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Waukegan celebrates casino, investments in Lake County with Gov. Pritzker

Gov. J.B. Pritzker received standing ovations and many thanks at Waukegan City Hall Monday as he tours the state highlighting his Rebuild Illinois Capital and Transportation programs that will benefit Lake County. One of the bigger prizes was a casino license for Waukegan.

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1/24/2020

article Illinois Gaming Board Releases Phase 2 Sports Wagering Rules
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board moved the Land of Lincoln another step closer to entering the sports wagering market late Thursday afternoon when it released...

1/23/2020

article Illinois casinos may begin accepting sports wagers in February
(Illinois) -- Illinois casinos may begin accepting sports wagers as soon as next month. The State Gaming Board posted rules Thursday that appear to clear the way for...
article Illinois Gaming Board releases more sports betting rules, still no launch date
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board announced they finished drafting the rules for sports betting Thursday, but did not give a launch date. “Once applications...
article March Madness possible — but not the Oscars — as Illinois sports betting moves closer to launch
(Illinois) -- Sports betting inched one step closer to becoming a reality in Illinois. A second round of operating procedures for casinos and racetracks was released by...

1/21/2020

article Whoa! Arlington owners say hold your horses on sale talks
(Illinois) -- The future of horse racing at Arlington International Racecourse is still up in the air, but the 92-year-old racetrack is not being sold anytime soon. That...

1/20/2020

article Lynwood Neighbors Put Off By State’s Plan To Take Land For Bike Path
(Illinois) -- The State of Illinois is planning a $154,000 bike path alongside a road construction project in the south suburbs – and the state is threatening to...

1/15/2020

article Matteson Files Amendment To Change Casino Location
(Illinois) -- The village of Matteson has filed an amendment to change its proposed casino site location in its application to the Illinois Gaming Board. Local residents...
article At least two groups interested in buying Arlington racetrack and adding a casino
(Illinois) -- At least two groups have expressed interest in buying Arlington International Racecourse from Churchill Downs and adding a casino to the property. Four...

1/14/2020

article Lottery Sales Sink As Other Gambling Options Take Off
(Illinois) -- Something troubling is brewing at the Illinois Lottery. And it’s leading to millions of dollars missing for the state. As sports wagering emerges in...
article Boyd's Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino planning to open a sportsbook
(Illinois) -- Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino, operated by Boyd Gaming in East Peoria, Illinois, announced four projects to roll out this year. Boyd Gaming CEO, Keith Smith...

1/10/2020

article Libertyville-based Tap Room Gaming sold to downstate video gambling company
(Illinois) -- The video gambling company led by former state Sen. Michael Bond has been sold to J&J Ventures Gaming, the second-largest video gambling machine...
article Par-a-Dice Betting on Sports Gaming To Draw Younger Crowds
(Illinois) -- The head of Par-a-Dice Hotel and Casino's parent company says sports betting may be just what's needed to bring people back to a business that'...
article Two groups want to buy Arlington Park, head of horsemen's association says
(Illinois) -- At least two groups have expressed interest about buying Arlington International Racecourse from Churchill Downs and adding a casino to the property. That...

1/8/2020

article In Depth: Illinois Bets On Gambling Expansion
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers and Gov. Pritzker have put their chips behind expanded gambling, with the landscape here changing dramatically in 2020. What’s in...

1/6/2020

article Video gaming in Chicago? Here’s what’s at stake
(Chicago) -- More than 32,000 video gaming terminals generated $478 million in revenue for state and local governments in fiscal year 2019. Chicago has resisted allowing...
article Arlington Park Contract With Racing Group Not Signed By Deadline
(Illinois) -- The future of gambling at Arlington International Racecourse remains in question as a deadline to sign a contract between racecourse owners and horse...
article Ahead Of Casino, Renovations, Hawthorne Sees Handle Increase, Bigger Field Sizes
(Illinois) -- With construction on the new casino and racing facility at Hawthorne Race Course just around the corner, the fall Thoroughbred meet concluded with...

1/5/2020

article OP/ED: Video gaming revenue helps Lincoln
(Illinois) -- I see Lincoln has a new business on Woodlawn Road, perhaps the heaviest traveled thoroughfare in our fair city. A video gaming business named Jackpot...

1/3/2020

article Stalled contract talks threaten racing, ratchet up tension between Arlington Racecourse, horsemen
(Illinois) -- Horse owners and trainers already enraged by the corporate owner of Arlington International Racecourse now say the track’s 2020 schedule is in...

1/2/2020

article Deadline for new Arlington Park contract with racing group comes and goes
(Illinois) -- A New Year's deadline to finalize a new contract between Arlington International Racecourse and horse owners and trainers has come and gone, with the...

12/28/2019

article Battle for casino license, decisions on marijuana sales among year’s top stories in south suburbs
(Illinois) -- A four-way race to bring a casino to the south suburbs and local debates over whether to allow sales of recreational marijuana were among the top news...

12/27/2019

article Top Stories Of 2019: Waukegan on track to get long-sought casino
(Illinois) -- The city of Waukegan’s decades-long struggle to bring a casino to town might finally be bearing fruit. A casino license for the north suburban...
article YEAR IN REVIEW: Battle for casino license, decisions on marijuana sales among year’s top stories in south suburbs
(Illinois) -- A four-way race to bring a casino to the south suburbs and local debates over whether to allow sales of recreational marijuana were among the top news...

12/26/2019

article Board moves to revoke businessman's video gambling license
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board has moved to revoke the license of a video gambling operator for allegedly offering a $5 million “illegal inducement...

