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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 the story, co-published with WBEZ and the Chicago Sun-Times, was also published in a number of newspapers across the state: The State Journal-Register in Springfield; the Journal Star in Peoria; the Rockford Register Star; and The Southern Illinoisan, to name a few.

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Illinois Gaming

6/16/2019

article Danville, state officials confident city will someday have a casino
(Illinois) -- With video gaming expansion in the cards and Indiana working on opening a large facility across the state line in Terre Haute, building a casino in...

6/15/2019

article Gambling expansion bill to bring casino, and jobs, to Southern Illinois
(Illinois) -- Both houses of the legislature have passed a bill that would greatly expand legalized gambling throughout the state.Particular attention has been paid to...
article Horses, gambling may push aside plan for big housing development in Tinley Park
(Illinois) -- In Tinley Park, horses and houses may be competing for the same patch of land as legislation that would expand gambling could put state-owned property in...

6/14/2019

article Despite Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s legislative wins, Illinois ‘not out of the woods’ financially
(Illinois) -- The mood was upbeat earlier this month when state lawmakers wrapped up their spring session after passing a $40 billion budget and a $45 billion capital...
article Legislators made statements about issues ahead of session. Did they follow through?
(Illinois) -- During the last few years, state Sen. Paul Schimpf, R-Waterloo, has been one of the proponents of a casino license at Walker’s Bluff in on the...
article Editorial: As Illinois gambling expands: Don't meddle with the Gaming Board, Gov. Pritzker
(Illinois) -- If the prospect of Illinois wildly expanding gambling doesn’t make you nervous, this should: Gov. J.B. Pritzker and lawmakers evidently are...
article LETTERS: ‘Investigate the opportunities’ of new location for Aurora casino
(Illinois) -- At the end of this spring’s legislative session, the General Assembly passed a comprehensive gaming proposal. The package authorizes six new casinos...
article Everything You Need To Know About Illinois Online Sports Betting
(Illinois) -- Whether you’re a fan of the Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Fire, Red Stars or Bandits, the Illinois legislature has gone all-in on giving...
article Why sports betting is a gamble for Chicago's pro teams
(Illinois) -- Sports betting in Illinois could be a gold mine for Chicago's pro sports teams. It's also a big gamble for them. As the pending statewide...

6/13/2019

article Gambling and pot will help repair broken Illinois, Pritzker says
(Illinois) -- Bringing a massive casino to Chicago’s struggling neighborhoods and legalizing marijuana across Illinois is the price to pay for stabilizing the...
article Moody’s: Schools winners in new state budget — but impact of gambling, legal pot hazy
(Illinois) -- A Moody’s Investors report says the state’s new budget provides an infusion of money for local governments and will help some of the state...
article What you need to know about Illinois’ gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- Answers to frequently asked questions about new casinos and sports betting in Illinois. There are currently 10 casinos in Illinois. But with Senate Bill...

6/11/2019

article Lawmakers roll the dice with new gaming law
(Illinois) -- Six new casinos along with sports betting parlors at Chicago’s arenas might be two of a host of changes coming to Illinois’ gambling landscape...
article Slowik: South suburban towns are jockeying for a casino. 'We all believe we have the best site.'
(Illinois) -- Now that lawmakers have finally approved gambling-expansion legislation to allow a casino in the south suburbs, people are wondering where the casino will...

6/10/2019

article As Illinois expands gambling, it will also try to determine how many gambling addicts it has
(Illinois) -- Before he managed to kick his gambling habit in 2014, Chris — a 62-year-old lawyer and grandfather — saw a good chunk of his retirement account...
article The Most Neglected Public Health Issue: Gambling
(Illinois) -- In light of the new Illinois gambling expansion bill, National Director of Stop Predatory Gambling Les Bernal joins WGN Radio’s Karen Conti to...
article As Illinois Expands Gambling, It Will Also Try to Determine How Many Gambling Addicts It Has
(Illinois) -- Illinois will finally conduct a thorough study of the gambling problem in the state — the first such survey in nearly 30 years. It said it will spend more...
article Danville buzzing after passage of bill including casino license for city
(Illinois) -- John Beninati isn’t a gambler. But the longtime Danville resident said he’s excited a casino may finally be coming to town after a nearly two-...

