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State approves video gambling for 6 Orland Park businesses

State gaming regulators have approved video gambling licenses for six Orland Park businesses, just months after the village lifted a longtime ban on the devices.

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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...
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...

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