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Shakeup In Illinois Politics Could Open The Door For Gambling Expansion

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 a gambling expansion bill including Illinois sports betting.

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5/16/2019

article Rockford mayor, Rick Nielsen stump in Springfield for action on law to allow more casinos in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara said lawmakers have to move quickly before the city’s chances to build a casino are “virtually eliminated” by...
article Low Tax Rates 'Key' For Sports Betting Success In Illinois
(Illinois) -- One year after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed states outside of Nevada to set up their own sports betting rules, some experts are offering Illinois...

5/15/2019

article Pritzker Makes Push for Legal Sports Betting
(Illinois) -- Legal sports betting could soon be coming to Illinois. Last year, the Supreme Court struck down a law that banned sports betting outside the state of...
article Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen Pushing For Rockford Casino, More Jobs
(Illinois) -- Rockford could be the site of a new land casino – that’s if lawmakers can agree on an expansion plan before the end of the legislative session...

5/14/2019

article Argosy Casino in Alton to reopen Thursday
(Illinois) -- The Argosy Casino in Alton will resume operations again Thursday. The casino announced it will open at 10 a.m. after flooding of the Mississippi River...

5/12/2019

article Video gambling discussion set for Monday in Palatine
(Illinois) -- Palatine village council members on Monday are scheduled to discuss whether to allow video gambling at bars, restaurants and other establishments in town....

5/11/2019

article Controversial amendments added to proposed Illinois sports betting legislation
(Illinois) -- In Illinois, two amendments were reportedly added to the state’s proposed sportsbetting legalization measure earlier this week that could eventually...
article Decatur collected $6 million from video gambling. One city official says 'this is not what we bargained for.'
(Illinois) -- It's been almost seven years since Illinois' first legalized video gambling machines went online, and since then, the city of Decatur has collected...
article OUR VIEW: Like all these video gambling businesses? Wait until pot is legalized
(Illinois) -- As the debate about legalizing pot continues in Springfield, look no further than our state's experiment with video gaming and the sheer volume of...

5/10/2019

article Billionaire casino mogul Neil Bluhm seeks to shut down competition through amendment to sports wagering legislation
(Illinois) -- Sports wagering legislation in Springfield punishing two online gaming companies is a blind for protecting the in-state interests of billionaire casino...
article Illinois keeping an eye on neighboring states as they move to expand gambling
(Illinois) -- Illinois has watched as several neighboring states have passed legislation to expand gambling. Now, as the end of the legislative session approaches on May...
article Pro Leagues to Get Paid Under Proposed Illinois Gambling Law
(Illinois) -- Expanding gambling to include sports betting was on the table in Springfield with representatives from a couple major sports leagues on hand laying out...
article Illinois bars, VFWs upset over Gov. Pritzker's plan to increase video gaming taxes
(Illinois) -- The owner of Crehan’s Irish Pub in Belleville, has five video gaming terminals, and is worried about the governor’s budget proposal to increase...
article Video gaming operators float alternative to Pritzker’s tax hike
(Illinois) -- If the state of Illinois wants more revenue from video gambling, one gaming industry executive said Thursday, lawmakers should loosen betting restrictions...

5/9/2019

article The New Gold Rush: Illinois Lawmakers Are Growing Worried as Neighbors Move to Expand Gambling
(Illinois) -- 1) Welcome to Kentucky, where the gambling industry was “buying its own regulator.” Horse racing tracks in Kentucky were paying to regulate...
article Video gambling industry: Don't raise taxes; raise the bets
(Illinois) -- If the state of Illinois wants more revenue from video gaming, one gaming industry executive said Thursday, lawmakers should loosen betting restrictions...

5/8/2019

article 2 new plans in play as debate about legalizing sports gambling in Illinois continues
(Illinois) -- There are now almost as many different plans to legalize sports betting in Illinois as there are states that have legalized it in any fashion. As Indiana...
article Business owners wage preemptive fight against video gambling tax hike
(Illinois) -- Randy Rehmer, owner of Waterloo’s Double R Bar just south of East St. Louis, says raising taxes on video gambling will eat at the $70,000 he makes...
article Fees Reach Unprecedented Level In New Illinois Sports Betting Proposals
(Illinois) -- Rep. Michael Zalewski filed two amendments to Illinois sports betting legislation ahead of Wednesday’s subcommittee hearing. The amendments, which...

5/7/2019

article Madigan “prepared to support” Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- Madigan said, passing sports betting will require the cooperation of many interests, including gaming CEOs, racetracks, video poker representatives and...
article Pritzker's sports-betting plan sparks industry war over who wins
(Illinois) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker's proposal to legalize sports betting in Illinois has sparked an all-out lobbying war over who will be the big winner—not only...