6/9/2019

article Hefferman: Sports betting in Illinois will have social costs
(Illinois) -- It was my third straight night at The President. I wasn't there for the 24-hour buffet, which occasionally was my home for breakfast after a big...
article Metro East race track saddles up for sports betting, casino games
(Illinois) -- Brian Zander, the president at Fairmount Park, nearly had given up hope. The horse-racing track in Collinsville will soon be part of a massive gambling...

6/8/2019

article Casino bill puts south suburban properties in play
(Illinois) -- Even in the best of times, progress comes slowly to much of the south suburbs. But action by the Illinois General Assembly has set off a land rush in...
article From casino to airport, south suburbs could benefit big from new bill
(Illinois) -- A $45 billion capital bill passed in Springfield will provide infrastructure upgrades throughout Illinois. Under the plan, Chicago fared well, it usually...
article Illinois Lottery could soon offer sports betting at retail locations
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Lottery could soon offer sports betting at retail locations as part of recently passed gambling legislation in Springfield. Senate Bill 690,...
article What our new sin-tax fix says about Illinois. (Hint: It's not good.)
(Illinois) -- Studies show states that turn to gambling and pot tend to have few other options. Heavily in debt, losing population, facing difficulties funding pensions...

6/7/2019

article STORY TO WATCH: Billionaire wins, fantasy sports lose in Illinois gambling bill
(Illinois) -- DraftKings CEO Jason Robins typically reserves his Twitter feed for commentary about last night’s game or a shout-out to someone he’s met in...
article Bill to OK resort casino in southern Illinois awaits governor’s signature
(Illinois) -- A new casino resort is one step closer to opening up in southern Illinois. A bill that would give Carterville, Illinois, winery Walker’s Bluff a...
article Illinois lawmakers deliver casino license for Rockford
(Illinois) -- The city of Rockford is preparing for a new casino after state lawmakers approved a gambling expansion package during the final hours of a legislative...
article More States May Oppose Online Sports Betting After Illinois Legislation
(Illinois) -- While Illinois became the latest state to legalize sports betting last week, the legislation heavily favored traditional retail casinos and shunned online...
article Lake County considers ban on new video gambling terminals
(Illinois) -- Pushing back against gambling expansion, Lake County officials are considering banning new video gambling licenses in unincorporated areas but say they...

6/6/2019

article Casino coming to Southern Illinois
(Illinois) -- Call her tenacious, determined, persevering, unrelenting or just downright stubborn, but Cynde Bunch's dogged pursuit of legislation that would enable...
article Did The Illinois Bill Create A Knock-On Effect For New NY Sports Betting Amendment?
(Illinois) -- Sports fans might soon be able to place bets on the New York Knicks and Rangers from Madison Square Garden or the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Sen. Joseph...
article Illinois gambling expansion bill could breathe new life into horse racing industry
(Illinois) -- The expanded gambling legislation that Illinois lawmakers passed over the weekend could breathe new life into the state's struggling horse racing...
article Illinois is poised to become the gambling capital of the Midwest
(Illinois) -- An 816-page bill introduced and passed by the General Assembly over the weekend will, if fully realized, transform Illinois into the gambling capital of...
article Illinois sports betting bill paves way for leagues to cash in
(Illinois) -- Illinois passed a sports betting bill over the weekend that includes mobile betting, in-venue kiosks and, most notably, a mandate that operators use...
article Let’s Break Down Some Numbers in Illinois’ New Gambling Expansion Bill
(Illinois) -- Well, it happened again. As they did in 2009, Illinois lawmakers decided last weekend that one way out of our state’s long-standing financial crisis...
article Plans for Rockford casino revived, linked to sports betting
(Illinois) -- A House Democrat has revived plans to expand the number of casinos in Illinois, including one in Rockford, and linked the measure to a popular sports...

