Video Gaming News & Events

Illinois Gaming Board urges changes in law authorizing Chicago casino 9/16/2019

The Illinois Gaming Board said Monday that state lawmakers need to change a law they enacted earlier this year if they ever hope to see a casino developed in the city of Chicago.

Grand Victoria Riverboat Casino hit with class action over worker fingerprint scans 9/14/2019

The operators of the Grand Victoria Riverboat Casino in Elgin have been hit with a class action lawsuit, accusing them of violating an Illinois biometrics law in requiring workers to scan their fingerprints when punching the clock.

State revenue from casinos continues to drop as Illinois prepares for massive gambling expansion 9/14/2019

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 from the state's 10 existing casinos last year dropped more than 3% , continuing a decadelong slide.

Video gambling regrets? Long Grove officials raise concerns after granting sixth license 9/13/2019

Some Long Grove village board members expressed concern about video gambling machines that are allowed at bars and restaurants in town as another establishment was approved for a license.

As Fairmount Park expands, adds casino, 1,000 jobs could come to Metro East 9/11/2019

Saturday is the last day fans can soak in a live race at Fairmount Park racetrack in Collinsville, but next year the popular track is eyeing a big expansion. Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill expanding Illinois' gaming laws, which will allow Fairmount Park to open a casino, and add extra racing dates.

Could DuPage County give video gambling another chance? 9/11/2019

One decade after DuPage became the first county in Illinois to ban video gambling, the vice chairman of the county board says the panel should consider repealing the prohibition. Jim Zay said he's been hearing from businesses and a Veterans of Foreign Wars post that say they need video gambling to generate more revenue.

Sports wagering and video gambling coming soon to Rosemont? 9/11/2019

Visitors to Rosemont may soon be able to place their bets, as the village explores a partnership with sportsbook operators and considers overturning its long-standing ban on video gambling, Mayor Brad Stephens said Wednesday.

Collins Tower owners say new plan hinges on Danville casino being built downtown 9/10/2019

As city officials await an engineering report on Collins Tower based on up-close drone footage, the owners of Danville’s tallest building — formerly Bresee Tower — say their current development plan hinges on a casino coming to the downtown area.

Rockford hearing set for casino 9/10/2019

The City of Rockford will host a state-mandated public hearing on Sept. 23 ahead of any construction on a casino in the city.

A Tale Of Two Casinos: Could Waukegan Casino Cut Into Des Plaines Rivers Profits? 9/9/2019

What would a new casino in Waukegan mean for revenue earned by Rivers Casino, located approximately 26 miles south in Des Plaines? While a new establishment in the far North suburb could have a negative impact on the Des Plaines gambling destination, it remains unclear if it would be built any time soon. High fees imposed by the state and a pending lawsuit could threaten progress, said gaming lobbyist and Des Plaines Ald. Malcolm Chester (6th).

Aurora panel decides not to change video gambling law 9/9/2019

An Aurora City Council committee has decided to recommend no changes to the city’s video gambling ordinance. The decision was made at a recent meeting of the Rules, Administration and Procedures Committee, where aldermen had been looking at possibly changing some parts of the ordinance, particularly a requirement that a facility with a liquor license be in business for 120 days before it can apply for video gambling.

The public can ask questions about a Rockford casino at Sept. 23 hearing 9/9/2019

Got something to say or want questions answered about a Rockford casino? The city will take written comments before or at a Sept. 23 public hearing at the Coronado Performing Arts Center, where the public also can ask questions, the city said on Monday.

Springfield may cap number of businesses that can have video gambling 9/8/2019

The five video gaming terminals that sit near the entrance of Main Gate Bar & Grill have been a boon for part-owner Bill Tinsley. “It’s huge,” Tinsley said. “I took over the bar in February and August was our best month for video gaming and sales overall.”

Illinois Gaming Board adopts new ethics rules for casino licenses 9/7/2019

The Illinois Gaming Board announced Friday that it had adopted new rules it said will strengthen existing ethical safeguards and require more people to file ethical disclosure reports as part of the casino license selection process.

Danville zoning commission to consider variety of regulations for proposed casino site 9/6/2019

A Danville casino complex could include a hotel, retail shops, a restaurant and bar, an entertainment venue and even recreational facilities like a campground, according to development consultants.

Lockport looks to form gaming commission 9/6/2019

Having decided that Lockport needs more rules for video gambling on its books, the city council continues to hone its proposed changes to the ordinance regulating the growing business.

New Illinois law requires panic buttons for hotel, casino staff working alone 9/6/2019

Beginning July 1, hotels and casinos in Illinois will be required to have anti-sexual harassment policies that include, for certain workers, access to a safety button or notification device that alerts security staff.

BLOG: S&P warns Lightfoot against relying on Springfield 9/4/2019

The municipal bond market has a message for first-year Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot: go light on one-time maneuvers, avoid fiscal gimmicks, and move the city toward structural balance.

Danville officials say strongest bids for new casino both use I-74 site 9/4/2019

The two casino development proposals that Danville leaders consider the strongest have both built their plans on the 40-acre site near the Interstate 74 Lynch Drive exit. “Both of them are strong, just in different ways,” Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. said during Tuesday night’s Danville City Council meeting, adding that the review committee is still working through its process that will end with a recommendation to aldermen.

Danville narrows search down to two developers for new casino 9/3/2019

The clock is ticking for Danville’s new casino. The city still needs to agree on a location and a developer. Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. told City Council Tuesday night that he invited all three potential developers to meet with him face-to-face. He said only two of them showed up.

The Week in Review: If Arlington Closes, What Happens to Chicago Racing 9/2/2019

Anger and betrayal were the prevalent responses from the Illinois Thoroughbred community in the wake of last week’s stunning announcement by Churchill Downs, Inc., (CDI) that the corporation intentionally missed a racino application deadline and will not seek slots and table games at Arlington International Racecourse after 12 years of teaming with horsemen to finally get the Illinois Gaming Act passed in June.

Counseling gets boost with Illinois gambling expansion — but more addiction is sure to follow 9/1/2019

Years ago, before Chris K. started down a dark path that would see him lose upwards of $800,000 at Chicago-area craps tables, there weren’t video slot machines in truck stops and bars.

Future of Arlington International Racecourse in question after decision to not pursue gambling 8/31/2019

The parent company of Arlington International Racecourse on Wednesday announced that it wouldn’t pursue a gambling license for the facility and may have to move it elsewhere entirely.

How could Arlington Park be redeveloped? Experts outline the options and challenges 8/31/2019

While hopes of a legislative rescue of Arlington Park as a horse racing venue remain alive, last week's announcement that owner Churchill Downs Inc. would not seek the casino license long touted as the key to the track's survival has created speculation about redevelopment of the 336-acre Arlington Heights site.

Arlington Park Could Halt Racing, Nixes Casino License: Owner 8/30/2019

After years of lobbying for slot machines and table games at Arlington Park, Churchill Downs Inc. has announced it will not move forward with obtaining a casino license for the racetrack. In the unexpected announcement Wednesday, the owner of the local racetrack said horse racing would continue through at least 2021 at the racetrack as company decides on its future plans and blamed a state law that requires racetracks to contribute a portion of its casino game profit to racing purses, the Daily Herald reports.

Duchossois says its up to lawmakers to save Arlington Park 8/30/2019

This week's announcement by Churchill Downs Inc. that it will not seek a casino license for Arlington Park, while only committing to two more years of live racing at the suburban Chicago venue, drew understandable concern from the racing industry.

Waukegan hopes casino will provide financial relief, but many issues unaddressed 8/30/2019

While Waukegan could reap financial benefits from a casino, questions remain about who stands to benefit the most. At least six gaming operations have expressed interest in developing the casino site, one of which already operates video gambling in Lake County.

Arlington horse track not seeking casino license, owners say 8/29/2019

Arlington Race Course is getting out of the game. The tracks owners announced Wednesday that they aren't going to try for a casino license. "I had a lot of somber calls to say the least," said thoroughbred trainer Chris Block. "A lot of somber faces that carried into today." The owners of Arlington Park have been lobbying the state legislature for more than a decade hoping to get slot machines and table games to compete with casinos, which the legislature approved in May.

Blame 'governing class' in Springfield for weak casino prospects, activist says 8/29/2019

Caught in the crossfire between the state’s nation-leading tax burden and this year’s new gaming expansion from Springfield is an unlikely victim: the gambling industry itself. According to a report in The Chicago Tribune, casinos might not be able to turn a profit thanks to the state’s high tax rates. The findings, taken from a consultant’s report on casino viability in Chicago, paint a grim picture for a plan to pay down the city’s pension debt through gaming profits.

EDITORIAL: And it’s off — Arlington racino rejection another sign new gambling law is flawed 8/29/2019

On Wednesday, the owners of Arlington International Racecourse announced they won’t be setting up slot machines and casino games at the track, throwing the future of local horse racing up for grabs. Running a “racino” at Arlington just wouldn’t be worth it, they say. This might be bad news for the horse racing industry, which supports a lot of jobs. Arlington could be closed or moved.

Stakes are high as Rockford casino deadline nears 8/29/2019

Hard Rock International has for weeks waged a sophisticated marketing campaign while potential competitors for a Rockford casino license have remained largely silent even as the 2 p.m. Friday deadline to submit proposals draws ever closer.

‘Stunned And Profoundly Disappointed’: Illinois Horsemen Respond To Churchill Downs’ Decision On Arlington Park 8/28/2019

The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association issued the following statement Wednesday in response to Churchill Downs Incorporated's announcement that it is not seeking a casino gaming license for Arlington Park under the recently enacted Illinois Gaming Act.

Arlington Park won't seek casino license, casting track's future in doubt 8/28/2019

Arlington International Racecourse will not seek a state license to operate casino games, owner Churchill Downs Incorporated said Wednesday in an announcement that carries ominous overtones for the racetrack's future.

Arlington Racecourse passes on casino bid under new Illinois gambling law and may move racetrack 8/28/2019

Churchill Downs, the majority owner of Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights, not only has no plans to add casino gambling to the facility but is considering moving the thoroughbred racetrack.

Arlington’s future in doubt as owners pass on casino expansion, threaten to move track 8/28/2019

The corporate owners of Arlington International Racecourse announced Wednesday they won’t apply for newly authorized state licenses for slot machines and casino table games, putting the fate of the struggling 91-year-old suburban racetrack in limbo and leaving industry advocates in shock.

State gambling regulators seek public comment on sports betting rules 8/27/2019

Before Illinoisans can start putting dollars down on sports contests, state regulators want their two cents on how to roll out the newly legitimized world of sports betting. The Illinois Gaming Board on Tuesday opened a month-long public comment period seeking input from the sports-wagering industry and any “other stakeholders,” including the regular Joes and Janes who still are jonesing for sportsbooks to launch two months and counting since Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a sweeping gambling expansion into law.

Bodega bookies: Lottery retailers poised to join Illinois sports betting action 8/26/2019

Hankering for a chocolate bar? Craving a soda? Feeling good about picking the Bears on a parlay card? Illinoisans will soon be able to indulge in all three impulses with a single trip to the corner store, thanks to a new sports-betting system that could launch at thousands of lottery retailers in the months ahead.

Waukegan To Place Bets On Best Of 6 Casino Proposals 8/26/2019

City officials are preparing to narrow the list proposals from developers hoping to build a casino in Waukegan in the coming week ahead of an October deadline to submit its preferred finalists to state regulators.

Not all-in just yet — Will County businesses could eventually benefit from sports betting 8/25/2019

While legalized sports betting could have a significant impact in Will County, the degree of the impact probably won’t be apparent for some time.

Washington City Council will vote on video gambling expansion 8/25/2019

More video gambling could be coming to the city of Washington. City Council members will vote Sept. 3 on allowing businesses with five video gambling machines to add a sixth machine and increasing the maximum number of machines in the city from 40 to 46.

Rivers Casino owners show their hand in bid for Waukegan gambling den 8/24/2019

The owners of Illinois’ highest-grossing casino are going all-in with a proposal to operate the newly authorized casino in Waukegan. Churchill Downs Inc. and Rush Street Gaming announced Thursday they’re among the developers vying for the north suburban casino license that’s part of Illinois’ massive gambling expansion signed into law earlier this summer.

South suburban mayor scratches racetrack veto claim — but not opposition to racino 8/24/2019

Horse-racing advocates on Thursday shot down the incorrect claim of a south suburban mayor who said owners of a soon-to-be-licensed racino can block a standalone casino from breaking ground nearby.

Casinos: Potawatomi Bids For Waukegan Location, Ho-Chunk Waits For Beloit Decision 8/23/2019

You may see more casinos popping up in Illinois in the next year or two. Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently signed legislation allowing a massive expansion of gambling in the state. It includes new casino developments in Waukegan and Rockford, just over the Wisconsin border. At least one Native American tribe in Wisconsin has put in a bid to develop a casino in Illinois.

Crestwood casino opponents say their voices are being ignored 8/23/2019

It was the early 1980s, Jerry Prosapio said, when he “bottomed out.” He said he was gambling away money he didn’t have and, to feed his addiction, borrowing cash he couldn’t pay back. “I took it to the limit with loans,” said Prosapio, a 67-year-old Crestwood resident. It was a not-so-veiled threat of harm directed against his then-infant son from one of his “lenders” that forced him to get help, and, Prosapio said, “by the grace of God it’s been 36 years” since he’s made a bet.

Three casino proposals being reviewed 8/23/2019

Extending the deadline for casino proposals resulted in one more proposal, and selection of the casino operating partner is expected to be announced at the Sept. 3 Danville City Council meeting. Due to the extended proposal deadline other dates in the proposed timeline for a casino application to be submitted to the Illinois Gaming Board were adjusted as such:

Waukegan releases names of all six would-be casino developers, including a second tied to Tap Room Gaming 8/23/2019

Another of the would-be developers of a Waukegan casino is tied to Tap Room Gaming, the video gambling company owned by former state Sen. Michael Bond that spent big in the recent aldermanic elections, a city attorney confirmed Friday.

Wheeling bans electronic sweepstakes machines 8/23/2019

Village Attorney James Ferolo said the machines look like licensed video gaming machines and currently are not regulated under the Illinois Video Gaming Act. Operators are not required to share revenues with state or local governments.

Winnebago County Board supports casino along I-90 8/23/2019

The Winnebago County Board voted to support a casino along the I-90 corridor at Thursday night’s meeting. The vote passed 13-5. Machesney Park’s Village Board already voted to support a casino along I-90.

Black mayors to Pritzker: Stacked deck deals south suburbs a losing casino hand 8/22/2019

A coalition of mayors from mostly African American south suburbs are calling on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to reconsider a key portion of the state’s new gambling law, which they say gives the house edge to owners of a combination horse racetrack-casino over majority-black towns vying for a separate casino license nearby.

Danville mayor confirms third proposal to develop casino submitted 8/21/2019

Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. confirmed Wednesday that the city has now received three proposals from prospective developers of a Danville casino. He had said prior to this week’s submission deadline that only two had arrived but another was expected. Aldermen extended the original deadline to this week in hopes of that happening.

Jackson County Republican chairman fears impact of expanded gambling 8/21/2019

Jackson County Republican Chairman Chris Grissom has had enough of all the gambling expansion across much of Illinois. “They’re dealing with a really vulnerable population,” he told the Carbondale Reporter. “I've got a friend, developmentally disabled, and she spends her entire paycheck every two weeks on slots. Overall, it does create more problems.

OP/ED: Waukegan school superintendent lacked ‘forward planning’ in seeking cut of casino revenue 8/21/2019

Theresa Plascencia writes an editorial asking that District 60 be given more consideration in the casino bidding process in time for it to appear the Saturday before the Monday deadline for applications to be submitted. Even though the enabling legislation was signed into law more than a month beforehand and a tax apportionment has been in place for decades.

Temporary harness racing track in Tinley Park could open next year 8/21/2019

Should state regulators approve plans for harness racing in Tinley Park, a temporary facility could be quickly built and start hosting races by December 2020, according to an application filed with the Illinois Racing Board.

Will Schaumburg lift video gambling ban? 8/21/2019

Revisiting an issue raised during the election campaign in the spring, Schaumburg village board members Tuesday discussed ending their 7-year-old ban on video gambling as well as what lesser regulations might be put on it.

'Not a done deal’: Waukegan residents push back against casino while supporters push for proposal backed by business that fueled local elections 8/20/2019

The proposed Waukegan casino dominated the City Council meeting Monday evening with most residents expressing their opposition while several business owners and community leaders pushed for Tap Room Gaming owner and former state Sen. Michael Bond to be the developer.

Extension of deadline for Danville casino proposals doesn't produce any new bidders 8/20/2019

With the city’s extended deadline for casino development applications here, the count still stands at two. City officials aren’t saying which companies submitted them, nor have they revealed whether one came from a group led by former Danville banker Craig Campbell, who has spoke at city council meetings and on social media about ideas for developing a casino in downtown Danville.

Illinois gambling expansion poised to revive Fairmount Track 8/20/2019

Fairmount Park Racetrack is filled with spectators on most Tuesdays and Saturdays, eager to watch horses fly down the dirt track. But with just 41 live racing days this year, the stands at the Collinsville track remain empty far more days than they’re filled.

Businesses object to extra video gambling machines at Bloomington truck stops 8/19/2019

Several bar owners and vendors of gambling machines told the City Council Monday proposed restrictions would give large truck stops an unfair advantage over smaller businesses by allowing them to double their number of such machines.

Watchdog group concerned that new Illinois casinos could cost taxpayers billions of dollars 8/19/2019

A watchdog group worries that the state's big bet on more than a dozen new casinos could go bust. Consultants have warned a Chicago casino could lose money. But the Civic Federation says other proposed gambling palaces could, too, and taxpayers could end up on the hook for billions of dollars. Illinois taxpayers have already seen this horror show.

Bloomington eyes new restrictions on video gambling machines 8/18/2019

Proposed new gambling restrictions include capping the number of Bloomington establishments licensed for video gambling machines at about 60. At its work session at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall, the City Council will get "a quick update" of the proposal drafted by the city staff, City Manager Tim Gleason said Friday.

LETTERS: Powell shouldn't get attacked 8/17/2019

It’s unfortunate that Chris Powell once again rears his head to spout his ill-informed, hate-filled rhetoric. Being offensive isn’t new for Powell, but at time when communities across the country are standing up to hate and bigotry, he should not get a pass.

Deadline for Danville-casino development proposals pushed 8/12/2019

Amid a debate over the potential site of a new casino in Danville, Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. announced August 6 that the deadline to submit proposals to develop that casino is being pushed to Aug. 21.

My View: Mobility options are critical for Rockford casino 8/10/2019

The proposed Rockford casino, regardless of its final chosen location, provides a terrific opportunity to improve mobility options for Rockford citizens, most importantly its customers and employees. State-of-the-art, multi-modal mobility options can make the difference between “just OK” and a fantastic, one-of-a-kind casino development.

New Gaming Board chairman vows credibility, integrity 8/10/2019

The new chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board said this week he has no illusions about how tough of a job lies ahead. “We all know that those tasks are substantial. In ordinary times our work would be challenging, but these are not ordinary times,” Schmadeke said Thursday as he opened his first meeting as head of the state’s gambling regulatory agency.

From truck stops to elections, a river of gambling money is flooding Waukegan 8/9/2019

Owners of one of Illinois’ largest video gambling companies are behind efforts to influence city politics, expand gambling and build a casino near land they control. The first and only official truck stop in Waukegan sits on a lot so small that a tractor-trailer would have a hard time pulling in to pump gas, let alone parking for the night. It’s also located nearly 5 miles from the nearest interstate and is missing the kinds of amenities many truck drivers count on, such as a sit-down restaurant or showers.

Full House Resorts applies to build new Illinois hotel-casino; loss widens and results miss Street forecasts 8/9/2019

Full House Resorts credited recent renovations for boosting performance at its Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, hotel-casino and said that the company has applied to build a hotel-casino near Chicago. But Full House’s loss widened from a year earlier, and neither earnings per share nor revenue beat Wall Street forecasts.

Gambling Giant Applies To Bring Horse Racing To Tinley Park 8/9/2019

An owner of one of the largest video gaming operations in Illinois and a partner of a scrapped senior-housing development plan in Tinley Park has applied to bring horse racing to the village next year in the latest move that shows plans to bring a racino here are heating up.

Illinois eyes six new casinos, but gaming expansion will pose challenges 8/9/2019

The new chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board on Thursday said he has no illusions about how tough of a job lies ahead. “We all know that those tasks are substantial,” said Charles Schmadeke. “In ordinary times our work would be challenging,” he said. “But these are not ordinary times.”

Danville casino deadline pushed back 8/8/2019

With only two casino proposals, and those without all the criteria addressed, the Danville City Council Tuesday night approved Mayor Rickey Williams Jr.’s recommendation to extend the Solicitation of Interest, or request for proposals, deadline to Aug. 21.

Deadline for Danville casino proposals pushed back 8/7/2019

The deadline for proposals for a new casino in Danville has been pushed back.

Alderman calls for new timetable, potential new site for Danville casino 8/6/2019

Nearly a week after the deadline to submit proposals came and went, one alderman is calling for a new timetable — and a potential new site — for Danville’s casino. Steve Foster, who represents Ward 7, has placed on tonight’s Danville City Council agenda two resolutions — one that would change the developer-selection process and another that would allow for more time to turn in proposals.

OP/ED: Gambling stance latest sign of Republican identity crisis 8/6/2019

To the Editor: State Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) was recently on record suggesting that a new casino should be built on Interstate 90 instead of downtown Rockford because it would attract more people from DeKalb and McHenry counties.

Six potential casino developers submit proposals in Waukegan 8/5/2019

Six prospective casino developers submitted their proposals by Monday’s 3 p.m. deadline, the city’s director of planning and economic development said. While city staff did not release any details about the proposals as of Monday afternoon, two teams announced they’re in the running.

Churchill Downs Wants To Expand Gambling Options in Illinois 8/4/2019

Churchill Downs Inc., the majority owner of Rivers Casino Des Plaines in Illinois, plans to add more gaming offerings at the venue as well as a sportsbook. It is also trying to land one of six casino licenses to be offered in the Land of Lincoln.

Casino proposals on council agenda 8/3/2019

A casino proposals update, announcement of the city’s new city engineer and continued talk about licensing related to video gaming will be coming up at Tuesday's Danville City Council meeting. Also Tuesday, the city’s Board of Fire and Police Commissioners is expected to present fire promotion and fire probationary eligibility lists, discuss an amendment to the board rules regarding promotions, act on Mayor Rickey Williams Jr.’s letter requesting the board appoint a probationary firefighter, conduct police sergeant oral interviews and approve the police sergeant’s eligibility list.

Nowlan: When is more gambling too much? How would Illinois know? 8/3/2019

At the convenience store in my rural town, there is a new “wall” of plastic boxes filled with colorful lottery instant-game tickets, right on the counter, crowding my effort to check out; you can’t avoid them. I noted as much to the employee behind the counter. She cast a furtive eye around, then scrunched her pretty face into a frown: “I don’t go for them. I see too many buying tickets who shouldn’t.”

Our View: Casino proposals will lead to interesting debates 8/3/2019

Downtown vs. a site off Interstate 90. Let the debate begin. As expected, there’s discussion about a downtown site for the Rockford casino, which advocates argue would create an entertainment complex with the BMO Harris Bank Center, Coronado Performing Arts Center and Davis Park nearby. There would be pedestrian walkways to the hotel and to a train station.

Ameristar Casino parent company inks mobile sports wagering deals 8/2/2019

The parent company of the Ameristar Casino is preparing to launch online sports wagering in Indiana sometime next year, following its rollout of in-casino betting on professional and college sporting events likely in September.

OP/ED: When is more gambling too much? How would Illinois know? 8/2/2019

At the convenience store in my rural town, there is a new “wall” of plastic boxes filled with colorful lottery instant-game tickets, right on the counter, crowding my effort to check out; you can’t avoid them.

Rivers Casino owner is betting big with plans to expand Des Plaines casino and add sports wagering under new Illinois law 8/2/2019

The majority owner of Rivers Casino is betting big on Illinois’ new gambling expansion law, announcing plans this week to add 800 gaming positions and obtain a sports wagering license for the Des Plaines facility, already the state’s largest casino.

Rockford Coalition Announces Proposal For Downtown Site With Casino, Aquarium 8/2/2019

A Rockford coalition has announced a proposal for a downtown casino and aquarium, as the deadline for proposals to the city approaches. The Rock River West Casino Group, in partnership with Wisconsin-based Gorman & Company, are seeking to develop an entertainment district at the "gateway" to Rockford adjacent to the anticipated train station and Amerock Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center on the South Main corridor.

Casino proposals report expected next week 8/1/2019

The deadline has passed for proposals to be submitted to operate a Danville casino. An initial report on the proposals won’t come until the Aug. 6 Danville City Council meeting. Tuesday night, Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. said no one had yet submitted a proposal through the Solicitation of Interest put out a couple of weeks ago by the local steering committee that is overseeing the casino’s development.

Chicago Sun-Times: Understaffed Gaming Board needs a fast bulking up 8/1/2019

A historic increase in legal gambling in Illinois, signed into law on June 28, means the understaffed Illinois Gaming Board has an enormous and difficult job ahead.

Churchill Downs CEO: Rivers Casino will expand, add sportsbook 8/1/2019

Churchill Downs' CEO Thursday discussed plans for the expansion of Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, the introduction of slots or table games at Arlington Park Racecourse in Arlington Heights, and pursuit of one of Illinois' six new casino licenses allowed under the state's new gambling expansion bill.

Rivers Casino owner plans another location—and will expand in Des Plaines 8/1/2019

The owner of Rivers Casino said it will participate in a bid for one of six new casino licenses recently authorized by the state, including one in Chicago. Meanwhile, it will expand the facility it has in Des Plaines.

Fairmount Park: Adding slots, other casino games to spur $50 million in new facilities 7/30/2019

Plans to add slot machines, casino table games and sports betting to the Fairmount Park horse track under a statewide gambling expansion law promoted here Tuesday by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker could spur at least $50 million in new facilities.

Illinois Gov. Pritzker Visits Fairmount Track To Tout Gambling Expansion 7/30/2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a massive gambling expansion into law in June. On Tuesday he stopped by Fairmount Park Racetrack in Collinsville to talk about the impact. The legislation offers six new casinos, a harness racetrack and casino licenses for the three existing racetracks in Illinois. Pritzker said adding other types of gaming will reverse the current decline at the horse racing track.

New proposal pushes for casino in downtown Rockford 7/30/2019

A coalition of community advocates makes a push for a casino in downtown Rockford. The Rock River West Casino Group announced a proposal for a downtown casino. According to the group, the proposed casino would be located near an anticipated train station, Amerock Embassy Suites Hotel on the South Main corridor.

Gorman: Downtown Rockford casino proposal in the works 7/29/2019

Wisconsin-based Gorman & Company Inc. is in talks with several potential partners to submit a bid to develop a riverfront casino on 13 acres south of the downtown Embassy Suites Hotel and Rockford Conference Center that the company is developing.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker fills two seats on Illinois Gaming Board as work toward Chicago casino, massive gambling expansion begins 7/29/2019

A month after signing legislation authorizing a massive expansion of gambling in Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has filled two vacancies on the board charged with awarding licenses for new casinos, including one in Chicago, and overseeing the rollout of legalized sports betting.

Rockford Mayor's View: Casino process just starting, no deal done or site selected yet 7/27/2019

More than 20 years ago, the Illinois General Assembly granted casino licenses to cities across the state, in hopes of propping up the economies in those communities. As we know, Rockford did not get a license then and many of the cities with new casinos leveraged them into successful economic growth.

Waukegan expects temporary casino to be part of deal with developer 7/26/2019

The city of Waukegan is not setting a price for the Fountain Square property it owns as it fields questions from potential casino developers, one of several new tidbits revealed Friday in an addendum to the city’s request for proposals.

Are Danville city leaders betting on a casino? 7/25/2019

The 650,000 square foot White Mill Building in Danville has been vacant for years. “There were folks who are of the opinion that we should tear the building down,” said Telly Tucker, the Danville Economic Development Director. “It will never be redeveloped. It was built in 1920. It’s seen its better days. It’s all concrete. It’s an eyesore.”

Seven groups interested in building casino in Danville 7/22/2019

Seven different parties have officially expressed interest in building a casino in Danville, according to Mayor Rickey Wiiliams. City officials sent out solicitations of interest to about 50 casino owners and developers across the country, Williams said, and asked for indication of interest by July 10.

After a bill becomes law in Illinois, 'obscure but powerful' group implements it 7/21/2019

Some major laws signed by Illinois’ governor will soon go through the rules process. The cartoon classic "Schoolhouse Rock" explained how a bill becomes a law in the U.S. Congress. The process is similar in the Illinois state legislature. But how laws are ultimately enacted in Illinois is another story.

Rockford hires 2 consulting firms to help navigate casino selection 7/20/2019

The city has hired two consulting firms to help the staff and City Council members navigate the process of selecting a casino operator and location. Union Gaming Analytics and Taft Stettinius & Hollister will help the city meet the Oct. 25 deadline for submitting the best proposal or proposals to the Illinois Gaming Board.

Seven casino groups interested in building casino in Danville 7/17/2019

Seven different casino groups are expressing interest in building a casino in Danville. That's according to Mayor Ricky Williams from last night's City Council meeting. Around 50 casino owners and developers were sent solicitations of interest.

Seven groups interested in building casino in Danville; proposals due July 31 7/17/2019

Seven different parties have officially expressed interest in building a casino in Danville, according to Mayor Rickey Wiiliams.

Waukegan’s search for casino developer continues as firm from 2009 effort claims exclusive development rights 7/17/2019

As the city of Waukegan extends the deadline for interested casino developers to submit their proposals, the would-be developers behind Waukegan’s 2009 effort claim the city cannot contractually go with anyone but them.

Bloomington Council Mulls Future Of Video Gambling, Supports Parkview Inn License 7/16/2019

Bloomington is still mulling over what to do with the city’s year-and-a-half long moratorium on new video gambling licenses. City council members agree they want video gambling to be limited in some way.

Bloomington keeps video gambling on hold for now but favors OK for Parkview Inn 7/15/2019

The City Council isn't ready to lift a moratorium banning the addition of new video gambling machines but a majority voiced support Monday night for making an exception for the Parkview Inn.

Illinois gambling expansion could take a while. Here's a look at what's to come. 7/14/2019

Two weeks after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law authorizing a massive expansion of gambling in Illinois, the state has taken the first small step toward creating a Chicago casino. The Illinois Gaming Board on Friday announced the selection of Las Vegas-based Union Gaming Analytics to study the feasibility of a city casino.

New Gambling Behind Schedule in Illinois 7/13/2019

Illinois' new gambling expansion is barely two weeks old, but the state is already behind schedule. Illinois lawmakers intentionally set the state on a fast track to open casinos in Chicago, Rockford, Waukegan, the south suburbs, Danville, and in southern Illinois. But the state is not keeping up the pace.

State goes for broke 7/13/2019

The state’s roads and bridges are in poor condition. That’s being nice. While we complain about them, few enjoy handing over the cash to get them in better condition. But we all know the money must come from somewhere. So, while Gov. J.B. Pritzker was congratulated for getting a $45 billion capital bill, Rebuild Illinois, through the Illinois General Assembly recently, there is always another side to the story.

Illinois gambling expansion could take a while. Here’s a look at what’s to come. 7/12/2019

Two weeks after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law authorizing a massive expansion of gambling in Illinois, the state has taken the first small step toward creating a Chicago casino. The Illinois Gaming Board on Friday announced the selection of Las Vegas-based Union Gaming Analytics to study the feasibility of a city casino.

'This is video gambling': Arlington Heights set to ban sweepstakes machines 7/11/2019

Arlington Heights is set to join Mount Prospect, Mundelein and Huntley in banning electronic sweepstakes machines, which local officials say resemble video gambling. The machines -- which don't require money initially to play and don't pay out money -- have popped up at three liquor stores, a newsstand and a laundry facility in Arlington Heights.

And, they're off Horse racing struggles in Illinois 7/11/2019

Shortly after the first race, a thunderstorm descends on Arlington International Racecourse, just north of Chicago. An hour before post time, families toting coolers had streamed into the track, paying $10 apiece for admission, less for kids and extra to reserve spots alongside the final stretch, a football field or so from the finish line and safe distance from the tawdry business of gambling, without which no one would be here.

Lawmakers Expect Rockford Casino To Boost Local and State Revenue 7/11/2019

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill at the end of June that allows six new casinos and legalizes sports betting. Rockford is the site of one such casino, and it could significantly contribute to local and state revenue.

There won't be a ban on new video gambling locations in Lake County 7/11/2019

A proposed ban on new video gambling locations in unincorporated Lake County has been defeated and is unlikely to be considered again. The defeat comes despite nine county board members voting in favor of the ban, compared to eight opposing it. That's because four members voted present and, under board rules, those votes were counted with the opponents.

Community members express concerns over video gambling 7/10/2019

There were no poker faces at Wednesday night's 'Betting on Rockford' forum. Everyone shared their opinion over video gambling in the stateline. "It's an addictive behavior that's a false promise," says John Alan Boryk, an attendee. "It promises something for nothing, and people can get addicted."

Illinois Betting on a Rapid Pace for Casino Expansion 7/10/2019

State legislators laid out a rapid pace in the new gambling expansion law that will give Illinois six new casinos, including one in Chicago – so fast that it appears the state is already struggling to keep up. By now, a consultant should have already been chosen to conduct a “feasibility study” examining whether it makes financial sense for a private investor to develop a casino in the city, and where within city limits a casino could be located in order to bring in the most revenue.

Illinois Enacts Sports Gambling Law 7/10/2019

At the end of June, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law a massive gaming initiative, which includes legalized sports gambling. While the sports gambling law’s passage does not mean that wagers on sporting events can be accepted right away, it does represent a major legal change in one of the country’s most populous states.

Rivers Continues To Far Outpace Casino Rivals 7/10/2019

More than 1.4 million admissions to Rivers Casino in Des Plaines have been recorded this year through June 30, which is nearly three times the number of admissions as the next closest casino, Joliet-Harrahs, where there were 595,000 for the first six months of 2019.

Search begins for casino developer in Waukegan 7/9/2019

This week, officials in Waukegan began the search process for developers to help with a new casino project. The city will be created a new casino thanks to a recently approved gambling expansion in the state of Illinois. On Wednesday, a request for qualifications and proposals was released. The request requires estimated costs for development as well as ideas as to where and how the casino should be built along with estimated revenue projections for the venue.

Will County Board to vote on allowing video gaming this month 7/9/2019

Will County is one step closer to potentially allowing video gaming in unincorporated areas. The County Board’s Legislative and Policy Committee voted Tuesday to bring the decision to lift a 2015 ban on video gaming to the full board meeting later this month.

Rockford mayor authorized to hire more casino consultants 7/8/2019

City Council on Monday night authorized Mayor Tom McNamara to spend up to $150,000 on consultants and lawyers to help the city sift through, score and negotiate proposals for a Rockford casino. With a countdown already begun to an Oct. 25 deadline to submit the best proposal or proposals to the Illinois Gaming Board, McNamara said time is of the essence. He said experienced consultants could be needed to assist the city in landing the best deal possible.