12/25/2019

article State regulators out to revoke video gambling kingpin Rick Heidner’s license
(Illinois) -- Barely two months ago, video gambling magnate Rick Heidner was being hailed as a potential savior of the Illinois horse racing industry, poised to expand...

12/24/2019

article With Senate Bill 690 Approved, Will Online Gambling Soon Follow in Illinois?
(Illinois) -- Senate Bill 690 expands the number of casinos permitted in Illinois. Illinois is one of the many states that have legalized sports betting. A few months...

12/20/2019

article From sports books to new casinos, Illinois betting big on gambling expansion in 2020
(Illinois) -- When Rivers Casino in Des Plaines opened its gleaming new sports bar earlier this month, it had everything a gambler could want, including 32 leather...
article Illinois Gaming Board Releases Applications For Sports Wagering Licenses
(Illinois) -- Slowly but surely, there will be sports betting in the Land of Lincoln come 2020. The Illinois Gaming Board took another step forward in its Thursday...
article Illinois starts sports betting application process
(Illinois) -- llinois gambling regulators released applications Thursday for casinos, racetracks and large stadiums that want to open sportsbooks. Illinois Gaming Board...
article Sports betting inches toward launch in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Sports bettors are one step closer to putting legitimate money down in Illinois as state gambling regulators released applications Thursday for casinos,...

12/19/2019

article Illinois Gaming Board moves to yank video gambling license
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board has moved to strip video gambling operator Rick Heidner of his license after accusing him of offering a $5 million “illegal...
article Sportsbook next on tap for rapidly expanding Rivers Casino
(Illinois) -- While Mayor Lori Lightfoot labors to get a Chicago mega-casino off the ground, executives at the state’s most lucrative “riverboat”...

12/18/2019

article Sports betting is coming to your phone in Illinois. That means big money for the state — and big worries about addiction.
(Illinois) -- Brian Benge is an experienced and enthusiastic sports bettor, and though he lives in Iowa City, the way he bets is a glimpse of the future for Illinois...

12/17/2019

article Rivers Casino Outside Chicago Unveils BetRivers SportsBar In Anticipation Of Legal Betting
(Illinois) -- Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Ill., is putting its best foot forward for sports betting becoming available in Illinois with its opening of the BetRivers...

12/16/2019

article BLOG: Illinois Sports Lottery Yet To Find Any Takers
(Illinois) -- Tucked in near the middle of Illinois Senate Bill 690, an 816-page measure that legalized sports betting in the state this summer, is a six-page section...

12/15/2019

article Fact-check: Would Chicago’s casino tax plan raise city’s take?
(Illinois) -- Visiting Springfield last month, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot pressed state lawmakers to lower tax rates on a future city casino after a consultant found...
article Schaumburg adopts rules for video gambling
(Illinois) -- Schaumburg trustees have unanimously approved regulations under which video gambling will be allowed in 2020. Existing hotels and restaurants with liquor...

12/14/2019

article Waiting for state approval, Rivers Casino tees up planned sportsbook
(Illinois) -- It has the look and feel of a Las Vegas sportsbook, but a new bar within Rivers Casino in Des Plaines won't allow patrons to place bets just yet. The...

12/13/2019

article MP Approves Max Of Six Gaming Terminals In Licensed Establishments
(Illinois) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 690 in July increasing the number of allowed video gaming terminals in licensed establishment from five to six. At...

12/11/2019

article Illinois' sports betting program won't be ready for Super Bowl
(Illinois) -- As part of the state’s $45 billion of capital spending for projects around Illinois, lawmakers approved sports betting earlier this year. That money...
article Reading and writing and — roulette? Under fire, Matteson rethinks proposed casino site near schools
(Illinois) -- Village officials in Matteson could be looking for a redeal in their bid for a coveted south suburban casino license after weeks of complaints from groups...
article Jail, probation for man who caused Aurora casino bomb scare, evacuation
(Illinois) -- A 30-year-old Chicago man convicted of causing a bomb scare that forced the evacuation of Aurora's Hollywood Casino in February was sentenced Wednesday...

12/10/2019

article Illinois Sports Betting Will Miss Super Bowl, Hoping For NCAA Tournament
(Illinois) -- Efforts to get sports betting operational in Illinois appear likely to fall short of being ready for the Super Bowl, but Prairie State bettors don’t...
article Illinois’ sports betting not expected until after Super Bowl
(Illinois) -- The state’s sports wagering program won’t be ready for the Super Bowl, but it might be ready for March Madness. Some people may already be...

12/9/2019

article Illinois’ sports betting not expected until after Super Bowl
(Illinois) -- The state's sports wagering program won't be ready for the Super Bowl, but it might be ready for March Madness. Some people may already be placing...

12/8/2019

article Matteson Considers New Casino Location
(Illinois) -- The village of Matteson will hold a public hearing Monday to consider a new casino location. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the village...

12/6/2019

article Rivers Casino Gets Des Plaines OK for Garage Expansion
(Illinois) -- Rivers Casino’s expansion of its parking garage and the installation of new signage in front of its property at Devon and River roads, received quick...

12/4/2019

article Plummer says he was offered ethics commission slot in exchange for his silence
(Illinois) -- Plummer: Certain legislators are making a lot of money from industries where they have a tremendous amount of influence. And I think that the more the...
article Batavia may put cap on video gambling licenses
(Illinois) -- Even as the Batavia City Council expanded video gambling in the community to an eighth license-holder, aldermen set the stage for placing a limit on the...
article Illinois sports betting market could rival Nevada’s — once it finally launches
(Illinois) -- Sports betting was a pet project of Gov. J.B. Pritzker as part of Illinois’ sprawling gambling expansion law that passed over the summer, and...