5/6/2019

article Gaming board: New Bloomington gaming fee can't be split
(Illinois) -- Video gambling terminal operators thinking of helping Bloomington bar and restaurant owners by paying part of the city's new $500-per-machine fee might...
article Gaming exec places his bet on a 'legislative stalemate' between casinos, tracks, online brands
(Illinois) -- The most recent amendment proposed for Illinois' sports betting bill would push out online and mobile sports wagering companies, but one managing...
article Illinois lawmakers have short window for approving gambling expansion plans
(Illinois) -- The city of Rockford is ramping up its efforts to land a new casino. City leaders recently placed a full-page ad in both the Chicago Tribune and the...
article Waukegan mayor extols the virtues of ‘shovel-ready’ casino proposal
(Illinois) -- In Illinois, the mayor for the small northern city of Waukegan has reportedly told state legislators that a plan to construct a casino on 32 acres of land...

5/5/2019

article Gaming board: Vendors shouldn't pay new city gambling fee for clients
(Illinois) -- Video gambling terminal operators thinking of helping Bloomington bar and restaurant owners by paying part of the city's new $500-per-machine fee might...

5/4/2019

article Gambling expansion, sports betting on collision course as end of Illinois' legislative session nears
(Illinois) -- The smart money says that if Illinois lawmakers are going to legalize sports betting this spring, it's going to be part of a larger gambling expansion...
article Lawmakers hear testimony on sports betting bill
(Illinois) -- The House Sales, Amusement & Other Taxes Subcommittee heard testimony from a variety of panels about how to make a proposed sports betting bill work...
article Sports betting could be the answer to state's debt
(Illinois) -- Illinois is getting a major economic boost, as thousands placed their bet for this year’s Kentucky Derby, If betters can’t make it to the...

5/3/2019

article Illinois: Chips back on table for gambling advocates
(Illinois) -- Stakeholders that have been advocating for a gambling expansion for almost a decade are back at the table with renewed optimism this legislative session....

5/2/2019

article Alton casino to close because of flooded parking lot
(Illinois) -- The Argosy Casino Alton will temporarily close Friday morning because of the flooding predicted for the Mississippi River, casino officials said. The...
article Chips back on the table for Illinois gambling expansion advocates
(Illinois) -- Stakeholders that have been advocating for a gambling expansion for almost a decade are back at the table with renewed optimism this legislative session.
article Gambling expansion, sports betting on collision course as end of Illinois' legislative session nears
(Illinois) -- The smart money says that if Illinois lawmakers are going to legalize sports betting this spring, it’s going to be part of a larger gambling...
article Tie Legalized Sports Betting To Chicago Casino, City Says
(Illinois) -- Could this be the year Chicago finally gets approval to operate its own casino? Outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes so as he prepares to leave office later...
article Waukegan, Arlington Park advocate for gambling expansion, in different ways
(Illinois) -- Stakeholders in the suburbs that have been advocating for gambling expansion for almost a decade were back at the table Thursday with renewed optimism this...

4/30/2019

article Latest pitch for Rockford casino involves getting support from Chicago, legislators
(Illinois) -- The latest pitch to bring a casino in Rockford came this week with city and business leaders taking out newspaper ads asking Chicago’s mayor-elect...

4/29/2019

article Latest pitch for Rockford casino involves getting support from Chicago, legislators
(Illinois) -- The latest pitch to bring a casino here came Monday with city and business leaders taking out newspaper ads asking Chicago’s mayor-elect to support a...
article Rockford leaders look to Chicago for help with casino expansion
(Illinois) -- Mayor Tom McNamara and the Rockford Chamber of Commerce make their case for the Forest City. Local leaders say now is the time for a casino in Rockford....

4/28/2019

article No sure bets yet among plans for bill legalizing sports gambling in Illinois
(Illinois) -- With five plans being considered, it’s anyone guess what legalized sports gambling will look like in Illinois if the Legislature approves a bill this...

4/27/2019

article No sure bets on legalizing sports gambling in Illinois
(Illinois) -- With five plans being considered, it’s anyone guess what legalized sports gambling will look like in Illinois if the Legislature approves a bill this...
article Pressure on Pritzker, legislature over budget, marijuana, sports betting
(Illinois) -- Lawmakers return to Springfield on Tuesday facing a five-week deadline to resolve a host of controversial issues that form the centerpiece of new...

4/26/2019

article Illinois Tries To Ride Midwest Momentum With Second Sports Betting Hearing
(Illinois) -- The need for remote online registration, a more tenable licensing fee and multiple skins were the topics discussed Thursday at an Illinois sports betting...
article No sure bets among plans to legalize sports gambling in Illinois
(Illinois) -- With five plans being considered, it’s anyone guess what legalized sports gambling will look like in Illinois if the Legislature approves a bill this...
article Possible riverboat gambling changes could have impact in Aurora
(Illinois) -- Riverboat gaming in Illinois as we know it could be over soon. That possibility exists, thanks to a little-known bill that has already passed the Illinois...
article Skokie joins the list of towns banning 'sweepstakes' gaming machines
(Illinois) -- Skokie has joined a growing list of Illinois communities taking steps to close a loophole in state law that has allowed for the proliferation of...