Rockford to hire legal counsel dedicated to casino negotiations 7/8/2019

Rockford's finance and personnel committee unanimously approved the use of up to $150,000 for legal counsel to help the city review casino proposals.

CITY OF WAUKEGAN: Request for Qualifications and Proposals - Casino Development & Operator 7/7/2019

The City of Waukegan invites qualified Project Teams to submit proposals through the issuance of this Request for Qualifications and Proposals for the development of a successful casino and associated amenities in accordance with the Illinois Gaming Act.

Column: “Vegasification” happening to local bars and restaurants, including in Buffalo Grove, as more video gaming terminals pop up 7/7/2019

Are you also noticing the "Vegasification" of familiar places around your neighborhood that have undergone some changes recently? No, just me? It seems more restaurants, bars and other businesses are adding one more thing to their list of offerings. The last part of the signs hanging over more front doors of restaurants and shops now ends with, "... and slots." Lunch, dinner and slots? Wine, market and slots?

Illinois' gaming expansion is law. When will we see sports betting, more video gambling? 7/7/2019

Just because Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a massive gaming expansion into law, which, among other things, legalized sports wagering in the state, it doesn't mean people can wager on the St. Louis Cardinals games right away. The Illinois' gaming expansion is one of the revenue sources being used to help pay for the state's $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital bill, and is planned to go toward projects at state facilities.

Metropolis mayor: a casino is overall positive for the community 7/7/2019

Having casino revenue flow into the city has been a big impact on the southern Illinois City of Metropolis for the past few decades. Danville officials hope to see the same thing here with a casino within a couple years. When a casino first came to Metropolis in the 1990s, the city of about 7,000 people received about $7 million annually in revenue. “It was a big deal,” Mayor Billy McDaniel said.

Clock on Danville casino begins 7/6/2019

The clock is now ticking after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a gambling expansion bill that includes a casino license for Danville. City leaders now have to choose a site and developer, agree on a temporary location, complete zoning changes, and apply to the Illinois Gaming Board, which makes background checks and goes over requirements in approving a casino license application.

Column: Illinois is getting more casinos, but the deck is still stacked against us 7/5/2019

While politicians gleefully celebrated a new state law that will bring a casino to Waukegan, one noted the legislation will end the busloads of gamblers heading from Illinois to Milwaukee. You would think our representatives would be more concerned about the carloads of Illinois residents who have sold their homes, packed their bags and left Illinois for good.

Illinois’ gaming expansion is law. When will we see sports betting, more video gambling? 7/5/2019

Just because Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a massive gaming expansion into law, it doesn’t mean people can wager on St. Louis Cardinals games right away. The Illinois’ gaming expansion is one of the ways the state will help pay for the $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital bill and is planned to go toward projects at state facilities.

Lake County Board to talk gambling ban Tuesday 7/5/2019

The Lake County Board will meet Tuesday morning in Waukegan to discuss a moratorium on new video gambling machines at businesses in unincorporated areas and other business.

Moran: Waukegan’s request for casino bids includes different location concepts, possible ‘temporary’ facility 7/5/2019

Back in the earliest years of the Big ’80s, I took a trip with a friend and his family to the Wisconsin Dells, where we saw usual sights like The Original Wisconsin Ducks, The Wonder Spot and Tommy Bartlett’s Jumping Boat and Thrill Show, as it appears to have been called at the time.

Slowik: Will County horse trainers hope gaming expansion will revive harness racing industry 7/5/2019

People who earn their livelihoods working with horses in eastern Will County are hoping recent gaming-expansion legislation will revive the struggling harness racing industry. “It’s a good business,” said Kim Roth, 51, of Crete, a horse trainer and owner. “Obviously, it’s dwindled. Hopefully (the legislation) will turn things around. It’s going to help everything.”

State Rep. Katie Stuart discusses gaming expansion 7/5/2019

Illinois State Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, discusses the gaming expansion, which was recently signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. The expansion allowed for casino type games at Fairmount Park, and sports betting.

‘Time is of the essence’: Waukegan starts search process for casino developer 7/4/2019

The city of Waukegan kicked off the search process Wednesday for the developers of a new casino authorized as part of the state’s recently approved gambling expansion. A request for qualifications and proposals released Wednesday afternoon asks for estimated costs of development, estimated revenues that will be generated and ideas for where and how a casino should be built.

Illinois Riverboat Casino Regulations Author Discusses State Expanded Gaming, Chicago Bidders 7/4/2019

The lawyer who helped write Illinois’ riverboat casino regulations back in the 1990s spoke with Casino.org to discuss the state’s massive expansion of gaming signed into law last week.

New site recommended for Danville's proposed casino 7/4/2019

A location for a new, proposed casino in Danville has now been picked. Vermilion Development Corporation said a 42-acre site south of I-74 has been recommended for the million dollar casino. City Council will still need to consider zoning changes and approval for a casino license.

At Walker's Bluff, governor calls casino a 'gateway' to economic development in southern Illinois 7/3/2019

The two hundred or so guests who welcomed Gov. J.B. Pritzker to Walker's Bluff Tuesday morning walked away with one lesson -- never give up. It's been a journey of nearly a decade since Walker's Bluff owner Cynde Bunch started on her journey to create a destination resort on the land adjoining the popular stop on the southern Illinois Wine Trail, land that was once farmed by her great-grandparents.

Danville officials pick site for potential casino; request for proposals sent today 7/3/2019

Solicitations for proposals for a casino project in Danville’s Southgate Industrial Park area were scheduled to go out this morning to prospective operators throughout the country.

Rockford casts wide net for casino proposals 7/3/2019

City officials on Wednesday issued a 22-page request for casino proposals that includes a revised timeline for a decision. Given the non-refundable $75,000 fee required, only the companies most serious about establishing a casino in the Forest City need apply.

State’s Lawmakers Musing Over Massive Gambling Expansion in Illinois 7/3/2019

Illinois is finally gearing up for its biggest gambling market expansion in recent years. Following the news, all of the state’s major gambling operators have already started accessing their new opportunities for business growth in the state’s ever-growing gambling market. Moreover, all sorts of Las Vegas machine manufacturers are also looking forward to scooping their piece of cake.

Will ‘racino' win change the stakes for Arlington Park's owner? 7/3/2019

For decades, Arlington International Racecourse clamored to add slot machines and other gambling devices to lure back bettors who've abandoned horse racing. But now that Arlington and owner Churchill Downs are on the verge of getting what they asked for, what will happen?

Danville officials ready to push in chips on finding developer for potential casino 7/2/2019

With the deadline to submit casino-development plans to the Illinois Gaming Board quickly approaching, city officials say they are poised and ready to send a request for proposals to casino operators all over the country early Wednesday.

Governor visits Walker's Bluff to talk about gambling expansion 7/2/2019

On Friday Cynde Bunch, CEO and co-owner of Walker’s Bluff, got a green light on her resort project when Gov. JB Pritzker signed SB 609, a gambling expansion bill that will give Walker’s Bluff a casino license. Tuesday morning, Gov. Pritzker and Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton made stops to discuss Rebuild Illinois, including a stop at Walker’s Bluff.

Illinois governor vows to beat Beloit to a casino 7/2/2019

To beat Beloit to a casino. That's the objective Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker laid out Monday following a news conference in Rockford celebrating state investments in the area and a gaming expansion bill that includes the City of Rockford's bid to open a casino.

Southgate is recommended casino site 7/2/2019

City officials say the best location for the anticipated casino in the city is on land in the Southgate Industrial Park area south of the Lynch Road and Interstate 74 intersection. Some other hotel and real estate representatives and another interested casino developer, however, say they’d like to see the casino north of that intersection off Lynch Road.

Gambling critic warns Illinois more gambling could bring more problems 7/1/2019

A gambling critic said the state could lose a bet on how many jobs will be created by expanding Illinois’ gambling industry. While state officials expect to see more gambling revenue, that revenue could come with additional problems.

Gov. Pritzker Kicks Off Rockford Casino Project 7/1/2019

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker visited Rockford Monday morning to mark the start of the process towards building a new casino in the area. Organizers handed out playing cards and poker chips that read "J.B. Bet On Us" and "Our Governor is Aces." A bill he signed last week allows for 6 new casinos statewide, mostly in cities near the Illinois border. Pritzker said casino revenue is a key component of his capital plan:

No sure bet on when sports wagering will be available to Illinois gamblers 7/1/2019

Putting a legal bet down on the Bears’ season opener in September? That’s probably not in the cards for Illinois gamblers. Want to wager on a Cubs playoff game, if they make it to October? Still too optimistic, some gambling supporters say. December action on the Bulls or Blackhawks looks like a long shot, too.

Waukegan celebrates casino, investments in Lake County with Gov. Pritzker 7/1/2019

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.

'It’s going to be an economic boon’: Waukegan finally gets a casino as Pritzker signs gambling expansion bill 6/29/2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is scheduled for an appearance Monday in Waukegan for a ceremonial re-signing of the gambling bill he signed into law Friday, a move that Mayor Sam Cunningham said will help stabilize the city’s finances.

Illinois gambling addiction program expects enrollment surge 6/29/2019

A confidential list of more than 13,000 people in Illinois registered in a voluntary casino exclusion program for gambling addicts is projected to grow with the upcoming massive expansion of gambling and the start of legalized sports betting, according to the state gaming board. Opponents say the people who signed up for the Self-Exclusion Program represent just a small portion of the number of gambling addicts in the state, the Chicago Sun-Times reported .

All bets are on — Illinois Gov. signs $45B capital plan, massive gambling expansion 6/28/2019

New schools, roads and bridges. A massive casino in Chicago, and an array of new gambling options, including sports betting. And a slew of new taxes. They’re all part of the $45 billion capital plan signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday in Springfield, as part of his statewide tour continuing through Monday to tout the new spending package that marks the latest in a legislative winning streak to open the Chicago Democrat’s tenure.

City Of Rockford Launches Application Process For New Casino 6/28/2019

Rockford is moving ahead with its plans to build a casino after Governor J.B. Pritzker signed an expanded gambling bill into law Friday. Mayor Tom McNamara says the city has 120 days from the bill’s signing to submit applications for the casino’s location and operator to the Illinois Gaming Board. McNamara says the city is working to get its Request for Proposals out by July 4th.

Finally, Help Officially Arrives for Illinois Racing 6/28/2019

On June 28, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law a sweeping expansion of Illinois gaming that includes authorization for the state's racetracks to conduct both casino gaming and sports betting.

Illinois governor OKs massive gaming expansion to support $45 billion state construction plan 6/28/2019

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed into law a $45 billion capital spending plan to build and upgrade bridges, roads, schools and parks and pay for it by expanding gambling and making it more expensive to do things like drive and smoke cigarettes.

It’s Official: Pritzker Signs Illinois Sports Betting Into Law 6/28/2019

Friday morning as part of a “Bill Signing Tour,” Governor J.B. Pritzker made Illinois the fifth state this year — and biggest by population — to officially legalize sports betting. Pritzker tasked the state legislature with legalizing sports betting to add $200 mm to state coffers in February. Lawmakers complied, albeit in an 11th-hour effort and as part of a $12 billion capital bill.

Lake County could block video gaming expansion 6/28/2019

Lake County officials are moving ahead with plans to prohibit the expansion of video gambling in unincorporated areas. The financial and administrative committee on Thursday recommended the full board ban new video gambling terminals at bars, restaurants and other gathering spots in the areas it oversees. […]

Prizker Signs $45 Billion Infrastructure Plan; Legalizes Sports Betting 6/28/2019

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker Friday signed into law a long-awaited $45 billion infrastructure plan. The money will help restore the state’s crumbling roads and bridges and help maintain public buildings. This is the first plan of its kind in 10 years.

Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara unveils casino timeline 6/28/2019

City officials will use a request for proposal process to evaluate and choose one or more casino proposals, Mayor Tom McNamara said Friday during a news media briefing.

With sports gambling now legal in Illinois, the charade is finally over 6/28/2019

When it came to sports gambling in the United States, we were, for the longest time, holier than thou. Some newspapers wouldn’t print the betting odds for games because they were above something as vulgar as gambling.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker set to sign bills for massive gambling expansion and $45 billion construction program; cigarette and gas tax hikes would kick in Monday 6/27/2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is poised to sign a package of bills on Friday authorizing a $45 billion plan to upgrade roads, bridges, parks and university buildings statewide, paid for by revenue from tax increases for gas and cigarettes and expanded gambling, including new casinos in Chicago and the suburbs and legalized sports betting.

Lake County closer to halting video gambling expansion 6/27/2019

Lake County officials are moving ahead with plans to prohibit the expansion of video gambling in unincorporated areas. The financial and administrative committee on Thursday recommended the full board ban new video gambling terminals at bars, restaurants and other gathering spots in the areas it oversees.

He Balanced The Budget, Legalized Pot, Made Sports Betting Legal…WHAT’S NEXT? Gov. J.B. Pritzker Explains. 6/26/2019

Governor, J.B. Pritzker, discusses legalizing marijuana, balancing the budget, sports betting, a new casino and what he plans on tackling next.

Danville looking to strengthen stance on 'gambling cafes' 6/25/2019

With development of a Danville casino and statewide expansion of video gambling on the horizon, city leaders want to solidify their longtime stance against allowing so-called "gambling cafes" in town.

Holcomb keeping watchful eye on Illinois gaming expansion, marijuana legalization 6/24/2019

Gov. Eric Holcomb is not sweating the potential effects on Indiana posed by a massive expansion of gaming across the state line in Illinois. In an interview, the Republican chief executive said he's not surprised Illinois lawmakers finally approved six new casinos, including facilities in Chicago and south Cook County, that have been under consideration for more than a decade.

State’s all-in gambling expansion offers new temptation for those struggling to stay out 6/24/2019

They’re pharmacists and nurses, doctors and dentists, lawyers and laborers, retirees and millennials. Some have master’s degrees. Others dropped out of high school. They come from 38 states, with more than 1,000 calling Chicago home. Each one has a game of choice, be it blackjack or bingo, that has contributed to personal losses.

Still Waiting: Here’s Why Pritzker Hasn’t Signed IL Sports Betting Into Law 6/24/2019

It’s been more than three weeks since the Illinois General Assembly passed a massive capital bill that includes legalized sports betting and sent it to Governor J.B. Pritzker, yet Prtizker, who tasked the General Assembly with legalizing sports betting, has not signed it yet.

As floodwater begins to recede, a Metro East casino plans to reopen its doors 6/22/2019

Businesses in Alton are still feeling the affects of severe flooding but one major business received good news Saturday morning. The Argosy Casino plans to reopen Tuesday after being closed all but eight days since early May due to recent flooding. The casino is the only business impacted by the floodwaters.

Video gambling coming to fair next year 6/22/2019

Some day, a visit to a state fair beer tent will mean a chance to get a cold one, maybe listen to some music and also do a little gambling if you are so inclined. Just not this year. Although state lawmakers authorized video gaming terminals to be located on the Illinois State Fairgrounds during the 10-day run of the fair, it won’t be until the 2020 fair that they’ll actually be installed.

BLOG: Could Bluhm’s Lightfoot ties help his city casino bid? 6/21/2019

Chicago is finally set to get a much-anticipated casino. And it’s not just any casino, but one that could rival Las Vegas mega-casinos in size and scope.

Commentary: Illinois is making a bad bet on its sports gambling tax 6/21/2019

It came down to the buzzer, but Illinois enacted legislation to legalize sports betting before time ran out in the 2019 state legislative session. While that’s nice, the state will impose the third-highest tax rate on sports bets, a big disadvantage for Illinois. Lawmakers clearly did not pay attention to what is working across the country.

Concerns Linger Over New Ownership At Rivers Casino 6/21/2019

Kentucky-based Churchill Downs Inc. completed its $326 million acquisition of a majority stake in Rivers Casino in Des Plaines despite state gambling regulators concerns that the new ownership group does not include enough women and minorities.

Las Vegas gaming companies look at opportunities in Illinois 6/21/2019

Nevada-based casinos and slot machine manufacturers have been preparing for new markets in places like Massachusetts and Japan. Now, there’s an opportunity for growth nestled in the heart of the Midwest: Illinois.

Aurora says casino only one possible use for Bilter Road land 6/20/2019

As some nearby residents voiced concerns, Aurora officials this week said the city would entertain any number of possible uses for land it assembles in the Farnsworth Corridor near Interstate 88, not just a casino.

Chairman of gaming board, Rauner appointee, resigns 6/20/2019

The head of the Illinois Gaming Board has stepped down after serving four years in the post. Springfield attorney Don Tracy was named chairman by then-Gov. Bruce Rauner in early 2015. The State Journal-Register in Springfield reports Gov. J.B. Pritzker's spokesman Jordan Abudayyeh said Thursday a replacement will be named soon.

Sale goes through, but concerns linger over new Rivers Casino ownership 6/20/2019

Kentucky-based Churchill Downs Inc. completed its $326 million acquisition of a majority stake in Rivers Casino in Des Plaines despite state gambling regulators concerns that the new ownership group does not include enough women and minorities.

Opposition voices went silent, grew weary or were ignored — and gambling roared in 6/19/2019

You might have noticed something missing from this year’s debate on the expansion of legalized gambling in Illinois: any actual debate. Practically without substantive opposition beyond backstabbing within the gambling industry itself, three decades of Illinois lawmakers gradually upping the ante on legalized wagering as a solution to government revenue needs gave way to an “all in” explosion of new and larger gambling venues and more ways for people to part with their money —including online and sports betting.

Illinois’ Gaming Expansion Could Be a Losing Bet for Problem Gamblers 6/18/2019

More casinos, more slots and legalized betting on sports. As Illinois prepares to expand gambling to every corner of the state – including slot machines at O’Hare and Midway airports – supporters tout the generation of much-needed revenue to help plug a massive budget deficit. But at what cost?

Comedian Dane Cook to play Rivers Casino in October 6/17/2019

Stand-up comedians are often the definition of perpetual motion. Consider Dane Cook among them. In the midst of his “Tell It Like It is” tour, which began in February, he will bring his adult humor to The Event Center at Rivers Casino Oct. 17.

Danville, state officials confident city will someday have a casino 6/16/2019

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 Danville is a bigger gamble now than ever.

Gambling expansion bill to bring casino, and jobs, to Southern Illinois 6/15/2019

Both houses of the legislature have passed a bill that would greatly expand legalized gambling throughout the state.Particular attention has been paid to how it will impact the southern part of Illinois.Senate Bill 690, which Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said he will sign, allows the construction of six new casinos. It also creates a broad swathe of gambling throughout the state by allowing sports betting in large arenas, allows race tracks to become “racinos” with slot machines and games of chance, and expands the number of places where gaming machines can be used

Horses, gambling may push aside plan for big housing development in Tinley Park 6/15/2019

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 that suburb in the running for a combination harness racing track and casino.

Despite Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s legislative wins, Illinois ‘not out of the woods’ financially 6/14/2019

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 construction plan, both funded by millions of dollars in new and increased taxes and revenue streams.

Editorial: As Illinois gambling expands: Don't meddle with the Gaming Board, Gov. Pritzker 6/14/2019

If the prospect of Illinois wildly expanding gambling doesn’t make you nervous, this should: Gov. J.B. Pritzker and lawmakers evidently are considering stacking the state’s oversight agency with friendlier gatekeepers.

Everything You Need To Know About Illinois Online Sports Betting 6/14/2019

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 bettors in the state the opportunity to place online sports bets on the home team – well, the professional ones anyway.

Legislators made statements about issues ahead of session. Did they follow through? 6/14/2019

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 eastern side of the Jackson County-Williamson County border, as well as allowing slot machine gambling at Fairmount Park.

Why sports betting is a gamble for Chicago's pro teams 6/14/2019

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 legalization of wagering on sporting events sinks in, the city's franchises are weighing not only the prospect of opening betting windows in their stadiums and arenas—possibly becoming among the first major teams in the country to do so—but how to approach sports gambling overall.

Gambling and pot will help repair broken Illinois, Pritzker says 6/13/2019

Bringing a massive casino to Chicago’s struggling neighborhoods and legalizing marijuana across Illinois is the price to pay for stabilizing the fiscal basket case that the state has become, rookie Governor J.B. Pritzker said.

Moody’s: Schools winners in new state budget — but impact of gambling, legal pot hazy 6/13/2019

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’s largest school districts — including Chicago Public Schools, but the rating agency warns that the impact of expanding gambling and legalizing cannabis sales is less certain.

What you need to know about Illinois’ gambling expansion 6/13/2019

Answers to frequently asked questions about new casinos and sports betting in Illinois. There are currently 10 casinos in Illinois. But with Senate Bill 690 headed to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk, the Land of Lincoln could soon have more gambling options than ever before.

Lawmakers roll the dice with new gaming law 6/11/2019

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 after Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into legislation a comprehensive legislation released late Friday morning.

Slowik: South suburban towns are jockeying for a casino. 'We all believe we have the best site.' 6/11/2019

Now that lawmakers have finally approved gambling-expansion legislation to allow a casino in the south suburbs, people are wondering where the casino will be located. Despite being proposed for many years, the site for a south suburban casino has yet to be determined.

As Illinois expands gambling, it will also try to determine how many gambling addicts it has 6/10/2019

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 disappear at the craps tables of Rivers Casino in Des Plaines. “I estimated that I lost somewhere between $600,000 and $700,000,” he said last week in the living room of his house in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood.

Danville buzzing after passage of bill including casino license for city 6/10/2019

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-decades-long effort by local and state leaders to land a license. “Danville needs the revenue and the employment,” said Beninati, who’d likely go “once or twice to see what it looks like.”

The Most Neglected Public Health Issue: Gambling 6/10/2019

In light of the new Illinois gambling expansion bill, National Director of Stop Predatory Gambling Les Bernal joins WGN Radio’s Karen Conti to discuss the ramifications of the ease of gambling access. Les tells us the issues involved with gambling addiction and the dangers of predatory and commercial gambling.

Hefferman: Sports betting in Illinois will have social costs 6/9/2019

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 evening. I wasn't there to smoke, or to take a twirl out on the Mississippi River, when The President actually went out on the river. I was there to try to win back the $60 I lost playing blackjack the night before.

Metro East race track saddles up for sports betting, casino games 6/9/2019

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 expansion that recently was passed by the Illinois General Assembly.

Casino bill puts south suburban properties in play 6/8/2019

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 communities that often get the brush-off from developers.

From casino to airport, south suburbs could benefit big from new bill 6/8/2019

A $45 billion capital bill passed in Springfield will provide infrastructure upgrades throughout Illinois. Under the plan, Chicago fared well, it usually does, but south suburban lawmakers said the Southland also scored big. “As southland legislators, we’re very excited about the opportunities that exist in the bill,” State Rep. William Davis of Hazel Crest said.

Illinois Lottery could soon offer sports betting at retail locations 6/8/2019

The Illinois Lottery could soon offer sports betting at retail locations as part of recently passed gambling legislation in Springfield. Senate Bill 690, approved at the tail end of the legislative session, would create a pilot program to allow the Illinois Lottery to offer sports wagering. Additionally, the bill also allows for six new casinos in Illinois and legalizes sports wagering.

What our new sin-tax fix says about Illinois. (Hint: It's not good.) 6/8/2019

Studies show states that turn to gambling and pot tend to have few other options. Heavily in debt, losing population, facing difficulties funding pensions or even paying its bills, Illinois fits the description.

Bill to OK resort casino in southern Illinois awaits governor’s signature 6/7/2019

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 gaming license to open a resort and casino is waiting to be signed by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. The winery says the project could generate $15 million in annual local revenue, more than 700 permanent jobs and $34 million in local employment.

Illinois lawmakers deliver casino license for Rockford 6/7/2019

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 session that went into overtime.

Lake County considers ban on new video gambling terminals 6/7/2019

Pushing back against gambling expansion, Lake County officials are considering banning new video gambling licenses in unincorporated areas but say they need time to research potential wrinkles before taking official action.

More States May Oppose Online Sports Betting After Illinois Legislation 6/7/2019

While Illinois became the latest state to legalize sports betting last week, the legislation heavily favored traditional retail casinos and shunned online operators. Casino operators are able to begin accepting bets almost immediately whereas all other entrants—such as DraftKings and FanDuel—will have to wait until late 2020 or early 2021 to begin operations.

STORY TO WATCH: Billionaire wins, fantasy sports lose in Illinois gambling bill 6/7/2019

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 his travels. On Sunday, he had an entirely different message.

Casino coming to Southern Illinois 6/6/2019

Call her tenacious, determined, persevering, unrelenting or just downright stubborn, but Cynde Bunch's dogged pursuit of legislation that would enable the construction of a resort at Walker's Bluff has paid off. When the Illinois General Assembly adjourned a historic session on Sunday evening, it delivered a host of bills to the desk of first-term Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker for signature. Senate Bill 690 includes the gaming license for Walker's Bluff, and five other locations statewide.

Did The Illinois Bill Create A Knock-On Effect For New NY Sports Betting Amendment? 6/6/2019

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 Addabbo Jr. introduced an amendment to his sports betting bill Wednesday that would allow sports betting at racetracks, off-track betting parlors, and sports stadiums and arenas. The Illinois sports betting bill also allows for betting at arenas and stadiums.

Illinois gambling expansion bill could breathe new life into horse racing industry 6/6/2019

The expanded gambling legislation that Illinois lawmakers passed over the weekend could breathe new life into the state's struggling horse racing industry. Trainers at Hawthorne Race Course, in Stickney, put horses through their paces Thursday morning before the weekend racing begins. Hawthorne is the only track in the state that still has harness racing. They also do thoroughbred racing in the fall.

Illinois is poised to become the gambling capital of the Midwest 6/6/2019

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 the Midwest. The legislation legalizes sports gambling; sanctions six new casinos, including one in Chicago; increases the number of video gambling machines as well as the maximum bet; and transforms the state’s horse racing tracks into “racinos” by permitting casino operations at the state’s three existing tracks while allowing two more to open.

Illinois sports betting bill paves way for leagues to cash in 6/6/2019

Illinois passed a sports betting bill over the weekend that includes mobile betting, in-venue kiosks and, most notably, a mandate that operators use official league data for in-play and prop bets.

Let’s Break Down Some Numbers in Illinois’ New Gambling Expansion Bill 6/6/2019

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 is to massively increase the number of ways private citizens can legally gamble their own money. Like we’ve been saying, that didn’t work out so well the first time. But … here we are.

Plans for Rockford casino revived, linked to sports betting 6/6/2019

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 betting bill.

Legislative Leaders in the Dark on Gaming Bill Specifics 6/5/2019

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 the state’s legislative leaders who helped negotiate the bill. During an appearance Wednesday on “Chicago Tonight,” Senate President John Cullerton and House Minority Leader Jim Durkin both said they didn’t knew about a provision that would allow the Illinois Gaming Board, the regulatory body that oversees the gaming industry, to operate with less public scrutiny.

Moran: After bringing a gambling package home, Link says Waukegan casino could break ground next year 6/5/2019

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 4-1 to award an open casino license to Rosemont.

Selle: Waukegan's bid to land a casino goes back to 1990 on the Waukegan River 6/5/2019

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 anniversary to persuade fellow eager lawmakers to approve a wide-ranging gambling measure on Sunday.

Tinley Park OKs video gambling for 3 businesses 6/5/2019

Tinley Park officials approved video gambling for three businesses while holding off on requests from two others. At Tuesday’s Village Board meeting, the panel also supported property tax breaks for an existing longtime Tinley Park business and for a development where two new hotels are proposed.

With gambling legislation approved, Fairmount Park eyes ‘new era’ 6/5/2019

Legislation that would expand gambling and legalize sports betting in Illinois is expected to breathe fresh life into Fairmount Park horse track in Collinsville. The Illinois Senate on Sunday passed the gambling legislation, sending the bill to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who is expected to sign the measure. The legislation allows for gambling operations at horse racetracks, a component that Fairmount Park’s leadership has long lobbied for to generate additional revenue as the track has shortened its seasons in recent years.

Aurora officials OK with Illinois gambling changes 6/4/2019

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, passed this week by the General Assembly, would allow existing gambling venues more gaming positions that they can use for either slot machines or table games. It also allows slot machines at O’Hare and Midway airports, as well as at horse racing tracks.

BLOG: How much will gaming expansion really raise? 6/4/2019

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 the recurring revenue total eventually winds up being and if they ever decide to bond that money.

Fairmount saddles up for sports betting, casino games 6/4/2019

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 expansion that recently was passed by the Illinois General Assembly. “After 19 years, I guess there’s optimistic and and cautiously optimistic,” Zander kidded. “Up until the time this legislation passed the house, I was pretty darned nervous. At that point, I took a deep breath and started to realize that this might finally happen.”

Gaming expansion bill to raise slot machine fees 6/4/2019

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 money. They just keep taxing and taxing and you know when's it going to end?" General Manager at Don Carter Lanes Brad Sommer said.

Here’s when sports gambling could be legal in Illinois, and answers to other questions about casinos and betting 6/4/2019

“Jeopardy!” whiz and professional Las Vegas gambler James Holzhauer, who grew up in Naperville, hailed the Illinois legislature’s weekend passage of a bill legalizing sports gambling in the state. “Trying to get me to move back before my Jeopardy tax bill hits, eh?” Holzhauer tweeted Sunday.

Will gambling expansion really bring state $1 billion a year? 6/4/2019

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 that passed during the weekend's overtime legislative session.

Will massive Illinois casino expansion spell end to Northwest Indiana's gaming run of luck? 6/4/2019

Illinois lawmakers appear to finally have reached the elusive compromise that long has prevented the state from seriously threatening Northwest Indiana's casino industry. The solution: lots more gaming — everywhere. On Sunday, the Democratic-controlled Illinois Senate voted 46-10 for legislation authorizing six new casinos in the state, including a Chicago mega-casino and a south Cook County casino...

With the legalization of sports betting in Illinois, you could bet against the Cubs or Bears at Wrigley or Soldier fields 6/4/2019

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 passed a gambling expansion bill over the weekend that legalizes sports betting.

After years of wishing, waiting, Danville gets chance at casino 6/3/2019

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 casino. “I thought it probably would [happen],” said former state legislator and alderman Bill Black. “Nothing ever dies in government. It can go to sleep. It can hibernate.

Arlington Park: Too soon to say when casino games will be available 6/3/2019

Arlington International Racecourse officials said Monday they are pleased with legislation passed over the weekend permitting slots, table games and sports betting at the Arlington Heights-based track, though it's too early to say when bettors will be able to take a spin on the roulette wheel after placing trifecta bets.

Casino expansion, sports gambling passes, banning bets on Illinois college games 6/3/2019

Casinos in Danville and five other cities, along with legalized sports betting, are coming to Illinois after Senate lawmakers approved a massive gambling expansion bill Sunday.

Column: Ties between lawmakers and the gambling industry? The IG should investigate 6/3/2019

Newly installed Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been calling out elected officials who leverage their public service roles for personal profit. “No official in this city — elected or appointed — should ever profit from his or her office,” she said last week while calling on now-indicted Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, to resign. Do you think Sen. Bill Brady, Republican leader of the Illinois Senate, was listening?

Illinois Passes Omnibus Gaming Bill, Includes Legal Sports Betting 6/3/2019

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 statehouse Sunday, and it’s now pending the signature of Gov. JB Pritzker (D).

Illinois Sports Betting Bill ‘Not The Best’ 6/3/2019

If one thing is clear after a weekend of wheeling and dealing, Illinois lawmakers accomplished their main goal — to legalize sports betting. But as times wears on, the issue of how they legalized and how the industry will respond to a bill that is, in the words of one source, “not the best,” will come to light.

Par-A-Dice could move to Peoria if it decides to be land-based 6/3/2019

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 also included an amendment that would allow either a riverboat or land-based casino in East Peoria or Peoria, meaning only one license would be available.

Walker's Bluff has advocated for years for a casino license. Only the governor's signature is needed now. 6/3/2019

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 Gov. J.B. Pritzker where it awaits his signature. The bill authorizes construction of six new casinos in Illinois, including one at Walker’s Bluff in rural Carterville. The bill passed the Illinois House on Friday and cleared the Senate Sunday.

Waukegan casino OK'd by General Assembly would be 'big shot in the arm' to area towns, Lake County 6/3/2019

Waukegan city officials are waiting for Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature on a gambling-expansion package before moving forward on a planned casino, Mayor Sam Cunningham said. The inclusion of a casino for Waukegan is “monumental for all of us,” Cunningham said, though he added he doesn’t want to put the “cart before the horse” and wants the legislation finalized before the city takes its next steps.

Waukegan finally gets its seat at casino table 6/3/2019

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. Legislators approved the measures this weekend and Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he will sign the legislation into law.

Another view: Lawmakers shouldn't take a dime from video gambling industry 6/2/2019

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 gambling business, could you hire us to be sales reps? The money looks excellent, and we promise to write glowing editorials about video gambling and to fight any effort to tax it more.

How gambling in Illinois might compare to other states 6/2/2019

The bill more than doubles the amount of so-called gaming positions statewide — and that doesn’t include sports gambling, which the legislation also authorizes. It also finally delivers on a Chicago casino that promises to dwarf all others in the state.

Illinois lawmakers vote to allow sports betting, approve Chicago casino 6/2/2019

A major gambling expansion in Illinois that will give Chicago its first casino, allow betting on sports and raise money for a massive infrastructure program won final approval on Sunday in the state legislature.

Illinois Senate approves legalizing sports betting, gambling expansion and funding for nearly $45 billion capital construction plan 6/2/2019

The Illinois General Assembly adjourned its spring session Sunday and delivered first-term Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s “think big” agenda as the Senate voted to raise motorists’ taxes and fees and embark upon a massive statewide gambling expansion that included a Chicago casino and legalized sports betting to pay for new roads, bridges and public buildings.

Illinois Senate approves plan that would bring a new casino to Southern Illinois 6/2/2019

Six new casinos, along with legalized sports betting, are coming to Illinois after Senate lawmakers approved a massive gambling expansion bill Sunday. Senate Bill 690, sponsored by Indian Creek Democratic Sen. Terry Link, passed that chamber on a 46-10 vote after being approved by House lawmakers the day before.

Senate OKs Rockford casino and capital improvements 6/2/2019

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 and legalizes sports betting across the state, Sen. Dave Syverson said. The Senate approved the expansive gambling bill by a 46-10 vote Sunday. Syverson, R-Rockford, and Sen. Steve Stadelman, D-Rockford, voted for the bill.

Gaming bill with Rockford casino passes House 6/1/2019

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 OKs legalized betting on sporting events for the first time. The House voted 87-27 to approve the plan. The Illinois Senate is expected to vote on the bill on Sunday, according to Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford. Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker has said he will sign it.

House clears budget, gambling measure that includes adding Chicago casino 6/1/2019

After two days of shaky behind-the-scenes negotiations, House lawmakers left Springfield having passed a comprehensive spending and capital plan. The Illinois Senate plans to return for bill action on Sunday and must still approve the gambling measure.