12/3/2019

article Illinois Could Become Sports Betting Mecca Rivaling Nevada, New Jersey – When it Goes Live There
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) expects to make sports betting applications for casinos, horse racetracks and professional sports arenas and fields...

12/2/2019

article Illinois sports betting market could rival Nevada’s — once it finally launches
(Illinois) -- Sports betting was a pet project of Gov. J.B. Pritzker as part of Illinois’ sprawling gambling expansion law that passed over the summer, and...

12/1/2019

article South suburban developer trots in with Balmoral Park racino revival
(Illinois) -- The first bid for a new south suburban “racino” crashed hard out of the starting gate, but a new gambling proposal to revive a nearly century-...

11/30/2019

article Significant hurdles to clear before Balmoral will rise again as a racetrack
(Illinois) -- Is Balmoral Park destined to be a born again racetrack? Bankruptcy forced Balmoral out of business following its 2015 harness meeting when the Illinois...

11/29/2019

article State lobbyist makes millions running video gambling company from Chicago movie studio
(Illinois) -- Frank J. Cortese has spent his life in the shadows of government. Cortese started as a “patronage guy” in the Illinois secretary of state...

11/28/2019

article Mount Prospect open to more video gambling
(Illinois) -- Mount Prospect is about to raise its stake in video gambling. The village board on Tuesday reacted favorably to a proposed ordinance that would raise the...

11/27/2019

article Sen. Martin Sandoval resigns amid federal corruption investigation
(Illinois) -- State Sen. Martin Sandoval, the Southwest Side Democrat whose statehouse offices were raided by federal agents in September, is resigning his legislative...

11/21/2019

article Plan emerges to bring horse racing and casino gambling to Balmoral Park after Gov. J.B. Pritzker quashes Tinley Park racino
(Illinois) -- A south suburban developer is in the early stages of a deal that could bring horse racing back to Balmoral Park near south suburban Crete as part of a...

11/20/2019

article Hold your bets: Still no timeline for sports wagering in Illinois
(Illinois) -- If you are making football bets in Illinois on Feb. 2, 2020, they probably won’t be legal. The Super Bowl is the single most popular sporting event...
article Champaign council approves increase for video-gambling terminals
(Illinois) -- Businesses with video-gambling machines now have the option of adding one more after the city council voted Tuesday to increase the maximum allowed from...

11/19/2019

article In Champaign, push to add more video-gambling machines has momentum
(Illinois) -- This past fiscal year, gamblers played a whopping $209.9 million on video gaming terminals around Champaign, losing $16.8 million. Next year, if the city...

11/17/2019

article State process underway in selection of Waukegan casino developer
(Illinois) -- Investigations into the three would-be casino developers selected by the Waukegan City Council are underway, an Illinois Gaming Board spokesman said. The...

11/12/2019

article Rivers becomes Illinois first land-based casino
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board granted Rivers Casino the state’s first land-based casino license at a board meeting last Thursday, enabling the Des...
article Rivers Casino Des Plaines receives permission to come ashore
(Illinois) -- In Illinois and Rivers Casino Des Plains will reportedly be expanding the size of its gaming operations by around 10% as part of a scheme that is to see...
article Despite scandal, lawmakers vote to block Illinois Gaming Board from preventing video gambling owners from selling without approval
(Illinois) -- Less than a week after the Illinois Gaming Board attempted to stop video gambling operators from selling their businesses without state approval, a panel...
article Video Gambling Ban Lifted In Unincorporated DuPage County
(Illinois) -- A decade-long ban on video gambling in unincorporated parts of DuPage County has been lifted. County officials voted 11 to 6 Tuesday in favor of repealing...

11/11/2019

article LEGAL BLOG: At Stake
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) held its November monthly meeting on Thursday, November 7, 2019 in Chicago. Please remember the November 21, 2019 meeting...
article Rivers Casino Des Plaines Gets License to Expand Onto Dry Land
(Illinois) -- It’s land ho! for Illinois’ most lucrative casino. The Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, north of Chicago, has been sitting in a pit on top of...

11/9/2019

article Man Found Guilty of Making Bomb Threat at Hollywood Casino in Aurora
(Illinois) -- A man was convicted Friday of making a false bomb threat at the Hollywood Casino in west suburban Aurora. A Kane County judge found Mustadin Muadinov, 30,...

11/8/2019

article Rivers becomes first land-based casino in Illinois, starts expansion to add more slots and table games
(Illinois) -- Rivers Casino, the busiest riverboat casino in Illinois, is headed for dry land. The Illinois Gaming Board granted Rivers the state’s first land-...
article Taika Waititi To Write And Direct A Native American Limited Series For FX
(Hollywood) -- Taika Waititi, episode director on the upcoming Disney+ series ‘The Mandalorian’ is to write and direct a Native American limited series for FX called ‘...

11/7/2019

article Amid scandal, Illinois Gaming Board blocks video gambling owners from selling their companies without state approval
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board on Thursday moved to block video gambling operators from selling their companies without state approval in what regulators billed...

11/6/2019

article Nick in the AM: Sportsbook coming to Par-A-Dice, which will pay a hefty price
(Illinois) -- Those around Peoria who like to bet on college and professional sports soon will have a legal place to do it, apparently. It’s the same place where...