4/25/2019

article Athletic directors want college sports kept out of Illinois sports betting bill
(Illinois) -- Sports betting moves a step closer to becoming a reality in Illinois as lawmakers work quickly to capitalize on the gaming market that is about to take off...
article Lawmakers hear from those who want sports gambling’s impact studied before it gets legalized
(Illinois) -- The Illinois General Assembly has placed sports betting on the fast track, but on Thursday, lawmakers heard from people who want to call a timeout. Experts...
article Licensing fee emerges as issue in sports betting legislation
(Illinois) -- With five plans being considered, it's anyone guess what legalized sports gambling will look like in Illinois if the legislature approves a bill this...
article Mobile, colleges key to Illinois sports betting debate
(Illinois) -- Mobile or no mobile? That is the question. And there doesn’t appear to be an easy answer. But on Thursday, Illinois lawmakers heard detailed,...
article Proponent of sports betting fears Illinois may lose if other states win legalization race
(Illinois) -- One of the chief forces working to bring sports betting to Illinois is worried about what would happen if neighboring states beat Illinois to the punch....

4/24/2019

article Online Gambling’s ‘Bad Actor’ Debate Reignites As Sports Betting Spreads
(Illinois) -- An old, familiar friend made an appearance during a March 27 subcommittee hearing on Illinois sports betting: Bad actors. When I reference bad actors I...

4/23/2019

article State House subcommittee to hold hearing on sports betting in Chicago
(Illinois) -- The Illinois House of Representatives Subcommittee on Sales, Amusement & Other Taxes will hold a hearing this week in Chicago to discuss sports betting...

4/22/2019

article This barely noticed gaming bill could be a whole lot bigger than advertised
(Illinois) -- From the synopsis of SB516… Provides procedures for a riverboat to relocate to new a location. Removes provisions that describe the geographical...

4/21/2019

article Video slots take heavy toll on some players
(Illinois) -- Lisa sat inside Lucky’s video gaming parlor Tuesday afternoon with a pained smile on her face. “I’m happy today,” the 50-year-old...

4/18/2019

article Video gambling supporters push back on Pritzker’s proposed tax hike on terminal revenue
(Illinois) -- Video gambling supporters are pushing back against Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan to nearly double the state’s tax on the betting terminals. Barry...

4/15/2019

article Recovering Addict Considers Social Impact Of Gambling Expansion
(Illinois) -- As the state considers a gambling expansion Gov. J.B. Pritzker hopes will bring in $200 million in revenue next fiscal year, one Bloomington-Normal woman...

4/14/2019

article Illinois leads nation in non-casino slots
(Illinois) -- Illinois offers more locations to gamble and more machines to play than Nevada — and every other state in the nation. The state boasts boasts 30,384...
article State not addressing gambling’s ‘dark side’
(Illinois) -- In the rush to legalize video slot machines, not one psychologist, social worker or behavioral health counselor testified before lawmakers about problem...

4/12/2019

article Illinois Folds On Helping People Addicted To Gambling
(Illinois) -- Illinois now has more places to gamble than any other state. That's because lawmakers in Springfield approved video gambling a decade ago. At that time...

4/11/2019

article Lightfoot talks gambling, guns, graduated income tax on Day 2 in Springfield
(Illinois) -- Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot on Thursday pressed Illinois Senate leaders about her key priority — the “magnitude” of the city’s...

4/8/2019

article Washington officials think new video gambling license fees are a good bet
(Illinois) -- City Council members on Monday took another swing at raising video gambling license fees. After tabling a proposal from city staff a week earlier, aldermen...

4/7/2019

article Legalized Sports Gambling Could Help State Debts Says Rep Mike Zalewski
(Illinois) -- Illinois House Revenue and Finance Committee Chairman Mike Zalewksi, State Representative for the 23rd district, is spearheading the initiatives to get...
article Video slot revenue helps small towns
(Illinois) -- Revenue from slot machines have been a “godsend” for Knoxville, according to Mayor Dennis Maurer. In 2018 15 video gambling machines brought in...

4/6/2019

article Campton Hills video gambling proponents see progress despite referendum result
(Illinois) -- Nearly 54 percent of voters in Campton Hills weighed in against allowing video gambling in the village in this week's election, but Trustee Nick Girka...
article Illinois casinos, horse racetracks wager financial futures on sports betting
(Illinois) -- While the grandstands are still empty at Fairmount Park, horses, with riders mounted, gallop around the dirt track, which is muddy from the previous night...
article Legalized sports betting may be coming soon to Illinois
(Illinois) -- Legislative momentum is in place to bring sports betting to Illinois. But it will take weeks for all interested parties to get their opinions to lawmakers...