6/5/2019

article Legislative Leaders in the Dark on Gaming Bill Specifics
(Illinois) -- Recently passed legislation to expand gambling in Illinois is so massive, not many people know everything that’s in it. That includes at least two of...
article Moran: After bringing a gambling package home, Link says Waukegan casino could break ground next year
(Illinois) -- On a bleak mid-March afternoon way back in 2004, then-Mayor Richard Hyde of Waukegan sat in a Chicago conference room as the Illinois Gaming Board voted 4-...
article Selle: Waukegan's bid to land a casino goes back to 1990 on the Waukegan River
(Illinois) -- For state Sen. Terry Link and his quest to bring a casino to Waukegan, it has been a long, strange and meandering trip. He even invoked his wedding...
article Tinley Park OKs video gambling for 3 businesses
(Illinois) -- Tinley Park officials approved video gambling for three businesses while holding off on requests from two others. At Tuesday’s Village Board meeting...
article With gambling legislation approved, Fairmount Park eyes ‘new era’
(Illinois) -- Legislation that would expand gambling and legalize sports betting in Illinois is expected to breathe fresh life into Fairmount Park horse track in...

6/4/2019

article Here’s when sports gambling could be legal in Illinois, and answers to other questions about casinos and betting
(Illinois) -- “Jeopardy!” whiz and professional Las Vegas gambler James Holzhauer, who grew up in Naperville, hailed the Illinois legislature’s weekend...
article BLOG: How much will gaming expansion really raise?
(Illinois) -- You can’t bond one-time revenues, of course, but $2.7 billion will eventually fund a lot of vertical construction projects. And we’ll see what...
article Gaming expansion bill to raise slot machine fees
(Illinois) -- The city of Rockford played its cards rights and could bring in more revenue because of the Illinois gaming expansion bill. "Obviously the state needs...
article Illinois is poised to become the gambling capital of the Midwest
(Illinois) -- An 816-page bill introduced and passed by the General Assembly over the weekend will, if fully realized, transform Illinois into the gambling capital of...
article Will gambling expansion really bring state $1 billion a year?
(Illinois) -- A wide array of expanded gambling options would increase gambling revenue by 70% in Illinois after years of relative stagnation, say supporters of the bill...
article With the legalization of sports betting in Illinois, you could bet against the Cubs or Bears at Wrigley or Soldier fields
(Illinois) -- Wisconsin sports fans may soon be able to head south of the border and place bets against the Bears, Cubs and Bulls after the Illinois General Assembly...
article Aurora officials OK with Illinois gambling changes
(Illinois) -- The city of Aurora appears OK with the bill heading toward Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk to dramatically expand legal gambling in Illinois. The bill,...
article Fairmount saddles up for sports betting, casino games
(Illinois) -- Brian Zander, the president at Fairmount Park, nearly had given up hope. The horse-racing track in Collinsville will soon be part of a massive gambling...
article Moran: After bringing a gambling package home, Link says Waukegan casino could break ground next year
(Illinois) -- On a bleak mid-March afternoon way back in 2004, then-Mayor Richard Hyde of Waukegan sat in a Chicago conference room as the Illinois Gaming Board voted 4-...
article Will massive Illinois casino expansion spell end to Northwest Indiana's gaming run of luck?
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers appear to finally have reached the elusive compromise that long has prevented the state from seriously threatening Northwest Indiana...