11/5/2019

article It’s no racino, but a planned truck stop could expand Tinley Park’s gambling options
(Illinois) -- A developer’s effort to build a large gas station along 183rd Street in Tinley Park could lead to an expanded gambling operation just blocks away...
article Danville Boys and Girls Club 'overjoyed' by casino developer's $1M pledge to fund expansion
(Illinois) -- When Rob Gifford takes calls from parents who want their children to attend the Danville Boys and Girls Club, he has to explain that their names will be...

11/4/2019

article Bribery charge against ex-state Rep. Luis Arroyo brings fresh scrutiny to sweepstakes machines, raises questions about potential for abuse as gambling expands
(Illinois) -- State lawmakers have worked over the past decade to bring various forms of gambling out of the shadows and onto the tax rolls, from legalizing video poker...
article Rockford aldermen: Reserve casino, marijuana money for special projects
(Illinois) -- The City Council on Monday night approved a flat property tax levy and a balanced 2020 budget that doesn’t include revenue from a proposed casino or...

11/3/2019

article Talk of the County: Put Bradbury statue in front of Waukegan casino
(Illinois) -- When and if Waukegan gets its casino after all the red tape and controversies about where it will be built and by who, they should put Ray Bradburys statue...

11/2/2019

article OP/ED: A local casino on the way, in a state already awash in gambling
(Illinois) -- Take your pick. Or perhaps I should say, place your bets. Where should the long-awaited south suburban casino be built? Are your palms sweating at the...

11/1/2019

article Arroyo resigns after allegations he bribed senator; GOP fingers Link as FBI source
(Illinois) -- In a remarkable political turnaround, state Rep. Luis Arroyo has resigned in the wake of his bribery arrest on allegations he gave an unnamed senator $2,...
article Batavia considers allowing video gambling at Funway
(Illinois) -- The Batavia City Council is considering expanding video gambling to allow the Funway amusement center to add machines. The council also plans to review...

10/31/2019

article Rivers Casino starts work on new sportsbook, expansion
(Illinois) -- Rivers Casino in Des Plaines has begun renovations to its existing space, company officials said Thursday, ahead of further expansion plans being made in...

10/30/2019

article Walker's Bluff Casino Resort team hits filing deadline for casino license
(Illinois) -- Cynde Bunch stepped up to a table in the gazebo at Walker's Bluff on Monday, and put her signature on the official application for an Illinois casino...
article Gambling figure who testified against mob boss charged with theft from gaming company
(Illinois) -- Years after testifying in federal court that he sold illegal video poker machines — and after his business was pipe-bombed by one of Chicago’s...

10/29/2019

article Too rich for their blood? Two suburbs lay down casino hands — but ten others still in the game
(Illinois) -- Two players in the high-stakes game for a south suburban casino license have folded, leaving four towns at the table for what they hope is a tax-revenue...
article Developer submits Danville casino application
(Illinois) -- Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. shared a photo Monday night with news media showing Haven Gaming's attorney Scott Sypolt at the Illinois Gaming Board office...
article Full House Outlines Further Plans For Waukegan City’s American Place
(Illinois) -- After submitting plans to the Illinois Gaming Board outlining its proposed casino development in Waukegan City, Full House Resorts outlined further plans...
article New gambling treatment program coming to southern Illinois
(Illinois) -- A new gambling addiction treatment resource is coming to southern Illinois. With Illinois expanding gaming services and plans for a new casino underway,...
article Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort files application for Ill. casino license
(Illinois) -- Walker’s Bluff and Elite Casino Resorts filed a joint application for an Illinois casino license. The filing was completed on Monday afternoon,...

10/28/2019

article Country Club Hills, Crestwood drop casino bids; field down to four in south suburbs as state deadline passes
(Illinois) -- Country Club Hills dropped out of the crowded field competing for a coveted south suburban casino license, as other communities filed applications touting...
article Haven Gaming submits application for Danville casino license on deadline day
(Illinois) -- Haven Gaming officials submitted its application for a license to operate a casino in Danville to the Illinois Gaming Board shortly after 4 p.m. Monday,...

10/26/2019

article Editorial: Wise to protect gambling reality, reputation in state
(Illinois) -- For the past days, we’ve been thinking about the paperwork from a September raid on the Springfield office of state Sen. Martin Sandoval. We don...

10/25/2019

article Illinois lawmakers are going back to Springfield for the fall veto session. Here's what could happen.
(Illinois) -- For the first time since the General Assembly adjourned its historic regular legislative session in early June, lawmakers will be back at the Capitol for...
article Road map to riches — or ruin?
(Illinois) -- Casino developers are racing to meet a Monday deadline to submit applications to the Illinois Gaming Board to be considered for one of the state’s...
article Beshear Promises Change If Elected Governor
(Illinois) -- Democratic gubernatorial nominee and Attorney General Andy Beshear is locked in a close race with Republican incumbent Matt Bevin, according to a recent...

10/24/2019

article Cook County casino license race gets a sixth candidate community
(Illinois) -- The small city of Country Club Hills in Illinois has reportedly become the sixth runner in the race to secure the sole license to build and operate a...
article Centerstone adds gambling treatment to Southern Illinois services
(Illinois) -- Behavioral health care provider Centerstone has added gambling treatment and intervention to its services offered in Southern Illinois.

10/23/2019

article Rep. Keicher Wants Cleanup Of State Gambling Bill
(Illinois) -- An Illinois legislator says the state’s new gambling expansion bill needs to be cleaned up. The state’s recent gambling expansion authorized...
article Illinois Horsemen ‘Blindsided’ by Churchill Downs Want State to Protect Arlington
(Illinois) -- Horsemen in Illinois say they are still reeling from the decision by Churchill Downs Inc. not to pursue a casino license for Arlington International...