4/5/2019

article If All Roads Meet In The Woods, Which Path Might Illinois Sports Betting Take?
(Illinois) -- Stakeholders discussed five directions that Illinois sports betting could go in the state at a hearing last week in the House Subcommittee on Sales,...
article Illinois casinos, horse racetracks wager their financial futures on sports betting
(Illinois) -- While the grandstands are still empty at Fairmount Park, horses, with riders mounted, gallop around the dirt track, which is muddy from the previous night...
article Waukegan vote to eliminate video gambling distance requirement is postponed again
(Illinois) -- A proposal to eliminate a year-old distance requirement aimed at limiting the growth of video gambling in Waukegan has once again been tabled at the...

4/3/2019

article Campton Hills residents vote to keep video gambling ban
(Illinois) -- Campton Hills residents on Tuesday sent a message that they don't want video gambling in their community. As part of an advisory referendum in Tuesday...

4/1/2019

article Illinois adds ‘bad actor’ clause to sports gambling legislation
(Illinois) -- Some of the sportsbooks hoping to get into the game in Illinois may have just had their dreams crushed. An amendment was added to legislation being...
article Editorial | Gambling fever?
(Illinois) -- How does one freeze a raging fire? It's easy to sympathize with Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin's call for a moratorium on the expansion of video...

3/30/2019

article Momentum for sports betting in Illinois builds, but how to do it an open question
(Illinois) -- Legislative momentum is in place to bring sports betting to Illinois. But it will take weeks for all interested parties to get their opinions to lawmakers...

3/29/2019

article Bad-Actor Amendment Proposed In Illinois Sports Betting To Target DraftKings, FanDuel
(Illinois) -- A late amendment before Thursday’s subcommittee hearing on Illinois sports betting brought a bad-actor clause aimed at keeping out DraftKings and...
article Casinos, horse tracks, sports leagues battle over rules for sports betting in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker's call for lawmakers to pass a bill legalizing sports betting without getting bogged down in the squabbles that have doomed previous...
article Many horses in the race for legalized sports gambling in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Legislative momentum is in place to bring sports betting to Illinois. But it will take weeks for all interested parties to get their opinions to lawmakers...
article NBA executive tells lawmakers to protect integrity of games in sports gambling talks
(Illinois) -- It wasn’t just opening day for baseball Thursday, it was also opening day for a bill to legalize sports betting in Illinois. The Illinois House...
article QC towns grapple with video gambling
(Illinois) -- In 2012, as video gambling began in Illinois, Geneseo voted to ban it. In 2015, as every surrounding community embraced video gambling, Geneseo refused. On...

3/28/2019

article 'It's a very delicate issue': Gambling interests spar over how sports betting should be run in Illinois during first public hearing
(Illinois) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s call for lawmakers to pass a bill legalizing sports betting without getting bogged down in the squabbles that have doomed...
article Lawmakers explore proposals to legalize sports gambling
(Illinois) -- Lawmakers want to make sports gambling legal in Illinois, but there's a number of different proposals to do so. A committee heard from several people...
article Sports Leagues Want A Piece Of The Action In Legal Sports Betting Market
(Illinois) -- As Illinois considers legalizing sports betting, state and national sports leagues are asking for a share of the money. But not everyone is on board with...
article What Would Sports Betting Look Like in Illinois?
(Illinois) -- With March Madness in full swing and MLB’s opening day getting baseball fans revved up, Illinois legislators spent hours Thursday analyzing how the...

3/27/2019

article Off The Record: Sports Betting: Lawmakers Begin The Trek
(Illinois) -- The seemingly unstoppable wave of digital and in-person sports betting throughout the U.S. and Illinois, not only on professional games but collegiate and...

3/26/2019

article EDITORIAL: How Illinois can win at sports betting (no mobsters allowed)
(Illinois) -- The annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament is underway, which means millions of Americans have filled out brackets and put down money on games and...

3/25/2019

article Bloomington City Council OKs motor fuel tax hike, video gambling fee
(Illinois) -- Motorists in Bloomington will be paying more for gasoline, with the City Council doubling the local motor fuel tax to pay for street and sidewalk repairs....
article Lottery launches ads after poll finds low gambling literacy for young players
(Illinois) -- Following a study that found some Illinois Lottery players, particularly young ones, had a poor understanding of the nature of gambling — like that...
article Urbana's mayor calls for a pause on gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- Urbana would halt expansion of video gambling if Mayor Diane Marlin convinces the city council to go along with the idea. In a memo to the council ahead of...

3/24/2019

article Sports gambling proposals emerge in statehouse
(Illinois) -- State Representative Michael Zalewski (D-Riverside) joined Capitol Connection to explain his plan to legalize sports gambling in Illinois.

3/22/2019

article 4 ways sports betting might be allowed (and taxed) in Illinois
(Illinois) -- An Illinois lawmaker leading the charge to bring sports betting to the state has laid out the first concrete details on how that might happen. Four...