Illinois House approves sports betting, more casinos 6/1/2019

House lawmakers approved a plan that would bring sports betting to Illinois along with six more potential casinos in a special extended session Saturday. The plan is the amalgamation of a variety of gambling policy changes lawmakers have been unsuccessfully considering for years. Senate Bill 690, sponsored in the House by Blue Island Democrat Robert Rita, passed by an 87-27 vote.

Illinois Lawmakers Approve First Step Toward Casino In Chicago 6/1/2019

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. The money from it is earmarked to fund badly needed building improvements to state buildings. The effort to make this a reality was taxing to lawmakers, especially to those opposed.

Illinois Sports Betting Heads to Senate For Final Approval 6/1/2019

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 House on Saturday approved SB 690, which would also legalize sports betting. With little discussion before the vote, and an air of confidence from key sponsor Bob Rita (D-District 28), the House overwhelmingly passed the bill, 87-27.

In overtime, lllinois House OKs new taxes for public works program and a gambling expansion that includes a Chicago casino 6/1/2019

Democrats and Republicans in the Illinois House came together Saturday after tense negotiations to pass a package of legislation that included authorizing a Chicago casino and significant increases in gasoline and cigarette taxes to fund a massive public works program.

Lawmakers vote yes to sports betting 6/1/2019

Governor JB Pritzker released the following statement after the House passage of legislation to legalize sports betting and expand gaming throughout the state of Illinois. “Legalizing sports betting and expanding gaming will create jobs up and down the state, from Rockford to Chicago to Walker’s Bluff, where communities hungry for employment will see 10,000 new jobs.

Some Orland Park businesses say video gambling is a good bet 6/1/2019

For Michael Halleran, there are “no two ways about it,” Orland Park’s decision to allow video gambling has helped his business. Halleran, whose family owns and operates Orland Bowl, said having video gambling terminals has helped boost revenue and provided another entertainment option for customers.

BLOG: Mayor Lightfoot opposes sports betting proposal 5/31/2019

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 oppose the inclusion of a provision that would open up sports wagering in venues like Soldier Field. Such a proposal has the potential to undermine the viability of any Chicago-based casino through the diversion of customers and revenue from a casino.

House OKs budget, but Lightfoot calls gambling proposal a losing hand 5/31/2019

Legislators unveiled a whopping $40.6 billion spending plan on Friday — alongside the details of a capital proposal funded in part by expanded gambling. And Senate Democrats sent a big political message in the waning hours of the day, clearing an abortion measure that will codify current state laws should Roe v. Wade be overturned.

Last-Gasp Illinois Sports Betting Bill Will Be Decided In Extra Time 5/31/2019

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 bills on the docket and a number of key issues to hammer out. Lawmakers did make a noticeable dent in the pile, but leaders were force to issue a bad-news bulletin extending the work week through Sunday.

Waukegan among 6 new casino sites in gambling expansion proposal taking shape in Springfield 5/31/2019

Gambling legislation being crafted in the Illinois General Assembly includes a proposed casino for Waukegan in addition to five other locations, along with legalized sports betting and video gambling for horse racetracks.

Chicago mega-casino in the cards? Gambling bill could add casinos, video gaming across state 5/30/2019

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 stages of negotiation, a key legislator said Thursday.

Gambling Expansion Still Coming Together 5/30/2019

Sponsors of a measure to expand gambling in Illinois said Tuesday that they’re confident a package that includes new casinos, sports wagering and increased taxes for video gambling will be approved by Friday's deadline.

Illinois lawmakers set to throw more money at failing Chicago convention center 5/30/2019

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, specifically. Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center has been a political money pit for nearly 60 years. And now state lawmakers are considering whether to keep subsidizing failure with more tax dollars.

Sports betting in Illinois could bring in millions, but not on its own 5/30/2019

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 legislative session closing at the end of this month, it’s unlikely the state will see it this year.

Argosy Casino Alton, others, look to expand to land — labor unions give thumbs up 5/29/2019

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 new jobs in Illinois but provide needed funding for a multi-billion-dollar capital improvements plan.

Gambling expansion pieces still coming together, but supporters bet on passage 5/29/2019

Sponsors of a measure to expand gambling in Illinois said Tuesday that they’re confident a package that includes new casinos, sports wagering and increased taxes for video gambling will be approved by Friday’s deadline. State Sen. Terry Link, D-Indian Creek, said allowing more gambling in Illinois is a win for taxpayers.

Lawmakers Hopeful For Gambling Expansion 5/29/2019

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 that they’ll get a bill passed this week.

Letter: Illinois Sports Betting Won’t Happen Unless Another Major Expansion Is Included 5/29/2019

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 legislation, preferring to pass a more comprehensive gambling expansion package.

Religious leaders want slowdown in push for Chicago casino 5/29/2019

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 pastors said Tuesday they don't necessarily oppose a casino on principle, but they do want to make sure black and brown communities in Chicago benefit from what emerges from Springfield.

Why Many Think Illinois Sports Betting, Casino Expansion Could Happen: ‘We Have To Do This’ 5/29/2019

Political will is building for Illinois sports betting with Republicans and Democrats in both chambers and the governor working toward passing a comprehensive gambling expansion bill including sports betting by Friday’s deadline, even if language for the legislation doesn’t yet exist.

Chicago pastors urge slowdown on city casino as legislative session nears end 5/28/2019

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 and brown communities benefit from any deal that emerges from Springfield’s legislative session this week.

IL lawmakers push to bring casino to Walker’s Bluff Resort 5/28/2019

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 sides of the aisle explained how they hope to include Walker’s Bluff, a vineyard in southern Illinois, in the gaming bill currently in the Senate.

Illinois Video Gambling Tax Hike Will Be Decided by Lawmakers With Financial Ties to the Industry 5/28/2019

With the Illinois General Assembly poised to consider a tax hike on video gambling, some key lawmakers and their family members have developed previously undisclosed financial connections to the industry, meaning the fate of any proposal could lie in part on votes of legislators with a stake in the outcome.

Labor unions push for expanded Illinois gambling in final days of session 5/28/2019

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 only create new jobs in Illinois but would provide needed funding for a multi-billion-dollar capital improvements plan.

Lawmakers Want Minority Involvement In Sports Betting Industry 5/28/2019

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 many others have pressing questions about diversity and business opportunities — one of several issues left to be worked out before the end of session May 31.

A Rockford Riverboat Casino Might Actually Happen 5/27/2019

While many of us are off work observing Memorial Day, politicians are actually trying to accomplish things in Springfield, Illinois. Locking down a casino in Rockford being one of them. Nothing is set in stone yet but one State Representative is going do include legalized sports betting into the gambling expansion. According to the Associated Press, this could lead to a "yes" vote for a riverboat casino in Rockford.

Chicago casino, gambling expansion now tied to legalizing sports betting 5/27/2019

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. Robert Rita got Executive Committee approval Monday to proceed with the long-discussed proposal. It would allow a land-based casino in Chicago and riverboat casinos in Rockford, Lake County, a south suburb of Chicago, Danville and southern Illinois.

Plans link casino expansion to sports betting 5/27/2019

A massive expansion of casino gambling in Illinois — a decade-long but futile legislative pursuit — was back with a boost Monday as a Democratic lawmaker took steps to make it part of a popular plan to legalize sports betting.

Source says state gambling issues likely to be packed into one bill 5/27/2019

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 of a Senate-passed bill and send it back to the full House in a form that lawmakers call a “shell bill.”

Chicago casino, gambling expansion possibly on table this week in Springfield 5/26/2019

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 scheduled a hearing Monday on legislation sponsored by Rep. Robert Rita. The Blue Island Democrat has not spelled out details. But in the past he has proposed approving casinos in places such as Chicago and Rockford, adding table games at horse racing tracks and establishing sweepstakes games.

Gambling Expansion Moves Forward 5/26/2019

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, lawmakers are taking their time. There are seven days of session left before lawmakers wrap things up. State Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, said they’ve worked a lot on expanding gambling, and he wants to get it right.

Negotiations continue on gambling expansion bill 5/26/2019

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. However, Rep. Robert Rita, D-Blue Island, said he remains confident an agreement can be reached on a plan to expand the number of casinos in the state and also to legalize sports betting as a number of other states have already done.

Illinois lawmakers have 5 days left, 5 big issues to settle 5/25/2019

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 marijuana and sports betting, a revamped income tax system, and a multibillion-dollar state construction program. It enters its final week with most of that work uncompleted.

One Week To Go: Can Illinois Still Get A Legal Sports Betting Market? 5/25/2019

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 daily fantasy sports company FanDuel and Rivers Casino chairman Neil Bluhm – could be holding up negotiations.

Bier Stube owner joins fight against Illinois plan to hike video-gaming tax 5/24/2019

Small-business owners across Illinois are fighting Gov. J.B. Pritzker's plan to raise taxes on revenue from video-gaming terminals, which currently stand at 30 percent. A specific percentage increase has not been proposed, but there has been talk of hiking the tax to 50 percent of revenue, said Jimmy Centers, spokesman for the statewide Bet on Main Street coalition.

DraftKings & FanDuel vs. Rush Street Gaming: Illinois Sports Betting Showdown 5/24/2019

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 issue but as allies. Neil Bluhm, the billionaire owner of Rush Street Gaming, is looking to a “bad actor” clause to keep the two sportsbook giants out of Illinois. An attempt that DraftKings and FanDuel are prepared to fight.

Ill wind blowing in Illinois as sports betting debate gathers force 5/24/2019

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 committed in love, which is lawlesse.” We can’t be certain that’s where Rivers Des Plaines Casino looked for reassurance or inspiration when it decided to take on DraftKings and FanDuel over the right to offer sports betting in Illinois. But there’s no love lost in the war that’s brewing and everyone, it seems, is fair game.

Illinois governor proposes tax on video gambling 5/24/2019

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 said it would bring in $100 million in additional revenue. Gaming terminals are found in many establishments, including the Broken Saddle and Bierstube in Moline. The general manager of both businesses, Bob Rebitzer, said this tax would have a negative impact on their bottom line.

Will latest changes make sports betting bill — and casinos — a winning wager? 5/24/2019

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 with too many competing interests.

All in: FanDuel CEO says ‘Illinois needs to pass a bill’ for sports betting 5/23/2019

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 betting bill in Illinois. Now that gambling on sports is legal in the U.S., all Illinois has to do is pass a bill. FanDuel CEO Matt King, a Chicago resident, says Illinois is a fantastic market to tap.

FanDuel, DraftKings take to the airwaves in battle with Rivers Casino over legalized sports betting in Illinois 5/23/2019

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, which are fighting for a chance to run online sportsbooks in Illinois, are launching a $1 million ad campaign targeting Rivers Casino in Des Plaines and its chairman, billionaire real estate and casino magnate Neil Bluhm. The spot went up on broadcast TV in Chicago on Thursday and will be rolled out on cable channels statewide as well as broadcast TV in the Springfield market.

Illinois’ Sports Betting Bill Down to the Wire 5/23/2019

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 current legislative session ends. Rep. Mike Zalweski is preparing new amendments to the state’s sports betting measure with the hope that it will bring all parties together for quick passage.

Oh It’s On: DraftKings, FanDuel Go Nuclear In Illinois Sports Betting Fight 5/23/2019

DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook are not taking a proposed bad-actor clause in Illinois sports betting legislation lying down. The sports betting and daily fantasy sports giants will launch a $1 million ad campaign targeted at Rivers Des Plaines Casino and owner Neil Bluhm of Rush Street Gaming. Churchill Downs Incorporated and Rush Street jointly own the property following a $407 million transaction closed in March.

Pritzker says tax increases worth it for construction plan 5/23/2019

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 construction program , while a key Republican said some of the taxes aren’t acceptable and lawmakers may have to seek revenue from expanded casino gambling to finance the program.

Video gambling begins in Illinois 5/23/2019

Video gaming went live earlier today as the state officially began allowing legalized video gambling at bars, restaurants, truck stops and fraternal organizations. An estimated 280 machines in about 70 establishments in Illinois are hooked up and ready for use.

Springfield casino resolution sent back to committee 5/22/2019

After a brief discussion, a resolution asking the Illinois General Assembly to include a casino license for Springfield in a potential gaming expansion bill was sent back to committee Tuesday evening.

Langfelder seeks emergency passage of casino resolution 5/20/2019

Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder wants the Springfield City Council to pass an emergency resolution asking the Illinois General Assembly to include Springfield if it gives new locations authorization to have casinos. “I’ve always said that … we want that casino license,” Langfelder said Monday, a day before the council meeting. “If you don’t have a license, you don’t have a horse in the race.”

Guest Commentary | 'Tax holidays' for gambling in Illinois have gone on too long 5/19/2019

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. Duped Illinois legislators have shortchanged pensions, education and social services since the 1990 advent of Illinois casinos — by leaving billions of tax dollars on the table for gambling industry insiders.

Low Tax Rates 'Key' For Sports Betting Success In Illinois 5/16/2019

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 lawmakers tips as a final proposal is drafted.

Rockford mayor, Rick Nielsen stump in Springfield for action on law to allow more casinos in Illinois 5/16/2019

Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara said lawmakers have to move quickly before the city’s chances to build a casino are “virtually eliminated” by a northern rival.

Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen Pushing For Rockford Casino, More Jobs 5/15/2019

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 this month.

Pritzker Makes Push for Legal Sports Betting 5/15/2019

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 Nevada. As a result, legal sports betting has quickly spread. Nine states now have it and many others are considering it.

Argosy Casino in Alton to reopen Thursday 5/14/2019

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 forced the Alton casino to close earlier this month.

Video gambling discussion set for Monday in Palatine 5/12/2019

Palatine village council members on Monday are scheduled to discuss whether to allow video gambling at bars, restaurants and other establishments in town. The council session will start at 7 p.m. at village hall, 200 E. Wood St.

Controversial amendments added to proposed Illinois sports betting legislation 5/11/2019

In Illinois, two amendments were reportedly added to the state’s proposed sportsbetting legalization measure earlier this week that could eventually require some licensed operators to pay a tax rate of up to 25%.

Decatur collected $6 million from video gambling. One city official says 'this is not what we bargained for.' 5/11/2019

It's been almost seven years since Illinois' first legalized video gambling machines went online, and since then, the city of Decatur has collected more than $6 million in tax revenue for its general fund. The proliferation has not gone unnoticed by city officials.

OUR VIEW: Like all these video gambling businesses? Wait until pot is legalized 5/11/2019

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 Decatur gambling machines to understand what can go haywire.

Billionaire casino mogul Neil Bluhm seeks to shut down competition through amendment to sports wagering legislation 5/10/2019

Sports wagering legislation in Springfield punishing two online gaming companies is a blind for protecting the in-state interests of billionaire casino mogul, Neil Bluhm, according to one of the nation’s leading legal experts on gaming.

Illinois bars, VFWs upset over Gov. Pritzker's plan to increase video gaming taxes 5/10/2019

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 taxes on the video gaming terminals.

Illinois keeping an eye on neighboring states as they move to expand gambling 5/10/2019

Illinois has watched as several neighboring states have passed legislation to expand gambling. Now, as the end of the legislative session approaches on May 31, municipal officials keen to bring gambling to their cities and towns worry Illinois could lose business to its neighbors if a gambling package doesn’t pass soon.

Pro Leagues to Get Paid Under Proposed Illinois Gambling Law 5/10/2019

Expanding gambling to include sports betting was on the table in Springfield with representatives from a couple major sports leagues on hand laying out what they’re looking for. Local video gaming operators were also making their voices hear

Video gaming operators float alternative to Pritzker’s tax hike 5/10/2019

If the state of Illinois wants more revenue from video gambling, one gaming industry executive said Thursday, lawmakers should loosen betting restrictions rather than raise video gambling tax rates.

The New Gold Rush: Illinois Lawmakers Are Growing Worried as Neighbors Move to Expand Gambling 5/9/2019

1) Welcome to Kentucky, where the gambling industry was “buying its own regulator.” Horse racing tracks in Kentucky were paying to regulate their own video gambling machines, says the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.

Video gambling industry: Don't raise taxes; raise the bets 5/9/2019

If the state of Illinois wants more revenue from video gaming, one gaming industry executive said Thursday, lawmakers should loosen betting restrictions rather than raise video gambling tax rates.

2 new plans in play as debate about legalizing sports gambling in Illinois continues 5/8/2019

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 Gov. Eric Holcomb on Wednesday signed a sports betting bill in that state – making it the ninth state to do so since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year allowed the practice – lawmakers in Illinois unleashed two more plans for stakeholders to consider, bringing the total number of plans in Illinois to seven.

Business owners wage preemptive fight against video gambling tax hike 5/8/2019

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 each year off the machines alone. Besides bringing more customers to his business, Rehmer says video gambling revenue has helped him remodel the building, hire an extra employee and give his staff pay raises.

Fees Reach Unprecedented Level In New Illinois Sports Betting Proposals 5/8/2019

Rep. Michael Zalewski filed two amendments to Illinois sports betting legislation ahead of Wednesday’s subcommittee hearing. The amendments, which replace the five proposals previously discussed in the state, would establish licensing and tax fees unprecedented in the US sports betting market.

Madigan “prepared to support” Chicago casino 5/7/2019

Madigan said, passing sports betting will require the cooperation of many interests, including gaming CEOs, racetracks, video poker representatives and more. “It’s always been very contentious,” he said. “It’s no different this time than any prior legislative session.” Madigan also said he’d be “prepared to support” a casino in Chicago, either city-owned or private.

Pritzker's sports-betting plan sparks industry war over who wins 5/7/2019

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 between proponents and opponents of the bill, but within the gambling industry itself.

Gaming board: New Bloomington gaming fee can't be split 5/6/2019

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 want to rethink making such an offer.

Gaming exec places his bet on a 'legislative stalemate' between casinos, tracks, online brands 5/6/2019

The most recent amendment proposed for Illinois' sports betting bill would push out online and mobile sports wagering companies, but one managing director at a California gaming industry research firm says that should come as no surprise, considering where the idea came from.

Illinois lawmakers have short window for approving gambling expansion plans 5/6/2019

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 Chicago Sun-Times, asking Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot to join the fight for legislation to create a number of new licenses around the state.

Waukegan mayor extols the virtues of ‘shovel-ready’ casino proposal 5/6/2019

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 his community purchased in 2003 is ‘shovel-ready.’

Gaming board: Vendors shouldn't pay new city gambling fee for clients 5/5/2019

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 want to rethink making such an offer.

Gambling expansion, sports betting on collision course as end of Illinois' legislative session nears 5/4/2019

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 deal that also includes new casino licenses and expanded betting options at horse tracks.

Lawmakers hear testimony on sports betting bill 5/4/2019

The House Sales, Amusement & Other Taxes Subcommittee heard testimony from a variety of panels about how to make a proposed sports betting bill work best for Illinois. Several speakers urged lawmakers to remove any requirements that would make it so that people had to physically go to casinos or racetracks to register and fund their sports betting accounts.

Sports betting could be the answer to state's debt 5/4/2019

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 racetrack, there are locations throughout the state for off-track betting. This provides millions in revenue for the state, from the bets to spending money at local businesses.

Illinois: Chips back on table for gambling advocates 5/3/2019

Stakeholders that have been advocating for a gambling expansion for almost a decade are back at the table with renewed optimism this legislative session. On Thursday, some of those stakeholders – including local governments that want a casino in their community, private firms that will build or operate the casinos and race tracks who want to convert into “racinos” – testified at a House executive committee on gambling expansion.

Alton casino to close because of flooded parking lot 5/2/2019

The Argosy Casino Alton will temporarily close Friday morning because of the flooding predicted for the Mississippi River, casino officials said. The rising floodwater will cause the casino parking lot to fill with water, they said.

Chips back on the table for Illinois gambling expansion advocates 5/2/2019

Stakeholders that have been advocating for a gambling expansion for almost a decade are back at the table with renewed optimism this legislative session.

Tie Legalized Sports Betting To Chicago Casino, City Says 5/2/2019

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 this month. So, he’s using the potential Chicago casino as leverage in negotiations over a key piece of Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker’s agenda.

Waukegan, Arlington Park advocate for gambling expansion, in different ways 5/2/2019

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 legislative session.

Latest pitch for Rockford casino involves getting support from Chicago, legislators 4/29/2019

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 casino in the Forest City. The timing for legislators to expand the number of casinos in Illinois is “urgent,” said state Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, as lawmakers will be on summer break after the end of May and approval for a casino right across the stateline in Beloit, Wisconsin, is looming.

Rockford leaders look to Chicago for help with casino expansion 4/29/2019

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. With Beloit actively moving forward with its own gaming project, McNamara says Rockford has to act quickly.

No sure bets yet among plans for bill legalizing sports gambling in Illinois 4/28/2019

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 spring. One element of several of those plans might not yet be a safe bet. The wisdom of having a $10 million, one-time licensing fee is being questioned during hearings held by the House Revenue and Finance subcommittee.

No sure bets on legalizing sports gambling in Illinois 4/27/2019

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 spring. One element of several of those plans might not yet be a safe bet. The wisdom of having a $10 million one-time licensing fee was questioned during a second hearing on sports gambling by the House Revenue and Finance subcommittee on Thursday in Chicago.

Pressure on Pritzker, legislature over budget, marijuana, sports betting 4/27/2019

Lawmakers return to Springfield on Tuesday facing a five-week deadline to resolve a host of controversial issues that form the centerpiece of new Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s agenda and first state budget.

Illinois Tries To Ride Midwest Momentum With Second Sports Betting Hearing 4/26/2019

The need for remote online registration, a more tenable licensing fee and multiple skins were the topics discussed Thursday at an Illinois sports betting subcommittee hearing. This was the second informational hearing on sports betting held this year in the House Sales, Amusement & Other Taxes Subcommittee. The discussion featured representatives from the state department that handles problem gambling, local governments, industry advocates, Illinois universities and gambling expansion opponents.

No sure bets among plans to legalize sports gambling in Illinois 4/26/2019

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 spring. One element of several of those plans might not yet be a safe bet. The wisdom of having a $10 million one-time licensing fee was questioned during a second hearing on sports gambling by the House Revenue and Finance subcommittee on Thursday in Chicago.

Possible riverboat gambling changes could have impact in Aurora 4/26/2019

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 Senate and is now in the House. No, SB516 does not end casino gaming — far from it. But it would allow for casinos to no longer have to be by a river, or in a town that has a river. Years ago, the state dropped the requirement that casinos be on an actual boat that could float and cruise on water.

Skokie joins the list of towns banning 'sweepstakes' gaming machines 4/26/2019

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 unregulated “sweepstakes” gaming machines, local officials said.

Athletic directors want college sports kept out of Illinois sports betting bill 4/25/2019

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 in neighboring states.

Lawmakers hear from those who want sports gambling’s impact studied before it gets legalized 4/25/2019

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 testified that the benefits don’t outweigh the social cost.

Licensing fee emerges as issue in sports betting legislation 4/25/2019

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 spring. One element of several of those plans might not yet be a safe bet. The wisdom of having a $10 million one-time licensing fee was questioned during a second hearing on sports gambling by the House Revenue and Finance subcommittee on Thursday in Chicago.

Mobile, colleges key to Illinois sports betting debate 4/25/2019

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, compelling testimony about why they should include a statewide mobile component should they choose to legalize sports betting. In a hearing during which stakeholders, universities, local lawmakers, and anti-gambling advocates offered meaningful and well-thought out testimony, leaving lawmakers with plenty to think about.

Proponent of sports betting fears Illinois may lose if other states win legalization race 4/25/2019

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. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to use $212 million in revenue from selling legal sports betting licenses in his upcoming budget. Although a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision gave states the green light to regulate and tax the activity, Illinois has yet to act.

Online Gambling’s ‘Bad Actor’ Debate Reignites As Sports Betting Spreads 4/24/2019

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’m not talking about Pauly Shore. In gambling parlance a bad actor provision generally points to some law that has been violated, like UIGEA, as a reason to prohibit certain operators from applying for an online gaming license.

State House subcommittee to hold hearing on sports betting in Chicago 4/23/2019

The Illinois House of Representatives Subcommittee on Sales, Amusement & Other Taxes will hold a hearing this week in Chicago to discuss sports betting. State Rep. Margo McDermed, R-Mokena, is a member of the committee. McDermed is one of two Republicans along with four Democrats. The hearing will take place 10 a.m. Thursday at the Michael A. Bilandic Building in Chicago.

This barely noticed gaming bill could be a whole lot bigger than advertised 4/22/2019

From the synopsis of SB516… Provides procedures for a riverboat to relocate to new a location. Removes provisions that describe the geographical locations certain riverboats shall be docked. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills), passed the Senate last week 44-5. Link has been pushing for a Waukegan casino pretty much ever since he was first elected.

Video slots take heavy toll on some players 4/21/2019

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 said. She declined to give her last name. “I’m happy today because I walked in here with $1 and I won $50.” In the subdued lighting inside the gaming parlor, Lisa’s face was lit by the glow of a terminal’s screen.

Video gambling supporters push back on Pritzker’s proposed tax hike on terminal revenue 4/18/2019

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 Gregory owns Crehan’s Irish Pub and Banquet Facility in Belleville. Installing video gaming terminals in his business allowed him to make a number of investments that he wouldn’t have been able to otherwise do after the state's smoking ban curtailed business.

Recovering Addict Considers Social Impact Of Gambling Expansion 4/15/2019

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 said the social costs far outweigh any financial benefit. We’ll call her Susan. GLT is granting her this protection because she worries about her job. Susan is a problem gambler. She calls it the silent killer.

Illinois leads nation in non-casino slots 4/14/2019

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 machines in 6,834 locations. Nevada comes in a distant second with 18,996 machines in 1,984 locations. Only eight states have legalized video gambling outside of casinos: Oregon, South Dakota, West Virginia, Louisiana, Montana, Pennsylvania, along with Illinois and Nevada.

State not addressing gambling’s ‘dark side’ 4/14/2019

In the rush to legalize video slot machines, not one psychologist, social worker or behavioral health counselor testified before lawmakers about problem gamblers or gambling addiction.

Illinois Folds On Helping People Addicted To Gambling 4/12/2019

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, the politicians said they would increase funding for gambling addiction programs. But an investigation by ProPublica Illinois and member station WBEZ in Chicago found that lawmakers have not kept that promise.

Lightfoot talks gambling, guns, graduated income tax on Day 2 in Springfield 4/11/2019

Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot on Thursday pressed Illinois Senate leaders about her key priority — the “magnitude” of the city’s finances — on Day 2 of a visit to the state capital.

Washington officials think new video gambling license fees are a good bet 4/8/2019

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 think they hit a home run with changes recommended by aldermen Brett Adams and Daniel Cobb.

Legalized Sports Gambling Could Help State Debts Says Rep Mike Zalewski 4/7/2019

Illinois House Revenue and Finance Committee Chairman Mike Zalewksi, State Representative for the 23rd district, is spearheading the initiatives to get sports gambling legalized in the state. If it all works out and goes according to plan, with no unforeseen hurdles along the way, legal sports gaming could be here by the next Super Bowl.

Video slot revenue helps small towns 4/7/2019

Revenue from slot machines have been a “godsend” for Knoxville, according to Mayor Dennis Maurer. In 2018 15 video gambling machines brought in $41,085 in taxes to Knoxville. “The influx of funds into those machines, I figured it had to be pretty significant just because we’ve been watching every year as the revenues come into the city.

Campton Hills video gambling proponents see progress despite referendum result 4/6/2019

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 doesn't necessarily see it as a defeat for business owners. "It was a tremendous victory for the businesses," said Girka, who supports video gambling. "Moving the points that far on something that's considered so contentious is an amazing accomplishment.

Illinois casinos, horse racetracks wager financial futures on sports betting 4/6/2019

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’s rain. There are about 475 horses that train at any one time at the racetrack as they get ready for the 2019 season that starts on April 16. By opening day, 600 to 700 horses will be registered at the racetrack before reaching the 900-horse capacity, said Brian Zander, president of Fairmount Park.

Legalized sports betting may be coming soon to Illinois 4/6/2019

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. That process started Thursday, March 28 with more than three hours of testimony during a House Revenue and Finance Committee hearing.

If All Roads Meet In The Woods, Which Path Might Illinois Sports Betting Take? 4/5/2019

Stakeholders discussed five directions that Illinois sports betting could go in the state at a hearing last week in the House Subcommittee on Sales, Amusement and Other Taxes. A surprise fifth amendment targeting DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook added shortly before the hearing by subcommittee chair Rep. Bob Rita garnered the most support from the casino and horse racing industries.

Illinois casinos, horse racetracks wager their financial futures on sports betting 4/5/2019

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’s rain. There are about 475 horses that train at any one time at the racetrack as they get ready for the 2019 season that starts on April 16. By opening day, 600 to 700 horses will be registered at the racetrack before reaching the 900-horse capacity, said Brian Zander, president of Fairmount Park.

Waukegan vote to eliminate video gambling distance requirement is postponed again 4/5/2019

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 request of an alderman. Ald. Greg Moisio, who requested that the vote be once again put off, said he wants to see something in the requirement’s place.

Campton Hills residents vote to keep video gambling ban 4/3/2019

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's election, 648 residents said they were against allowing video gambling in the village, compared to 545 residents who supported the idea, according to unofficial results.

Editorial | Gambling fever? 4/1/2019

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 gambling machines in the city.

Illinois adds ‘bad actor’ clause to sports gambling legislation 4/1/2019

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 considered to legalize sports gambling that, if approved, would prevent “bad actors” from stepping foot in the state. The clause could keep companies like DraftKings and FanDuel out of the Prairie State.

Momentum for sports betting in Illinois builds, but how to do it an open question 3/30/2019

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. That process started Thursday, with more than three hours of testimony during a House Revenue and Finance Committee hearing. And no fewer than five different plans to legalize sports gambling are taking shape.

Bad-Actor Amendment Proposed In Illinois Sports Betting To Target DraftKings, FanDuel 3/29/2019

A late amendment before Thursday’s subcommittee hearing on Illinois sports betting brought a bad-actor clause aimed at keeping out DraftKings and FanDuel. Last week, House Revenue and Finance Committee Chairman Mike Zalewski told Legal Sports Report about four amendments that would be discussed as options to fill out his sports betting bill — H 3308.

Casinos, horse tracks, sports leagues battle over rules for sports betting in Illinois 3/29/2019

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 gambling expansion efforts always looked like a long shot, and lawmakers' first public discussion of the issue during the spring legislative session showed why.

Many horses in the race for legalized sports gambling in Illinois 3/29/2019

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. That process started Thursday, with more than three hours of testimony during a House Revenue and Finance Committee hearing.

NBA executive tells lawmakers to protect integrity of games in sports gambling talks 3/29/2019

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 Revenue and Finance Committee heard about various aspects of expanding gambling during an hourslong hearing Thursday, that included testimony from NBA Senior Vice President Dan Spillane. Afterward, he said the NBA supports legalizing sports betting in Illinois, but the association wants to make sure it protects the integrity of the game and protects the fans who would be placing bets.

QC towns grapple with video gambling 3/29/2019

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 Tuesday, as video gambling revenue reaches record highs in Illinois, Geneseo continued to say “No.”

'It's a very delicate issue': Gambling interests spar over how sports betting should be run in Illinois during first public hearing 3/28/2019

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 gambling expansion efforts always looked like a long shot, and lawmakers’ first public discussion of the issue during the spring legislative session showed why.

Lawmakers explore proposals to legalize sports gambling 3/28/2019

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 Thursday with possible interests in the industry. House Bill 3308 would legalize sports gambling in Illinois.

Sports Leagues Want A Piece Of The Action In Legal Sports Betting Market 3/28/2019

As Illinois considers legalizing sports betting, state and national sports leagues are asking for a share of the money. But not everyone is on board with the idea. Lawmakers heard from industries that want to offer legal sports gambling in the state’s 10 casinos and three race tracks. Some oppose "integrity" (or royalty) fees that pro sports leagues want as compensation. Stakeholders testified in the House Revenue and Finance Committee Thursday morning.

What Would Sports Betting Look Like in Illinois? 3/28/2019

With March Madness in full swing and MLB’s opening day getting baseball fans revved up, Illinois legislators spent hours Thursday analyzing how the state may be able to reap new revenue from sports games, through betting.

Off The Record: Sports Betting: Lawmakers Begin The Trek 3/27/2019

The seemingly unstoppable wave of digital and in-person sports betting throughout the U.S. and Illinois, not only on professional games but collegiate and even pro golf tournaments, has begun its roll into shore with the unveiling late last week of various options that include wagering at places like Wrigley and Soldier fields, Guaranteed Rate Field and the United Center.

EDITORIAL: How Illinois can win at sports betting (no mobsters allowed) 3/26/2019

The annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament is underway, which means millions of Americans have filled out brackets and put down money on games and in March Madness pools. What’s different this year is that in many places, sports wagers are not only popular but actually legal. Illinois isn’t one of those places, but if things go right, it will be before long.

Bloomington City Council OKs motor fuel tax hike, video gambling fee 3/25/2019

Motorists in Bloomington will be paying more for gasoline, with the City Council doubling the local motor fuel tax to pay for street and sidewalk repairs. The council voted 5-4 Monday night to increase the local motor fuel tax from 4 cents to 8 cents, effective May 1.

Lottery launches ads after poll finds low gambling literacy for young players 3/25/2019

Following a study that found some Illinois Lottery players, particularly young ones, had a poor understanding of the nature of gambling — like that you shouldn’t bank a paycheck on the lottery — the state is launching a campaign to help players make more “informed decisions” when playing.

Urbana's mayor calls for a pause on gambling expansion 3/25/2019

Urbana would halt expansion of video gambling if Mayor Diane Marlin convinces the city council to go along with the idea. In a memo to the council ahead of tonight's meeting, Marlin — who doubles as the city liquor commissioner — said it would be "in the best interest of the community" to stop issuing Class G-1 liquor licenses. Those allow gambling terminals at businesses.

Sports gambling proposals emerge in statehouse 3/24/2019

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

4 ways sports betting might be allowed (and taxed) in Illinois 3/22/2019

An Illinois lawmaker leading the charge to bring sports betting to the state has laid out the first concrete details on how that might happen. Four amendments were filed to Riverside Democratic Rep. Michael Zalewski's House Bill 3308 Thursday, each of them providing a different avenue for legalizing sports betting in the state.

First plans to legalize sports betting in Illinois released 3/21/2019

An Illinois lawmaker leading the charge to bring sports betting to the state has laid out the first concrete details on how that might happen. Four amendments were filed to Riverside Democratic Rep. Michael Zalewski’s House Bill 3308 Thursday, each of them providing a different avenue for legalizing sports betting in the state.

Sports betting at casinos and horse tracks, or wherever lotto tickets are sold? Illinois House Democrats offer options. 3/21/2019

Illinois House Democrats are laying out four potential paths for legalizing sports betting in the state, with options ranging from creating a limited number of licenses for existing casinos and horse tracks to allowing gamblers to place bets wherever lottery tickets are sold.

Zalewski unveils sports betting menu options 3/21/2019

In an effort to kick-start discussions on sports betting, state Rep. Mike Zalewski has filed four different proposals to bring sports betting to Illinois. The Riverside Democrat said the proposals will be discussed at a hearing of the House Revenue Committee next week.