10/22/2019

article As Monday deadline looms, Crestwood, Country Club Hills make it 6 at the Southland casino table
(Illinois) -- South suburban communities have recently held public hearings on six different proposals to host a casino. Country Club Hills on Monday night became the...
article Des Plaines mayor delays vote on lifting city's video gambling ban
(Illinois) -- Des Plaines Mayor Matthew Bogusz on Monday tabled an ordinance that would have allowed video gambling in the city, effectively ending for now a push to...
article Harrah's Casino in Illinois Sued Over Facial Recognition Use
(Illinois) -- A new Illinois lawsuit accused Harrah's Casino in Joliet, Ill. of violating the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act by possessing the facial...
article Six Card Stud: Country Club Hills saddles up for casino race after state reins in Tinley Park ‘racino’ plan
(Illinois) -- The stunning failure of a proposed combination racetrack/casino last week left one south suburb on the outside looking in at Illinois’ massive gambling...

10/21/2019

article Calumet City enters race for Cook County casino license
(Illinois) -- A fourth community in Illinois has reportedly entered the race in hopes of securing permission to build and operate the casino that is being licensed for...
article Selle: Waukegan places its chips on trio of casino hopefuls
(Illinois) -- Then there were three. The slow progress for a casino operator for Waukegan now enters the second phase. The City Council late last week vetted the...
article 2nd Facial Recognition Suit Names Hollywood Casino As Defendant
(Illinois) -- In addition to filing a lawsuit against Harrah's Casino in Joliet, lawyers from Chicago and New York have filed a near identical case against Hollywood...
article Joliet Harrah's Casino Sued In Facial Recognition Lawsuit
(Illinois) -- A new Will County lawsuit accuses Harrah's Casino in downtown Joliet of violating the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act by possessing the...
article Rockford leaders okay video gambling operators to add more machines
(Illinois) -- Rockford leaders give video gambling operators the chance to add more machines. City Council members approved a request to raise the number of machines...

10/20/2019

article Calumet City casino proposal aims to revitalize River Oaks Center
(Illinois) -- The latest entry in the south suburban casino sweepstakes aims to put a new gaming facility less than two miles from the Indiana border at the River Oaks...
article Joliet Harrah's Casino Faces Class Action Lawsuit
(Illinois) -- A new Will County lawsuit accuses Harrah's Casino in downtown Joliet of violating the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act by possessing the...

10/19/2019

article Board approves casino, resort at Southern Illinois winery
(Illinois) -- Local officials have advanced a plan for a resort and casino on the site of a Southern Illinois winery. The Southern Illinoisan reports the Williamson...

10/18/2019

article Waukegan sends three of four casino proposals to Illinois Gaming Board; Potawatomi requests rehearing after rejection
(Illinois) -- Three of four casino proposals targeted for Fountain Square in Waukegan survived the city’s evaluation process this week and will now be vetted in a...
article Calumet City joins scrum for south suburban casino license with proposal involving River Oaks site
(Illinois) -- After narrowly losing out on a bid for a casino license a decade ago, Calumet City is now making the current quest for a coveted south suburban casino...
article Five Card Draw? Calumet City, Crestwood join three others in crowded south suburban casino race
(Illinois) -- It’s now a full house looking to land a south suburban casino jackpot. Officials from Calumet City and Crestwood announced proposals Thursday for the...
article Alleged mob connection kills new Illinois harness track
(Illinois) -- It seemed too good to be true…and it was. Three weeks after approving the application for a 12-night inaugural meeting in December, 2020 for a...
article EDITORIAL: Pritzker moves to protect the reputation and reality of Illinois gambling. Good
(Illinois) -- For the past few days we've been thinking about the paperwork from a September raid on the Springfield office of state Sen. Martin Sandoval. We don...

10/17/2019

article Lightfoot proposes 2 options for Chicago casino to lawmakers
(Chicago) -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is pushing two options for a Chicago casino. One calls for a casino owned by both the city and the state, the other calls for a...
article Council certifies Haven Gaming as Danville casino applicant
(Illinois) -- City Council members unanimously, by a 13-0 vote Tuesday night, certified Haven Gaming as the Danville Casino and Resort applicant.
article Des Plaines has collected $70 million in taxes from Rivers Casino, the state’s top-grossing riverboat.
(Illinois) -- When Des Plaines beat out Waukegan for what was supposed to be the 10th and final casino license in Illinois more than a decade ago, it transformed the...
article Matteson’s $300M casino plan could create 900 jobs, become ‘family destination,’ developer says
(Illinois) -- If approved by state regulators, a Matteson casino could open by spring 2022, with the gambling hall and associated development, such as a hotel, creating...
article Heidner claims Gaming Board was fully informed about his business ties
(Illinois) -- In 2012, the Gaming Board granted Heidner’s Gold Rush a license to operate video gambling machines. Two board members recently told the Tribune that...

10/16/2019

article Pritzker halts sale of land for Tinley Park horse track casino after Tribune investigation
(Illinois) -- Less than a month ago, Rick Heidner was the toast of an Illinois Racing Board hearing, hailed as a new friend and potential savior for the horse racing...

10/15/2019

article Danville Mayor Confident Of Casino Success
(Illinois) -- The mayor of Danville lives near a Big Lots store, where a bus from East Peoria’s Par-A-Dice Casino regularly stops to pick up customers.