6/3/2019

article After years of wishing, waiting, Danville gets chance at casino
(Illinois) -- There were many in the city, including Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. when he first ran for mayor in 2011 and lost, who thought the city would never get a...
article Arlington Park: Too soon to say when casino games will be available
(Illinois) -- Arlington International Racecourse officials said Monday they are pleased with legislation passed over the weekend permitting slots, table games and sports...
article Casino expansion, sports gambling passes, banning bets on Illinois college games
(Illinois) -- Casinos in Danville and five other cities, along with legalized sports betting, are coming to Illinois after Senate lawmakers approved a massive gambling...
article Illinois Passes Omnibus Gaming Bill, Includes Legal Sports Betting
(Illinois) -- It’s been an eventful spring session for Illinois, and sports betting is finally set to be legal in the state. Senate Bill 690 was passed through the...
article Par-A-Dice could move to Peoria if it decides to be land-based
(Illinois) -- Over the weekend Illinois lawmakers passed a bill that would legalize sports betting and give out new gambling licenses to cities in the state. The bill...
article Walker's Bluff has advocated for years for a casino license. Only the governor's signature is needed now.
(Illinois) -- Cynde Bunch, co-owner of Walker's Bluff, is a lady-in-waiting. On Saturday, the Illinois Senate sent a gaming expansion bill, SB 609, to the desk of...
article Waukegan casino OK'd by General Assembly would be 'big shot in the arm' to area towns, Lake County
(Illinois) -- Waukegan city officials are waiting for Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature on a gambling-expansion package before moving forward on a planned casino,...
article Waukegan finally gets its seat at casino table
(Illinois) -- After waiting for decades, Waukegan finally has a seat at the Illinois gambling table, with a casino approved as part of a sweeping gambling expansion bill...
article Column: Ties between lawmakers and the gambling industry? The IG should investigate
(Illinois) -- Newly installed Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been calling out elected officials who leverage their public service roles for personal profit. “No...
article Illinois Sports Betting Bill ‘Not The Best’
(Illinois) -- If one thing is clear after a weekend of wheeling and dealing, Illinois lawmakers accomplished their main goal — to legalize sports betting. But as...
article Illinois Is Poised to Become the Gambling Capital of the Midwest
(Illinois) -- An 816-page bill introduced and passed by the General Assembly over the weekend will, if fully realized, transform Illinois into the gambling capital of...

6/2/2019

article How gambling in Illinois might compare to other states
(Illinois) -- The bill more than doubles the amount of so-called gaming positions statewide — and that doesn’t include sports gambling, which the legislation...
article Illinois lawmakers vote to allow sports betting, approve Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- A major gambling expansion in Illinois that will give Chicago its first casino, allow betting on sports and raise money for a massive infrastructure...
article Illinois Senate approves legalizing sports betting, gambling expansion and funding for nearly $45 billion capital construction plan
(Illinois) -- The Illinois General Assembly adjourned its spring session Sunday and delivered first-term Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s “think big”...
article Illinois Senate approves plan that would bring a new casino to Southern Illinois
(Illinois) -- Six new casinos, along with legalized sports betting, are coming to Illinois after Senate lawmakers approved a massive gambling expansion bill Sunday....
article Another view: Lawmakers shouldn't take a dime from video gambling industry
(Illinois) -- Voters deserve to have public policy set by legislators who aren’t getting cash from one side of the debate. Gee whiz, you folks in the video...
article Senate OKs Rockford casino and capital improvements
(Illinois) -- Gov. JB Pritzker will likely sign “within the next 10 days” a widespread gambling bill that paves the way for casinos in Rockford and elsewhere...

