Ostrowski, was fired...

3/26/2018

article Wheeling may lift cap on video gambling cafes
(Illinois) -- Wheeling seems ready to open its doors to more video gambling cafes. A majority of village trustees say they'll support lifting a moratorium that caps...

3/23/2018

article Forest Park video gambling question wrongly blocked in March, to go to voters in Nov: Appeals panel
(Illinois) -- While the primary election has passed, the November general election in the village of Forest Park will include a referendum on video gambling after a...

3/21/2018

article Orland Park Residents Reject Video Gaming
(Illinois) -- Orland Park residents said no to video gaming, answering two opposite referendum questions in Tuesday's primary. Village board members rushed to place...
article Trustees: No clear-cut direction following Orland Park video gambling vote
(Illinois) -- With Orland Park voters showing no overwhelming support for, or opposition to, video gambling, some village trustees said Wednesday that further discussion...

3/20/2018

article Video gambling narrowly losing in Orland Park, unofficial results show
(Illinois) -- A proposal to allow video gambling on a limited basis in Orland Park was narrowly losing favor among voters, according to unofficial vote totals. Voters in...
article Video gambling to remain legal in St. Charles
(Illinois) -- St. Charles will continue allowing video gambling at licensed establishments, the city council decided Monday night. But some aldermen voiced concerns that...

3/16/2018

article Aurora City Council to Cap Video Gaming Terminals
(Illinois) -- The city of Aurora in Illinois is set to cap the number of video gambling terminals (VGTs) and impose larger taxes on operators that offer such machines....

3/15/2018

article Aurora sets limit on video gambling terminals
(Illinois) -- Aurora will limit the number of video gambling terminals allowed in the city and charge higher fees to have them. That is the result of the Aurora City...

3/13/2018

article Harrah's Metropolis set to reopen after flooding
(Illinois) -- The Ohio River is expected to be several feet above flood stage until at least this weekend, forcing the Harrah's Metropolis to close. Harrah's...

3/12/2018

article Video gambling likely to continue in St. Charles
(Illinois) -- After an 18-month trial period, video gambling appears to be here to stay in St. Charles. In a preliminary 6-3 vote last week, aldermen supported...

3/10/2018

article Video gambling parlor proposed in Oswego
(Illinois) -- The Oswego Village Board is looking at a proposal for another video gambling cafe for the village. A representative of You Holdings approached trustees at...

3/9/2018

article Video gambling parlor proposed in Oswego
(Illinois) -- The Oswego Village Board is looking at a proposal for another video gambling cafe for the village. A representative of You Holdings approached trustees at...

3/8/2018

article Aurora may limit video gambling
(Illinois) -- Aurora is looking at limiting the number and location of video gambling terminals. City Clerk Wendy McCambridge this week presented to aldermen several...

3/6/2018

article Harrah's Casino Men's John Dangerous: Plaintiff
(Illinois) -- In August 2016, Sam Esposito patronized downtown Joliet Harrah's Casino figuring he could win thousands of dollars gambling on games of chance. But it was...

2/28/2018

article Council imposes 1-year moratorium on new video gambling machines
(Illinois) -- The city of Bloomington is banning the addition of any new video gambling machines for at least a year. “Even though last year we got about $750,000...

2/26/2018

article New landscape of video gambling
(Illinois) -- The dedicated gambling parlor is by no means the sole wagering hall under the new landscape of Illinois video gaming. If people won’t go to the...

2/24/2018

article Rozner: Will Illinois be ready for legal sports betting?
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers really believe you are too dumb to notice. There can be no other explanation for the consistent way in which they raise taxes, kill jobs...

2/23/2018

article From video gambling to home rule, Southland voters will face variety of questions on primary ballot
(Illinois) -- From legalizing marijuana and video gambling, to raising taxes, area voters will face a variety of questions when they cast a ballot in the March 20...

2/22/2018

article Competition heats up between casinos, video gaming parlors
(Illinois) -- The growth of video gaming in recent years has stunted admission and revenue increases at casinos in Illinois, but the state is benefiting from the rise in...

2/21/2018

article Shorewood officials to allow video gaming at various locations
(Illinois) -- In a 4-2 decision, a motion was passed at a Feb. 13 regular meeting of the Shorewood Village Board of Trustees to waive the second read and amend municipal...

2/11/2018

article Waukegan approves new video gambling regulations
(Illinois) -- New rules aimed at stopping the proliferation of video gambling cafes were approved by the Waukegan City Council last week. The council had put in place a...

2/4/2018

article Champaign's gambling cafes are slotted to lose out
(Illinois) -- Once his current liquor license expires, the check Joshua Stephens writes the city to run Libby's Lounge will jump from $2,400 to $4,200.

1/25/2018

article Illinois Takes Another Stab At Gambling Expansion
(Illinois) -- Illinois will try its hand once again at expanding its gambling industry, which includes a proposal to put a casino in Chicago. There’s been talks...

1/23/2018

article Syverson: Now’s the time to push gaming expansion
(Illinois) -- One state lawmaker says now is the time for Illinois to push forward on gaming expansion. State Senator Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, says a bill that would...

1/22/2018

article State lawmaker says now is the time for Illinois to push forward on gaming expansion
(Illinois) -- One state lawmaker says now is the time for Illinois to push forward on gaming expansion. State Senator Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, says a bill that would...

1/16/2018

article The slots are still hot
(Illinois) -- Cat faces lined up on the Kitty Glitter machine for Robin Harvey as she won on a wager in the back of Jerry’s Tap on First Street in La Salle. The...
article Champaign council set to vote on new video-gambling regulations
(Illinois) -- The city council is set to vote tonight on adopting new video-gambling regulations, including a cap on so-called gambling cafes and lounges that primarily...
article City of Champaign votes to add regulations in video gaming lounges
(Illinois) -- The City of Champaign voted in favor of adding regulations to video gambling lounges within the city. This includes a 12-month waiting period for new...
article Council considers video gambling cap
(Illinois) -- Should the city have a say on how you spend your money on entertainment? One city councilman says no. Tuesday night, the city council will vote whether or...

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