10/14/2019

article Chicagoland Close to Development of Another Suburban Land-Based Casino Venue Located in Homewood, IL
(Illinois) -- Illinois has recently approved gambling expansion all over the state. Chicago operators have submitted several proposals regarding suburban location of a...
article Gaming Company Named in Illinois State Senator Martin Sandoval Federal Corruption Probe
(Illinois) -- When federal agents raided the home and offices of Illinois State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-12th) last month, among their targets were documents related...
article Matteson is jumping into the race to be the host community for a south suburban casino.
(Illinois) -- Matteson is jumping into the race to be the host community for a south suburban casino. Village officials said Monday they are teaming up with Oklahoma...

10/13/2019

article Chicago man faces charges linked to sports gambling
(Illinois) -- A 35-year-old Chicago man has been indicted on federal charges that accuse him of illegal gambling and of hiding sports-betting income in a bankruptcy...
article Suburban casino proposals could put new gaming venues on Northwest Indiana's doorstep
(Illinois) -- The new Hard Rock Casino Gary may be just the first of several casinos to open in the years ahead within or very near to Northwest Indiana.The Illinois...

10/12/2019

article Gambling, construction, red-light cameras and a smoke-filled room: Here’s what’s in the feds’ unredacted search warrant
(Illinois) -- It reads like a federal checklist for Chicago corruption. Gambling. Construction. Red-light cameras. A smoke-filled room. But an 11-page document released...

10/11/2019

article Danville’s first extended-stay hotel holds grand opening
(Illinois) -- Local government and business officials celebrated the long-awaited grand opening Thursday of an extended-stay hotel property, the TownePlace Suites by...
article Hawthorne Race Course Moves Ahead on $450M Casino Project, Hires Veteran Industry Executive with Chicago-Area Ties
(Illinois) -- While other Chicago-area casino plans are stalling, Hawthorne Race Course continues to move ahead with its plans to add one to the historic racetrack. It...
article From real estate to racino: Suburban developer’s rise to video gambling kingpin, name in search warrant
(Illinois) -- He’s made a big name for himself in Illinois’ burgeoning video gambling industry. And his name popped up in a proposal to help revive the...
article Mayor: Waukegan casino consultant releases report showing 2 candidates ‘neck-and-neck’ as council prepares to weigh decision
(Illinois) -- A report by the Chicago-based consultant hired by Waukegan to evaluate the four proposals for a Fountain Square casino was posted online by the city on...

10/8/2019

article Data Mandate, Branding, In-Person Registration Surface As Key Issues For Illinois Sports Betting
(Illinois) -- Response to the Illinois Gaming Board’s sports betting public-comment period was, to say the least, robust… and fierce. The 35-plus replies...
article Church crowd opposes Waukegan casino proposal, but mayor confident plan will move forward
(Illinois) -- The Waukegan City Council’s meeting Monday night was packed with an overflow crowd of residents, primarily affiliated with local churches, who...

10/7/2019

article Danville city chooses casino operator, which unveils family-friendly project
(Illinois) -- A group looking to put a Las Vegas-style casino resort in the Illinois city of Danville says it wants to build a family-oriented destination and promote...
article Danville Planning Commission postpones more than a dozen gaming items
(Illinois) -- The Danville Planning Commission postponed more than a dozen requests from store owners seeking special use permits to operate skilled-gaming machines....
article Would-be legal bettors chime in on Illinois sports betting launch: ‘Get on it already’
(Illinois) -- Ease up on restrictions. Protect athletes. And get a move on, already. That’s just a taste of what members of the public had to say to the Illinois...

10/6/2019

article Would-be legal bettors chime in on Illinois sports betting launch: ‘Get on it already’
(Illinois) -- Ease up on restrictions. Protect athletes. And get a move on, already. That’s just a taste of what members of the public had to say to the Illinois...
article Danville officials think they hit jackpot with casino partner
(Illinois) -- For the past seven years, combined revenues from Illinois’ 10 casinos have declined annually, with only one posting increases — the River...

10/5/2019

article Illinois Sports Betting Behind Other States
(Illinois) -- Indiana had already beat Illinois in a race to allow sports wagering at the state's ten casinos and on Thursday, the Hoosier State also beat the Land...
article Developer's plan for Danville includes more than just casino
(Illinois) -- A group looking to put a Las Vegas-style casino resort in Danville says it wants to build a family oriented destination and promote economic growth in the...

10/4/2019

article Group approves casino zoning petition
(Illinois) -- An intersection plan for one or two intersections and various signs, including a “big and bold” flashing, monument-type sign that could make...
article OP/ED: Gaming Board should play hardball with Arlington owner Churchill Downs
(Illinois) -- A casino at Arlington Park would dramatically enhance the venue’s entertainment appeal, bolster live racing by driving more dollars into purses, and...

10/3/2019

article Danville’s Mayor Has High Hopes For Casino Plans
(Illinois) -- The casino operator approved by the Danville City Council this week still has to obtain a state gaming license. But the mayor of Danville says once it...
article Lou Lang an adviser on the Danville casino
(Illinois) -- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he is willing to talk about adding a casino in Chicago, but he stated on Friday that he is opposed to a larger expansion...