6/1/2019

article Gaming bill with Rockford casino passes House
(Illinois) -- The Illinois House on Saturday pushed through a monstrous expansion of legalized gambling in the state that includes a casino in Rockford. The measure also...
article House clears budget, gambling measure that includes adding Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- After two days of shaky behind-the-scenes negotiations, House lawmakers left Springfield having passed a comprehensive spending and capital plan. The...
article Illinois House approves sports betting, more casinos
(Illinois) -- House lawmakers approved a plan that would bring sports betting to Illinois along with six more potential casinos in a special extended session Saturday....
article Illinois Lawmakers Approve First Step Toward Casino In Chicago
(Illinois) -- In a historic vote, Illinois state lawmakers bet on casinos and sports wagering. The House approved the first step toward a casino in Chicago and much more...
article Illinois Sports Betting Heads to Senate For Final Approval
(Illinois) -- The improbable strategy of hitching sports betting to a massive gaming expansion and capital bill appears to be the golden ticket in Illinois where the...
article In overtime, lllinois House OKs new taxes for public works program and a gambling expansion that includes a Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- Democrats and Republicans in the Illinois House came together Saturday after tense negotiations to pass a package of legislation that included authorizing...
article Lawmakers vote yes to sports betting
(Illinois) -- Governor JB Pritzker released the following statement after the House passage of legislation to legalize sports betting and expand gaming throughout the...
article Some Orland Park businesses say video gambling is a good bet
(Illinois) -- For Michael Halleran, there are “no two ways about it,” Orland Park’s decision to allow video gambling has helped his business. Halleran...

5/31/2019

article BLOG: Mayor Lightfoot opposes sports betting proposal
(Illinois) -- Statement from Mayor Lori Lightfoot… I strongly support a gaming bill that directs a new casino and dollars to the city of Chicago. However, I...
article House OKs budget, but Lightfoot calls gambling proposal a losing hand
(Illinois) -- Legislators unveiled a whopping $40.6 billion spending plan on Friday — alongside the details of a capital proposal funded in part by expanded...
article Last-Gasp Illinois Sports Betting Bill Will Be Decided In Extra Time
(Illinois) -- The exhaustive effort to legalize sports betting in Illinois is heading into overtime. Friday was a frantic day in the state capitol, with a myriad of...
article Waukegan among 6 new casino sites in gambling expansion proposal taking shape in Springfield
(Illinois) -- Gambling legislation being crafted in the Illinois General Assembly includes a proposed casino for Waukegan in addition to five other locations, along with...

5/30/2019

article Gambling Expansion Still Coming Together
(Illinois) -- Sponsors of a measure to expand gambling in Illinois said Tuesday that they’re confident a package that includes new casinos, sports wagering and...
article Illinois lawmakers set to throw more money at failing Chicago convention center
(Illinois) -- Hidden in a flurry of end-of-session activity in Springfield is a bill that would pour more taxpayer money into a black hole. Well, a black box,...
article Sports betting in Illinois could bring in millions, but not on its own
(Illinois) -- Illinois could become the 10th state to legalize sports betting if it’s able to work through barriers at the legislative level, but with the...
article Chicago mega-casino in the cards? Gambling bill could add casinos, video gaming across state
(Illinois) -- Chicago would get a new mega-casino with the proceeds earmarked to pay for police and fire pensions under a mammoth gambling expansion deal in the final...

5/29/2019

article Letter: Illinois Sports Betting Won’t Happen Unless Another Major Expansion Is Included
(Illinois) -- Illinois state senators wrote a letter to Gov. J.B. Pritzker last month advising him that they would not support or vote for any standalone sports betting...
article Religious leaders want slowdown in push for Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- A number of Chicago religious leaders are urging the city's mayor and Illinois legislators to slow their push to place a casino in the city. The...
article Why Many Think Illinois Sports Betting, Casino Expansion Could Happen: ‘We Have To Do This’
(Illinois) -- Political will is building for Illinois sports betting with Republicans and Democrats in both chambers and the governor working toward passing a...
article Argosy Casino Alton, others, look to expand to land — labor unions give thumbs up
(Illinois) -- The Illinois AFL-CIO, one of the state’s largest labor unions, is urging lawmakers to pass an expanded gambling bill, saying it would not only create...
article Gambling expansion pieces still coming together, but supporters bet on passage
(Illinois) -- Sponsors of a measure to expand gambling in Illinois said Tuesday that they’re confident a package that includes new casinos, sports wagering and...
article Lawmakers Hopeful For Gambling Expansion
(Illinois) -- With the end of the legislative session looming, lawmakers are working on a number of items including gambling expansion. Proponents say the odds are good...