3/21/2019

article First plans to legalize sports betting in Illinois released
(Illinois) -- An Illinois lawmaker leading the charge to bring sports betting to the state has laid out the first concrete details on how that might happen. Four...
article Sports betting at casinos and horse tracks, or wherever lotto tickets are sold? Illinois House Democrats offer options.
(Illinois) -- Illinois House Democrats are laying out four potential paths for legalizing sports betting in the state, with options ranging from creating a limited...
article Zalewski unveils sports betting menu options
(Illinois) -- In an effort to kick-start discussions on sports betting, state Rep. Mike Zalewski has filed four different proposals to bring sports betting to Illinois....
article Sports betting at casinos and horse tracks, or wherever lotto tickets are sold? Illinois House Democrats offer options.
(Illinois) -- Illinois House Democrats are laying out four potential paths for legalizing sports betting in the state, with options ranging from creating a limited...

3/20/2019

article Campton Hills hopefuls united on 'rural' goals, differ on gambling
(Illinois) -- Four people running for three 4-year Campton Hills trustee seats in the April 2 election have similar goals for the village, such as preserving its rural...

3/19/2019

article Why does Illinois see a spike in gaming revenue each March?
(Illinois) -- The parlor had been open just over an hour, but the only people inside were the owner and a handful of men changing out a few video gaming machines. Bailey...

3/18/2019

article City Council to vote on ordinance limiting businesses’ gambling areas
(Illinois) -- The Charleston City Council will vote on amending title 3-3-13 and approving the city budget among other items during its Tuesday meeting at 6:30 p.m. at...
article Washington raises liquor license fees, considers higher video gambling fees
(Illinois) -- Liquor license fees in Washington will be going up. And it appears fees for video gambling machines are next. The City Council on Monday unanimously...
article Harrah's Metropolis Casino to reopen Tuesday as Ohio River floodwaters recede
(Illinois) -- Harrah's Metropolis Casino is scheduled to reopen to the public on Tuesday, a month after it closed because of flooding from the Ohio River. The casino...

3/17/2019

article Gambling money again plays significant role in Waukegan election
(Illinois) -- In an echo of Waukegan’s last mayoral race, dollars tied to the video gambling industry appear to be a significant force in Waukegan’s...

3/14/2019

article Why a Chicago Casino May Never Happen
(Illinois) -- There’s plenty of action at Rivers Casino in suburban Des Plaines on this Wednesday afternoon. Scores of gamblers shovel quarters and dollar bills...

3/11/2019

article Sweeny: Bill would let Rockford raise gambling machine fee
(Illinois) -- Rockford leaders have groused for years that the city’s non-home rule status prevents it from charging businesses more than $25 a year for the...
article Illinois casino to pay former worker's estate after denying medical leave for cancer treatment
(Illinois) -- An Illinois casino will pay the estate of a deceased former employee whom the federal government says was fired for asking for medical leave so he could...

3/7/2019

article City of Elgin Remains Focused on New Video Gambling Fees and VGT Limits Implementation
(Illinois) -- After bringing the matter of implementing video gambling licensing fees to the discussion table, the city of Elgin remains focused on the possible...
article Unpacking Pritzker's Tax Proposals: Gambling
(Illinois) -- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker last month laid out his plan for a state budget. But the Democratic governor is perhaps being too optimistic, counting on...
article Letter: Sports gambling a 'bad bet' for Illinois
(Illinois) -- Gov. Pritzker wants the General Assembly to immediately legalize internet and sports gambling. The last time legislators moved quickly to pass a massive...

3/6/2019

article Harrah’s employees help out around Metropolis during flooding
(Illinois) -- Much of Harrah’s Casino in Metropolis is still impacted by flooding since the business shut down nearly two weeks ago. That is when the Ohio River...

3/5/2019

article Illinois Website Offers Help For Gambling Addictions
(Illinois) -- Illinois is launching a new state website aimed at helping people affected by gambling addictions. The Illinois Department of Human Services announced the...

3/4/2019

article Illinois gets ready to go all in on sports betting
(Illinois) -- Sports gambling, a multibillion-dollar industry that mostly relies on the black market, may soon go legit in Illinois. Backed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and a...
article Illinois Governor looks to join other states in legalizing sports betting
(Illinois) -- State by state, the U.S. is slowly legalizing sports betting, and Illinois’s Governor J.B. Pritzker is looking to join in on the industry. There are...

3/3/2019

article How has the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ affected Illinois? The state hasn’t bothered to check.
(Illinois) -- Orville Dash sits in a recliner with a clipboard and goes over his numbers. One spin every six seconds. Ten spins a minute. Six hundred spins an hour. The...
article LETTER: Illinois lawmakers should reject internet and sports gambling
(Illinois) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants the Legislature to immediately legalize internet and sports gambling. The last time legislators moved quickly to pass a massive...
article Pritzker looks to legal sports betting for revenue
(Illinois) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker is hoping the burgeoning sports-gambling industry will help solve Illinois’ budget troubles, but state lawmakers must first...