10/2/2019

article City all in on Haven Gaming as casino operator
(Illinois) -- D-Vegas has been a long-running nickname used by some residents for Danville, it being the opposite of a bright lights big city. Now after a 30-year wait...
article Danville City Council chooses operator for casino project
(Illinois) -- The city of Danville has chosen its operator for the upcoming casino project. City officials gathered Tuesday night and chose Haven Gaming LLC, a new...
article Newly chosen Danville casino developer: 'We want the "wow" effect'
(Illinois) -- A newly formed group of individuals with a long history in the gaming industry hopes to build a Las Vegas-style casino resort that attracts people all...
article ‘Hope springs eternal’ for Danville casino to turn economic tide in eastern Illinois city
(Illinois) -- Chuck Hamilton has seen a lot of new businesses come put their chips on the table in Danville over his 64 years in his eastern Illinois hometown, two and a...
article Aurora looks to firm up gambling laws
(Illinois) -- A proposed change in Aurora’s laws relating to gambling offenses would be only slight. But a city official said that even with no changes, it would...

10/1/2019

article Is Illinois The Next US Gambling Mecca?
(Illinois) -- Like a lighthouse glimmering on the horizon of a pitch-black ocean, you can see the casino lights of Las Vegas luring you to gamble as you fly into...

9/28/2019

article Casino operator announcement expected Tuesday
(Illinois) -- About a month later than expected, Danville City Council members should vote Tuesday night on the casino operator as announced by Mayor Rickey Williams Jr...
article University of Illinois expert says gambling will cost state more than it gains
(Illinois) -- A professor emeritus at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign said that any benefits the state might gain from gambling expansion will be small...
article Schaumburg trustees to vote on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Village of Schaumburg Trustee Marge Connelly is not opposed to video gambling coming to the area, but she’s adamant that it happen in what she...

9/27/2019

article And then there were four: One of Waukegan’s would-be casino developers withdraws from consideration
(Illinois) -- Waukegan Development Associates, the team behind the Italian-themed Casino Fontana proposal that would have included 10 acres neighboring a city-owned site...
article Column: Arlington Racecourse doesn’t want casino gambling. The state should back off.
(Illinois) -- Is the Illinois Racing Board taking business lessons from the film “Goodfellas?” In that world of organized crime chronicled so brilliantly by...
article Fairmount Park will have more racing days in 2020, but has not yet hit its minimum
(Illinois) -- Fairmount Park in Collinsville has scheduled 60 racing days in 2020 — up from 40 this year. But that schedule will require Fairmount to spend more...
article Proposed Danville casino timeline has construction not starting until February 2021
(Illinois) -- Construction of a Danville casino wouldn’t begin until early 2021, according to a project timeline included in documents submitted to the city’...
article Tinley Park doesn’t have a track yet, but it does have harness racing dates for late 2020
(Illinois) -- While Tinley Park doesn’t yet have a harness racing track, state regulators have approved horse racing dates for late next year at a proposed site in...

9/26/2019

article Legal sports wagering is coming to Illinois. Here’s what you need to know before you place your bets.
(Illinois) -- OK, it’s time to come clean. In high school, friends called me “the bookie.” Each week I would Xerox (that was the verb used at the time...
article Racino Wins First Approval To Operate In Tinley Park
(Illinois) -- A proposed horse racing track and casino won state approval Tuesday to operate in Tinley Park next December. The Illinois Racing Board approved the 12...

9/25/2019

article Illinois Sports Betting Comment Period Could Spotlight Issues With Bill
(Illinois) -- Industry dissatisfaction with the Sports Wagering Act could be part of the reason why the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) is seeking public comment before...
article Unveiled Rockford Casino Plans Explained In Layman Terms
(Illinois) -- All three sets of plans for a casino in Rockford has been presented. Now it's up to city officials to decide which will come to fruition. More than 600...
article Danville casino could open sooner than expected
(Illinois) -- The Danville casino could soon be opening sooner than expected. According to city officials, the developer that is most likely to be recommended to the...
article DuPage to discuss repealing video gambling ban
(Illinois) -- With a veterans group calling for a repeal of DuPage's decade-old ban on video gambling, county board members are going to revisit the issue. Officials...
article Springfield City Council Considers Changes To Video Gaming Rules
(Illinois) -- The Springfield City Council wants to make sure the city’s many video gaming parlors are playing by the rules. Video gambling establishments can...
article Tinley Park ‘racino’ harness track off to the races with Illinois Racing Board approval
(Illinois) -- A new horse racing track and casino proposed for Tinley Park has made it out of the starting gate. Overshadowed at Tuesday’s Illinois Racing Board...
article Illinois Sports Betting Comment Period Could Spotlight Issues With Bill
(Illinois) -- Industry dissatisfaction with the Sports Wagering Act could be part of the reason why the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) is seeking public comment before...
article Post time: Illinois Racing Board grants Arlington race dates despite passing on casino bid
(Illinois) -- Embittered state horse racing regulators approved a license Tuesday for Arlington International Racecourse, begrudgingly handing down 2020 race dates to...

9/24/2019

article Illinois Racing Board grants Arlington’s race dates in 2020, but still presses for track to add casino gaming
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Racing Board voted unanimously Tuesday to allow horse racing at Arlington International Racecourse next year, despite the decision by the...
article Post time: Illinois Racing Board grants Arlington race dates despite passing on casino bid
(Illinois) -- Embittered state horse racing regulators approved a license Tuesday for Arlington International Racecourse, begrudgingly handing down 2020 race dates to...

9/23/2019

article Public hears three casino proposals
(Illinois) -- There will only be one casino in Rockford and three development companies are vying for who it will be. Up until now, the city of Rockford hadn’t...
article Selle: Waukegan weighs the betting odds on casino suitors
(Illinois) -- The sweeping gambling law aimed at pulling Illinois out of its financial hole might be stumbling, but not in Waukegan if last week’s public hearing...