5/28/2019

article Lawmakers Want Minority Involvement In Sports Betting Industry
(Illinois) -- With only four days left in the Illinois legislative session, some lawmakers say they are ready to move forward with a gambling expansion proposal. But...
article Plans for Rockford casino revived, linked to sports betting
(Illinois) -- A House Democrat has revived plans to expand the number of casinos in Illinois, including one in Rockford, and linked the measure to a popular sports...
article Chicago pastors urge slowdown on city casino as legislative session nears end
(Illinois) -- A group of pastors called on state leaders and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to slow down the push for a city casino, saying they want to make sure black...
article IL lawmakers push to bring casino to Walker’s Bluff Resort
(Illinois) -- An effort to expand gambling in Illinois could lead to a new casino in the Heartland. On Tuesday, May 28 Senator Dale Fowler and other lawmakers on both...
article Illinois Video Gambling Tax Hike Will Be Decided by Lawmakers With Financial Ties to the Industry
(Illinois) -- With the Illinois General Assembly poised to consider a tax hike on video gambling, some key lawmakers and their family members have developed previously...
article Labor unions push for expanded Illinois gambling in final days of session
(Illinois) -- One of the state’s largest labor unions urged lawmakers to pass an expanded gambling bill in the waning days of the 2019 session, saying it would not...

5/27/2019

article Chicago casino, gambling expansion now tied to legalizing sports betting
(Illinois) -- A House Democrat is reviving a plan to expand casino gambling in Illinois by linking it to a popular sports betting measure. Blue Island Democratic Rep....
article Plans link casino expansion to sports betting
(Illinois) -- A massive expansion of casino gambling in Illinois — a decade-long but futile legislative pursuit — was back with a boost Monday as a...
article Source says state gambling issues likely to be packed into one bill
(Illinois) -- Efforts in the Illinois House to pass a bill authorizing land-based casinos took a sharp turn Monday when a key committee voted to strip out the contents...
article A Rockford Riverboat Casino Might Actually Happen
(Illinois) -- While many of us are off work observing Memorial Day, politicians are actually trying to accomplish things in Springfield, Illinois. Locking down a casino...

5/26/2019

article Chicago casino, gambling expansion possibly on table this week in Springfield
(Illinois) -- The long-pursued goal of expanding casino gambling in Illinois is scheduled for a new look by the General Assembly. The House Executive Committee has...
article Gambling Expansion Moves Forward
(Illinois) -- One of the main state Representatives behind an effort to expand gambling in Illinois said that while time is running out in this legislative session,...
article Negotiations continue on gambling expansion bill
(Illinois) -- A key negotiator for a gambling expansion bill said Sunday that further negotiations are needed before a bill will be given to lawmakers for a vote....

5/25/2019

article One Week To Go: Can Illinois Still Get A Legal Sports Betting Market?
(Illinois) -- With only one week left in the spring legislative session, lawmakers are still trying to piece together a final sports betting proposal, but issues between...
article Illinois lawmakers have 5 days left, 5 big issues to settle
(Illinois) -- The Illinois General Assembly commenced its spring session in January with a bold directive from new Gov. J.B. Pritzker for a balanced budget, legalized...