3/2/2019

article Editorial: If Illinois is expanding gambling, more services for addicts needed
(Illinois) -- When it comes to gambling, the state of Illinois has done all it can to put temptation within reach of its citizens by allowing video gambling machines in...

3/1/2019

article Churchill Downs gets OK to take control of Rivers Casino in Des Plaines
(Illinois) -- Churchill Downs Inc. was directed to seek female and minority investors as a condition of gaining approval from an Illinois agency Friday to complete a...

2/28/2019

article Bookies beware: Illinois gets ready to go all in on sports betting
(Illinois) -- Sports gambling, a multibillion-dollar industry that mostly relies on the black market, may soon go legit in Illinois. Backed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and a...

2/27/2019

article Eye On Gambling: City Hires Second Lobbying Firm
(Illinois) -- Preparing for what many believe will be expansion of gambling in Illinois — perhaps this year — that could include more casinos and sports...
article How has the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ affected Illinois? The state hasn’t bothered to check.
(Illinois) -- Orville Dash sits in a recliner with a clipboard. Tall and broad-shouldered, with wispy white hair where a pompadour once rose, the former statistical...

2/26/2019

article Bloomington Video Gambling Moratorium Extended To Sept. 1
(Illinois) -- Bloomington will keep its moratorium on video gambling until after state legislators have made key decisions about sports betting and marijuana. Aldermen...

2/23/2019

article Governor Pritzker wants to legalize sports gambling
(Illinois) -- Legal sports gambling could come to Illinois soon. Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to see it legalized so it can bring in hundreds of millions of dollars for the...
article Churchill Downs heading toward finish line for Rivers Casino deal
(Illinois) -- An Illinois agency as soon as this week may consider approval of Churchill Downs Inc.'s proposed deal for majority ownership in Rivers Casino in Des...
article Gamblers lost $22M at local spots last year
(Illinois) -- Want to try your luck on a video gambling machine? You have plenty of opportunities in Kankakee County. According to state records, 118 places in the...
article Will increase in game options result in more gambling addiction?
(Illinois) -- Orville Dash sits in a recliner with a clipboard. Tall and broad-shouldered, with wispy white hair where a pompadour once rose, the former statistical...

2/22/2019

article How Illinois bet on video gambling and lost
(Illinois) -- With the last streaks of daylight fading on a mild October evening, the cars pulled up in waves at Piero’s Italian Cuisine, an old-school Las Vegas...
article Pritzker banking on $200 million from legal sports betting, but efforts to expand gambling have never been easy in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker is counting on $200 million in licensing fees from legalized sports wagering to help plug a $3.2 billion hole in next year’s state...

2/21/2019

article How Has The 'Crack Cocaine Of Gambling' Affected Illinois? The State Hasn’t Bothered To Check.
(Illinois) -- Orville Dash sits in a recliner with a clipboard. Tall and broad-shouldered, with wispy white hair where a pompadour once rose, the former statistical...

2/20/2019

article How Illinois is failing people addicted to ‘the crack cocaine of gambling’
(Illinois) -- Since video gambling went live in 2012, more than 30,000 video slot and poker machines have been installed in the state and gamblers have lost more than $5...
article Illinois has done little to address addiction 6½ years into legal video gambling
(Illinois) -- Orville Dash sits on a recliner with his clipboard. Tall and broad-shouldered, with wispy white hair where a pompadour once rose, the former statistical...

2/18/2019

article Bloomington eyes keeping moratorium on video gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- Ward 5 Alderman Joni Painter proposed Monday night that the current one-year moratorium on adding any new video gambling machines in the city be extended...
article VGT Ban in Bloomington May Face Extension if City Council Decides So
(Illinois) -- Bloomington City Council may consider a possible extension of the video gambling machines ban. The city reported a 6% increase (about $44,726) in its 2018...
article Casino temporarily closes because of rising water
(Illinois) -- Harrah’s Casino in Metropolis, Illinois, is closed until further notice. There are 500 people who work at the casino who will not be able to do their...

2/17/2019

article Bloomington council may consider extending ban on new video gambling machines
(Illinois) -- Despite fewer video gambling machines and a nearly year-long moratorium on adding any new ones, the city's 2018 share of revenue from the gambling tax went...
article Harrah’s Metropolis to close doors due to Ohio River flooding
(Illinois) -- Harrah’s Casino in Metropolis, Illinois will close its doors due to flooding along the Ohio River on Monday, Feb. 18. According to Harrah’s as...