Campton Hills hopefuls united on 'rural' goals, differ on gambling 3/20/2019

Four people running for three 4-year Campton Hills trustee seats in the April 2 election have similar goals for the village, such as preserving its rural character, but have differing views on whether the village should allow video gambling.

Why does Illinois see a spike in gaming revenue each March? 3/19/2019

The parlor had been open just over an hour, but the only people inside were the owner and a handful of men changing out a few video gaming machines. Bailey’s Place in downtown Peru was getting some new equipment this week, just in time for the tail end of the busiest gaming month of the year.

City Council to vote on ordinance limiting businesses’ gambling areas 3/18/2019

The Charleston City Council will vote on amending title 3-3-13 and approving the city budget among other items during its Tuesday meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Title 3-3-13 deals with the conditions and regulations on licenses. The amendment will add language under section F of the title, which pertains to authorized areas for gambling.

Harrah's Metropolis Casino to reopen Tuesday as Ohio River floodwaters recede 3/18/2019

Harrah's Metropolis Casino is scheduled to reopen to the public on Tuesday, a month after it closed because of flooding from the Ohio River. The casino has been closed since Feb. 18. The hotel remains closed at this time, but is expected to be open by the weekend.

Washington raises liquor license fees, considers higher video gambling fees 3/18/2019

Liquor license fees in Washington will be going up. And it appears fees for video gambling machines are next. The City Council on Monday unanimously approved new liquor license fees and introduced a measure that raises video gambling license fees.

Gambling money again plays significant role in Waukegan election 3/17/2019

In an echo of Waukegan’s last mayoral race, dollars tied to the video gambling industry appear to be a significant force in Waukegan’s aldermanic races, campaign disclosure records show.

Why a Chicago Casino May Never Happen 3/14/2019

There’s plenty of action at Rivers Casino in suburban Des Plaines on this Wednesday afternoon. Scores of gamblers shovel quarters and dollar bills into banks of garishly colored video terminals with flashing names like Blazing 7’s Blackjack and Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em. Others prefer the high-stakes buzz of table games. “Guess what?” shouts a player to a small stack of pale blue chips as he scoops them up. “I love you!”

Illinois casino to pay former worker's estate after denying medical leave for cancer treatment 3/11/2019

An Illinois casino will pay the estate of a deceased former employee whom the federal government says was fired for asking for medical leave so he could receive cancer treatment.

Sweeny: Bill would let Rockford raise gambling machine fee 3/11/2019

Rockford leaders have groused for years that the city’s non-home rule status prevents it from charging businesses more than $25 a year for the privilege of having a state-sanctioned gambling machine on the premises.

City of Elgin Remains Focused on New Video Gambling Fees and VGT Limits Implementation 3/7/2019

After bringing the matter of implementing video gambling licensing fees to the discussion table, the city of Elgin remains focused on the possible implementation of the two new types of annual licensing fees.

Letter: Sports gambling a 'bad bet' for Illinois 3/7/2019

Gov. Pritzker wants the General Assembly to immediately legalize internet and sports gambling. The last time legislators moved quickly to pass a massive expansion of gambling, the state began borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars against the anticipated revenue, according to ProPublica’s investigative report, “How Illinois Bet on Video Gambling and Lost.”

Unpacking Pritzker's Tax Proposals: Gambling 3/7/2019

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker last month laid out his plan for a state budget. But the Democratic governor is perhaps being too optimistic, counting on proposals for tax revenue sources that still need to be negotiated. One of those is the expansion of gambling and raking in the money from taxing and further regulating it.

Harrah’s employees help out around Metropolis during flooding 3/6/2019

Much of Harrah’s Casino in Metropolis is still impacted by flooding since the business shut down nearly two weeks ago. That is when the Ohio River water levels blocked emergency exit doors according to PR Supervisor, Chad Lewis.

Illinois Website Offers Help For Gambling Addictions 3/5/2019

Illinois is launching a new state website aimed at helping people affected by gambling addictions. The Illinois Department of Human Services announced the website WeKnowtheFeeling.org .

Illinois gets ready to go all in on sports betting 3/4/2019

Sports gambling, a multibillion-dollar industry that mostly relies on the black market, may soon go legit in Illinois. Backed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and a host of gaming interests, Illinois is looking to join New Jersey, Pennsylvania and a growing number of states to legalize sports betting, turning the widely practiced but illicit activity into a bounteous source of tax revenue.

Illinois Governor looks to join other states in legalizing sports betting 3/4/2019

State by state, the U.S. is slowly legalizing sports betting, and Illinois’s Governor J.B. Pritzker is looking to join in on the industry. There are eight states that allow you to legally put money on your favorite teams, with Nevada being the first to make it legal way back in 1949. Illinois is also on track to become part of that list.

How has the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ affected Illinois? The state hasn’t bothered to check. 3/3/2019

Orville Dash sits in a recliner with a clipboard and goes over his numbers. One spin every six seconds. Ten spins a minute. Six hundred spins an hour. The 81-year-old widower and former statistical engineer for Caterpillar estimates that, at his worst, in 2015 and 2016, he lost more than $25,000 playing video gambling machines near his hometown of Maroa, in central Illinois.

LETTER: Illinois lawmakers should reject internet and sports gambling 3/3/2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants the Legislature to immediately legalize internet and sports gambling. The last time legislators moved quickly to pass a massive expansion of gambling, the state began borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars against the anticipated revenue, according to ProPublica's investigative report, "How Illinois bet on video gambling and lost." It took eight years before the state collected the minimum amount expected from video gambling, and ended up $1.3 billion short of what lawmakers expected.

Pritzker looks to legal sports betting for revenue 3/3/2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is hoping the burgeoning sports-gambling industry will help solve Illinois’ budget troubles, but state lawmakers must first legalize expanded wagering after years of failed attempts.

Editorial: If Illinois is expanding gambling, more services for addicts needed 3/2/2019

When it comes to gambling, the state of Illinois has done all it can to put temptation within reach of its citizens by allowing video gambling machines in family restaurants, neighborhood bars, gas stations and convenience stores.

Churchill Downs gets OK to take control of Rivers Casino in Des Plaines 3/1/2019

Churchill Downs Inc. was directed to seek female and minority investors as a condition of gaining approval from an Illinois agency Friday to complete a deal for the lion's share of Rivers Casino in Des Plaines. Illinois Gaming Board members voted 4-0 in favor of Churchill Downs' proposal to buy a nearly 62 percent share of Rivers Casino's parent company, Midwest Gaming Holdings. Churchill Downs agreed to make a good-faith effort to sell up to 10 percent of Midwest Gaming to women and minorities within 90 days.

Bookies beware: Illinois gets ready to go all in on sports betting 2/28/2019

Sports gambling, a multibillion-dollar industry that mostly relies on the black market, may soon go legit in Illinois. Backed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and a host of gaming interests, Illinois is looking to join New Jersey, Pennsylvania and a growing number of states to legalize sports betting, turning the widely practiced but illicit activity into a bounteous source of tax revenue.

Eye On Gambling: City Hires Second Lobbying Firm 2/27/2019

Preparing for what many believe will be expansion of gambling in Illinois — perhaps this year — that could include more casinos and sports betting, the city of Des Plaines last week hired a second high-profile lobbying firm.

Bloomington Video Gambling Moratorium Extended To Sept. 1 2/26/2019

Bloomington will keep its moratorium on video gambling until after state legislators have made key decisions about sports betting and marijuana. Aldermen on Monday voted 5-4 to extend the ban on new video gaming terminals to Sept. 1, past the staff-recommended date of April 9.

Churchill Downs heading toward finish line for Rivers Casino deal 2/23/2019

An Illinois agency as soon as this week may consider approval of Churchill Downs Inc.'s proposed deal for majority ownership in Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, with sports betting cited as a reason the Louisville-based company wants to expand its Chicago-area presence beyond Arlington Park Racecourse.

Gamblers lost $22M at local spots last year 2/23/2019

Want to try your luck on a video gambling machine? You have plenty of opportunities in Kankakee County. According to state records, 118 places in the county offer video gambling on a total of more than 500 machines.

Governor Pritzker wants to legalize sports gambling 2/23/2019

Legal sports gambling could come to Illinois soon. Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to see it legalized so it can bring in hundreds of millions of dollars for the state. In May last year, the US Supreme Court made a ruling that effectively legalized sports gambling.

Will increase in game options result in more gambling addiction? 2/23/2019

Orville Dash sits in a recliner with a clipboard. Tall and broad-shouldered, with wispy white hair where a pompadour once rose, the former statistical engineer for Caterpillar removes a sheet of paper, clicks on the flashlight he uses for reading and goes over his numbers.

Pritzker banking on $200 million from legal sports betting, but efforts to expand gambling have never been easy in Illinois 2/22/2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is counting on $200 million in licensing fees from legalized sports wagering to help plug a $3.2 billion hole in next year’s state budget. But years of failed efforts to expand gambling in Illinois suggest his plan is no sure thing. In his first budget address Wednesday, the new Democratic governor acknowledged the issue’s history, calling on lawmakers to set aside the squabbles over new casinos and expanded betting options at horse tracks that have derailed previous gambling expansion measures, and pass a stand-alone bill to legalize wagering on sporting events.

How Has The 'Crack Cocaine Of Gambling' Affected Illinois? The State Hasn’t Bothered To Check. 2/21/2019

Orville Dash sits in a recliner with a clipboard. Tall and broad-shouldered, with wispy white hair where a pompadour once rose, the former statistical engineer for Caterpillar removes a sheet of paper, clicks on the flashlight he uses for reading and goes over his numbers.

How Illinois is failing people addicted to ‘the crack cocaine of gambling’ 2/20/2019

Since video gambling went live in 2012, more than 30,000 video slot and poker machines have been installed in the state and gamblers have lost more than $5 billion. Yet Illinois has failed to address the issue of gambling addiction in any meaningful way.

Illinois has done little to address addiction 6½ years into legal video gambling 2/20/2019

Orville Dash sits on a recliner with his clipboard. Tall and broad-shouldered, with wispy white hair where a pompadour once rose, the former statistical engineer for Caterpillar Inc. removes a sheet of paper, clicks on the flashlight he uses for reading and goes over his numbers. One spin every six seconds. That’s 10 spins a minute. Six hundred an hour.

Bloomington eyes keeping moratorium on video gambling expansion 2/18/2019

Ward 5 Alderman Joni Painter proposed Monday night that the current one-year moratorium on adding any new video gambling machines in the city be extended indefinitely. But other aldermen want a fuller discussion before deciding whether to embrace her suggestion and another made by City Manager Tim Gleason to consider levying a video gambling machine fee.

Casino temporarily closes because of rising water 2/18/2019

Harrah’s Casino in Metropolis, Illinois, is closed until further notice. There are 500 people who work at the casino who will not be able to do their jobs until the rising Ohio River goes back down. They even had to make a gravel bridge, because they’re worried the water will block people from getting in there.

VGT Ban in Bloomington May Face Extension if City Council Decides So 2/18/2019

Bloomington City Council may consider a possible extension of the video gambling machines ban. The city reported a 6% increase (about $44,726) in its 2018 share of gambling tax revenue despite the smaller number of video gambling terminals (VGTs) and a moratorium imposed on the addition of new machines.

Bloomington council may consider extending ban on new video gambling machines 2/17/2019

Despite fewer video gambling machines and a nearly year-long moratorium on adding any new ones, the city's 2018 share of revenue from the gambling tax went up $44,726 (6 percent) as more money continues to be wagered each year.

Harrah’s Metropolis to close doors due to Ohio River flooding 2/17/2019

Harrah’s Casino in Metropolis, Illinois will close its doors due to flooding along the Ohio River on Monday, Feb. 18. According to Harrah’s as of 6:00 a.m. on Feb. 18, rising water levels on the Ohio River will force Harrah’s Metropolis to close until further notice.

Chicago man charged with making bomb threat at Hollywood Casino in Aurora 2/13/2019

A 29-year-old Chicago man is accused of making a bomb threat at Hollywood Casino in downtown Aurora. Mustadin Muadinov, of the 8500 block of Rascher Avenue, is in custody at the Aurora Police Department and has been charged with disorderly conduct. Muadinov will remain in custody as he awaits a bond hearing. He was also ordered to not enter the Hollywood Casino, Kane County court records show.

Editorial: Illinois betting big on gambling 2/13/2019

Change is coming to Illinois — a higher minimum wage first, soon to be followed by the legalization of marijuana. Then there is sports gambling, which is an option due to a ruling last year by the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to action in many of the 50 states, federal legislation may be forthcoming.

Elgin continues discussion on video gambling fees 2/13/2019

Elgin officials continued discussing Wednesday the possibility of implementing licensing fees for video gambling, which has been allowed in town since 2013.

Revenue from video gaming exceeds state casinos for the first time 2/13/2019

For the first time, revenue from video gambling machines exceeds cash generated at the Illinois’s casinos. The new numbers from the Illinois Gaming Board show fewer people are visiting and gambling at the state’s 10 formerly floating betting barges.

Why 3 Area Towns Remain Opposed To Video Gaming 2/13/2019

While some Des Plaines City Council members appear to favor allowing video gaming at local bars, restaurants and fraternal organizations, Mayor Matt Bogusz is not one of them.

Hollywood Casino Aurora evacuated due to threat 2/12/2019

Hollywood Casino Aurora was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after a man made threatening statements to an employee, Illinois State Police said. State police said the man was taken into custody after making threats mentioning a bomb and saying he parked a two-axle box truck in front of the casino. The Kane County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad conducted a sweep of the box truck and casino and found nothing.

Video gambling in Des Plaines? Where the candidates stand 2/12/2019

Only one candidate for Des Plaines city council says he'll oppose video gambling in the city, while others either support lifting the city's ban or remain undecided. The city is contemplating whether to allow video gambling machines in bars, restaurants and other establishments.

O’Connor says legalizing video gambling could help city address pension crisis 2/11/2019

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has long been dead-set against video gambling for fear that Chicago would become saturated with video machines in bars and restaurants in already challenged neighborhoods. But that was before unregulated “sweepstakes” devices that look and work almost exactly like video poker machines started popping up in bars, gas stations, convenience stores and laundromats all over the city, depriving Chicago taxpayers of any tax revenue at all.

EDITORIAL: More gambling? 2/10/2019

Change is coming to Illinois — a higher minimum wage first, soon to be followed by the legalization of marijuana. Then there is sports gambling, which is an option due to a ruling last year by the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to action in many of the 50 states, federal legislation may be forthcoming.

Millennials and market saturation raise doubts about new casino push 2/9/2019

Talk of new Chicago and downstate casinos is resurfacing among politicians as an answer to government fiscal woes. But casino revenue is off sharply from its heights, and the industry is struggling to attract younger gamblers.

Mount Prospect grants three more video gambling licenses 2/9/2019

For years, Mount Prospect resisted allowing gambling in the village. But now that video gambling is permitted, establishments are lining up to get their piece of the action.

Could legal sports gambling mean $100M windfall? 2/8/2019

The state of Illinois could see $100 million in increased annual revenue by legalizing sports gambling, according to a joint report released this week by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the University of Illinois Project for Middle Class Renewal.

Casino as government jackpot? Maybe not. 2/6/2019

Gambling in Illinois is undergoing some of the same market, demographic and technological stress that killed off Blockbuster and is now adding to the ills of retailers like Sears. As City Hall and Springfield flirt yet again with gambling expansion, the odds of that wager translating into a payoff for taxpayers appear to get longer and longer.

Sports gambling a good bet for Illinois, new report argues 2/5/2019

Legalizing sports betting could create 2,500 new jobs and raise $100 million in new annual revenue for the state, a new report argues.

Asked & answered: Garry McCarthy 2/3/2019

Do you favor or oppose creation of a Chicago gambling casino or legal sale of marijuana for recreational use to provide revenues?

Asked & answered: Jerry Joyce 2/3/2019

Do you favor or oppose creation of a Chicago gambling casino or legal sale of marijuana for recreational use to provide revenues?

Asked & answered: Robert Fioretti 2/3/2019

Do you favor or oppose creation of a Chicago gambling casino or legal sale of marijuana for recreational use to provide revenues?

Slowik: Did a famous Chicagoan help block a notorious gambler from opening a casino near Midlothian? 2/2/2019

For three years, this column has chronicled how no one maintains a residential street in unincorporated Bremen Township near Midlothian.

Pritzker, others consider gambling expansion to boost state finances, balance budget 1/26/2019

A long-sought gaming expansion has again been called for by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, leaving questions about what it could look like, and bringing up concerns of decreasing casino revenues. Getting a gaming expansion would require finding enough support, while not upsetting those areas that already see benefits from casinos, which have been seeing shrinking revenues.

Video gambling cafes could become neighbors in Wheeling 1/24/2019

Wheeling has approved plans for a video gambling cafe to open on Dundee Road, three doors down from a similar operation.

When Illinois Laws Meet Real People 1/24/2019

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.

Belleville man named president of Casino Queen after Jeff Watson steps down for judgeship 1/23/2019

The Casino Queen Board of Directors has named a new president about a week after the casino’s former president announced he was retiring to become a judge in the Illinois 20th Judicial Circuit.

Video gambling keeps growing 1/23/2019

Located south of Burger King in Oglesby’s industrial park are five of Oglesby’s active slot machines. P.J.’s Lucky Dollar, a bar and gaming spot built onto the front of a body shop, was opened about three years ago. It might not be the most conventional spot for a tavern, but the business continues to earn revenue for the city of Oglesby, which had one of the biggest net gains over its 2017 gaming totals compared to other municipalities in the Illinois Valley.

East Dundee says OK to liquor license, video gaming for new owners of Manor Cafe 1/22/2019

Video gambling and alcoholic beverages are set to join the menu of offerings at East Dundee's Manor Cafe. Village Board trustees voted 4-1 Monday to approve the liquor license and video gaming permit requested by John and Sula Vitogiannis, the new owners of the restaurant at 425 E. Main St.

OP/ED: State's bet on expanded gambling poses risks 1/22/2019

With Illinois in desperate financial shape and a new governor taking office who advocates costly new social spending plans, the state is desperate for new revenue. So, once again, legislators who traditionally look for easy ways out of vexing problems are looking for an easy way out.

Video gambling back on the agenda in Palatine 1/22/2019

Palatine village council members plan to restart discussions about allowing video gambling at bars, restaurants and other establishments in town.

Campton Hills to ask voters again about video gambling 1/21/2019

Campton Hills trustees once again will ask voters if they want video gambling in the village. Nearly 70 percent of voters rejected a similar proposal in an advisory referendum question in 2012, but some business owners want the village to reconsider it. That will happen in a nonbinding ballot question on April 2.

EDITORIAL: State’s video-gambling bust a cautionary tale for Chicago 1/20/2019

How will Chicago meet its monstrous unfunded pension obligations? Without a twinge of real pain, if you believe some of the folks running for mayor. They talk about a casino, a tax on legalized pot, a tax on commuters from the suburbs, a city-owned bank and all the rest.

How Illinois bet on video gambling and lost 1/19/2019

The machines, which legislators said would generate billions of dollars in revenue for the cash-strapped state, are spread out over 6,800 establishments, dotting highways and towns from Winnebago County in the north to Alexander County in the south. Step outside the borders of Chicago, where video gambling remains illegal, and you will see feather flags, billboards and neon signs advertising video slots and poker in bars and restaurants, truck stops and storefront gambling parlors.

Editorial: Keeping City Hall — and corruption — out of a Chicago casino 1/18/2019

Mayor Rahm Emanuel again is trying to put a casino in Chicago, part of his plan to salvage city pensions. Emanuel wants legislative approval for a gambling house that would deliver new revenue.

Waukegan officials call for review of 'arbitrary' rules related to video gambling sites 1/16/2019

Less than a year after approving regulations aimed at reining in the proximity of video gambling locations, the Waukegan City Council may need to take another look at its approach, the mayor and several aldermen said. The city might have “rushed into it a little bit” when it came to the changes, Mayor Sam Cunningham said after the City Council rejected a waiver application for a Mexican restaurant seeking to add video gambling machines.

How We Analyzed Video Gambling in Illinois 1/15/2019

For our series, “The Bad Bet: How Illinois Bet on Video Gambling and Lost,” ProPublica Illinois examined video gambling across the state, the impact slot and poker machines have had on the state’s finances and the social costs associated with video gambling.

Dealer Hits Joliet Hollywood Casino With Whistleblower Lawsuit 1/14/2019

A former supervisor at the Hollywood Casino Joliet has filed a civil lawsuit at the Will County Courthouse accusing her former employer of illegal conduct and retaliating against her.

Harrah's Joliet Sued By Customer From Orland Park 1/14/2019

An Orland Park woman who visited Harrah's Joliet Casino Hotel nearly two years ago has hired a prominent local law firm in hopes of collecting thousands of dollars in damages from the billion-dollar company. The plaintiff, Mildred Gusich, hired Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol's Mokena offices. It's a personal injury negligence lawsuit.

J.B. Pritzker discusses gambling, marijuana, capital bill before inauguration 1/13/2019

Democratic Illinois Governor-Elect J.B. Pritzker discusses gambling expansion, marijuana legalization, a capital bill and gun dealer licensing prior the day before his inauguration. He will succeed Republican Bruce Rauner.

Campton Hills considering asking residents if video gambling should be allowed 1/9/2019

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

BLOG: Debt, dope and casinos: Chicago is circling the drain 1/8/2019

While the federal government is slowly careening toward permanent, fiscal disaster, many state governments (which don’t have the power of the printing press) are already staring into the abyss. Take Illinois, for example. It’s the most broke state in the US with nearly $250 billion in debt. And it only brings in enough in taxes each year to cover 92% of its expenses… so the problem is getting worse.

Peoria will consider raising video gaming fees 1/7/2019

The City Council will look closer at businesses that offer video gaming and consider doubling fees for taverns and restaurants that offer such terminals. If the proposal to raise fees from $500 to $1,000 a terminal is approved, City Hall expects to raise an additional $400,000 a year from the increase in license fees.

Our View: Sports betting not a panacea for Illinois’ financial woes 1/5/2019

One topic we can expect to see receive serious discussion in the spring legislative session, which starts Wednesday, is whether Illinois should legalize sports betting. Illinois is far from the only state about to embark on that conversation: Six states have already legalized sports betting since the Supreme Court ruled last May that it was permissible in places beside Nevada.

Gambling Series: Local gaming puts hit on casinos 1/4/2019

Video gaming has become big business in Illinois, with nearly $20 billion being wagered each year in the state’s video gaming terminals. So how has this new gambling opportunity impacted the state’s riverboat casinos?

2 Troublemakers Arrested At Harrah's Casino: Cops 12/28/2018

A middle-aged man and woman from Romeoville were arrested on Christmas night by Joliet Police at the Harrah's Casino after police say they became disorderly toward the casino's security staff. The two people who were charged with criminal trespass are: Kimberly Jurceka, 52, and Ronald Kosiarek, 51.

Tom Kacich | Lawmakers may gamble on a casino bill again 12/23/2018

With a renewed push for casino expansion in Illinois — particularly a facility on the south side of Chicago that has been suggested by outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel — state Sen. Scott Bennett has restarted talk of a casino in Danville.

Chicago Mayoral Candidate Open to Slots at O’Hare and Midway 12/22/2018

Chicago mayoral candidate Susana Mendoza said on Friday that she is open to the installation of slot machines at O’Hare and Midway airports as a means for additional revenue, local news outlet the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Mendoza floats idea of slot machines at O’Hare and Midway 12/21/2018

Mayoral candidate Susana Mendoza on Friday floated the idea of installing slot machines at O’Hare and Midway airports to generate a jackpot of new revenue that would help satisfy a $1 billion spike in pension payments.

State Senator Bennett renews commitment for Danville casino 12/18/2018

State Senator Scott Bennett has renewed his commitment for a Danville casino. Bennett said the casino would create jobs, fund local schools and would draw in patrons from across the state border. Chicago Rahm Emmanuel claims that he is working on a plan for a casino on the south side of Chicago as well.

Editorial: Shove all in on casino 12/16/2018

If Danville officials hope to see a casino in the city, they better energize their efforts — and fast — to persuade the Illinois General Assembly to approve the idea. If they continue to wait — the idea of expanded gambling in Illinois has been debated for years in Springfield — all bets could be off.

City of Moline cashing in on video gambling boom 12/12/2018

Gambling machines in Moline could soon come with a hefty price tag. That's because city leaders are looking at upping the charges for machine owners. At Tuesday night's city council meeting, aldermen discussed a proposed ordinance that would charge the owners $1,000 per gaming machine.

Emanuel wants fast action on Chicago casino—possibly on Southeast Side 12/12/2018

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he’ll push Springfield to authorize a long-discussed Chicago gambling casino this spring—before he leaves office. And he’s dropping some big hints about the terms and conditions of the facility, including the fact that he’d like it to be located far away from downtown Chicago and McCormick Place, possibly on the Southeast Side.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel floats port district land as Chicago casino location 12/12/2018

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday floated a port district site on the Far Southeast Side as the possible location for a Chicago casino, if state lawmakers finally grant the city the long-sought gambling palace.

COLAs, pot and gambling: It's not a party—it's Emanuel's pension Rx 12/11/2018

In a plea that the lame duck mayor will have only limited ability to implement, Rahm Emanuel tomorrow will formally lay out his ideas on how to slay the city’s pension dragon for once and all. His prescriptions range from a state constitutional amendment to a controversial borrowing plan.

Joliet approves 1-year moratorium to limit number of new video gambling licenses 12/5/2018

Bars, restaurants and other liquor license holders in Joliet won’t be able to seek new video gambling licenses for at least a year, unless they operate in the northwest part of the city.

Mount Prospect grants Pap's village's first license for video gambling 12/5/2018

About three months after Mount Prospect trustees voted to allow video gambling in town, the village now has its first venue for it. The village board on Tuesday granted a liquor license permitting video gambling to Pap's Ultimate Bar and Grill, 1904 S. Elmhurst Road.

Rolling Meadows to get first video gambling cafe 12/5/2018

Rolling Meadows is set to get its first video gambling cafe, offering five machines for players to test their luck, along with a full menu of food and drink.

State may look at fast spread of video gambling 12/4/2018

Video poker machines are more prevalent and profitable than ever before, according to a new state report. That has some lawmakers and local leaders looking to do something about them. The video gambling report comes as lawmakers consider the largest expansion of brick-and-mortar gambling facilities in the state in years.

Joliet council votes on partial moratorium for video gambling 11/30/2018

Joliet for the second time in two years is taking action to try to control the growth of video gambling in the city. The Joliet City Council votes Tuesday on a one-year, partial moratorium on new video gambling licenses for liquor establishments east of Route 59.

Video gambling machines shut down in town 11/30/2018

The lights are out, the plugs are pulled and the video gaming machines have officially been shut down in Forest Park. After the Cook County Clerk certified the election results on Nov. 27, the state turned them off the following day, said Tim Gillian, village administrator.

Our View: Bet on it: Video gaming fuels increase in Illinois gaming revenue 11/27/2018

Wanna bet? The numbers show that there are plenty of people out there who do. They don’t mind spending their hard-earned cash on a (slim) chance to win more cash.

Oak Park bans sweepstakes gambling machines 11/26/2018

Video gambling has been prohibited in Oak Park for nearly a decade, and now the so-called video sweepstakes machines are forbidden in the village as well. The Oak Park Board of Trustees approved an ordinance at its Nov. 19 meeting, expressly prohibiting the machines, stating in the ordinance that keeping them out of Oak Park is necessary for the "public health, safety and welfare" of the community.

State may look at spread of video gambling 11/26/2018

Video poker machines are more prevalent and profitable than ever before, according to a new state report. That has some lawmakers and local leaders looking to do something about them. The video gambling report comes as lawmakers consider the largest expansion of brick-and-mortar gambling facilities in the state in years.

Gamble pays off: Gambling revenues reach record high; numbers up locally, too 11/25/2018

Video gambling has seen significant growth in Illinois, with revenues increasing by more than 75 percent in just the last 3 years, a new state report concludes. The report released last month by the state’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability found that video gambling racked up a net income of $1.4 billion in the fiscal year that ended June 30, generating about $70 million in tax revenue for local governments.

Report: Video gambling sees significant growth in Illinois 11/24/2018

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

Gambling ‘Tea Leaves’ Show Coming Expansion 11/22/2018

For the last six or seven years, many proposals to expand gambling and satisfy scampering state legislators in their quest to find more revenue to pay for the operation of government in Illinois have come and gone. Proposals to increase the number of casinos have never materialized despite wheeling and dealing by lawmakers and all the while governors Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner have rejected expansion.

'It exploits people': Oak Park to ban electronic ‘sweepstakes’ machines in village 11/20/2018

Hoping to close any loopholes that may be exploited, the Oak Park board of trustees on Nov. 19 voted to ban electronic sweepstakes machines from operating within its village. In 2009, the village approved an ordinance that banned video gaming, however, recent reports of electronic “sweepstakes” machines being installed in neighboring communities led trustees to proactively strengthen its ordinance.

Another new form of legal gambling in Illinois — betting on 'historical' horse races — moves closer to approval 11/15/2018

Illinois gamblers could soon have another new way to place bets, with a proposal to allow wagering on “historical” horse races passing another hurdle. The Illinois Racing Board on Thursday approved proposed rules that would allow betting on videos of past races at Illinois racetracks — though the board’s own former attorneys said the move was not authorized by state law.

Our View: Rockford should be allowed to increase video gaming fees 11/15/2018

It’s ridiculous that the city of Peoria can consider increasing its video-gambling license fee from $500 to $1,000 a year while the city of Rockford is stuck charging $25 per machine. That doesn’t make sense, even in a state as dysfunctional as Illinois.

'Little baby casinos': Huge growth in video gambling boosts Illinois gaming revenue to record levels, but at what cost? 11/14/2018

Full meals used to be on the menu at La Cabana Mexican Restaurant in Melrose Park, but now the small storefront sells only steak tacos. These days, many people come not to eat, but to gamble.

Illinois compares video gambling to casinos 11/14/2018

A recent annual report issued by the state legislature’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability says the addition of video gambling in Illinois equals having more than 24 casinos.

Nick in the AM: Peoria proposes doubling video-gambling license fees 11/14/2018

Good morning, troops. It’s Tuesday, Nov. 13. The city of Peoria is proposing to increase its video-gambling license fee to help plug a $6 million budget hole. A doubling of city charges to operate each terminal might put Kelly Collins in a bit of a hole, too.

Residents vote video gambling out of town 11/13/2018

After two years of debate, video gambling has officially been outlawed in Forest Park by the slimmest of margins. With all 11 precincts reporting – the final precinct's totals did not come in until after 1 a.m. on Nov. 7 – opponents of video gambling had defeated supporters by just 192 votes.

State approves video gambling for 6 Orland Park businesses 11/12/2018

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

Video gambling equivalent of 24 new casinos 11/12/2018

The addition of video gambling in Illinois is now the equivalent of having more than 24 casinos. That's according to details from the recently released "Wagering in Illinois" annual report issued by the state legislature's Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability. The report tracks gambling revenue the state received during its last full fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Video Gambling Outlawed Just 2 Years After Its Approval in Forest Park 11/12/2018

Video gambling has now officially been outlawed in west suburban Forest Park after nearly 6,000 residents voted on the binding referendum in last weeks’ election. The historic decision to prohibit gaming machines comes just two years after its approval.

Casino group gets riverboat from Illinois to play substitute vessel 11/9/2018

Pride Group of Casinos and Hotels on Thursday said that it has purchased riverboat ‘Argosy IV’ from Illinois, US, in order to facilitate dry dock repairs of its two off-shore casino vessels operating in the Mandovi.

Local leaders mixed on gaming expansion bill 11/9/2018

There has been recent talk about the vacancy left by the clock tower and if a casino will take its place. In the past, efforts in support of a casino have not been fruitful. Now, there is an Illinois gaming expansion bill or Bill SB0007. Many local leaders in Rockford are in support for the bill. Lawmakers in Rockford urge for a casino because they believe it will stimulate the community by attracting outsiders, creating jobs and igniting new development projects.

Rivers Casino eyes new majority stakeholder: owner of Arlington Park racetrack 11/2/2018

The owner of Arlington Park racetrack has announced a bid to become majority stakeholder in the nearby gambling mecca, Rivers Casino in Des Plaines. Churchill Downs Inc. said it will seek to acquire Illinois’ most lucrative casino for up to $500 million.

With Rivers Casino purchase, future of Arlington Park unclear 11/2/2018

Churchill Downs Inc.'s CEO said the company's plan to buy a majority share of Rivers Casino in Des Plaines for $500 million was born from a desire to expand into other avenues of gambling not currently permitted at nearby Arlington Park racecourse in Arlington Heights.

5 takeaways from the state’s wagering update 11/1/2018

Drop a pin anywhere in La Salle County and you probably won’t be too far from a video slot machine. The county remains a hotbed of machines compared to the rest of the state, according to the Wagering in Illinois 2018 update by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability.

Owner of Arlington Park seeks to buy majority stake in Rivers Casino in Des Plaines 11/1/2018

Churchill Downs Inc., owner of Arlington Park in Arlington Heights and host of the Kentucky Derby, announced Wednesday it signed an agreement to buy Rivers Casino in Des Plaines for up to $500 million.

Chicago Mayoral Hopeful: Casino, Marijuana Money Could Help City’s Pension Woes 10/31/2018

One of Chicago’s leading mayoral candidates said that revenue from casinos and legalized marijuana could help put a dent in the city’s $28 billion pension deficit. Attorney Gery Chico, a Democratic City Hall veteran and the best-known Hispanic contender in the race, told the City Club of Chicago he would seek to use the money from the two elements if elected to “start hacking away” at the pension deficit “without putting the 15th brick on the back of the taxpayer.”

Examining Answers to Key Sports Betting Questions in Illinois 10/30/2018

After hearing from a bevy of sports betting professionals, major professional leagues, players’ associations, and those opposed to sports betting, Illinois lawmakers continue slow and steady on their approach to legal sports wagering. While the state legislature has been considering different types of gaming for more than a decade, it has been slow to act. And it appears things will be no different when it comes to sports betting.

Unregulated sweepstakes machines enter village 10/30/2018

As a final vote on whether to approve or prohibit video gambling in Forest Park approaches on Nov. 6, controversial sweepstakes machines that look and work almost exactly like video poker devices have made their way into town.

Video gaming vote is likely a first for Illinois 10/23/2018

Whether residents vote for or against video gambling in Forest Park on Nov. 6, the village has already made history: Forest Park is likely the first municipality in Illinois to publicly vote on the practice after it has already been legalized in town.

Illinois looking at sports betting as a way to infuse revenue into the cash strapped state 10/22/2018

Illinois may turn to expanding gaming as a way to raise revenue in the cash-strapped state. From slot machines to video gaming to horse races, there are already many ways to gamble in Illinois. But more options may be coming including sports betting, where people can bet on live sporting events like games.