5/24/2019

article DraftKings & FanDuel vs. Rush Street Gaming: Illinois Sports Betting Showdown
(Illinois) -- A heated debate has been brewing in Illinois and it appears it may have finally reached its boiling point. DraftKings and FanDuel are at the heart of this...
article Ill wind blowing in Illinois as sports betting debate gathers force
(Illinois) -- All’s fair in love and war or, as English writer and courtier John Lyly put it in his romantic novel Euphues: “Anye impietie may lawfully be...
article Online Gambling’s ‘Bad Actor’ Debate Reignites As Sports Betting Spreads
(Illinois) -- An old, familiar friend made an appearance during a March 27 subcommittee hearing on Illinois sports betting: Bad actors. When I reference bad actors I...
article Will latest changes make sports betting bill — and casinos — a winning wager?
(Illinois) -- The fight to expand gambling in the state has seen its fair share of struggles, mainly because the bill in years past had covered too many complex issues...
article Bier Stube owner joins fight against Illinois plan to hike video-gaming tax
(Illinois) -- Small-business owners across Illinois are fighting Gov. J.B. Pritzker's plan to raise taxes on revenue from video-gaming terminals, which currently...
article Illinois governor proposes tax on video gambling
(Illinois) -- Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is considering raising taxes on video gambling as part of a proposed bill. The increase would be about 20%. The governor...

5/23/2019

article All in: FanDuel CEO says ‘Illinois needs to pass a bill’ for sports betting
(Illinois) -- The online fantasy sports people – FanDuel and Draft Kings – are hoping to be in the winner’s circle if and when there is a sports...
article FanDuel, DraftKings take to the airwaves in battle with Rivers Casino over legalized sports betting in Illinois
(Illinois) -- The battle over who gets a cut of legalized sports betting in Illinois is coming to your TV screen. Daily fantasy sports companies FanDuel and DraftKings,...
article Illinois’ Sports Betting Bill Down to the Wire
(Illinois) -- After several failed attempts to get their sports betting bill stabile, Illinois lawmakers are up against a deadline to get the measure passed before the...
article Oh It’s On: DraftKings, FanDuel Go Nuclear In Illinois Sports Betting Fight
(Illinois) -- DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook are not taking a proposed bad-actor clause in Illinois sports betting legislation lying down. The sports...
article Pritzker says tax increases worth it for construction plan
(Illinois) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday he is confident that Illinois residents will swallow $1.8 billion in new and increased taxes to pay for a massive state...
article Video gambling begins in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Video gaming went live earlier today as the state officially began allowing legalized video gambling at bars, restaurants, truck stops and fraternal...

5/22/2019

article Springfield casino resolution sent back to committee
(Illinois) -- After a brief discussion, a resolution asking the Illinois General Assembly to include a casino license for Springfield in a potential gaming expansion...

5/20/2019

article Langfelder seeks emergency passage of casino resolution
(Illinois) -- Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder wants the Springfield City Council to pass an emergency resolution asking the Illinois General Assembly to include...

5/19/2019

article Guest Commentary | 'Tax holidays' for gambling in Illinois have gone on too long
(Illinois) -- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker could immediately raise billions of new tax dollars by simply taxing Illinois gambling at the average rates of other states....

5/16/2019

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

5/15/2019

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

5/14/2019

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

5/12/2019

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

5/11/2019

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

5/10/2019

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

5/9/2019

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

5/8/2019

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

5/7/2019

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

5/6/2019

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

5/5/2019

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

5/4/2019

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

5/3/2019

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

5/2/2019

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

4/30/2019

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

4/29/2019

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

4/28/2019

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

4/27/2019

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

4/26/2019

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

4/25/2019

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

4/24/2019

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

4/23/2019

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

4/22/2019

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

4/21/2019

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

4/18/2019

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

4/15/2019

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

4/14/2019

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

4/12/2019

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

4/11/2019

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

4/8/2019

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

4/7/2019

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

4/6/2019

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

4/5/2019

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

4/3/2019

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

4/1/2019

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

3/30/2019

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

3/29/2019

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

3/28/2019

article 'It's a very delicate issue': Gambling interests spar over how sports betting should be run in Illinois during first public hearing
(Illinois) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s call for lawmakers to pass a bill legalizing sports betting without getting bogged down in the squabbles that have doomed...
article Lawmakers explore proposals to legalize sports gambling
(Illinois) -- Lawmakers want to make sports gambling legal in Illinois, but there's a number of different proposals to do so. A committee heard from several people...

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