2/13/2019

article Editorial: Illinois betting big on gambling
(Illinois) -- Change is coming to Illinois — a higher minimum wage first, soon to be followed by the legalization of marijuana. Then there is sports gambling,...
article Revenue from video gaming exceeds state casinos for the first time
(Illinois) -- For the first time, revenue from video gambling machines exceeds cash generated at the Illinois’s casinos. The new numbers from the Illinois Gaming...
article Why 3 Area Towns Remain Opposed To Video Gaming
(Illinois) -- While some Des Plaines City Council members appear to favor allowing video gaming at local bars, restaurants and fraternal organizations, Mayor Matt Bogusz...
article Elgin continues discussion on video gambling fees
(Illinois) -- Elgin officials continued discussing Wednesday the possibility of implementing licensing fees for video gambling, which has been allowed in town since 2013.
article Chicago man charged with making bomb threat at Hollywood Casino in Aurora
(Illinois) -- A 29-year-old Chicago man is accused of making a bomb threat at Hollywood Casino in downtown Aurora. Mustadin Muadinov, of the 8500 block of Rascher Avenue...

2/12/2019

article Hollywood Casino Aurora evacuated due to threat
(Illinois) -- Hollywood Casino Aurora was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after a man made threatening statements to an employee, Illinois State Police said. State police...
article Video gambling in Des Plaines? Where the candidates stand
(Illinois) -- Only one candidate for Des Plaines city council says he'll oppose video gambling in the city, while others either support lifting the city's ban or...

2/11/2019

article O’Connor says legalizing video gambling could help city address pension crisis
(Illinois) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel has long been dead-set against video gambling for fear that Chicago would become saturated with video machines in bars and restaurants...

2/10/2019

article EDITORIAL: More gambling?
(Illinois) -- Change is coming to Illinois — a higher minimum wage first, soon to be followed by the legalization of marijuana. Then there is sports gambling,...

2/9/2019

article Millennials and market saturation raise doubts about new casino push
(Illinois) -- Talk of new Chicago and downstate casinos is resurfacing among politicians as an answer to government fiscal woes. But casino revenue is off sharply from...
article Mount Prospect grants three more video gambling licenses
(Illinois) -- For years, Mount Prospect resisted allowing gambling in the village. But now that video gambling is permitted, establishments are lining up to get their...

2/8/2019

article Could legal sports gambling mean $100M windfall?
(Illinois) -- The state of Illinois could see $100 million in increased annual revenue by legalizing sports gambling, according to a joint report released this week by...

2/6/2019

article Casino as government jackpot? Maybe not.
(Illinois) -- Gambling in Illinois is undergoing some of the same market, demographic and technological stress that killed off Blockbuster and is now adding to the ills...

2/5/2019

article Sports gambling a good bet for Illinois, new report argues
(Illinois) -- Legalizing sports betting could create 2,500 new jobs and raise $100 million in new annual revenue for the state, a new report argues.

2/3/2019

article Asked & answered: Garry McCarthy
(Illinois) -- Do you favor or oppose creation of a Chicago gambling casino or legal sale of marijuana for recreational use to provide revenues?
article Asked & answered: Jerry Joyce
(Illinois) -- Do you favor or oppose creation of a Chicago gambling casino or legal sale of marijuana for recreational use to provide revenues?
article Asked & answered: Robert Fioretti
(Illinois) -- Do you favor or oppose creation of a Chicago gambling casino or legal sale of marijuana for recreational use to provide revenues?

2/2/2019

article Slowik: Did a famous Chicagoan help block a notorious gambler from opening a casino near Midlothian?
(Illinois) -- For three years, this column has chronicled how no one maintains a residential street in unincorporated Bremen Township near Midlothian.

1/26/2019

article Pritzker, others consider gambling expansion to boost state finances, balance budget
(Illinois) -- A long-sought gaming expansion has again been called for by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, leaving questions about what it could look like, and bringing up concerns...

1/24/2019

article Pritzker, others consider gambling expansion to boost state finances, balance budget
(Illinois) -- A long-sought gaming expansion has again been called for by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, leaving questions about what it could look like, and bringing up concerns...
article Video gambling cafes could become neighbors in Wheeling
(Illinois) -- Wheeling has approved plans for a video gambling cafe to open on Dundee Road, three doors down from a similar operation.
article When Illinois Laws Meet Real People
(Illinois) -- We’ve had lots going on lately. As you know, last week we published our first investigation into video gambling in Illinois. We’re excited that...

1/23/2019

article Belleville man named president of Casino Queen after Jeff Watson steps down for judgeship
(Illinois) -- The Casino Queen Board of Directors has named a new president about a week after the casino’s former president announced he was retiring to become a...
article Video gambling keeps growing
(Illinois) -- Located south of Burger King in Oglesby’s industrial park are five of Oglesby’s active slot machines. P.J.’s Lucky Dollar, a bar and...

1/22/2019

article East Dundee says OK to liquor license, video gaming for new owners of Manor Cafe
(Illinois) -- Video gambling and alcoholic beverages are set to join the menu of offerings at East Dundee's Manor Cafe. Village Board trustees voted 4-1 Monday to...
article OP/ED: State's bet on expanded gambling poses risks
(Illinois) -- With Illinois in desperate financial shape and a new governor taking office who advocates costly new social spending plans, the state is desperate for new...
article Video gambling back on the agenda in Palatine
(Illinois) -- Palatine village council members plan to restart discussions about allowing video gambling at bars, restaurants and other establishments in town.