Rowland | Deal Illinois in on sports betting, but prepare for diminishing returns 10/21/2018

Lawmakers prepared to allow sports gambling in Illinois shouldn't be expecting a jackpot that will solve the state's fiscal crisis. The opportunity has ari-sen for the state to open up legalized betting on sports. In May, the Supreme Court struck down federal prohibitions on sports gambling, opening the door for state-sanctioned sports betting across the country, not just in Nevada.

Illinois lawmaker works on sports gambling bill 10/20/2018

A bill to legalize sports gambling in Illinois likely won’t be put before the General Assembly until next year, according to a state lawmaker. Democratic Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie told two House subcommittees on Wednesday that he’s working on a sports betting bill, but lawmakers likely won’t take up the bill in earnest until a new General Assembly is seated in January.

Illinois Sports Betting A Hot Topic At State Hearing on Gambling 10/19/2018

On Wednesday, Illinois legislators gathered in Springfield for a second hearing on sports betting. The first hearing back in August got the ball rolling, but this hearing began to deepen understanding. One big takeaway is that these politicians are in no rush to legalize sports betting. This isn’t a race, but it is beginning to look like they might get there in the end.

Ostrowski: Could we see legalized gambling in Illinois by 2019? 10/19/2018

Illinois lawmakers took a small step toward legalized sports gambling on Wednesday in Springfield. A second hearing was held to discuss sports betting, daily fantasy sports, online gambling, and casino expansion. So I reached out to a pair of experts in this field to seek out some answers to a few simple questions: Chris Grove, Managing Director at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, who testified before the Illinois Gaming Committee in August and Illinois Rep. Michael Zalewski (D-Riverside), who spoke on behalf of fantasy sports.

Rowland: Deal Illinois in on sports gambling, but prepare for diminishing returns 10/19/2018

Lawmakers prepared to allow sports gambling in Illinois shouldn’t be expecting a jackpot that will solve the state’s fiscal crisis. The opportunity has arisen for the state to open up legalized betting on sports. In May, the Supreme Court struck down federal prohibitions on sports gambling, opening the door for state-sanctioned sports betting across the country, not just in Nevada. Neighboring states are likely to get into the game, but Illinois can still get out in front of them.

Illinois lawmakers told to narrow focus for sports betting success 10/18/2018

Illinois lawmakers have been urged to pursue in-venue sports betting to ensure the state’s millions of residents will be able to wager legally by the start of the next NFL season.

Road blocks continue for multi-casino to open in Williamson Co., IL 10/18/2018

Ideas for a multi-casino resort at Walker’s Bluff have been in the plans for years, but have been held up until a new gambling bill is passed that would allow it. Now, local leaders from around the region are starting to fight to get the bill passed. On Tuesday, Oct. 17, a House Gambling Subcommittee held a hearing to listen to advocates for the bill.

Sports Betting In Illinois Faces Uncertain Future 10/18/2018

Illinois lawmakers are trying to gauge whether legalizing sports betting could help the state earn some much-needed revenue. Experts say the plan has long-term benefits, but only if it’s done right.

Advocates renew push for Walker's Bluff casino 10/17/2018

A group of people supporting an expansion of Walker's Bluff make their case to state lawmakers. The House gaming committee held a hearing today on possible expansion. Lawmakers are considering some new casino licenses and Walker's Bluff is among the applicants.

Alderman debate if sweepstakes terminals are unlicensed casinos 10/17/2018

Video gaming is illegal in Chicago, but look-alike sweepstakes terminals have been popping up in Chicago establishments and City Hall is getting involved. Sweepstakes terminals sell you a coupon you can use to play a game for cash or prizes. Some of the aldermen think they’re an unlicensed casino.

Experts cast doubt on Illinois’ potential gambling revenue jackpot 10/17/2018

Illinois officials have their eyes on a potential payday from legalizing new forms of gambling, but state revenue specialists warn that it may not be the jackpot they’re hoping for.

Illinois lawmakers host hearing on online gambling, sports betting 10/17/2018

The Illinois legislature held a hearing on online gambling and sports betting Wednesday. Online gaming is a billion dollar industry and state officials said sports betting could generate around $100 million for the state.

Illinois Sports Betting Takes Center Stage In Gambling Expansion Hearing 10/17/2018

State lawmakers from two House subcommittees gathered in Springfield on Wednesday for a second hearing on gambling expansion including Illinois sports betting. The first, held in August, created the foundation for this deeper dive, with stakeholders from across the landscape offering perspectives.

Illinois Sports Betting And Online Casino Up For Debate In Legislature This Week 10/16/2018

The second chapter on Illinois sports betting and possible online casino expansion is set to take place Wednesday at the state capitol. State Rep. Bob Rita, a Democrat, will bring together two House subcommittees to discuss various gaming topics such as sports betting, online gambling, daily fantasy sports (DFS) and casino expansion.

Illinois lawmakers to consider sports betting during Wednesday hearing 10/15/2018

Whether Illinois should enter the world of sports and fantasy betting will be on the table for a hearing to be held Wednesday in Springfield. It is the second of two hearings held by House subcommittees to examine possible gambling expansion in Illinois. Lawmakers are considering a plan to add more casinos and allow slot machines at horse racing tracks in addition to sports and fantasy wagering.

Sports betting to be considered 10/14/2018

Whether Illinois should enter the world of sports and fantasy betting will be on the table for a hearing to be held Wednesday in Springfield. It is the second of two hearings held by House subcommittees to examine possible gambling expansion in Illinois. Lawmakers are considering a plan to add more casinos and allow slot machines at horse racing tracks in addition to sports and fantasy wagering.

Niles Video Gambling Regulation Changes Allows More Signage 10/12/2018

Niles trustees approved changes to their village ordinance governing video gambling on a split vote during a special Tuesday, Oct. 9 village board meeting. The ordinance adds a second village-provided sign for video gambling establishments and changes license reviews.

Pro, anti-video gamers trade claims in Review interview 10/12/2018

A pair of Forest Park bar owners and two video gambling opponents debated the pros and cons of video gambling at the Forest Park Review office on Oct. 11, in a broad conversation that covered economic development, signage, the role the village council played in creating an issue that has divided the town and more.

Underage stings target video gambling 10/12/2018

If police want to check the age of people drinking alcohol, they can check IDs to see if they are at least 21 years old. If they want to check a saloon’s diligence in refusing alcohol to minors, they can send in an undercover minor.

Elgin looking at video gambling fees to fund social services 10/11/2018

The city of Elgin will be looking at establishing an annual fee for video gambling, and the proceeds would fund grants for social service agencies.

Shakeup In Illinois Politics Could Open The Door For Gambling Expansion 9/24/2018

With the potential for a new governor, new Chicago mayor and a shakeup in the state’s legislative officers, politics might finally align for passing a gambling expansion bill including Illinois sports betting.

Aurora council to vote on first exemption to new video gambling rules so restaurant can open on East Side 9/23/2018

The Aurora City Council may approve an exemption to its new video gambling law so a new restaurant can open on the far East Side. It would be the first such exemption granted under a new law enacted by the City Council earlier this year to regulate video gambling in the city.

A new casino could be coming to downtown Danville 9/19/2018

For almost ten years, Danville's tallest building sat vacant. Recently purchased by Chris and Jeri Collins, the Bresee Tower is now known as Collins Tower. The 13-story vacant office building, located in downtown Danville, could be turned into a number of different things.

Former Bresee Tower's new owners discuss plans for hotel-casino complex 9/19/2018

With casino expansion legislation brewing in Springfield, the owners of the newly named Collins Tower are now considering working a casino into their plans to redevelop Danville's tallest building into a hotel.

Panel recommends first exemption to Aurora's video gambling law 9/17/2018

Aurora is looking at granting an exemption to its video gambling law for a planned restaurant near Fox Valley Mall. It would be the first such exemption granted under a new law enacted by the City Council earlier this year to regulate video gambling in the city.

Wheeling remaining open to video gambling cafes 9/15/2018

Video gambling cafes are here to stay in Wheeling -- for now. The village board debated this week whether it should reinstate a cap on the businesses similar to Stella's Place, which for years had the only three licenses for a gambling cafe. In April, trustees voted to remove the cap, leading to a steady line of business owners applying to open their own gambling cafes.

J.B. Pritzker: Legal sports betting in Illinois is 'an important thing to consider' 9/14/2018

Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker on Friday said legalizing sports betting in Illinois is “an important thing to consider” as a way to find the state some more money. Pritzker raised sports betting as an issue to reporters at an unrelated event after reiterating he favors legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and taxing it.

Older liquor licenses receive priority as Orland Park reviews video gambling applications 9/6/2018

When it comes to winning a coveted license for video gambling in Orland Park, maturity, at least when it comes to age of a liquor license, is a boost.

Multi-million dollar revitalization project coming to East St. Louis riverfront 8/30/2018

Major changes could be coming to the riverfront in East St. Louis. Today, state and local officials will hold a ribbon cutting to discuss changes for the area. More than $7 million is being poured into updating the River Bridge District. Most of that is coming from the federal government.

Rockford Park District rolls the dice on video gambling machines 8/28/2018

The Rockford Park District is on the verge of installing video gambling machines at four of its golf courses, along with the Riverview Ice House, the Indoor Sports Center at Mercyhealth Sportscore Two and at the UW Health Sports Factory.

State lawmakers again eye gambling expansion 8/26/2018

Illinois lawmakers are once again looking at a big expansion of gambling as a way to prop up the state’s ailing finances. A joint hearing of House and Senate committees last week took more testimony on an expansion bill that would add six new casinos, additional gaming positions at existing casinos and slot machines at horse racing tracks.

Chicago Casino Supported by Former Illinois Governor Despite Opposition While in Office 8/25/2018

When Jim Edgar served as the governor of Illinois from 1991-1999, he was known for his opposition to casino gambling in the state, causing one political opponent to call him a “no-no governor.” But today, he’s changed his tune, and supports efforts to put a casino in Chicago.

Mayor testifies at expanded gambling hearing 8/25/2018

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer was on hand Wednesday to testify at the first of two hearings scheduled during the next couple months regarding expanded gambling. “The challenge is still video gaming terminals,” Eisenhauer said. He said statistics show the dramatic increase in revenue to the state from video gaming terminals. This bolsters the arguments of those saying more casinos would cannibalize and saturate the market. Proposed tax changes also could result in less state revenue from land-based casinos.

Former Gov. Jim Edgar, once against casinos, now favors one 8/23/2018

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar, once an opponent of land-based casinos, now says he favors casino expansion, including one in Chicago. Edgar on Wednesday told the Chicago Sun-Times there are "more pluses than minuses" than there were 25 years ago. At that time Edgar said he didn't want casinos in any part of Illinois.

Deal him in: Decades later, ‘Gov. No-No’ now says ‘yes, yes’ to Chicago casino 8/22/2018

The man Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan once called “Governor No-No” now backs a Chicago casino — if it means it’ll help his beloved racetrack industry. Former Gov. Jim Edgar on Wednesday told the Sun-Times he doesn’t oppose a Chicago casino “anymore.”

Heavy Lifting On Illinois Online Gambling, Sports Betting Has To Wait After Legislative Hearing 8/22/2018

The Illinois legislature has set the stage for an October discussion on online gambling and sports betting following Wednesday’s committee hearing in Chicago.

Lawmakers weigh concerns about potential gaming expansion that could land casino in south suburbs 8/22/2018

State lawmakers heard public testimony Wednesday about potential gaming expansion that could land a casino in the south suburbs. State Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, chaired a joint session of two House subcommittees in Chicago. Rita’s role is to try to advance legislation that balances the interests of casinos, horse racing tracks, video gaming establishments, taxing bodies and others.

Orland Park businesses seek OK for video gambling after ban lifted 8/15/2018

At least seven Orland Park businesses have filed paperwork with state regulators seeking to offer video gambling since the village board voted Aug. 6 to lift a longtime ban on the games, according to filings with the Illinois Gaming Board.

LEGAL BLOG: At Stake 8/10/2018

With our apologies for the delay, on a beautiful summer morning, the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) held its monthly meeting on August 2, 2018. In attendance at the open session meeting were Chairman Tracy and Members Alejandre, Dolan and Robinson. Also in attendance was Acting Administrator Lorenzini.

Illinois Legislature to Hold Hearings on Gaming Expansion 8/9/2018

The State of Illinois will be hosting a couple of hearings on gambling expansion in the coming weeks. The first will be held at the Bilandic Building in Chicago on August 22, while the second will take place at the Capitol in Springfield on October 3.

Lake County uses gambling revenue to fight gambling addiction 8/8/2018

With video gambling machines bringing in more money, how are local governments spending it? Often, it's used to fill holes in the budget or pay staff salaries, which can be tricky if the income isn't reliable, as governments learned when casino revenue started to drop.

Illinois puts gaming expansion back on the table with new hearings (sub req) 8/7/2018

Senators in Illinois they will hold two subcommittee hearings in the coming months aimed at introducing a gaming expansion bill which would legalize sports betting, egaming and daily fantasy sports in the state.

Video gambling ban overturned in Orland Park 8/7/2018

After months of discussion and debate as well as two advisory referendum questions, Orland Park officials have overturned a ban on video gambling in the village. Enacting what Mayor Keith Pekau, who cast the deciding vote, called the “most restrictive” video gambling ordinance in the state, Orland Park will initially cap the number of licenses at 20 and limit them to Class A liquor license.

‘Sweepstakes’ machines turn the tables on Illinois’ video poker law 8/6/2018

For years, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been staunchly opposed to allowing video gambling machines at bars and restaurants in the city, hoping instead to land approval for one big downtown casino. But unregulated devices that look and work almost exactly like video poker machines are popping up in places all over Chicago.

Illinois Racing Board moves forward with “historical horse racing” plan 8/6/2018

Illinois’ horse racing industry is making a move to add a type of video gambling at its tracks. The idea is called “historical horse racing” and it allows gamblers to bet on random past races without knowing the names of the horses or which race it was. Opponents say it would equate to having slot machines. Proponents say it is just another form of horse racing.

Developers discuss future of former Clock Tower site 8/2/2018

An iconic part of Rockford's skyline is gone. The Clock Tower came down Wednesday, leaving a hole at the city's gateway. Many people driving by here early this morning did a double-take as the tower fell to the ground.

Hearings on expanding gambling hope to build consensus, work in sports betting 8/2/2018

A state lawmaker pushing for more gambling to help fill the state’s coffers said there’s going to need to be a lot of give-and-take from those within the industry.

Money Troubles Drive Illinois Rep to Schedule Two Sports Betting Hearings 8/2/2018

Illinois state lawmakers didn’t legalize sports betting during the 2018 legislative session, but Representative Bob Rita (D-Blue Island) is doing everything he can to make sure the body is ready for the next session.

Petrillo: Historical Racing Not Viable Solution For Arlington 8/1/2018

One week after the Illinois Racing Board moved to adopt regulations for wagering on historical racing, Arlington International Racecourse general manager Tony Petrillo said the suburban Chicago racetrack does not view the machines as a means to compete against nearby casinos or bars and restaurants that have slot machines.

Illinois Lawmakers Will Hold Online Casino, Poker, Sports Betting Hearings 7/31/2018

Illinois is going to take a serious at look at a major gaming expansion during a pair of scheduled hearings in the coming months, according to a key lawmaker in the House of Representatives.

Video gambling on past horse races likely at Illinois tracks 7/29/2018

The Illinois Racing Board is moving ahead with plans to introduce a form of video gambling on past horse races despite legal questions. The board agreed Thursday to develop a set of rules that will govern "historical horse racing" at racetracks, the Chicago Tribune reported. The board began looking into video racing last month at the request of some racetrack operators.

Illinois Racing Commission Wants To Expand Gambling, But Some Say Hold Your Horses 7/28/2018

The Illinois Racing Board (IRB) is going to develop regulations that will permit racetracks to offer historical horse racing in the state. The decision came at the IRB’s regular monthly meeting on July 26. Commissioner Thomas McCauley submitted a report to the group.

Illinois Racing Board to create video horse racing rules 7/27/2018

The Illinois Racing Board is moving ahead with plans to introduce a form of video gambling on past horse races despite legal questions.The Chicago Tribune reports that the board agreed Thursday to develop a set of rules that will govern “historical horse racing” at racetracks. The board began looking into video racing last month at the request of some racetrack operators.

Illinois Racing Board to begin rule-making process for historical racing machines 7/26/2018

The Illinois Racing Board at a regular monthly meeting Thursday at Arlington said it would begin the formal process of making rules to govern the introduction of historical racing machines to Hawthorne Race Course and Fairmount Park.

Jackpot? Legalized sports betting's potential in Illinois a wild card 7/25/2018

There’s a sports gambling economy in Decatur — people betting online and people placing wagers with local bookies. Some of that gambling is legal, kind of. And some of it isn’t. Decatur isn’t alone. There isn’t a town half Decatur’s size in Illinois that doesn’t have a similar economy.

Hanover Park extends video gambling to golf establishments 7/21/2018

The Hanover Park village board approved a measure this week that expands video gambling to golf establishments. The village's original ordinance intended to use video gambling primarily as a means of attracting business to restaurants, but after a recent visit to a golf business seeking a permit, village board members decided the expansion could help make Hanover Park businesses more competitive with those in neighboring towns.

Mount Prospect Tentatively Approves Video Gambling 7/20/2018

Mount Prospect trustees Tuesday (July 17) took one more step toward allowing video gambling in the village. Board members approved the first of two readings for an ordinance that would allow video gaming terminals inside establishments that serve alcohol.

Concerned about video gambling, Wauconda officials may scrutinize liquor license applications 7/17/2018

Concerned about the proliferation of video gambling machines in town, Wauconda officials are investigating ways to limit future gambling expansion. Officials are particularly wary of entrepreneurs seeking to open businesses that would offer the minimum services needed to have gambling -- which typically involves serving alcoholic drinks to customers.

Round Lake Park considering request for video gambling at Thorntons 7/12/2018

Patrons of the potential next video gambling location in Round Lake Park will also be able to fill their gas tanks or buy some snacks for the road.

Annexation hearing scheduled for gas station that wants 24/7 gambling 7/3/2018

An annexation hearing has been scheduled by Tinley Park for a gas station that wants to offer around-the-clock video gambling and sell package liquor. The July 17 hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall prior to the regular board meeting. Residents who live near the business, Gas N Wash, have expressed concerns at village Plan Commission hearings about the prospect of 24/7 gambling and the availability of alcohol.

Illinois horse racing wants you to bet on the past so it has a future 7/1/2018

So what sucker would gamble on a horse race that already ran? The Illinois Racing Board bets that you would. The board unanimously backed historical horse racing, which is a video gaming system based on a database of about 60,000 past races. All the identifying information is stripped out so you can't just look up the race results, but they do give the Daily Racing Form stats that would allow you to better pick the winner.

Illinois racetracks seek OK to take wagers on 'historical horse racing' 6/27/2018

The Illinois Racing Board advanced a proposal Tuesday to allow video gambling on past horse races — even as the board's attorney advised that the move would be illegal. As a way to replace dwindling revenue at racetracks, the board voted 7-0 to form a committee to prepare rules to allow what's known as historical horse racing, or HHR.

Betting on past horse races? Tracks seek OK to take wagers on 'historical horse racing' 6/26/2018

The Illinois Racing Board advanced a proposal Tuesday to allow video gambling on past horse races — even as the board’s attorney advised that the move would be illegal. As a way to replace dwindling revenue at racetracks, the board voted 7-0 to form a committee to prepare rules to allow what’s known as historical horse racing, or HHR.

Aurora hits quarter century as a casino town 6/23/2018

Brian Rooney remembers well the day Hollywood Casino opened its doors in downtown Aurora. “Aurora was really a struggling town,” said Rooney, a psychologist and a 38-year resident of the city. “It was nice to identify Aurora as something rather than the place for all the gangs.”

State lawmakers still eyeing gambling expansions, marijuana legalization 6/12/2018

Illinoisans looking to gamble at a new casino in Rockford or Danville or to legally buy marijuana to get high for fun will have to wait until next year for the debate to spark back up at the statehouse.

Video gambling proponents find little support at Burr Ridge Village Board 6/12/2018

Don’t bet on gambling coming to Burr Ridge anytime soon. The Village Board discussed Monday opening up the town to video gambling at restaurants and bars, but once again the majority of the board members appeared opposed to the notion.

Nowlan: More gambling won’t save Illinois 6/11/2018

State governments are salivating now that the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for them to authorize sports gambling, a legal (Nevada only right now) and illegal industry that experts say dwarfs the lotteries and casinos in dollars wagered.

Rivers Casino parent puts down a marker on sports betting 6/8/2018

After the U.S. Supreme Court tossed a federal ban on sports betting last month, a Chicago-based casino operator is touting favorable odds of cashing in. Rush Street Gaming, the Neil Bluhm co-owned operator of the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, points to New Jersey, where it has penetrated online gambling faster than expected.

Burr Ridge To Discuss Video Gambling 6/7/2018

Video gambling in Burr Ridge will be discussed at the upcoming village board meeting on June 11. According to a memo from the village administrator, the discussion is in response to a petition from restaurant owners who would like to permit video gambling in Burr Ridge restaurants.

Cook County allows video gambling in unincorporated areas 6/6/2018

Cook County commissioners voted Wednesday to allow video gambling in unincorporated areas of the cash-strapped county, a measure supporters praised for the potential new revenue it’s expected to generate and opponents decried for the potential problems they worry it will bring.

Gaming bill gets stuck in committee as session ends. What does it mean for Fairmount Park? 6/4/2018

With no new revenue source approved for horse racetracks by the General Assembly before the end of its session last week, the future of the Fairmount Park's 2018 season is now in question.

COLUMN: More gambling fools gold for Illinois 6/3/2018

State governments are salivating now that the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for them to authorize sports gambling, a legal (Nevada only right now) and illegal industry that experts say dwarfs the lotteries and casinos in dollars wagered.

Budget highlighted eventful, mostly peaceful session 6/2/2018

For the first time in a while, Illinois lawmakers aren’t facing overtime duty in Springfield this summer. With a budget passed and a commitment from Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign it, Illinois should peacefully start its new fiscal year July 1.

Jim Nowlan: Don’t count on more gambling to save Illinois 6/2/2018

State governments are salivating now the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for them to authorize sports gambling, a legal (Nevada only right now) and illegal industry that experts say dwarfs the lotteries and casinos in dollars wagered.

Boyd Gaming closes $100 million purchase of Illinois slot route operator 6/1/2018

Boyd Gaming Corp. completed it’s $100 million purchase of an Illinois slot machine route operator, less than a month after announcing the transaction. In a one sentence statement Friday, Las Vegas-based Boyd said it now owns Lattner Entertainment Group Illinois, LLC, which operates nearly 1,000 gaming units in more than 200 locations across the state.

Rockford casino in jeopardy as gambling bill stalls in committee 5/31/2018

A gambling expansion bill which would have paved the way for a Rockford casino stalled in an Illinois House committee on Monday, making it unlikely to win approval before Thursday's adjournment.

Chicago Casino Bill Shot Down, Mayor Rahm Emanuel Reportedly Pleased 5/30/2018

A casino bill in Illinois that would have authorized six new gambling venues including one in Chicago failed to advance out of a House committee this week.

Gambling expansion talks revived 5/30/2018

Legislators revived expanded gambling talks in Springfield. Mayor Scott Eisenhauer testified again Monday in front of the state House executive committee on expanded gambling.

Our View: Don’t rush to roll dice on casino 5/30/2018

A casino doesn’t appear to be in the cards this year for Springfield. Discussion this week in the Capitol about expanding gambling beyond the 10 casinos already in Illinois appears to be going nowhere, as today is the last day of the regular session (although, never say never when it comes to the Illinois Statehouse).

Lawmaker to roll dice again on Illinois gambling expansion bill 5/29/2018

The chief sponsor of statewide gambling expansion legislation in the House plans to rework some aspects of the bill in a bid to get it to the floor for a vote before the end of session.

Rahm thinks latest Chicago casino bill is a loser, City Hall adviser says 5/29/2018

A gaming expansion bill shot down in an Illinois House committee on Monday — which would have added a Chicago casino — now has a big opponent: Mayor Rahm Emanuel. With adjournment of the Illinois General Assembly quickly approaching, the House Executive Committee on Monday voted 5-4, one vote shy of advancing the revived measure that has been in the works since last year.

State bill that would allow a casino at Walker's Bluff still in limbo 5/29/2018

A gambling expansion bill the Illinois General Assembly fell one vote shy Monday to get out of the executive committee. The measure needs six votes to get it to the full floor. Rep. Bob Rite, D-Blue Island, said on his Facebook page that he’s not going to close the door on the bill and needs to figure out a way to massage it to get out of committee. The committee met again on Tuesday, but the bill didn’t move.

BLOG: Gaming bill can’t get out of House Executive Committee 5/28/2018

A dormant gambling-expansion plan came to life just long enough to stall in a House committee. The Executive Committee’s 5-4 vote Monday on Rep. Robert Rita’s plan was one vote shy of the six needed to move it to a floor vote.

Chicago Casino’s Bad Odds: Lawmakers Reject Gambling Bill 5/28/2018

Chicago’s long-held desire for a city-owned casino will continue to go unrequited, after an Illinois House panel voted down a massive gambling expansion during a Memorial Day hearing.

Gambling expansion revived in Illinois House but stalls in committee 5/28/2018

A massive gambling expansion bill stalled in a House committee Monday further clouding chances the bill can win approval before Thursday's scheduled adjournment. The lead sponsor of Senate Bill 7, Rep. Robert Rita, D-Blue Island, said he'll keep working on the bill despite time running out on the session.

Gaming bill that would create Chicago casino may get another shot 5/28/2018

Efforts to drastically expand gaming in Illinois — and create a Chicago casino — may get another chance after falling short of advancing in an Illinois House committee on Memorial Day. With adjournment of the Illinois General Assembly just days away, the House Executive Committee on Monday voted 5-4, one vote shy of advancing the revived measure that has been in the works since last year.

Make book on Illinois jumping at sports gambling 5/27/2018

The U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow states to legalize sports gambling leaves us betting Illinois will be scoring taxes in time for basketball season.

Plan for downtown Springfield casino floated again 5/27/2018

A Springfield lobbyist and developer is once again promoting the idea of a casino for downtown Springfield coupled with video gaming positions that would be permanently located at the state fairgrounds.

Survey: Lawmakers mixed on sports gambling in Illinois 5/27/2018

If Lou Lang moves fast, it might be a mere matter of weeks before the Skokie state representative has a sports wagering bill ready for inspection by his fellow legislators.

Plan for Springfield casino floated again, but won’t be part of expansion this year 5/26/2018

A Springfield lobbyist and developer is once again promoting the idea of a casino for downtown Springfield coupled with video gaming positions that would be permanently located at the state fairgrounds.

Illinois Making Last-Minute Effort To Legalize Online Gambling, Sports Betting, Fantasy Sports 5/25/2018

A last-minute effort to legalize online gambling, sports betting and daily fantasy sports in Illinois surfaced on Friday. An amendment presented for Senate Bill 7 would load it up with provisions on all three fronts. The bill would appear to be an attempt to formally legalize and regulate all three forms of gaming.

Ameristar opens 15,000-square-foot gaming room in East Chicago, becoming 1st NWI casino to operate on land 5/24/2018

Ameristar Casino in East Chicago opened its new high-limit slots and table games room Thursday with speeches, wine, hours d’oeuvres and some Las Vegas style glitter.

Des Plaines, Rivers Casino finalize deal to reopen downtown theater 5/23/2018

It's official: Des Plaines and Rivers Casino have inked a contract to share the costs of reopening the city's historic downtown theater. Aldermen approved terms of what has been -- until now -- a nonbinding memorandum of understanding to revitalize the Des Plaines Theatre.

Rivers Revenue Down In April; Casino Still Top Generator 5/23/2018

Admissions and adjusted gross receipts at most Illinois casinos saw significant decreases in April of this year compared to March.

Column: Kevin Pendergast represents side of legal gambling story easy to overlook 5/20/2018

A couple of years ago, Kevin Pendergast decided to tell his two young sons about the unsavory part of his past as a convicted sports gambler who spent two months in a federal prison.

Argosy Cares donates to Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope program 5/19/2018

The Salvation Army in Alton received a boost in fighting poverty with a $2,500 donation from Argosy Casino Alton to The Salvation Army Pathway of Hope program. The Pathway of Hope program offers families a plan to end the cycle of poverty and towards a path to self-sufficiency.

Bill Would Exempt Illinois Veterans Groups From City Bans on Video Gambling 5/13/2018

Illinois state senators have passed a bill that would allow veterans’ organizations to offer video gambling in their establishments even if local laws forbid it. Many American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts across Illinois already have video gambling, but some municipalities and counties have banned it.

Video gambling machines heading to veteran establishments? 5/13/2018

More than 100 communities across Illinois currently ban video gambling, but some veterans in those areas say they should get a pass. Lawmakers are supporting a plan to let veteran establishments install video gambling machines. That means American Legion Posts and VFW's could apply for a license from the state gaming board.

Orland officials delay vote on video gambling 5/8/2018

Orland Park officials have delayed taking action on a measure that would do away with a years-old ban on video gambling in the village. Business owners and residents packed the Village Hall meeting room Monday where the Village Board discussed, then tabled, a vote on an ordinance that would limit video gambling to bars and restaurants that have a Class A liquor license.

Boyd Gaming pays $100m for Lattner VGT business in Illinois 5/4/2018

US regional casino operator Boyd Gaming has acquired a healthy chunk of the video gaming terminal (VGT) market in Illinois. This week, Boyd announced that it had acquired Lattner Entertainment Group Illinois in an all-cash deal worth $100m. The price is roughly 8x Lattner’s adjusted earnings, and Boyd expects the deal to be free cash flow positive and immediate accretive to its own earnings.

Proposal would give veterans groups a way around gambling bans 5/3/2018

A Gurnee American Legion post that failed in its attempts to get local approval for video gambling has inspired a legislative bill that would let veterans organizations install gambling machines even in communities that otherwise prohibit them.

EDITORIAL: Horse tracks trot out an old nag to get cash from Illinois lawmakers 5/1/2018

She was a reliable old nag, but years of neglect and fast, shiny newcomers have left Illinois' horse racing industry barely able to get out of the starting gate.

OP/ED: Sin taxes? Illinois wouldn’t know what to do without them 5/1/2018

I would bet that recreational marijuana will be legalized in Illinois, along with sports gambling if the U.S. Supreme Court clears the way. Fact is, our state needs billions of dollars to pay down the pension debt, to pay the salaries of government employees, and to pay all the bills we’ve been ignoring.

Lake in the Hills blocks video gambling at Speedway gas station 4/30/2018

Lake in the Hills officials have denied a liquor license request that would allow a Speedway gas station to have video gambling and sell beer and wine for on-site consumption. State lawmakers passed legislation in 2012 permitting video gambling at bars, restaurants, truck stops and fraternal organizations. Gas stations must either serve alcohol on-site or qualify as a truck stop to satisfy Illinois Gaming Board requirements for a gambling license.

Games not up to scratch: Illinois sells lottery tickets even after top prizes have been won 4/22/2018

At $30 a ticket, the Illinois Lottery’s World Class Millions instant game was not only one of its priciest offerings – it was also potentially one of the most lucrative for players. “WIN UP TO $15,000,000! THE HIGHEST INSTANT PAYOUT IN ILLINOIS LOTTERY HISTORY,” shouted a banner across the magenta and silver ticket.

Village in northern Illinois twice rejects proposal for video gambling cafe 4/22/2018

In Illinois, a Naperville-based marketing agency’s plan for a video gambling café in Kendall County was denied by Oswego Village Board members this week after reportedly receiving a similar rejection on March 6. The Chicago Tribune newspaper reports that earlier this week, 26-year-old Wilbur You, of You Holdings, made an appearance at a trustees meeting as a Committee of the Whole.

Oswego turns down plan for video gambling parlor 4/19/2018

Oswego Village Board members rejected a plan for a video gambling cafe in the village because they didn't like the location. After getting a lukewarm response last month, a representative of You Holdings returned to trustees meeting as a Committee of the Whole with interior and exterior renderings as well as a revised logo for Monroe's Gaming at 4050 Wolf's Crossing Road.

Will New Gambling Bill Spell Relief For City? 4/18/2018

State lawmakers are quietly moving forward with crafting new legislation that would greatly expand casino gambling in Illinois — an effort that’s been tried before without success.

Burr Ridge to debate legalized gambling 4/17/2018

Some Burr Ridge Village Board members are open to the possibility of legalizing gambling machines, asking the village administrator to gather more information after nine local businesses signed a petition in favor of such gaming.

March a record breaking month for area gaming revenues 4/17/2018

March was a huge month for local video gaming revenue as machines in La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties saw more than $4 million played.

Grand Victoria Casino Sells For $327 Million 4/16/2018

Eldorado Resorts has purchased the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin for $327.5 million. The cash deal is expected to close by the end of this year, according to a news release from Eldorado Resorts.

Grand Victoria Casino sold for $327 million 4/16/2018

The Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin has been sold for $327.5 million. MGM Resorts International along with its venture partner are selling the casino to Eldorado Resorts.

Winnebago County Board supports possible future casino 4/12/2018

The Winnebago County Board green-lights the idea of bringing a casino to the area. This isn't the first time the County Board has supported the idea, however, it comes as the City of Beloit announces its own plans for a casino hopefully in the near future.

Rolling Meadows council signals support for video gambling 4/11/2018

Rolling Meadows may soon join Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Wheeling and Prospect Heights as one of the Northwest suburban towns that allows video gambling at bars, restaurants and other establishments.

Park Board supports Rockford casino 4/10/2018

For the third time in seven years, the Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners is on record in support of a proposed gaming expansion bill that includes a casino for Rockford.

One Lawmaker Thinks O’Hare Airport Needs A Casino 4/9/2018

Mayoral candidate Garry McCarthy vouched for a land-based casino as part of the new expansion plan at O’Hare Airport in a local interview over the Easter weekend.

Walker's Bluff still holding out for gaming license as bill deadlines loom 4/8/2018

Walker’s Bluff's owner Cynde Bunch is still fighting to bring a casino license to her winery, which she says is the key to building a multimillion-dollar resort on the property.

Clock is ticking on gaming license for Walker's Bluff 4/6/2018

A bill that could bring hundreds of jobs and thousands of tourists to southern Illinois is once again sitting in committee in Springfield while the clock ticks.

Column: Is the solution to Illinois' money woes finding the right spot for casinos? 4/4/2018

There can be no doubt that our state is broke. The newly chosen Democratic candidate for governor, J.B. Pritzker, spent $70 million of his own money for the privilege of telling us we need to raise taxes.

Illinois Senate panel takes up internet sports betting 4/4/2018

Officials of Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association have told Illinois lawmakers about their concerns and possible support for legal internet sports gambling. MLB senior vice president Bryan Seeley says one of baseball's biggest concerns is about integrity. He says if sports betting comes to Illinois, it must be guaranteed it won't be a threat to the integrity of the game.