9/22/2019

article Rockford casino hearing: what you need to know
(Illinois) -- On Monday, we’ll hear for the first time details of the three proposed Rockford casinos. A public hearing is scheduled for 5:30pm at the Coronado...
article Rosemont Panel To Take Look At Sports Betting Possibility
(Illinois) -- Rosemont is exploring the possibility of allowing sports betting in the village having formed a five-member committee last week to help pick a company to...
article South Suburban Mayors Say Gambling Bill Rigged Against Them
(Illinois) -- A group of south suburban mayors claims the recently passed gaming bill has a bias against their communities. Matteson Mayor Sheila Chalmers-Currin said...

9/21/2019

article Casino revenues fall, but video gambling bolsters state's wagering
(Illinois) -- Gamblers brought in more money for the state than ever before last year, even though casino revenues were down. Those were among the findings in a new...
article What you need to know before the Rockford casino hearing
(Illinois) -- We expect to learn more about the three proposals for a casino during a public hearing Monday night at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. Although the...
article Beating the odds: Argosy bounces back from floods
(Illinois) -- Gamblers returned to the Argosy Casino Alton in August, making it the best month for the facility since the spring floods, and the second best so far this...
article Ministers: Problem gambling could come with Rockford casino
(Illinois) -- The Rockford Ministers Fellowship and other religious organizations are raising an alarm about the dangers expanded access to gambling poses to vulnerable...
article On last day of Arlington season, a dark cloud over track's future
(Illinois) -- Dark storm clouds cast a literal and figurative shadow over Arlington International Racecourse Saturday afternoon, on what was the last day of racing for...

9/20/2019

article Did Illinois Make The Right Move on Gambling Expansion? Expert Says It’s Complicated
(Illinois) -- Newly-released tax data from Illinois’ gambling businesses shows an industry in flux. Though video gambling is flourishing, traditional shops like...
article Rosemont eyes sports betting license for Allstate Arena
(Illinois) -- Rosemont has formed a special gaming committee to start identifying potential applicants to operate a sports wagering facility “within the vicinity...

9/19/2019

article Finalists pitch Waukegan officials on casino proposals
(Illinois) -- The six finalists for who will open the first casino in Waukegan pitched city officials on Wednesday. Officials spent four hours listening to plans from...
article Waukegan Casino Finalists Make Their Pitches
(Illinois) -- The finalists vying to build Waukegan’s first casino made their pitches before city officials on Wednesday in a meeting that had to be moved to a...
article Report Shows Decline in Illinois Casino Revenue
(Illinois) -- Despite a new report that showed the state’s casinos generated less revenue and had 6 percent fewer visitors than the year before, one state Senator...
article Illinois Suburb Trustees Vote On A Lesser Law For Video Gambling
(Illinois) -- On Tuesday, trustees of Schaumburg, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, suggested replacing the village’s outright ban on video gambling for the previous...

9/18/2019

article Hard Rock Is Offering Support to Several Rockford Groups
(Illinois) -- The City of Rockford has to send their choice for a Rockford casino to the Illinois Gaming Board by October 26th, so it's officially crunch time for...
article Hard Rock offered downtown booster group support in exchange for Rockford casino endorsement
(Illinois) -- Hard Rock International is trying to drum up support for its casino proposal by offering financial support to various local groups in exchange for...
article Forest City Casino envisions water park, golf complex and senior housing to boot
(Illinois) -- The grand plan for 136 acres off Lyford Road calls not only for a casino and hotel but also for a water park, golf entertainment complex and senior citizen...
article Public hearing for casino is happening in 1 week
(Illinois) -- In a week, the public is invited to attend an information listening session about three proposed locations for a casino coming to Rockford.
article Waukegan moves casino hearing to Genesee Theatre, expecting large turnout
(Illinois) -- The city of Waukegan has received “hundreds of calls" about Wednesday’s scheduled public hearing on the proposed Waukegan casino,...
article Crowd expected Wednesday for Illinois Supreme Court hearings at Lewis and Clark
(Illinois) -- Almost 1,000 people will get a chance to see the state’s highest court in action Wednesday when the Illinois Supreme Court hears oral arguments on...

9/17/2019

article BLOG: Despite Casino Decrease Illinois Brings In More Tax From Gambling
(Illinois) -- In the fiscal year ending in June, Illinois brought in more tax cash from gambling. That’s just one of a couple of highlights indicated in Monday...
article Illinois Raked In More Gambling Tax Money, Despite Casino Decrease
(Illinois) -- Illinois brought in more tax money from gambling in the fiscal year that ended in June. That’s just one of several highlights from a new report...
article State revenue from casinos continues to drop
(Illinois) -- As Illinois embarks on a massive gambling expansion of up to six new casinos and the addition of slot machines and table games at horse tracks, revenue...
article Tinley Inches Closer To Bringing Racino To Village
(Illinois) -- Tinley Park's trustees moved forward in its bid to recruit a racino by amending two key zoning ordinances to permit a racing and gambling business in the...

9/16/2019

article New Illinois Law Requires Panic Buttons for Hotel and Casino Staff
(Illinois) -- Hotels and casinos in Illinois will soon be required to have anti-sexual harassment policies that include, for certain workers, access to a safety button...

9/14/2019

article State revenue from casinos continues to drop as Illinois prepares for massive gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- As Illinois embarks on a massive gambling expansion of up to six new casinos and the addition of slot machines and table games at horse tracks, revenue...

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