1/21/2019

article Campton Hills to ask voters again about video gambling
(Illinois) -- Campton Hills trustees once again will ask voters if they want video gambling in the village. Nearly 70 percent of voters rejected a similar proposal in an...

1/20/2019

article EDITORIAL: State’s video-gambling bust a cautionary tale for Chicago
(Illinois) -- How will Chicago meet its monstrous unfunded pension obligations? Without a twinge of real pain, if you believe some of the folks running for mayor. They...

1/19/2019

article How Illinois bet on video gambling and lost
(Illinois) -- The machines, which legislators said would generate billions of dollars in revenue for the cash-strapped state, are spread out over 6,800 establishments,...

1/18/2019

article Editorial: Keeping City Hall — and corruption — out of a Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel again is trying to put a casino in Chicago, part of his plan to salvage city pensions. Emanuel wants legislative approval for a gambling...

1/16/2019

article Waukegan officials call for review of 'arbitrary' rules related to video gambling sites
(Illinois) -- Less than a year after approving regulations aimed at reining in the proximity of video gambling locations, the Waukegan City Council may need to take...

1/15/2019

article How Illinois Bet on Video Gambling and Lost
(Illinois) -- Legalizing video poker and slots was supposed to generate billions of dollars for the state. A decade later, that hasn’t happened. Now, legislators...
article How We Analyzed Video Gambling in Illinois
(Illinois) -- For our series, “The Bad Bet: How Illinois Bet on Video Gambling and Lost,” ProPublica Illinois examined video gambling across the state, the...

1/14/2019

article Dealer Hits Joliet Hollywood Casino With Whistleblower Lawsuit
(Illinois) -- A former supervisor at the Hollywood Casino Joliet has filed a civil lawsuit at the Will County Courthouse accusing her former employer of illegal conduct...
article Harrah's Joliet Sued By Customer From Orland Park
(Illinois) -- An Orland Park woman who visited Harrah's Joliet Casino Hotel nearly two years ago has hired a prominent local law firm in hopes of collecting...

1/13/2019

article J.B. Pritzker discusses gambling, marijuana, capital bill before inauguration
(Illinois) -- Democratic Illinois Governor-Elect J.B. Pritzker discusses gambling expansion, marijuana legalization, a capital bill and gun dealer licensing prior the...

1/9/2019

article Campton Hills considering asking residents if video gambling should be allowed
(Illinois) -- The Campton Hills Village Board will hold a special meeting on Jan. 11 to decide if the board should put an advisory referendum on the April 2 ballot...

1/8/2019

article BLOG: Debt, dope and casinos: Chicago is circling the drain
(Illinois) -- While the federal government is slowly careening toward permanent, fiscal disaster, many state governments (which don’t have the power of the...

1/7/2019

article Peoria will consider raising video gaming fees
(Illinois) -- The City Council will look closer at businesses that offer video gaming and consider doubling fees for taverns and restaurants that offer such terminals....

1/5/2019

article Our View: Sports betting not a panacea for Illinois’ financial woes
(Illinois) -- One topic we can expect to see receive serious discussion in the spring legislative session, which starts Wednesday, is whether Illinois should legalize...

1/4/2019

article Gambling Series: Local gaming puts hit on casinos
(Illinois) -- Video gaming has become big business in Illinois, with nearly $20 billion being wagered each year in the state’s video gaming terminals. So how has...

12/28/2018

article 2 Troublemakers Arrested At Harrah's Casino: Cops
(Illinois) -- A middle-aged man and woman from Romeoville were arrested on Christmas night by Joliet Police at the Harrah's Casino after police say they became...

12/23/2018

article Tom Kacich | Lawmakers may gamble on a casino bill again
(Illinois) -- With a renewed push for casino expansion in Illinois — particularly a facility on the south side of Chicago that has been suggested by outgoing Mayor...

12/22/2018

article Chicago Mayoral Candidate Open to Slots at O’Hare and Midway
(Illinois) -- Chicago mayoral candidate Susana Mendoza said on Friday that she is open to the installation of slot machines at O’Hare and Midway airports as a...

12/21/2018

article Mendoza floats idea of slot machines at O’Hare and Midway
(Illinois) -- Mayoral candidate Susana Mendoza on Friday floated the idea of installing slot machines at O’Hare and Midway airports to generate a jackpot of new...

12/18/2018

article State Senator Bennett renews commitment for Danville casino
(Illinois) -- State Senator Scott Bennett has renewed his commitment for a Danville casino. Bennett said the casino would create jobs, fund local schools and would draw...

12/16/2018

article Editorial: Shove all in on casino
(Illinois) -- If Danville officials hope to see a casino in the city, they better energize their efforts — and fast — to persuade the Illinois General...

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...

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