Casino, Poker Room Pitched For Chicago's O'Hare International Airport 4/3/2018

A poker room where every single player is a tourist. Could a card room be built at one of the nation’s busiest airports? That’s the plan from Chicago mayoral candidate Garry McCarthy, a former police superintendent. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, McCarthy apparently plans to run for office with the pitch attached to his campaign. The election is slated for early 2019, with a handful of candidates already officially in the mix.

Chicago mayoral candidate suggests casino for O’Hare International Airport 4/3/2018

As part of his bid to become the next mayor of Chicago, candidate Garry McCarthy has reportedly suggested that the city could help to ease its current financial problems by opening a casino inside O’Hare International Airport.

Illinois Considers Sports Betting 4/3/2018

March Madness fans in Illinois could not legally bet on Monday’s championship game. But a U.S. Supreme Court decision expected this spring could open the door to states allowing sports betting, both in-person and online.

Illinois lawmakers weigh sports gambling, as NBA and MLB officials back the idea 4/3/2018

Top professional sports officials told state lawmakers Tuesday that they’re open to legalizing sports betting in Illinois if the federal government allows it, but they want to ensure their leagues get a cut of the money needed to protect “the integrity of our competitions.”

Illinois Senate panel looks at internet gaming 4/3/2018

One day after the NCAA men's basketball championship -- for which millions of dollars were bet illegally via off-shore, online betting sites - Illinois lawmakers grappled on Tuesday with how the state would legalize internet sports gambling.

Mayoral candidate Garry McCarthy floats idea of casino at O'Hare 4/2/2018

Mayoral candidate Garry McCarthy said he favors locating a casino at O’Hare International Airport in order to help fix Chicago’s financial problems.

McCarthy proposes O’Hare Airport casino 4/2/2018

O’Hare Airport will be getting a new global terminal, new concourses and 25 percent more gate capacity, thanks to an $8.5 billion expansion plan approved by the City Council last week.

Video gaming contributes to dwindling casino revenue, education funding 4/2/2018

The bus trips to nearby casinos don’t flow like they used to. “We’ve had to cut back on trips. Ridership is definitely down,” said Amy Babcock of Green River Lines in Peru. “Even five years ago we used to be running twice a week, every Monday and Wednesday. Now we’re twice a month.”

Illinois Gaming Board, Liquor Commission Officials Axed 3/28/2018

As Gov. Bruce Rauner heads to an event at a casino in East Peoria Wednesday, the Illinois Gaming Board’s top administrator, Mark Ostrowski, was fired. Why he was let go is not clear. Sources tell NBC 5 he was forced to resign. "We wish him well in his future endeavors," the Rauner administration said. Ostrowski had been with the Gaming Board since the Blagojevich administration.

Wheeling may lift cap on video gambling cafes 3/26/2018

Wheeling seems ready to open its doors to more video gambling cafes. A majority of village trustees say they'll support lifting a moratorium that caps the number at three. Whether that turns Wheeling into a destination for gambling cafes is yet to be seen. Some officials say every shopping center in town may have one, while others think the market will control itself.

Forest Park video gambling question wrongly blocked in March, to go to voters in Nov: Appeals panel 3/23/2018

While the primary election has passed, the November general election in the village of Forest Park will include a referendum on video gambling after a state appeals panel said the referendum in Forest Park was wrongly disallowed from the ballot.

Orland Park Residents Reject Video Gaming 3/21/2018

Orland Park residents said no to video gaming, answering two opposite referendum questions in Tuesday's primary. Village board members rushed to place a question on the ballot asking residents if video gaming should be approved with restrictions. Citizens opposed to gambling in Orland Park got their own question on the ballot asking if video gaming should be prohibited.

Trustees: No clear-cut direction following Orland Park video gambling vote 3/21/2018

With Orland Park voters showing no overwhelming support for, or opposition to, video gambling, some village trustees said Wednesday that further discussion of the issue is planned, although the lack of consensus doesn't provide them with a clearly defined direction.

Video gambling narrowly losing in Orland Park, unofficial results show 3/20/2018

A proposal to allow video gambling on a limited basis in Orland Park was narrowly losing favor among voters, according to unofficial vote totals. Voters in Orland Park on Tuesday faced two referendum questions regarding whether the village should allow video gambling.

Video gambling to remain legal in St. Charles 3/20/2018

St. Charles will continue allowing video gambling at licensed establishments, the city council decided Monday night. But some aldermen voiced concerns that the city lacks controls for reevaluating the program in the future.

Aurora City Council to Cap Video Gaming Terminals 3/16/2018

The city of Aurora in Illinois is set to cap the number of video gambling terminals (VGTs) and impose larger taxes on operators that offer such machines. The decision on new video gambling regulations was made by the Aurora City Council that has been aimed at finding the right balance that would allow to video gambling to increase and at the same time would protect the performance of the Hollywood Casino.

Aurora sets limit on video gambling terminals 3/15/2018

Aurora will limit the number of video gambling terminals allowed in the city and charge higher fees to have them. That is the result of the Aurora City Council vote this week on new video gambling regulations designed to strike a balance between allowing video gambling to grow and protecting the Hollywood Casino downtown.

Harrah's Metropolis set to reopen after flooding 3/13/2018

The Ohio River is expected to be several feet above flood stage until at least this weekend, forcing the Harrah's Metropolis to close. Harrah's Metropolis public relations supervisor Chad Lewis said the only time he saw flooding bad enough to close the business was in 2011.

Video gambling likely to continue in St. Charles 3/12/2018

After an 18-month trial period, video gambling appears to be here to stay in St. Charles. In a preliminary 6-3 vote last week, aldermen supported indefinitely extending an ordinance that legalizes video gambling in the city. The measure, if ratified by the city council this month, eliminates a sunset clause that would have kicked in April 30.

Video gambling parlor proposed in Oswego 3/10/2018

The Oswego Village Board is looking at a proposal for another video gambling cafe for the village. A representative of You Holdings approached trustees at a recent Committee of the Whole meeting with a business plan to open Monroe's Gaming at 4050 Wolf's Crossing Road.

Aurora may limit video gambling 3/8/2018

Aurora is looking at limiting the number and location of video gambling terminals. City Clerk Wendy McCambridge this week presented to aldermen several recommendations that would change two city ordinances to limit the overall number of gambling terminals, as well as limit their concentration.

Harrah's Casino Men's John Dangerous: Plaintiff 3/6/2018

In August 2016, Sam Esposito patronized downtown Joliet Harrah's Casino figuring he could win thousands of dollars gambling on games of chance. But it was Esposito's experience inside the men's urinal that has Esposito seeing dollar signs. Last week, Esposito filed a civil lawsuit against the Joliet Harrah's Casino at the Will County Courthouse. It's a slip and fall lawsuit against a multi-million dollar corporation.

Council imposes 1-year moratorium on new video gambling machines 2/28/2018

The city of Bloomington is banning the addition of any new video gambling machines for at least a year. “Even though last year we got about $750,000 from the gaming terminals, the net wagering activity, the money that was drawn out of our local economy, was almost $16 million,” said Ward 5 Alderman Joni Painter, who proposed the moratorium that won unanimous City Council approval Monday night.

New landscape of video gambling 2/26/2018

The dedicated gambling parlor is by no means the sole wagering hall under the new landscape of Illinois video gaming. If people won’t go to the gambling, the gambling will come to them. The money-spinning profits of video gambling have led to some unconventional wagering sites.

Rozner: Will Illinois be ready for legal sports betting? 2/24/2018

Illinois lawmakers really believe you are too dumb to notice. There can be no other explanation for the consistent way in which they raise taxes, kill jobs and drive residents to any state where the weather is better and state government less comical.

From video gambling to home rule, Southland voters will face variety of questions on primary ballot 2/23/2018

From legalizing marijuana and video gambling, to raising taxes, area voters will face a variety of questions when they cast a ballot in the March 20 primary. Along with a list of candidates vying to be on the November ticket, are several referendum questions that will determine the fates of local communities.

Competition heats up between casinos, video gaming parlors 2/22/2018

The growth of video gaming in recent years has stunted admission and revenue increases at casinos in Illinois, but the state is benefiting from the rise in competition.

Shorewood officials to allow video gaming at various locations 2/21/2018

In a 4-2 decision, a motion was passed at a Feb. 13 regular meeting of the Shorewood Village Board of Trustees to waive the second read and amend municipal codes for video gaming. Trustees Anthony Luciano and Steve Brockman were the dissenting votes.

Waukegan approves new video gambling regulations 2/11/2018

New rules aimed at stopping the proliferation of video gambling cafes were approved by the Waukegan City Council last week. The council had put in place a moratorium on video gambling licenses, set to expire March 1, while it worked on the new regulations.

Champaign's gambling cafes are slotted to lose out 2/4/2018

Once his current liquor license expires, the check Joshua Stephens writes the city to run Libby's Lounge will jump from $2,400 to $4,200.

Illinois Takes Another Stab At Gambling Expansion 1/25/2018

Illinois will try its hand once again at expanding its gambling industry, which includes a proposal to put a casino in Chicago. There’s been talks throughout the 2010s of putting a Las Vegas-style commercial casino in the Windy City.

Syverson: Now’s the time to push gaming expansion 1/23/2018

One state lawmaker says now is the time for Illinois to push forward on gaming expansion. State Senator Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, says a bill that would allow for up to six new casinos in the state already has passed the Senate and it’s simply waiting for the House to weigh in.

State lawmaker says now is the time for Illinois to push forward on gaming expansion 1/22/2018

One state lawmaker says now is the time for Illinois to push forward on gaming expansion. State Senator Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, says a bill that would allow for up to six new casinos in the state already has passed the Senate and it’s simply waiting for the House to weigh in.

Champaign council set to vote on new video-gambling regulations 1/16/2018

The city council is set to vote tonight on adopting new video-gambling regulations, including a cap on so-called gambling cafes and lounges that primarily provide the activity.

City of Champaign votes to add regulations in video gaming lounges 1/16/2018

The City of Champaign voted in favor of adding regulations to video gambling lounges within the city. This includes a 12-month waiting period for new lounges to get a gaming license for their businesses.

Council considers video gambling cap 1/16/2018

Should the city have a say on how you spend your money on entertainment? One city councilman says no. Tuesday night, the city council will vote whether or not to adopt new video gaming regulations.

The slots are still hot 1/16/2018

Cat faces lined up on the Kitty Glitter machine for Robin Harvey as she won on a wager in the back of Jerry’s Tap on First Street in La Salle. The video gaming machine was one of three in the back part of the bar, and they still attract a fair amount of clientele.

Gambling expansion in Illinois no sure bet 1/15/2018

Proponents of gambling expansion in Illinois are split on whether major legislation will get signed into law in 2018, with some going as far as saying there's a better-than-even chance. But, as in past years, others are betting efforts will come up short.

Parx Casino debuts Xcite Center 1/15/2018

If you’re in the mood to see some live entertainment without trekking all the way to the city, the new Xcite Center at Parx Casino in Bensalem may become your new favorite place.

Chicago gets Parx Casino’s new Xcite Center off to rousing start 1/13/2018

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers christened the new music venue in Bensalem with a sold-out concert Saturday night. Jim King has seen Chicago too many times to count since attending his first show at the Spectrum in 1974, but never this close to home.

Durkin chief of staff cited a number of times in Tribune's lottery investigation 1/9/2018

Michael Mahoney, the chief of staff for House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), was cited multiple times in a recent Chicago Tribune story about an investigation into improper relationships between Illinois Lottery and legislative staff, and lobbyists for the British firm Camelot, the Lottery’s new management team.

Straub questions Durkin, Rauner decision making in wake of lottery controversy 1/9/2018

Mickey Straub thinks the fact that the staffs of two powerful Illinois politicians are now ensnared in the same “massive contract” controversy indicates just how dysfunctional things have become in Springfield.

Gambling-parlor issue looming large in Champaign 1/7/2018

When the city legalized video gambling in 2012, Chuck Zelinsky figured it wouldn't expand beyond a few truck stops and veterans clubs. "Evidently, somebody found a loophole," said the finance officer for American Legion Post 24 on West Bloomington Road. "The rest is history."

Illinois to Make Sports Betting Legislation Effort 1/5/2018

Apparently, a new sports betting bill could be approaching the surface in the US, and more specifically, in the state of Illinois over the weeks to come.

Orland Park Residents to Voice Their Stance on Video Gambling in March Ballot 1/5/2018

The community of Orland Park, Illinois is going to have the chance to state its opinion regarding the pressing question of video gambling in the area.

2 suspects wanted in IL after burglaries at video gaming establishments 1/4/2018

Two men are wanted by the Illinois Gaming Board following several burglaries at video gaming establishments in central Illinois. The suspects have allegedly burglarized the video gaming redemption devices at truck stops in Monee, Downs, Marion and O’Fallon Illinois.

Horse Tracks in Illinois Want Racinos to Help Bolster Struggling Industry 12/18/2017

For nearly 40 years, the amount bet on horse racing in Illinois has been falling, creating a downward revenue spiral for the state’s tracks. Now, many in the industry are hoping that the state will consider racinos as a way to reverse this trend and bring back the big purses once seen as Illinois tracks.

Illinois horse tracks say more gambling can stop ‘downward spiral’ 12/18/2017

With a red pen in hand, Chrissy Bialek flips through the program on opening weekend of the thoroughbred racing season at Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero. Her horseshoe-shaped ring catches the light from the televisions above the bar as their screens show clips from races across the country. Bialek, of Chicago, has been coming to Hawthorne for as long as she can remember.

Quincy City Council considers raising cap on video gaming terminals 12/16/2017

Video gaming within city limits could more than double if one of two proposals on the Quincy City Council agenda passes this week. Aldermen have been considering a plan that would allow establishments to operate three video gaming terminals, up from the current maximum of two terminals per business

Illinois video gambling parlors must split profits with terminal operators, judge rules 12/13/2017

Illinois video gambling parlors must continue to evenly split their profits with companies that operate the terminals, a Cook County judge has ruled. The two companies that own the Dotty's Cafe, Stella's Place and Shelby's gambling parlor chains filed a lawsuit in April against the Illinois Gaming Board and several terminal operators, arguing that gambling parlors and the terminal operators should be able to negotiate their own profit-sharing deals.

Cook Co. judge ends bid by Dotty's, other 'gaming cafes' to challenge rules over video gambling take 12/9/2017

The house doesn’t always win — at least not in court, against a state regulatory body it has accused of setting bad rules over how the take gets split. In an opinion issued Dec. 4, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Neil H. Cohen dismissed the amended complaint brought by owners of hundreds of storefront video gambling facilities – so-called “gaming cafes” - locked in a dispute with state gaming regulators.

Mount Prospect restaurateurs want village board to OK video gambling 12/9/2017

Mount Prospect restaurateurs told the village board this week they would like to offer video gambling. "We're currently operating in a business environment that is becoming increasingly challenging," said Spiro Kondos, owner of Draft Picks, 912 Busse Road, citing rising labor, food and insurance costs and taxes.

Video gaming tax not a bell-ringer 12/9/2017

While many view video gambling as a license to print money, many owners of the location where these games are played are not pleased with a proposed $1,000-per-machine tax being pushed by Kankakee.

City, video gambling owners at odds 12/5/2017

A battle between the Kankakee administration and video gambling machine operators is about to come to a head as the two sides battle over a $1,000 per machine city tax.

Supporters, opponents air concerns at Orland Park video gambling forum 11/29/2017

The competitiveness of small businesses and the social costs of gambling were among the major themes during Orland Park's first public meeting on the issue of whether video gambling should be allowed in the village.

Eyes on Illinois for 2018 Online Gaming 11/25/2017

Less than two weeks ago, it became clear that Illinois was not going to proceed with any effort to legalize and regulate online gambling in 2017. The time for serious consideration and debate passed. While Illinois did go further with online poker and casino game legislation than most anticipated, there simply wasn’t enough time or support this year to make it happen.

Alderman reject gaming terminal license fee 11/21/2017

Galesburg City Council enacted some fee adjustments along with a new fee for towing licenses but not one for gaming terminals. 7th Ward Alderman Jeremy Karlin made a motion to remove the part about charging an annual $250 fee for each gambling machine in the city.

Online Poker, Fantasy Sports Might Be Part Of Larger Illinois Gaming Package, Lawmaker Says 11/21/2017

Illinois came close to passing online gambling and daily fantasy sports legislation this year, but proposed bills didn’t quite reach the finish line.

Orland Park could see more than $460,000 from video gambling, study says 11/18/2017

A recently completed study on the economic impact of allowing video gambling in Orland Park estimates the village could realize more than $460,000 in annual tax revenue.

Rivers Remains Top Casino In State 11/15/2017

Des Plaines’ Rivers Casino was the most profitable riverboat gambling location in the state last month, according to reports from the Illinois Gaming Board.

Illinois online gaming and DFS bill misses the cut 11/13/2017

Representatives in the Illinois state legislature have failed to approve or reject a bill which would see online poker, casino games and daily fantasy sports contests legalised in the state, meaning that any bill will now have to be debated during the 2018 session.

Online Gambling Legislation Fails in Illinois 11/13/2017

This week, the Illinois state legislature has adjourned for the year with the hopes of getting some sort of online gambling legalization in the state, but those hopes were soon diminished with the state committee not getting to a floor vote this session.

Illinois Online Gambling, Fantasy Sports Bill Will Have To Wait Until 2018 11/11/2017

The Illinois legislature wrapped up its work for 2017 on Thursday, completing its second part of a veto session. The session came and went without action on a bill dealing with online poker, casino games and daily fantasy sports. That means it’s officially “wait until next year” for Illinois on all these fronts.

Orland Park officials seeking public input on gambling issue 11/7/2017

Orland Park trustees at their meeting Monday held off taking a vote on an advisory referendum regarding video gambling in the village, and have tentatively scheduled a town hall meeting on the subject.

Fairmount Park IL horse racing track could cut race days 11/6/2017

Howard Moellering, 72, sits at Fairmount Park at a table with some food, horse racing sheets spread out, watching the races on televisions mounted next to him as he prepares to make his wagers.

Sycamore City Council votes against additional video gambling licenses 11/6/2017

It’s going to be another year before the Sycamore City Council entertains the idea of creating more liquor licenses in the video gambling class after it failed to reach the required three-fourth’s majority to expand the license Monday night.

OP/ED: Illinois gambling addiction's only cure is more gambling 11/4/2017

In Illinois, state politicians practice moral relativism. A thing is good or bad depending on how much tax revenue it generates, so any moral objections to gambling are gone and the only questions are how big a bet should we place to get more, more, more.

OP/ED: Illinois gambling addiction’s only cure is more gambling 10/28/2017

In Illinois, state politicians practice moral relativism. A thing is good or bad depending on how much tax revenue it generates, so any moral objections to gambling are gone and the only questions are how big a bet should we place to get more, more, more.

State still assessing Kewanee’s 19th Hole slots plan 10/28/2017

State gaming regulators are still studying a slot machine application from the Kewanee Park District for its 19th Hole restaurant at Baker Park Golf Course. The district applied for a gaming license earlier this year as a way to supplement the restaurant’s operation.

For first time, Illinois’ revenue from video gaming surpasses casinos 10/24/2017

For the first time, Illinois is now getting more revenue from local video gaming machines than from casinos. A new state report on the revenue shift referred to it as a “cannibalization effect.”

Video gaming revenue surpasses riverboat casino revenue for first time 10/23/2017

Video gaming revenue collected by the state of Illinois surpassed riverboat casino revenue for the first time in 2017. According to a new report from the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA), the state collected $296 million in gaming revenue in the fiscal year that ended June 30, up $44 million from fiscal 2016.

Illinois Video Gambling Terminals Generate More Tax Revenue Than Riverboat Casinos 10/21/2017

Video gambling terminals (VGTs) inside Illinois bars and eateries where liquor is served delivered $296 million in tax revenue to state coffers during the most recent fiscal year.

Lottery and new private manager work to allay concerns 10/20/2017

New Illinois lottery manager Camelot Illinois won’t earn financial incentives unless it meets the state's financial targets, Illinois Lottery Director Greg Smith said Friday.

State's video gambling revenues outpace casinos for first time 10/17/2017

Video gambling is now more profitable than casinos for Illinois. The state made $296 million from the machines during the 2017 fiscal year that ended June 30. Meanwhile, Illinois' 10 casinos generated just $270 million for the state, a $7 million drop from the previous fiscal year.

Washington council approves video gambling restrictions, lifts moratorium 10/3/2017

Changes in the city’s video gambling ordinance that essentially prevent a video gambling café from opening in Washington were approved Monday by the City Council.

Recipients see drop in proceeds from riverboat gambling in Kane County 9/27/2017

A dwindling share of riverboat gambling profits coming to Kane County fueled the lowest amount ever given back to local community agencies this year. But the county's own appetite for spending gambling funds shows no signs of satiation as officials moved forward nearly $4 million in spending plans Wednesday.

Illinois 2018 Schedule May Hinge on Legislative Help 9/26/2017

The Illinois Racing Board has approved a 2018 schedule roughly mirroring 2017 dates but only after hearing dire predictions for the industry's future absent financial help from state lawmakers.

New Manager For The Illinois Lottery 9/24/2017

The Illinois Lottery has awarded its private management contract to Camelot Illinois, LLC. The proposed ten-year contract is based on a revised structure that aligns financial incentives and includes new permanent point-of-sale at retailers, new games, and a next-generation iLottery platform that supports omni-channel lottery participation.

3 gunmen rob Illinois casino; security guard shot 9/19/2017

Three people with assault rifles barged into an Illinois casino Sunday, shot a security guard and stole money from the cash cage, police said. The three armed suspects entered Casino Queen in East St. Louis about 3 a.m. Sunday and shot an unarmed security guard, FOX2 St. Louis reported. Witnesses said they heard a gunshot that sent dozens of people running for the exits.

Illinois gambling revenue still rising 9/18/2017

Video gambling revenues are continuing to rise, five years after terminals were legalized in Illinois. An annual wagering report from the Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability says the state collected more than $300 million in tax revenues from about 26,900 machines for a 12-month period that ended in June.

Illinois video gambling revenue continues to grow 9/16/2017

Video gambling revenues are continuing to rise, five years after terminals were legalized in Illinois. An annual wagering report from the Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability says the state collected more than $300 million in tax revenues from nearly 26,900 machines for a 12-month period that ended in June.

Aurora enacts 6-month moratorium on new video gambling licenses 9/13/2017

The Aurora City Council has enacted a six-month moratorium on awarding any new video gambling licenses. Approval came despite opposition from several aldermen as well as a restaurant association that sent a letter to the city. The council vote was 9-3 in favor of the moratorium.

Five years after introduction, study says video gambling leading to crime upticks 9/13/2017

September marked the five-year anniversary of video gaming legalization in Illinois. A new report claims that the societal costs of gambling may not be worth the tax revenue.

Park Board holds off video gaming machines at Westview for a month 9/13/2017

A decision on whether to install two video gaming machines in the pro shop at Westview Golf Course is being delayed a month to provide time for more public input.

Video gambling continues to grow in communities 9/13/2017

Video gambling continues to set new highs 5 years after terminals were legalized in Illinois, with Springfield leading the state in terminal numbers and revenue.

East Dundee puts cap on video gambling 9/11/2017

East Dundee officials voted Monday to limit video gaming and liquor licenses, which will require any new applicants face the Village Board and request approval. "It gives us a little more control over who comes in," East Dundee Village President Lael Miller said.

Video gaming continues to grow; Springfield leads Illinois with 635 terminals 9/11/2017

Video gambling continues to set new highs five years after terminals were legalized in Illinois, with Springfield leading the state in terminal numbers and revenue.

Aurora considers 6-month video gambling moratorium 9/7/2017

The Aurora City Council will vote next week on a six-month moratorium on new video gambling terminal licenses in the city. The moratorium would give city officials a chance to evaluate how the gambling positions have worked and how they could play out in the city in the future.

Despite rise of video gaming, casino revenue drops in Aurora, Elgin 9/6/2017

In the years after the Grand Victoria Casino came to Elgin, the city put the tens of millions of dollars generated by the casino toward solving neighborhood and building issues.

Selle: Betting on legislative aid for race tracks a long shot 9/4/2017

The kid in the cheap seats at Arlington Park was either in math class for a home-schooler or his mom was teaching the finer points of thoroughbred racing to perhaps the next Harry the Horse. "OK, you won $5.40 and $6.80 on the first two races. How much ahead are you?" the mom asked her son. "Two dollars," the kid replied.

Casinos Decline Tied To Joliet's Challenges 8/27/2017

Last week, Joliet announced "all non-emergency" overtime pay for city employees was being halted effective immediately to address a short-term financial hardship facing City Hall. Joliet may lose roughly $2.6 million under the new state of Illinois budget. A decade ago, that wouldn't be a jarring blow because Joliet's two casinos thrived. But for the last nine years. Joliet's gaming revenue has deceased.

No end in sight to video gambling 8/25/2017

While many Illinois cities had hoped market saturation eventually would do what the state has failed to do – impose a ceiling on the growth of video gambling – it isn't happening yet. Sterling has four gambling licenses pending with the Illinois Gaming Commission and there are plans for a new parlor at 2607 E. Lincolnway. In Rock Falls, there are three licenses pending with the state, and the mayor, who also serves as the liquor commissioner, continues to field calls about plans for more machines.

Video Gambling Linked to Crime Spike: Study 8/23/2017

A new study led by economists at the University of Illinois suggests that access to video gambling is responsible for an increase of violent crime and property crime in Chicago.

East Dundee to consider limiting video gambling licenses 8/16/2017

East Dundee trustees are expected to vote next month on an ordinance placing a cap on the number of gaming licenses issued in town, Village Administrator Jennifer Johnsen said.

Alderman: ‘We don’t need video gambling cafes in Washington’ 8/15/2017

The two newest members of the City Council spoke out strongly Monday in favor of changes recommended in the city’s video gambling ordinance. Aldermen Brett Adams and Daniel Cobb, who were elected in April, said they especially agree with ordinance changes that would prohibit a video gambling café from being licensed by the city.

Will Illinois be the fourth state to legalise online casinos? 8/15/2017

The state of Illinois is reportedly set to move forward with legislation that will legalise online gambling, meaning it will could become the fourth American state to do so. The Illinois Senate passed a bill earlier this year that would legalise online gambling however legislators have yet put into effect the legalisation of gambling online.

Illinois Still Looms As Possibility For Legal Online Gambling As Pennsylvania Stagnates 8/12/2017

While nothing of substance is happening in Pennsylvania on the legalization of online gambling, Illinois remains a possibility for the fourth state to regulate online poker, iGaming and daily fantasy sports, according to a recent report.

Who gets biggest cut of video gambling pie? 8/10/2017

With gaming revenue on the increase in South Beloit, Rockton and Roscoe, one city councilor is hoping to keep more of the revenue local. In a Monday interview, South Beloit City Councilor Tom Fitzgerald proposed increasing the "Boutique" license fee for video gambling establishment from $1,500 to $15,000.

Struggling Illinois Lottery closer to getting new manager 8/6/2017

Illinois is ready to unveil the firm it hopes can boost the fortunes of its biggest moneymaking venture — the state lottery — nearly three years after the state began pushing out the firm that has run the games for years.

Freeze gambling parlors in downtown La Salle? Council to consider issue 8/2/2017

The proliferation of gambling parlors piggybacking on class B liquor licenses in downtown La Salle has an alderman seeking to stop any more. Alderman Mark Schneider said he would like to use the liquor ordinance to achieve a freeze on stand-alone parlors whose main advertised business is video gambling hitched to the minimum state requirement of a class B liquor license to serve nothing harder than beer or wine.

Central Illinois riverboat casino cuts jobs as revenue declines 7/20/2017

The parent company of the Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino laid off about 3 percent of its employees in East Peoria this week, citing declining revenue.

Illinois grocery store’s video gambling broadens wagering scope in the burbs 7/20/2017

In June, a Piggly Wiggly in Antioch became one of the first full-service grocery stores in the state of Illinois to offer video gambling potentially opening new wagering possibilities for northeastern Illinois.

Deli with video gambling may be built in Oswego 7/19/2017

A developer wants to open a deli with video gambling machines in Oswego. Bryan Sterbenz pitched his concept during Tuesday's Oswego Village Board Committee of the Whole meeting. Sterbenz and his partners are interested in opening Lacey's Place at 6 E. Merchants Drive near the 7-Eleven at 2 E. Merchants Drive.

Grocery store's video gambling opens new wagering frontier in suburbs 7/19/2017

There's more than just booze behind the new bar inside Antioch's Piggly Wiggly grocery store. Shoppers can find four video gambling machines there, too. Last month, the Piggly Wiggly became one of the first full-service grocery stores in the state to offer video gambling, potentially opening a new wagering frontier for northeastern Illinois.

Layoffs announced at Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino 7/18/2017

Layoffs have been announced to employees at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino in East Peoria. Boyd Gaming spokesman David Strow says a little less than three-percent of the workforce is being let go due to a decline in revenue.

Lottery in Illinois reports losses 7/11/2017

A lottery official from Illinois reported late last week that the state lost approximately US$4 million when two games, Powerball and Mega Millions, were shut down. The losses come from the decrease in the number of ticket sales.

Illinois resumes lottery games 7/10/2017

Illinois Lottery officials announced that sales of the two popular games that were canceled late last month were resumed on Thursday. Powerball and Mega Millions were out of service as authorities discussed the financial hole in the state.

Powerball and Mega Million lottery ticket sales resume in Illinois 7/9/2017

In late June, officials of the Illinois State Lottery decided to stop selling popular lottery tickets for the Mega Millions and Powerball. The state was unable to contribute to the prize pool for the lottery games without a proper budget in place. The lottery has now resumed ticket sales as the budget issue has come to an end.

Gambling machines saturating Springfield 7/8/2017

Every year the number of gaming machines in Springfield continues to grow, according to city officials. There are currently 682 video gaming terminals in the Capital City.

Illinois Appears To Have A Budget Deal, Is Gambling Expansion Next? [sub req] 7/6/2017

The state of Illinois has not passed a fiscal budget in almost three years, leaving the issues of daily fantasy sports (DFS), casino expansion and sports betting on the sidelines.

Cary Village Board rejects Bella's Bistro Market video gambling proposal 7/4/2017

The Cary Village Board rejected a request for a video gambling license for Bella's Bistro Market after postponing the vote twice over concerns that the business was more like a gambling cafe than an upscale wine bar.

Casino bill for Rockford falls flat in Springfield 7/4/2017

Lawmakers are wrapping up a fiery session in Springfield that ended with both chambers passing a budget, and Gov. Bruce Rauner delivering his promised veto. Another measure many people in Rockford were counting on is a casino bill. It would have allowed for one to be built in the city, along with five others across the state.

Editorial: Gambling not the way to prop up budgets 7/2/2017

Consider this data to grasp the impact of gambling locally: $57.6 million was put into video-gaming terminals last year in Bloomington, which collected $730,795 in gaming tax revenue.

Video gaming brings cities of Mattoon, Charleston revenue 7/2/2017

Five years after the first legalized video gaming machine went online, Illinois now has one terminal for every 481 residents -- a ratio so big, so unexpected that even some operators and lawmakers are surprised by the proliferation.

Casino expansion bill ‘a bad bet’ 7/1/2017

State Sen. Tony Hwang, R-28th, issued the following statement after the Gov. Dannel Malloy signed the casino expansion bill into law: When the governor signed the casino expansion bill today, he should have said, “See you in court,” because that’s where this issue will be for years and years.

Illinois Lottery suspends Powerball, Mega Millions sales as Wisconsin gets bump in business 7/1/2017

Wisconsin lottery vendors along the Illinois border expect to see a boost in sales as their neighbor to the south has suspended Mega Millions and Powerball purchases due to an ongoing budget stalemate.

Illinois Lottery Winners Might Need Extra Luck in Receiving Payments, State Budget to Stall Prizes 7/1/2017

The Illinois Lottery has plenty of cash on hand, but come July 1, the state agency won’t be allowed to issue winnings to players unless the legislature in Springfield approves a new budget. The chances of that happening appear slim to none, as the Land of Lincoln has gone two years without an executed financial blueprint.

Kennedy: In favor of a Chicago casino 7/1/2017

Taping “Connected to Chicago” with Bill Cameron for Sunday night at 7, Democratic candidate for governor Chris Kennedy came out in favor of a Chicago casino. Kennedy says paying for government with money from gambling is a sign of a failed state, but added, “”I don’t live in a vacuum. We can’t recreate the world in the way we’d like to see it..."

Illinois Loses Hope for iGaming and DFS Bills amid Budget Deadlock 6/29/2017

The hope for the state of Illinois to finally see online gambling and daily fantasy sports legislation within the current legislative session is slowly dying. The proposed piece of legislation is trying to gain support as it is forced to deal with certain problems related to the state budget’s gaps.

Sliders contemplate video gaming upgrade 6/28/2017

A Springfield baseball team is considering adding gambling to its game day experience. Springfield Sliders executive director Todd Miller says the baseball team is considering adding five video gambling machines to the club room at Robin Roberts Stadium.

Sliders asking park board for video gaming terminals 6/27/2017

The Springfield Park Board on Wednesday will consider a proposal from the Springfield Sliders baseball team to have video gaming machines at Robin Roberts Stadium. Todd Miller, owner and general manager of the summertime team comprised of college players, said he’s been approached by fans who requested the machines.

Bloomington keeps top 10 slot in video gaming 6/26/2017

For a second year in a row, Bloomington is on the Illinois Gaming Board's list of top 10 video gaming cities. The city dropped a notch on the list — from fifth place in 2015 to sixth place last year, but it's not a ranking the city is looking to promote.

Our view: Gambling funds no permanent fix 6/25/2017

Consider this data to grasp the impact of gambling locally: $8.8 million was put into Decatur video gaming terminals in May. That’s for just one month in one municipality, for which the state reaped $538,132 and the city got $107,626.

Our View: Gaming has changed in Illinois; is adding casinos a viable option? 6/25/2017

We’ve been staunch supporters of bringing a casino to Rockford, but wonder whether the window of opportunity has closed because of the proliferation of other gaming options.

Our View: Rockford casino? We’ll believe it when we bet in it 6/25/2017

Sometimes we wonder whether our odds of winning the lottery are better than the odds that a casino will come to Rockford. State Sen. Dave Syverson, who has sponsored a bunch of bills over the years that would have made it possible to put a gleaming gambling palace in the Forest City, thinks he has the right cards this year.

Video gambling machines are everywhere. Is it too much? 6/25/2017

Five years after the first legalized video gaming machine arrived, Illinois now has one terminal for every 481 residents — a ratio so small, so unexpected that even some operators and lawmakers are surprised by the proliferation.

The big bet: Decatur video gambling tally tops $878 million 6/23/2017

Five years after the first legalized video gaming machine arrived, Illinois now has one terminal for every 481 residents — a ratio so big, so unexpected that even some operators and lawmakers are surprised by the proliferation.

Champaign council extends video-gambling moratorium till Jan. 23 6/21/2017

There won't be any new video-gambling terminals in Champaign for the rest of 2017 after the city council voted Tuesday to extend a moratorium on video gambling until Jan. 23.

Illinois Online Gambling, Fantasy Sports Bills Stir To Life During Special Session 6/21/2017

The prospects of Illinois’ legislature passing a bill that would legalize and regulate online gambling and daily fantasy sports got a boost as lawmakers head back to the state capitol for a special session.

Ban on new video gambling licenses extended 6/20/2017

City leaders say they're going to hold their cards for a while before choosing whether to allow more gambling. If you're looking to open a new video gambling parlor, you can't do it in Champaign. A few months ago, the city council voted to stop issuing new licenses for places to have video machines. On Tuesday night, they decided to extend that ban.

Freeze on gambling: In or out? 6/19/2017

The Champaign City Council's vote Tuesday on extending a video-gaming moratorium until Jan. 23 will show how serious it is about added regulations on gambling providers. The temporary moratorium, which bans installing and operating video-gaming terminals in newly licensed liquor-serving establishments, was passed on Feb. 21 and extended on April 11. It would expire on July 18 unless extended again.

Power Ball and Mega Millions to pull out of Illinois 6/19/2017

The multi-state lottery association overseeing Powerball and Mega Millions games will leave the market by the end of June if the state doesn’t end its budget impasse.

OP/ED: What happens when a state can’t pay their lottery winners? 6/17/2017

There’s a common theme which runs through some of the old time gangster movies I used to watch and it has to do with the numbers racket. It was basically the same as the lottery today, only done on paper and run by mobsters. People would frequently ask why poor, destitute people would risk the little money they had taking a chance on such an endeavor, having long odds and forcing you to deal with criminals.

Powerball, Mega Millions may be victims of Illinois budget impasse, lottery officials say 6/17/2017

Lottery players will not be able to purchase Powerball or Mega Millions tickets in Illinois after the end of this month unless the ongoing state budget impasse is resolved, lottery officials said Thursday.

iGaming in Illinois could generate $1.7 billion 6/16/2017

Illinois could get more than US$1.7 billion if the state legalises online gaming. The information was revealed earlier this month in a report conducted by Chris Grove, Online Poker Report and PlayUSA.

DuPage committee kills effort to revoke video gaming ban 6/13/2017

The question of whether to repeal the existing ban on video gaming in unincorporated areas of DuPage County was answered Tuesday morning with a resounding "no." Following an hour-and-a-half of discussion and public comment, members of the county board'd finance committee declined to call a vote on an ordinance that would abolish a 2009 mandate against the activity.

DuPage keeps ban on video gambling in unincorporated areas 6/13/2017

DuPage County's ban on video gambling in unincorporated areas will remain in place after a county board committee refused to repeal the prohibition. County board members on Tuesday heard from business owners and residents about whether DuPage should lift its video gambling ban that affects 32 bars, restaurants, golf courses and veterans groups.

How Illinois Stands To Benefit From Taxing Online Gambling, Poker And Daily Fantasy Sports 6/13/2017

Illinois could realize hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue for the state if a bill to legalize online gambling, online poker and daily fantasy sports passes, according to a new white paper.

Illinois State Senate passes online gambling legalization proposal 6/6/2017

Last week reportedly saw members of the Illinois State Senate overwhelmingly pass a piece of proposed legislation that would legalize online gambling and daily fantasy sports for residents of the Midwestern state.

Former employee accuses Casino Queen of wrongful termination 6/5/2017

A former Casino Queen employee claims she was wrongfully terminated for seeking benefits under the Worker's Compensation Act. Ameenah El-Amin filed a complaint on May 5 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Casino Queen, Inc., alleging the defendant violated the Illinois Worker's Compensation Act.

Is there too much video gambling in Springfield? 6/3/2017

Video gaming in Springfield is at the saturation point if trends in gambling tax collections are an indication. Taxes on gambling terminals have raised approximately $5.8 million, including license fees, since gaming began in the fall of 2012, according to figures from the city Office of Budget and Management. The city also continued to lead the state at the end of April with 576 terminals at 126 locations. Rockford was second with 431 terminals at 90 locations.

OP/ED: Adding Illinois To The Online Gambling Push Is A Positive Development, Even If Bill Doesn’t Pass 6/3/2017

Let’s start here: If no state passes a bill legalizing online poker or gambling this year, that would be a disappointment. But in the past week, a state that was barely on anyone’s radar for iGaming — Illinois — passed legislation out of the state Senate.

OP/ED: Letter: No to a casino in downtown Springfield 6/3/2017

A casino for downtown Springfield is a terrible idea. Joni Mitchell had it right: “... you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”

City, Casino Eye Next Step Toward Theater Buy 6/2/2017

A new agreement will likely set the stage for the city’s potential purchase of the iconic Des Plaines Theater. Rivers Casino and Des Plaines are expected to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to be approved by aldermen Monday (June 5).

Inside Gaming: Illinois Senate Passes DFS, Online Gambling Bill 6/2/2017

Illinois became a focus of attention this week as far as gambling legislation is concerned, with gambling-related proposals before both the state's General Assembly and Senate. Over in the General Assembly their spring session ended Wednesday without lawmakers dealing specifically with a bill proposing to expand gambling in the state by adding six new casinos. As the State Journal-Register reports, the Senate has already approved a measure allowing for casinos in Chicago, Rockford, Danville, Lake County and in south Chicago, but the General Assembly did not take up the bill for a vote.

Illinois senate approves online gambling, daily fantasy sports bill 6/1/2017

Illinois state senators stunned observers on Wednesday by overwhelmingly approving online gambling and daily fantasy sports legislation.

Expanded gambling on hold; adding Springfield casino still possible 5/31/2017

Expansion of gambling in Illinois is among issues the General Assembly didn’t deal with before the spring session deadline Wednesday and will likely return to this summer. The delay could be good news for a recent proposal to add Springfield to the list of six new casinos, which was not part of the original bill.

Illinois Senate DFS bill will have to wait until next month to find out its fate 5/31/2017

A bill that would legalize and regulate both daily fantasy sports and online gambling in Illinois was passed by the state’s Senate on Wednesday night, but for now, it will go no further.

Illinois Senate Passes Online Gambling Bill At Last Minute; Faces Uncertain Future In House 5/31/2017

Illinois’ Senate passed a bill that would legalize both online gambling and daily fantasy sports in the state in what was the legislature’s final day of the session. The Illinois House must still vote on the legislation. For a time it appeared that could happen late on Wednesday night.

Kacich: Betting bill's sudden appearance is no fantasy 5/31/2017

It's a time-honored Springfield tradition to drop a huge piece of legislation into the stew in the closing days of the session, and this week is no exception. On Tuesday morning — about 39 hours before the scheduled end of the spring session — senators got their first peek at a new version of a measure that would legalize daily fantasy-sports betting in Illinois, an industry already generating hundreds of millions of dollars.

Video gambling continues to grow in the Illinois Valley 5/30/2017

The room is never really empty. Customers shuffle between the cases of liquor and through a tinted glass door to the video slots. A sign above the door, modeled to look like the bright lights of Las Vegas, says “Welcome to Fabulous Beck’s.” Right now, it’s one of the hottest gaming spot in La Salle.

Illinois rejects another casino 5/29/2017

An expected plan to add a new casino in Springfield, Illinois, may have been dismissed by the House Rules Committee. The governmental entity has blocked the amendment to Senate Bill 7, which would have expanded the current casino legislation. After the committee’s decision, legislators would not have time to consider the proposal during this spring session, according to the State Journal-Register.

Springfield lobbying for the right to develop a downtown casino 5/29/2017

A little over a week after the Illinois State Senate passed a proposed measure that could see the Midwestern state license up to six new casinos, and leaders for the city of Springfield have reportedly sent a letter to state legislators asking for the right to host a gambling venue of their own offering up to 900 gaming positions.

Odds against Springfield casino after amendment blocked 5/28/2017

Chances of a Springfield casino took a major hit Sunday when a House committee blocked an amendment to add the casino to an omnibus gambling expansion bill. Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, had filed an amendment to Senate Bill 7 to add a Springfield casino to the five others authorized by the bill.

Local business notes: Springfield Black Chamber endorses casino 5/27/2017

The Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce backs the concept of a downtown casino, though the group acknowledges odds are against the proposal in the short run.

OP/ED: My turn: New casino bills take billions from Illinois education 5/27/2017

Passing the Illinois Senate on May 17 and pending in the House, Senate Bill 7 would authorize a Chicago Casino Development Authority (CCDA) as a government unto itself via a “perpetual” license with all owned or “leased” property tax exempt. CCDA is legislatively designed to be a self-governing entity with extensive and abusive government powers that would be virtually impossible to regulate or revoke.

Editorial: A casino bill raises a red flag in Chicago 5/26/2017

With their adjournment scheduled for Wednesday, lawmakers in Springfield spent the week rushing mostly inconsequential bills through the legislative funnel.

DuPage County to revisit video gambling ban 5/25/2017

Amid calls for a repeal of DuPage's ban on video gambling machines, county board members are going to revisit the issue. Officials in recent months have heard from businesses and a Veterans of Foreign Wars post that would like to offer video gambling. But they've also heard from gambling opponents who want to keep the moratorium that affects more than two dozen bars, restaurants, golf courses and social clubs in unincorporated parts of the county.

OP/ED: As Illinois lawmakers seek more gambling income, one city resists — a little 5/25/2017

Illinois lawmakers are again looking to gambling to save their ability to keep spending. A big Chicago casino, slots at Fairmount Park: more never seems to be enough atop the lottery, horse racing, riverboat casinos and video gaming inside every fraternal hall and corner tavern throughout the state.

Push for downtown Springfield casino taking shape 5/25/2017

A proposal for a downtown casino in Springfield is taking shape at the Statehouse, but questions remain about whether the last-minute effort can gain enough support in the waning days of the spring session. Mayor Jim Langfelder and a majority of the Springfield City Council sent a letter lobbying for the license to members of the General Assembly and Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Developer Chris Stone pushing for casino in downtown Springfield 5/23/2017

A lobbyist and local developer has proposed bringing a casino to downtown Springfield, an effort that faces significant political obstacles. City officials have expressed initial support for putting a gambling palace steps from where Abraham Lincoln served as a state lawmaker, but the idea hasn’t yet been seriously considered by the current General Assembly, which continues to fight a budget battle.

Illinois can approve another casino 5/23/2017

As MGM Resorts International is opening its big casino in Illinois next year, the state’s authorities have shown interest in allowing further gaming expansion. The NPR Illinois newspaper revealed that the government of Springfield, where MGM has installed its latest venue, is evaluating the possibility of permitting another casino.

Legislation expanding gambling in Illinois passed Senate 5/20/2017

After years of discussion in Illinois, legislation that would expand gambling in the state that includes a provision for racetracks to operate slot machines passed the Illinois Senate on Thursday, reports the Daily Racing Form (DRF). Senate Bill 7 moved through on 33-24 vote.

Illinois Casino Expansion Bill Passes Senate Vote 5/19/2017

Illinois Senate lawmakers approved earlier this week a bill that provides for the construction of up to six land-based casinos across the state. The proposed legislation is now headed to the House.

Legislation to expand gambling in Illinois advances 5/19/2017

Legislation that would expand gambling in Illinois and includes a provision for racetracks to operate slot machines passed the Illinois Senate on Thursday.

Rauner Willing To Back Chicago Casino, But Only With Grand Bargain On Budget 5/19/2017

Gov. Bruce Rauner said he might sign legislation allowing for a casino in Chicago and some other places in Illinois, but only if it’s part of the overall “grand bargain” being negotiated to end the state’s two-year budget impasse.

Third gambling cafe OK'd in Oswego 5/19/2017

Oswego has authorized its third video gambling cafe. Trustees in a 5 to 1 vote approved the gambling licensing and liquor license for Milly's Cafe that will open in a 1,200-square-foot storefront in the Ogden Center strip mall near Routes 34 and 30 on the village's east side.

Video gaming parlor plan can’t draw enough support from aldermen 5/17/2017

The O’Fallon City Council on Monday shot down a café proposal that included video gaming plans. Local businessman Abdullah Abraham of Maryville, who owns Raqqa Inc., planned the O’Fallon Cafe for 1334 Central Park Drive, Suite 3, to include alcohol sales and consumption in a vacant 1,300-square-foot space of Sunrise Center II.

Illinois village passes one-year video gambling machines moratorium 5/15/2017

In an attempt to stop the perceived proliferation of video gambling machine parlors, officials in the Illinois village of Island Lake have reportedly passed a one-year moratorium on the issuing of any new operating licenses.

Illinois casino industry reports improved March takings despite lower admissions 5/3/2017

March was a mixed bag for the riverboat gaming industry in Illinois as the Midwestern state’s ten floating casinos reported a 3.14% increase year-on-year in aggregated gross gaming revenues to $130.67 million despite a 2.2% decline in overall admissions for the month to just over 1.06 million.

Kane Co. grants drying up along with riverboat profits 5/3/2017

Shrinking profits for Elgin's Grand Victoria Riverboat will fuel the lowest total amount of riverboat grants ever awarded by Kane County. The county board's executive committee locked in slightly less than $750,000 in riverboat grants for external agencies Wednesday. The grant money plummeted below $1 million for the first time two years ago. Last year, the county's riverboat committee recommended less than $900,000 in grants.

Kane County evaluates impact of video gaming on Grand Victoria grants 5/1/2017

When Illinois allowed video gaming in bars and restaurants four years ago, Kane County officials were concerned how the industry would affect Elgin's Grand Victoria Casino.

Video gaming comes to Crosstown Pub in Batavia 5/1/2017

The first video gaming machines recently arrived in Batavia at Crosstown Pub & Grill, 1890 Mill St, just east of Randall Road. Batavia aldermen lifted the city’s ban on video gambling in a divided vote in November, with proponents saying they were responding to requests from local businesses, including Batavia Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1197, the downtown Bulldog’s Cellar and Crosstown Pub.

City Council Closes Gas Station Gambling Loophole 4/18/2017

The Woodstock City Council closed a loophole that could have allowed some gas stations to receive video gambling licenses. The city amended its Unified Development Ordinance April 4 to create a new definition for truck stops in order to differentiate them from gas stations.

Rockford’s place in the casino expansion bill 4/17/2017

Although a group of investors is reportedly eyeing the distressed Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center as a site for a casino, the Forest City may have some high hurdles to clear before it’s approved under the latest gaming-expansion proposal.

Waukegan candidates raised 'big-money' in mayoral race 4/14/2017

The recent Waukegan mayor's race wasn't just notable for how close the vote tally was — Sam Cunningham edged Lisa May, 7th, with 51.6 percent of the vote to her 48.4 percent, according to unofficial returns — or because it would have given the city its first black or female mayor.

Video gambling parlors sue Illinois over profit-sharing 4/10/2017

Illinois Café & Services Company LLC, which runs the Dotty's Café chain, filed a complaint April 4 in Cook County Circuit Court along with co-plaintiff, Laredo Hospitality Ventures LLC, which operates the Stella's and Shelby's branded establishments.

Oswego debates plan for new video gambling cafe 4/7/2017

A proposal for a third video gambling cafe in Oswego has some village officials concerned. "I don't want Oswego to be known for video gambling," Oswego Trustee Joe West said. A representative of Hana's Hospitality, which operates a gambling cafe in Bradley and has plans to open another location in Park Forest, approached village trustees recently with a proposal for an Oswego location.

Illinois Gaming Board sued over video gambling profit-sharing rules 4/6/2017

A group of in-state gambling establishments has asked a county court to strike down Illinois’ Video Gaming Act for unfairly favoring owners of video gaming terminals.

Video parlors sued Illinois state 4/6/2017

Two companies that own video gambling parlors sued Illinois state because they believe that they have a right to negotiate their profit-sharing deals. They said that if the current regulations didn’t exist, they would be able to double their businesses.

Illinois video gambling parlors sue state over profit-sharing rules 4/5/2017

Illinois' nearly 6,000 video gambling parlors could reinvest more in their businesses, including making their operations more consumer-friendly, if they weren't required to evenly split their profits with the companies that operate the terminals, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Illinois Gaming Board.

Lawsuit challenges consitutionality of Illinois’ video-gaming law 4/5/2017

A constitutional challenge to Illinois’ video-gaming law could have a significant effect in Springfield -- including gaming tax receipts -- as more than $133 million was bet on nearly 580 terminals in the most recent city fiscal year.

Webb: Bars, restaurants should make more off video gambling 4/5/2017

A Cicero restaurant brought in more than $845,000 from video gaming machines last year but took home just $295,000 after taxes and handing over 50 percent of profits to video gaming operators — a small business profit former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb is trying to recoup.

Gambling bill could move with or without Senate’s ‘grand bargain’ 4/3/2017

A state senator said he’s willing to move forward with a bill that would create six new casinos in Illinois if the “grand bargain” budget resolution stalls.

Illinois can reintroduce a gaming bill 4/3/2017

Gaming expansion is pushing its way through legislation in the Senate of Illinois under the “grand bargain” budget, which contains several reforms that have to be approved together.

Huntley bans video gambling cafes, adopts new fees 4/2/2017

Huntley village officials have banned video gambling cafes in town, adopted new fees and changed other regulations for video gambling establishments. A video gambling cafe is a business whose primary focus is operating terminals and where food and alcohol sales are incidental, according to the definition in Huntley's ordinance.

Taxpayers pay millions in bonuses to outgoing lottery firm's staff 3/28/2017

Illinois taxpayers have funded about $2 million in "retention" bonuses for employees of a private firm managing the lottery despite the firm performing so poorly Illinois is working to replace it.

More complaints against Illinois Lottery 3/27/2017

Northstar Lottery Group, the private operator of the Illinois State Lottery, is facing two charges for alleged fraud. The private company, which is a joint venture between International Game Technology and Scientific Games, was denounced twice in March. Players claimed that the Group has failed to correctly grant and offer a transparent service and correct awards.

New Tool To Combat Gambling Addiction 3/27/2017

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month and a new program adds a texting service to help those with a gambling problem. Michael Gelatka the Illinois Gaming Machine Operators Association president wants to draw attention to the needs of players with a gambling addiction and hopes people use a text service.

Why video gambling will likely remain legal in St. Charles regardless of April election 3/22/2017

Opponents of video gambling in St. Charles have one choice on the April ballot, but that may not be enough to repeal the city's ordinance. Candidates for aldermen in the second and fourth wards debated the future of video gambling in the city at a recent Daily Herald Editorial Board meeting. City aldermen approved video gambling in October 2015 by a 6-5 vote. Mayor Ray Rogina cast the tiebreaker. The ordinance will expire in April 2018 unless aldermen act to renew it.

Cook County Board member cashes in on video gambling boom 3/18/2017

Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri, who for years moonlighted as village president of Elmwood Park, took on a new side job in 2013 — as a sales agent for a video gambling firm that, months later, began installing poker and slot machines in the west suburb.

Par-A-Dice Riverboat Casino is down, but not out 3/16/2017

Connie Bartley knows the regular visits she and her sister make to the Par-A-Dice Riverboat Casino are no trips to Las Vegas, but she can dream a bit. "And I get free dinners, though my husband keeps telling me it's not free," Bartley, 68, of Washington, said with a chuckle.

Illinois Casino Bill Would Bring Casino To Chicago 3/15/2017

A new bill in Illinois seeks to greatly expand gambling in order to help shore up the state’s budget. The cash-strapped state is searching for new tax revenue.

Illinois wants to bring casinos to Chicago 3/14/2017

New details of an existing casino bill from Illinois that emerged this week establish that slot machine revenue would be 20 percent higher.

Bet a bunch of new casino fees could balance Illinois’ budget 3/13/2017

Illinois is again betting on gambling, but it appears the goal is not to win the pot but just to collect the buy-in. State lawmakers are proposing six new casinos, which they expect will generate $1 billion in setup fees. The license fee is $100,000 for the Chicago-area casinos with an extra $30,000 for each slot machine or seat at a blackjack table.

OP/ED: Bet a bunch of new casino fees could balance Illinois’ budget 3/12/2017

Illinois is again betting on gambling, but it appears the goal is not to win the pot but just to collect the buy-in. State lawmakers are proposing six new casinos, which they expect will generate $1 billion in setup fees. The license fee is $100,000 for the Chicago-area casinos with an extra $30,000 for each slot machine or seat at a blackjack table.

Video gambling not enough to offset riverboat losses in Peoria 3/11/2017

The state's video gaming system has proved to be a boon for businesses and municipalities that never benefited from riverboat gambling revenue before the first legal video terminals switched on more than four years ago.

Waukegan mayoral candidates differ, slightly, on casino issue 3/10/2017

At a groundbreaking ceremony in 2005 for the Walmart Supercenter in Waukegan's Fountain Square development, then-Mayor Richard Hyde turned a shovelful of dirt and said, "Right next door to this is going to be a casino, so there's going to be a lot of people coming out here."

Join anti-gambling night at Aurora church March 23 3/9/2017

Wesley United Methodist Church, 14 N. May St. in Aurora, will hold an anti-gambling advocacy night at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23.

OP/ED: Gambling will not fix state’s many problems 3/9/2017

Many who live in the Sauk Valley area might have read the column written by Austin Berg. Austin pointed out how our real estate taxes are spent – oops, er, wasted.

Selle: Don't bet on the Blackjack State, formerly known as Illinois 3/8/2017

For some strange reason, Illinois lawmakers can't pass a budget, but they can bet the farm on expanding gambling across the state. The "grand bargain" Senate leaders were forging dropped faster than $100 at a craps table. Yet, the plan to add six new casinos — including one at a location to be named later in Lake County — breezed through the Upper Chamber.

Expanded gambling plan in Illinois would allow six new casinos 3/6/2017

In January, reports surfaced that lawmakers in Illinois were going to consider a casino gambling expansion that would raise much-needed revenues for the state.

Illinois Land-Based Gambling Expansion Bill Provides for Six New Casinos 3/6/2017

Up to six land-based casinos, including one in Chicago, could be built in Illinois, if a proposed bill survives through all legislative hurdles. The proposal – SB 7 – cleared the state Senate last week.

Illinois Puts Forward Proposal to Add Casinos in Six Locations 3/6/2017

Illinois legislators proposed an expansion of casino gambling on the territory of the state that will see the launch of new gambling establishments in six locations.

Illinois Senate approves plan for six new casinos 3/6/2017

Illinois legislators have tabled a proposal to expand gambling in the state by constructing six new casinos. This proposal aims to boost the needy state’s finances following a failure to devise a viable annual spending plan over the last two years.

Latest Budget Plan: Six More Illinois Casinos 3/6/2017

Illinois lawmakers are once again looking at more casinos as a way to save the state budget. Not included in the list of cities is Decatur, which had been targeted as a site by developers in early 2016.

Sen. Brady expects expanded gambling to be part of budget solution 3/6/2017

State Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, said he believes it’s only a matter of time before Illinois expands casino gambling. “I understand the logic behind it and I think it will be an eventuality,” Brady said. “If we are going to do it, we have to make sure we do it correctly.”

Illinois gambling proposal would add casinos in 6 places 3/5/2017

A proposal to expand casino gambling in Illinois would put new casinos in six locations, raising revenue for a cash-strapped state that's been without a spending plan for two years. The massive gambling expansion is part the wide-ranging "grand bargain" to end Illinois' two-year deadlock over an annual spending plan.

Illinois passes a gaming bill 3/2/2017

Gaming expansion in Illinois is moving towards legalisation as the State’s Senate approved a bill on Tuesday. This week’s vote ended up passing the bill to the Illinois House by 31-26 votes in favour. The gaming project aims at adding new casinos and slots’ operations in racetracks.

Illinois Senate OKs Gambling Expansion Bill; Could Affect Des Plaines Big Time 3/1/2017

Gambling expansion proponents won an important round yesterday (Tuesday) in their quest to add casinos and slot machines in the area by approving a bill that would have a major impact on Des Plaines.

Gaming bill clears Senate hurdle 2/28/2017

A bill to create six new casinos — including one in Chicago — cleared a major hurdle in the Illinois Senate on Tuesday as senators took up “grand bargain” legislation — while a pension reform measure once again failed to garner enough votes.

Illinois Senate bill would allow slot machines at Fairmount Park 2/28/2017

The Illinois Senate lurched forward on a budget compromise Tuesday but the critical votes for breaking the historic budget stalemate are scheduled on the floor Wednesday.

Casino legislation watch still in effect 2/27/2017

Attention will again be on Springfield this week with locals wondering whether a riverboat casino will ever come to Danville. Gambling expansion is included in pieces of the legislation being called the “grand bargain.” There are measures for riverboat casino expansion and for borrowing money to pay overdue bills.

OP/ED: Proposed casino legislation dictates more bankruptcy, education losses for Illinois 2/25/2017

In Illinois, Lincoln's essential premise of "government of the people, by the people, and for the people" has been corrupted into "government of the casinos, by the casinos, and for the casinos" — as exemplified by the new casino legislation in Senate Bill 7.

Champaign council taps brakes on gambling expansion 2/22/2017

After detailed discussion, the city council passed an ordinance Tuesday that will temporarily halt the installation or operation of video-gambling terminals in newly licensed liquor establishments.

GUEST COLUMN: Bankruptcy, education losses surely follow casino expansion 2/16/2017

In Illinois, Lincoln’s essential premise of “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” has been corrupted into “government of the casinos, by the casinos, and for the casinos” – as exemplified by the new casino legislation in Senate Bill 7.

Casino in Springfield? 2/9/2017

Local Springfield leaders want to bring a Casino to the Capitol city. Springfield Alderman Kris Theilen says it's time the city looks for new ways to boost the economy. He says a casino could be the answer.

Opinion: More casinos won’t help Illinois finances 2/9/2017

In Illinois, Lincoln’s essential premise of “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” has been corrupted into “government of the casinos, by the casinos, and for the casinos” – as exemplified by the new casino legislation in Senate Bill 7.

Council talks casino, new city budget 2/8/2017

Aldermen heard Mayor Scott Eisenhauer give an update on state expanded gambling talks at Tuesday night’s Danville City Council meeting including a possible amendment for a casino here to be land-based and not have it be over water.

GUEST COLUMN: Proposed casino legislation dictates more bankruptcy, education losses for Illinois 2/6/2017

In Illinois, Lincoln’s essential premise of “government of the people, by the people and for the people” has been corrupted into “government of the casinos, by the casinos, and for the casinos”—as exemplified by the new casino legislation in Senate Bill 7.

Should Springfield pursue a casino? Proponents say 'why not?' 2/6/2017

When state senators put together a framework to end Illinois' two-year budget stalemate, they turned to a familiar strategy to generate more income -- gambling.

OP/ED: 'Government of the casinos ... for the casinos' 2/5/2017

In Illinois, Lincoln's essential premise of "government of the people, by the people and for the people" has been corrupted into "government of the casinos, by the casinos and for the casinos"— as exemplified by the new casino legislation in Senate Bill 7.

Batavia ups its take on video gambling 2/2/2017

As Batavia prepares for the introduction of video gambling in the community, city aldermen are making some changes to the game plan.

The 'Cannibalization' Effect Of Casinos In Urban Markets 2/2/2017

For years, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has championed a casino as the solution to the Windy City's mammoth fiscal crisis, and Illinois Senate Bill 7 is up for vote soon to open up the option.

Illinois Senate To Vote On Expanding Riverboat Casino Gambling 1/27/2017

When the Senate returns they'll also vote on a proposal to expand riverboat casino gambling. It's just one of the many ideas in the Senate's budget package to try and generate revenue.

Eisenhauer touts benefits of proposed Danville casino to legislators 1/26/2017

Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer told an Illinois Senate committee Wednesday that a casino in Danville, even with conservative, recently revised numbers, would mean 800 permanent jobs, $30 million in annual wages and $5 million to $7 million into the city's coffers.

Illinois Senate Considers Expanded Gambling Bill 1/26/2017

The Illinois Senate began hearings Wednesday on a gambling expansion bill that calls for new casinos in Rockford, Chicago and its south suburbs, Danville, Lake County, and Williamson. Critics say the market is oversaturated with riverboats and video gaming. But Sen. Terry Link, D-Gurnee, says buses of people still are leaving the state to gamble.

Considering casino has some cautious 1/25/2017

Talks have started again to possibly open a casino in Danville. This idea is part of the Senate's grand bargaining deal to help raise more revenue for the state. However, not everyone is on board with bringing more gambling to the area. While this alone won't solve the budget impasse, supporters say it would create hundreds of jobs in Vermilion County.

Illinois Senate considering gambling expansion 1/25/2017

An Illinois Senate committee is considering a massive expansion of riverboat casino gambling as part of a legislative package to break a state budget logjam. The Senate Gaming Committee took testimony Wednesday on the plan permit casinos in Chicago and five other locations. It would OK slot machines at Illinois' remaining horse-racing tracks.

Video gambling leads to growth in revenue for Illinois 1/25/2017

A new report shows that roughly 3,000 video gambling terminals opened in Illinois last year, generating growing profits for some communities.

Illinois Online Gambling Legalization Looks Like A Long Shot For 2017 1/24/2017

Illinois will consider a massive gambling expansion package, but it does not appear that online gambling will be in the mix, according to a recent report.

Video Gambling Leads to Growth in Revenue 1/24/2017

A new report shows that roughly 3,000 video gambling terminals opened in Illinois last year, generating growing profits for some communities.

Suburbs see growth in tax revenue from video gambling 1/22/2017

Most south and southwest suburbs that allow video gambling saw tax revenue generated by the machines increase last year, according to new figures from the Illinois Gaming Board. Most area communities also saw increases in the number of gambling terminals operating in their towns compared with 2015, the data show. The growth in video gambling comes as state lawmakers are once again considering legislation to expand casino gambling in the state, including adding casinos in Chicago and the south suburbs, and as a recent report for the state legislature suggested video gambling has done little to boost overall gambling revenue in the Chicago area.

OP/ED: Gambling cash may be missing link to bail out state 1/20/2017

We have to admire state Sen. Terry Link's perseverance when it comes to fighting for a gambling casino in Lake County. We've lost count on the number of years the Waukegan Democrat has filed bills to expand the state's gambling laws to include his 30th District.

Vernon Hills upholds video gambling ban 1/20/2017

Long Grove lifted its ban on video gambling a year ago and Buffalo Grove did the same this April, but Vernon Hills trustees are not following suit. Village Trustee Thom Koch first mentioned a need to review the issue during a Nov. 15 meeting after a local restaurant owner expressed interest in acquiring the machines. The topic was discussed Jan. 10.

Casino not a sure bet 1/18/2017

It could be the right time for a Danville casino, according to the sentiment of local officials. Danville's name remains as talks continue on a state-budget compromise in the Illinois Senate. Gambling expansion is included in major pieces of the legislation some in the Capitol have nicknamed the "grand bargain."

Slowik: Towns should share revenue if legislature approves south suburban casino 1/18/2017

In case you missed it, the state legislature is once again kicking around the idea of expanding casino gaming into the south suburbs and elsewhere in Illinois.

Our View: No Illinois budget deal is complete without a proposal for a Rockford casino 1/16/2017

There it is again. You knew it was coming. It's as inevitable as death, taxes and Mike Madigan's reelection as speaker of the House. Rockford and casino. The two words have appeared in the same sentence every time Illinois faces a budget hole and lawmakers look for new revenue to fill it - which is just about every year since riverboat gambling was made legal in the 1990s.

Casino revenue skids on snowy weather 1/13/2017

Revenues skidded 11.6 percent in December at the region's five casinos, due in large part to snowy weather, but the yearly picture was not as gloomy.

Chicago Casino Shot Down in State Senate, but Resuscitation Expected 1/12/2017

A Chicago casino and five other gambling licenses were up for consideration in the Illinois General Assembly, but deliberations were quickly squashed, as legislators in Springfield opted to delay legislation until incoming lawmakers are sworn into office today.

After prodding by Bluhm, Emanuel pushed against racinos 1/10/2017

In the months leading up to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2015 re-election, members of the family that controls Illinois’ most successful casino gave $300,000 to his campaign. Just five days into Emanuel’s second term, Rivers Casino chairman Neil Bluhm called in a request.

New Casino Bill Could Affect Walker's Project 1/9/2017

A proposal to bring a casino to Williamson County has apparently undergone a huge shift. You'll find the details in a bill filed by Illinois Senate assistant majority leader Terry Link. It's actually an amendment to senate bill 305, which governs casino gambling.

Niles video gambling ordinance tweaked based on demand 1/9/2017

The village of Niles has tweaked its ordinance allowing local businesses and others to apply for video gambling licenses, but the overall number of licenses will remain the same, according to village officials.

Senate plays waiting game with minimum wage, tax, casino plan 1/9/2017

Illinois Senate leaders on Monday slammed the brakes on a massive and ambitious budget package — which includes increasing the income tax, raising the minimum wage and authorizing the state to build six new casinos, including one in Chicago — saying they want it voted on by the new Illinois General Assembly members.

Palatine council to take up video gambling in spring 12/28/2016

Palatine council members will discuss allowing video gambling at village bars and restaurants in the spring, less than two years after residents voted "no" on a gambling advisory referendum.

Illinois lawmakers seek investigation into lottery practices; Grand Prizes not awarded 12/19/2016

Democratic and Republican senators and legislators have called for an investigation into how the Illinois Lottery worked in regard to major prizes not being awarded for instant win games after a Chicago Tribune report that came out online Friday and in the newspaper Sunday.

Should Palatine Reconsider Video Gambling in the Village? 12/7/2016

More than a year ago, residents rejected a nonbinding, advisory referendum to consider allowing video gambling in the village. But that was April of 2015. As 2017 approaches, some Palatine bar owners believe enough time has passed, and they want village officials to revisit lifting the pasttime's 2012 ban for certain businesses, the Daily Herald reports.

Palatine council split on whether to revisit video gambling ban 12/6/2016

A group of Palatine bar owners and their supporters urged the village council Monday to reconsider the town's prohibition on video gambling, but the council was split on whether they should reopen those discussions.

Voice of The Southern: Walker's Bluff complex would jumpstart local economy 12/4/2016

Walker’s Bluff has been a terrific addition to Southern Illinois since its creation in 2008. CEO and founder Cynde Bunch and the rest of her crew have worked hard since then to build Walker’s Bluff. They have family-centered entertainment, a fine-dining establishment, a gift store, a wine tasting room and many other amenities.

Video gambling remains hot-button issue for local towns 11/30/2016

Video gambling, especially video gaming cafés, remains a contentious issue in many local communities, four years after becoming legal in Illinois. State law allows any establishment with a license to serve liquor to apply to the Illinois Gaming Board for a license, which typically would permit a maximum of five gaming terminals.

Batavia aldermen OK video gambling 11/29/2016

The sound of pinging and the sight of flashing lights will be coming soon to some Batavia taverns, restaurants, social clubs and entertainment venues. As expected, the Batavia City Council approved video gambling in the community at its Nov. 21 meeting, despite the objections of residents who cited gambling’s social costs.

City Council lifts ban on video gambling in Batavia, Illinois 11/27/2016

On November 15, with all but three members of the 14-member council voting, aldermen voted 8-3 in favor of lifting the ban on video gambling in Batavia, Illinois. And on November 21st the measure was approved by the City Council, according to the Kane County Chronicle.

Batavia lifting ban on video gambling 11/25/2016

City aldermen are lifting Batavia’s ban on video gambling. At a committee meeting Nov. 15, aldermen voted to allow local taverns, restaurants, social clubs and entertainment venues to install video gambling machines, and on Nov. 21, the City Council approved it.

Illinois Quad-Cities takes in millions in video gaming revenues 11/25/2016

When video gaming became legal in Illinois in 2012, local leaders were skeptical about how much revenue it would bring in to their respective communities. East Moline Mayor John Thodos was one of those skeptics. "I had not anticipated any great things to come out of it," Mayor Thodos said. "But, it has become a good revenue source for the city," he said of the $279,533 his city has taken in from video gaming.

Appeals panel OK’s Empress Casino, insurers try to put cleaning company on the hook for ‘09 fire 11/21/2016

A Chicago appeals panel ruled the former Empress Casino Joliet and its insurers can try to recoup $84 million in deductibles and claims from a kitchen grease removal service, but not from construction contractors, in connection with the 2009 blaze that gutted the casino during renovation work.

Council voices concern over video gambling 11/21/2016

The city is concerned that video gambling parlors are taking up limited liquor licenses and not living up to their intended use. Restaurants, bars and other establishments with a liquor license can have video gambling machines under the Video Gaming Act and with approval by the Illinois Gaming Board, but Mayor Li Arellano Jr. said Monday that there’s not much room for the city to regulate the number of gambling facilities.

Vernon Hills considering video gambling 11/20/2016

At a November 15 meeting, Village Trustee Thom Koch suggested that the village board look into the possibility of allowing video gambling, according to the Vernon Hills Review. Koch later said the Jimmy's on 45 Eatery and Public House was interested in conducting video gambling in their establishment.

Argosy Casino sees 15% admission drop 11/19/2016

The state’s first riverboat casino posted the largest admission drop of all Illinois riverboats in fiscal year 2016, according to a recent report by a state commission.

Vernon Hills to reconsider video gambling 11/19/2016

Seven years after the state's video gambling bill passed and four years after the statewide system went live, Vernon Hills trustees plan to revisit the issue.

Casino fire subrogation claims lose 11/18/2016

On March 20, 2009, a fire broke out in the Empress Casino Joliet riverboat while renovation work was being done, causing nearly $84 million in damages.

Algonquin prohibits businesses with gambling as primary purpose 11/17/2016

Gaming cafes are no longer allowed in Algonquin after officials tightened the village's regulations on video gambling. A new set of criteria, unanimously approved this week by the village board, prohibits establishments from operating in the village if their primary purpose -- or source of revenue -- is gambling.

Batavia ready to allow video gambling? 11/16/2016

Batavia seems ready to drop its ban on video gambling. Aldermen voted 8-3 Tuesday as a committee meeting to do so. A binding vote could be taken as soon as Monday. Gamblers shouldn't expect to see gambling cafes, such as a Dotty's Cafe, open up soon.

Walker's Bluff casino supporters make their case in Springfield 11/15/2016

Advocates of the proposed Walker’s Bluff resort and casino project rallied in Springfield on Tuesday, imploring lawmakers to “Support the Resort.” As legislators returned to Springfield for the start of the fall veto session, about 60 Southern Illinois residents and small business owners took to the Capitol building to make their voices heard.

Algonquin Officials Look at Banning Video Gaming Cafes 11/14/2016

The Algonquin Board of Trustees is considering an ordinance that would ban video gaming cafes in the village with the hopes of keeping establishments solely focused on video gambling and serving alcohol out of town, according to the Northwest Herald.

BGA: Video gambling interests betting on politicians’ backing 11/12/2016

In February 2014, eight days before it applied for a liquor license, Illinois’ largest chain of gambling parlors contributed $1,000 to the political fund of Elmwood Park Mayor Angelo “Skip” Saviano.

Elgin has upgrades in mind with riverboat shared revenue 11/12/2016

Elgin officials plan to use shared riverboat casino revenue to buy high-definition police car cameras, to build a new Lords Park pedestrian bridge and to install new lights at the Centre of Elgin’s swimming pool.

St. Charles' first video gambling machines running 11/9/2016

Several St. Charles establishments are hosting video gambling machines about a year after the Illinois city reversed its ban on the activity.

First video gambling machines running in St. Charles 11/8/2016

About a year after St. Charles officials reversed their ban on video gambling, a handful of establishments are hosting either a new vice or a new source of income for the city.

With latest gambling bars, Kankakee and Bradley say 'no more' 10/31/2016

The signs have gone up, but the video poker machines have yet to be installed in the two latest video gaming locations in Kankakee County.

Gambling Comes To Chrisman For The First Time 10/28/2016

For the first time in their history, residents of one area town won't have to travel far to gamble. A restaurant in Chrisman was approved for gaming machines and the public had a chance to try them out for the first time Thursday. Chrisman, Illinois’ first legal gambling site is the Town and Country Bar and Grill.

Crystal Lake tightens video gambling ordinance to clearly mandate barrier 10/21/2016

The City Council tightened its fledgling video gambling ordinance to reflect the wishes of members that an actual wall or partition separate the machines from other business patrons.

Video gambling has hot hand in Illinois 10/21/2016

The lounge at Bertrand Lanes bowling alley was the first Waukegan business to get a license to install video slot machines. Ask owner George Lawrence why he decided to offer gambling and he rubs his thumb and index finger together — the gesture for money. "It keeps the doors open," said the 78-year-old Lawrence.

What has expanded video gambling done to Illinois? 10/21/2016

John W. Kindt, an emeritus professor of business and legal policy at the University of Illinois, is a leading national gambling critic who has testified before Congress and the Illinois state Legislature about the societal, business and economic impacts of decriminalizing gambling. Kindt is the senior editor of the book “The Gambling Threat to Economies and Financial Systems: Internet Gambling.”

Batavia to consider video gambling 10/12/2016

City aldermen are again considering the idea of allowing video gambling in the community. Two years ago, aldermen voted against lifting a ban on video gambling at local taverns, social clubs and entertainment venues.

Gambling explosion 10/7/2016

Orville Dash is no stranger to addiction. Now 79 years old, he is a recovering alcoholic but hasn’t drank a beer in 35 years. He quit smoking, too; he once inhaled three or four packs per day but hasn’t touched a cigarette in years.

September Casino Numbers: Harrah’s Second In State; Hollywood Joliet Fifth 10/7/2016

The Illinois Gaming Board has released the dock site and riverboat casino numbers for the month of September. Des Plaines continues to dominate, taking in over $36.4 million in September. For Des Plaines, that’s a 2.1 percent increase from August, and a 15 percent increase from September of last year.

Video-gambling machines score jackpot for downstate cities 10/5/2016

Never mind the players — it appears that downstate cities are some of the biggest winners from Illinois’ video-gambling machines. Local governments get to keep 5 percent of the take from their video-gambling machines. For some downstate cities, that’s more than $1 million a year.

Chicago casino back in play? Why you shouldn't bet on it 10/4/2016

Another round of Chicago casino roulette is underway as City Hall prepares to accept proposals to redevelop the former Michael Reese Hospital site on the South Side. That's spawned fresh speculation the 49-acre Reese property is a viable bet to become home to an upscale, multipurpose entertainment venue, including a blockbuster casino that would attract downtown tourists and conventioneers now going over the border to wager in Indiana.

Dey: Video-gambling machines are killing competition 10/4/2016

For decades now, Illinois legislators have believed there's an endless pile of gold at the bottom of gamblers' pockets, just waiting to be swept up by more and more state-sanctioned gambling.

Elburn considers gambling café in town 10/4/2016

The village of Elburn is considering whether to allow a gambling café to establish itself in town. Both Village President Dave Anderson and Building Superintendent Tom Brennan have been contacted by several individuals, one of which is the owner of the strip mall on the south side of Route 38 and east of Route 47.

Four years later, video gambling still successful 10/1/2016

She’s just one Illinoisan who likes to gamble at video gaming terminals, though she says she prefers to go to the Argosy Casino when possible. Either way, she enjoys the experience of gambling on digital machines with big screens — the lights, the sounds, and of course, winning.

Illinois video gaming revenue continues to rise in fourth year; establishments and Rockford-area communities benefit 09/28/2016

Four years ago, bars, bowling alleys and other establishments switched on video gaming machines, unsure what to expect. The amount of money played, machines used and establishments featuring the gambling equipment has gone up since Illinois made video gaming machines available to the public in September 2012. As of Sept. 1, $9.2 billion had been played on 24,065 video gaming terminals at 5,615 establishments across the state in 2016, according to the Illinois Gaming Board.

Our View: Video gaming booming in Rockford and state, but other gambling revenue not as robust 9/27/2016

September marked the four-year anniversary of video gaming in Illinois. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at gambling in Rockford, statewide and nationally.

Study says video gaming has generated about $785 million in taxes since September 2012 9/25/2016

The Carbondale City Council took another stand against video gaming this week by limiting the number of terminals in the city, but it is hard to deny the amount of revenue that is being poured into the state and local communities because of it.

South Chicago suburbs try to curb video gambling businesses 9/24/2016

Several southern Chicago suburbs are enacting new rules to curb the spread of video gambling businesses.Data from the Illinois Gaming Board show patrons of gambling businesses in 14 south and southwest suburbs that have the biggest concentration of gambling machines spent more than $150 million through August this year, The Daily Southtown (http://trib.in/2cUY5Jq ) reported. Gamblers over that same time span incurred losses of more than $39 million.

Carbondale approves cap on video gambling machines 9/21/2016

Carbondale leaders have approved new rules limiting the total number of video gambling machines allowed at local businesses. A new ordinance caps the number of video gaming machines allowed in town at 100. Right now there are 69, according to city records.

City officials and area business owners see benefits of gaming industry 9/21/2016

Four years ago, Rockford city officials didn't know how they were going to afford new police cars and fire trucks. "At the time we were in a situation where we hadn't replaced capital equipment, things like snow plows, fire trucks in a number of years," said City of Rockford interim finance director Carrie Eklund.

Video Gaming Celebrates Four Years In Illinois 9/21/2016

Any kind of gambling comes with both strong supporters and opponents at the legislative level. But four years later, it has become big business in central Illinois, with Springfield being one of the most popular video gaming cities in the state. Matt Gietl opened up Miss Kimmees two years ago and now has four locations.

Video gambling cafe still coming to Oswego 9/19/2016

Plans are still moving forward for a video gambling cafe in an Oswego strip mall, village officials said. Representatives from Laredo Hospitality, which owns Stella's Place and Shelby's gambling cafes throughout the Chicago area, including one in Plano, approached village trustees last year with their concept of an Oswego location.

Court ruling gives boost to Hometown video gambling plans 9/16/2016

With a Walgreens drugstore being Hometown's biggest retail sales tax generator, Kevin Casey, that suburb's mayor, looks to his community's neighbor, Chicago, as a potential savior. Casey wants to grow the number of video gaming businesses in his small community, and thinks that because the games aren't allowed in Chicago, Hometown's proximity could play in its favor.

Huntley imposes moratorium on video gambling 9/16/2016

Huntley has imposed a moratorium on allowing new video gambling establishments until Jan. 1 so officials can prepare regulations now that the village has home-rule powers.

Video gambling spending, losses on rise 9/16/2016

What is being spent at video gambling machines, and what is being lost, grew during the first eight months of this year compared with the same period last year, according to figures compiled by the state gaming board. Some of the increase is due to more establishments offering gambling now compared with a year ago.

Oak Forest alters laws on video gambling 9/15/2016

Fearing a proliferation of businesses offering video gambling, the Oak Forest City Council approved changes Tuesday to ordinances on what entities can provide the devices. The changes were approved with a 5-0 vote. Aldermen Diane Wolf (3rd Ward) and James Hortsman (6th Ward) were absent.

Mundelein gas station denied video gambling license, plans to appeal 9/13/2016

The Illinois Gaming Board recently voted to deny a video gambling license requested by a gas station in Mundelein. Graham's Countryside BP gas station at Midlothian Road and Route 60/83 first appeared before a July 1, 2015 Plan and Zoning Commission meeting with plans to annex into Mundelein, complete extensive renovations and acquire video gambling.

Illinois Gambling Industry Booming 9/12/2016

Illinois’ casinos and riverboats may be feeling down on their luck lately, but a new report from the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) finds that the state’s gambling industry as a whole is booming.

Video Gambling Expansion Attributes to Illinois Gambling Sector Growth 9/12/2016

Although the majority of market analysts confirmed that the Illinois gambling industry has been going through a difficult period, the latest report, issued by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, claims the Illinois gambling industry is to regain its former glory in very short terms.

Des Plaines, casino, Onesti have plan to revive downtown theater 9/8/2016

Des Plaines officials revealed a plan Wednesday to acquire and renovate the dormant Des Plaines Theatre with partial financial backing from Rivers Casino, then hire noted concert promoter Ron Onesti to book entertainment acts.

Council to limit video gambling parlors 9/6/2016

The spread of video gambling parlors throughout the city could be suppressed by the Decatur City Council tonight. The council is scheduled to vote on changes to city code that would cap the number of Class P liquor licenses, which are the type obtained by the parlors, rather than bars or restaurants that also include the machines.

Lawmakers roll the dice again for Rockford casino 9/5/2016

It's not every day Democrats and Republicans find common ground on issues, but there's one topic Republican Senator Dave Syverson and Democratic Senator Steve Stadelman agree on: bringing a casino to Forest City.

Letter: Illinois giving away billions to gambling insiders 9/5/2016

To the Editor: Illinois has not only given away billions to gambling insiders since 1990, but also proposes to continue giving away billions more.

Local mayors lend support for Walker's Bluff expansion 9/4/2016

Walker’s Bluff’s attempt at constructing a $178 million lodging and entertainment on its property received more backers recently as the Southern Illinois Mayors’ Association announced its support for the proposed development.

Cashing In On Video Gambling 8/31/2016

For the first seven months of this year, Elk Grove Village generated more revenue from video gambling machines than any other Northwest suburban town that allows operation of the devices. Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) data shows that Elk Grove Village received $164,471.78 in tax income generated by 77 electronic terminals at 17 different locations during the seven-month period.

Council moves to stifle spread of video gambling 8/29/2016

The Decatur City Council identified several ways Monday to stop the spread of video gambling parlors throughout the city. A majority of council members suggested that they would support capping the number of Class P liquor licenses, which allow for video gambling parlors, and reducing that number over time.

Street bids, video gambling, goals return to council 8/29/2016

The Decatur City Council will return to several previously discussed topics at its meeting tonight: video gambling, city goals and bids for street repairs. The bids are up for a second vote after the council rejected them 4-3 at its Aug. 1 meeting. The work is to be funded by the city's local motor fuel tax.

Limitations discussed for video gambling 8/26/2016

In light of discussion about regulations for video gaming businesses, city council passed a resolution approving a bar liquor license with supplemental licensure for video gaming terminals for Charley’s Video Gaming, 1792 Sycamore Road.

Video gambling cafe may open Sleepy Hollow location 8/26/2016

A video gambling cafe may open up shop in a Sleepy Hollow storefront that has been vacant for years. Representatives for Elsie's Place, a chain of gaming restaurants owned by Minnesota-based Lieberman Companies, are eyeing space within a strip mall behind the new Dunkin' Donuts, Village President Stephan Pickett said.

City Acknowledges Oversight In Gaming Signage 8/25/2016

The city of Urbana passed an ordinance requiring all video gaming establishments to have a visible sign located near the video gaming machine. They say it will help someone struggling with a gambling addiction. During Monday night's Urbana city council meeting, it was discovered that some of the video gaming halls may not be in compliance.

Our view: Change payout formula for video gambling revenue 8/24/2016

Here’s a way to cut down on the number of video gambling parlors operating in Illinois: change the revenue split prescribed by state law. That’s a more effective way of changing the business model than, as has been talked about in the city of DeKalb, putting a cap on the number of video gambling licenses issued.

4 More Crystal Lake Businesses Get Video Gambling Licenses 8/22/2016

There are now six businesses in Crystal Lake that have video gambling licenses after the Crystal Lake City Council last week approved licenses for the Crystal Lake Rib House, Labemi’s Tavern and Restaurant, Wings Etc. and Moe-B-Dick’s North Shore Pub, according to the Northwest Herald.

DeKalb to consider gambling license, limits on terminals 8/20/2016

Another business is set to come before the DeKalb City Council on Monday seeking a license to sell liquor and operate video gambling terminals, and aldermen also are slated to discuss putting limits on the total number such terminals citywide.

Crystal Lake grants 4 more video gambling licenses 8/18/2016

The City Council granted four more video gambling licenses to local businesses Tuesday evening, on the conditions that three of them do more to keep it out of sight of other patrons.

Crystal Lake City Council set to approve four more video gambling licenses 8/15/2016

Four more businesses are asking for video gambling licenses, which if approved would bring the total to six since the Crystal Lake City Council legalized it. Council members will vote Tuesday evening whether to grant licenses to Crystal Lake Rib House, Labemi’s Tavern and Restaurant, Wings Etc. and Moe-B.-Dick’s North Shore Pub.

Why Is Gambling Banned On The CTA? 8/15/2016

There are many things you should not do on public transportation. Some of those things, like soliciting, smoking, DJing and manspreading, are obvious. But there’s one particularity on the Chicago Transit Authority’s “don’t” list that had Curious City listener Annie Durkin of Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood scratching her head: gambling.

Urbana council approves action on five gambling licenses 8/9/2016

City officials expressed cautious support for five gambling-hall licenses Monday night, approving two new establishments and renewing three, but made their waning enthusiasm for the businesses known.

Urbana council sees gambling requests proliferate 8/8/2016

Two months after denying two new gambling halls, the Urbana City Council will have five separate video-gambling requests on its agenda tonight. The council will consider requests from two new gambling halls that want liquor licenses, one that wants to change its classification and two hoping to renew under new ownership.

7th Circuit cuts casinos’ jury award 8/3/2016

A federal appeals court Tuesday slashed two-thirds off the $77.8 million awarded to four riverboat casinos that were the victims of a pay-to-play deal between racetrack owners and then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a jury’s finding that the casinos are entitled to nearly $26 million in compensatory damages on claims for conspiracy and unjust enrichment brought against the racetracks under Illinois law.

Court reduces Illinois casinos' award in case linked to Blagojevich scandal 8/2/2016

A federal appeals court reduced an award to Illinois casinos on Tuesday, ruling in a lawsuit that arose from the corruption scandal that toppled then-Governor Rod Blagojevich that the jury wrongly found a "pattern" of racketeering activity.

Homer Glen calls 'time out' on video gambling licenses 7/28/2016

The Homer Glen Village Board has issued a temporary moratorium on the issuance of video gambling licenses. As video gaming is becoming more prevalent in area restaurants and bars, the village wants to pause and ensure that everything is moving in the right direction, officials said.

Oak Forest officials discuss video gambling regulations 7/28/2016

Mayor Henry Kuspa said he doesn't mind taverns and restaurants in Oak Forest that feature video poker or other kinds of gambling, but he is sympathetic to aldermen who fear such businesses are becoming too prevalent in the southwest suburban city.

Rauner hoping for windfall with new lottery operator 7/28/2016

A new private company or perhaps a new governmental agency could run the Illinois Lottery, and Gov. Bruce Rauner said Thursday he would be open to talk about expanding casino gambling.

DeKalb City Council raises video gambling terminal fees 7/27/2016

Aldermen had a slight change of heart this week, deciding to charge more for video gambling terminal fees yet sparing local nonprofit organizations a bit.

Peru: Gambling revenue, retail spending still rising in city 7/26/2016

Peru’s revenue is trending upward in two categories, Alderman David Potthoff told fellow city council members Monday. Gambling revenue has increased by 23.9 percent year to day and retail tax has increased 4 percent.

Struggling municipal golf courses turn to video poker, slots 7/23/2016

Struggling municipal golf courses are turning to video poker and slot machines in an effort to make up for declining revenue. More than a dozen taxpayer-funded golf courses in Illinois have tried legal gambling in the past three years, though with mixed results.

Crystal Lake grants first two video gambling licenses since overturning ban 7/21/2016

The City Council granted its first two video gambling licenses since reversing its ban on the machines earlier this year. Council members voted, 5-2, Tuesday to grant licenses to Fire Bar and Grill and The Cottage. The two local eateries are among the businesses that fought to have the city’s total ban on video gambling overturned, alleging that it put them at a competitive disadvantage against bars and eateries in neighboring jurisdictions.

Casino owners jump on video-gambling bandwagon 7/20/2016

The number of video-gambling machines at Illinois bars, strip malls and other small venues is booming, growing from zero to more than 23,000 in the past four years, records show. That’s nearly double the number of gambling spots the state’s 10 casinos have.

City Council Discusses Video Gaming 7/20/2016

The number of video gaming machines in Decatur has skyrocketed. Now city leaders are looking at ways to slow that growth. Both bar and parlor owners voiced their concerns. Right now there are over 350 video gaming machines throughout the city of Decatur. The state of Illinois has more video gambling machines than Nevada. That’s more than any other country in world. However, bars and parlors opinions generally differed on what decision the city council should make.

Rolling Meadows still out of video gambling business 7/20/2016

Although more suburbs are jumping on board with video gambling, a majority of Rolling Meadows trustees are still against bringing it to the city. Alderman John D'Astice asked for a discussion on the topic during Tuesday's committee of the whole meeting because the city had not talked about it since 2014.

As more gaming parlors pop up, officials consider next move 7/18/2016

DECATUR -- As city officials cast their votes in 2012 to allow state-approved video gaming in Decatur, then-Councilwoman Julie Moore Wolfe said the hope was that it would help tavern owners make some extra money. Four years and hundreds of video gaming machines later, Mayor Moore Wolfe and others said they were not prepared for just how big of business the machines would become.

Foss Park District picks gambling vendor that employs board member 7/13/2016

The Foss Park District board has approved a deal that will replace the video-gambling machines at the Foss Park Golf Course in North Chicago with ones made by a company that employs its newest board member.

THE WATCHDOGS: Casino owners jump on video-gambling bandwagon 7/9/2016

The number of video-gambling machines at Illinois bars, strip malls and other small venues is booming, growing from zero to more than 23,000 in the past four years, records show.

City council approves gambling parlor 7/5/2016

Another new gambling parlor is coming to town. On Tuesday the city council voted unanimously to allow Lucky's Lounge to set up shop. The building is at 2002 N. Lincoln Ave. It will be half gambling room, half smoke shop. The council rejected two gambling parlors in the spring but changed position on this one. They say that had to do with location. Council members say they don't see a problem allowing one in this location.

All In: Jobs and Careers at Rivers Casino 6/30/2016

For communities that need jobs, casinos have them. Often, they have thousands of available jobs, and sometimes even have trouble filling the positions.

All In: Rivers Casino is Big Money for This Illinois City 6/28/2016

It is not your typical casino town. Des Plaines, Illinois is where Ray Kroc opened the first franchised McDonalds restaurant. It is the home of a school building which provided the backdrop for iconic films, like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Breakfast Club.

Off-track betting proposal off and running in Green Oaks 6/28/2016

Plans for a sports bar and off-track betting facility at Fatman Bowl in Green Oaks are off and running after village board approval. Trustees on June 22 overruled a plan commission recommendation on the proposal, paving the way for the sale and renovation of the 12-lane bowl at 13860 Rockland Road.

Tinley OKs stricter controls for some video gambling businesses 6/23/2016

Tinley Park trustees have adopted new restrictions on certain types of video gambling businesses that are much stricter than state law covering the games. In an ordinance approved by trustees at Tuesday's Village Board meeting, the village is adding additional classifications of liquor licenses for businesses that also want to apply to the state to have video gambling.

Video Gaming Fee Tabled Indefinitely 6/21/2016

The Bloomington city council will not pursue a fee for video gaming machines.

Tinley mulls video gambling restrictions 6/15/2016

Tinley Park officials will consider new classifications of liquor licenses for new businesses that want to also offer video gambling, with possible restrictions that could limit where so-called gambling cafes, as opposed to bars or restaurants that also offer video gambling, could locate.

Council revisiting video gaming fee proposal 6/13/2016

The City Council on Monday will consider whether to charge an annual fee for each of the more than 200 video-gaming machines throughout Bloomington. City staff and the Bloomington Liquor Commission are recommending the council approve amending the city code to provide for video gaming licensing and adopt a video-gaming fee.

Niles businesses now able to apply for video gambling licenses 6/13/2016

A handful of Niles businesses will now have the opportunity to apply for a limited number of video gambling licenses from the village after the board voted in favor of an ordinance establishing rules and regulations for the practice. Video gambling was previously banned in the village. The Niles Village Board voted 4-2 to pass the ordinance May 24 with Trustees Joe LoVerde and Denise McCreery voting against it.

Rolling the dice 6/12/2016

Gambling is all around us. According to Webster's Dictionary, it is defined as “to risk losing (something valuable or important) in order to do or achieve something." That could mean wagering money on a football game, placing a bet with your spouse over who has to do the dishes for a week, or even stopping by a gas station to pick up a scratch-off lottery ticket in hopes of hitting it big.

Lincolnwood upholds video gambling ban citing 'moral issues' 6/11/2016

A video gambling "cafe" chain with a heavy presence in Illinois will not be allowed to open in Lincolnwood after trustees rejected a proposal Tuesday to consider lifting the town's ban on video gaming. The decision to deny a request from Des Plaines-based Laredo Hospitality to open a Stella's Cafe location in an empty storefront on the 3900 block of Devon Avenue came during the Committee of the Whole portion of the Village Board meeting.

A new local casino in southern Illinois could mean substantial losses for others 6/10/2016

If a proposal for a casino at Walker’s Bluff in Carterville is successful, it would mean even more competition for Harrah’s Metropolis and the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau, as the trio is located within 60 miles of each other.

New local casino could mean big losses for others 6/9/2016

A casino at Walker's Bluff would put three casinos within an hour of each other, making a true game of chance for the cities. For years, Metropolis has cashed in on casino gambling thanks to Harrah's, but the city's share of the take shrunk over the years.

Attorney: Cities have little power to control video gambling 6/7/2016

Although several city officials would like to find a way to control the expansion of video gambling, a consensus view is emerging that limiting liquor licenses isn't the way to go about it. The idea of freezing the city's available liquor licenses, needed to get video gambling machines, was proposed at a May 18 meeting of the city's liquor commission.

City council moves toward gambling changes 6/7/2016

Decatur City Council members expressed a desire Monday to change the city's video gambling landscape. Specifically, several members said they wanted to consider imposing higher fees on the machines, as well as limiting the number of liquor licenses given to the parlor-type establishments.

Council to assess video gambling 6/6/2016

The Decatur City Council will discuss the state of video gambling in Decatur during a study session tonight. Several council members have said they want to discuss the topic. City staff will make an informational presentation but not offer any recommendations, Assistant City Manager Billy Tyus said Friday.

Decatur City Council to study ways to limit video gambling locations 6/6/2016

What started out as a good idea now has city officials in Decatur, Illinois searching to find ways to limit the number of locations where video gambling machines are operational in the state, and at 5:30pm today that will be the subject of a study session that the Decatur City Council will address.

Decatur To Study Limits On Video Gambling Locations 6/5/2016

Video gambling has been a good bet for cities across the state. On Monday, the Decatur City Council will take up video gambling in a study session. The concern is video gaming has grown faster than the city anticipated since it was first legalized by the state in 2012.

Public hearing on video gambling in Lincolnwood draws few residents 5/25/2016

A public hearing set up by the village of Lincolnwood May 17 midst the town's ongoing quest to consider lifting its ban on video gambling failed to garner much interest from the community—though a few people who did show up opposed the measure.

Video Gambling Ordinance Back Before Niles Village Trustees Tonight 5/25/2016

Update: Niles village trustees approved video gambling in the village with no changes to the proposed ordinance. Original story: A proposed ordinance to allow video gambling in Niles is on tonight’s (Tuesday) village board agenda.

Our View: Deja vu ... Gambling expansion again on the table in Illinois 5/23/2016

Gambling expansion again is on the table in Springfield as lawmakers try to figure out how to balance a budget that has enough holes in it to sail a riverboat through. Of course, whenever gambling expansion is talked about, Rockford is part of the conversation.

As state searches for revenue, is gambling expansion back in mix? 5/22/2016

When state budget negotiators put together a framework for a balanced spending plan, they included a list of things that could generate $5.4 billion in revenue. An income tax increase was on the list, as was extending the sales tax to some state services, ending some corporate tax breaks and taxing sugary drinks. Oh, and you might as well throw in gambling expansion for good measure.

Casino license key to expansion plans at Walker's Bluff 5/18/2016

Developers at Walker's Bluff are pushing state lawmakers for a gaming license they call key to major expansion plans. The owners of the Caterville-based winery and restaurant want to turn the facility into a resort, adding two new hotels, a convention center and a casino

Indian Head Park approves new video gambling place 5/16/2016

Indian Head Park will have a new video gambling place. The Indian Head Park Village Board approved a gaming license and a liquor license for the Cardinal Restaurant Group LLC, which will open Blondies, at 6935 Joliet Road.

OTBs, Craft Liquor Distilleries In Line For Video Poker 5/15/2016

Online betting on horse-races would continue to be legal in Illinois, under legislation advancing at the state capitol. That's despite concerns of anti-gambling activities like Anita Bedell. "This legalizes bookmaking on the internet, which is available 7 days a week non stop," she said at a recent Senate hearing.

Region awash in video gambling? 5/14/2016

A Tinley Park business owner is betting his customers might be interested in a wash and a wager. Bryan Sord hopes to convince the Village Board to let him serve beer and wine at his Park Hills Car Wash, 9401 W. 171st St., making him eligible to seek approval from the state gaming board to install video gambling machines in a portion of the business.

Harrah's celebrates 23 years in Joliet 5/12/2016

It’s a cultural shock to realize a majority of so-called Millennials don’t remember a time when Las Vegas style casino gambling wasn’t available at numerous destinations in Northwest Indiana and the greater Chicagoland area

Bloomington tavern making changes to comply with gambling rules 5/11/2016

A Bloomington tavern that was making more money on gambling machines than in food and drink, a violation of the city’s liquor license rules, is being given time to make changes.

How Rivers Casino saved millions in property taxes 5/10/2016

The owners of the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines have received more than $4 million in property tax cuts since opening nearly five years ago by arguing the property was worth tens of millions of dollars less than it cost to buy and build on.

Despite success, Rivers Casino gets millions in Illinois property tax cuts 5/9/2016

The owners of the wildly successful Rivers Casino in Des Plaines have received more than $4 million in property tax cuts since opening nearly five years ago, by aggressively arguing that the property was worth tens of millions of dollars less than it cost to buy and build on

Industry, lawmakers: Struggling Fairmount needs gaming expansion 5/8/2016

Other than the workers rolling dollies and hauling boxes in and out of the grandstand, Fairmount Park was quiet May 1. Betting windows were closed. High-top tables in the concourse were empty. The few horses stabled there were back in their quarters after morning training on the track.

BGA: Rivers Casino’s winning tax appeal? Ignore our profits 5/7/2016

Of Illinois’ 10 casinos, none is as lucrative as Rivers Casino in Des Plaines. Since 2012, it’s reported revenues of more than $400 million a year after winnings — twice as much as any other casino in Illinois.

Joliet Casino Numbers: Harrah’s Down, Hollywood Slightly Up 5/6/2016

The Illinois Gaming Board has released the docksite and riverboat casino numbers for the month of April. Des Plaines, as usual, is way out in front; having brought in just over 36-million dollars in April.

Delaware North acquires Illinois-based video gaming terminal operator 5/5/2016

Delaware North, the Buffalo-based hospitality and tourism giant, has acquired Gaming Entertainment & Management, the third-largest video gaming terminal route operator in Illinois, the Buffalo company announced Thursday.

IL horse racing fights fantasy sports bill 5/2/2016

The Illinois Harness Horseman's Association today decried legislation that would legalize fantasy sports gambling while at the same time, lawmakers have failed to support the horse racing industry which employs 14,000 people.

Lincolnwood to host public meeting on video gambling 4/27/2016

Lincolnwood trustees on April 19 decided to let the public weigh in on a proposal to end the village's ban on video gambling by allowing a Des Plaines-based "gaming cafe" chain to open at a strip mall on the 3900 block of West Devon Avenue.

Buffalo Grove reverses 7-year ban on video gaming machines 4/25/2016

Once adamant against full-service restaurants having video gambling machines in Buffalo Grove, Village Board members now welcome it, and the move has at least a few restaurant managers interested in adding the machines.

Council OKs raising liquor license fees, tables gambling fee 4/25/2016

The City Council voted Monday to increase liquor license fees for the first time since 1982 but agreed to phase the changes in over five years instead of the originally proposed three-year time frame.

Buffalo Grove to allow video gambling at full restaurants 4/19/2016

Buffalo Grove has lifted its seven-year ban on video gambling machines at full-service restaurants in the village but will continue to prohibit gambling cafes, which derive a majority of their revenues from the machines and offer limited food and beverage menus.

Forsyth upholds video gambling ban 4/19/2016

A ban on video gambling in Forsyth remains in effect despite recent reconsideration of the issue. The village board decided Monday to hold off on changing its 2012 ordinance to permit video gaming machines at certain types of restaurants.

Some oppose plan for video gambling cafe in Prospect Hts. 4/18/2016

A new video gambling cafe is planned in Prospect Heights, but some members of the city council have concerns about the project. Elsie's Place, which is proposed for 99 E. Palatine Road, Unit B, would have five video gambling terminals, a liquor license and a small pre-made food menu including hot dogs, pizza and sandwiches, according to a plan presented to the council last week.

Video Gambling Restaurant Chain Seeks Prospect Heights' OK 4/18/2016

A new location for video gambling would be the eighth in one area of Prospect Heights. Minnesota-based Lieberman Companies presented plans for Elsie's Place, a video gambling restaurant, to aldermen Monday, April 11.

Should Video Gambling Expand in Tinley Park? 4/16/2016

The owners of two restaurant groups told Tinley Park trustees at a meeting Tuesday that video gambling is a key component of their proposed businesses, reported the Chicago Tribune.

Crystal Lake businesses see end of video gambling ban as leveling playing field 4/11/2016

Local business owners have good things to say about the new Crystal Lake ordinance that ends a years-long struggle on their part to allow for video gambling in city limits. The City Council last week, on a 5-2 vote, reversed a ban first imposed when the machines started appearing in McHenry County in 2012 as part of a state plan to help pay for a $31 billion capital program.

Rush Street Gaming faces fine of $1.65 million in Illinois 4/10/2016

A Chicago company behind the Brockton resort casino proposal is now facing a $1.65 million fine in the state of Illinois. Rush Street Gaming has been accused of provide a no-bid cleaning and security contract and then giving winners of jackpot games inconsistent payouts. This fine could bring negative connotations for the company as the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is going to be deliberating later in April as to whether or not Mass Gaming & Entertainment should receive a casino license, a group that is a subsidiary of Rush Street Gaming.

Winners, losers from surge in video gaming activity 4/10/2016

The amount of money being gambled in Bloomington earned the city fifth place on the Illinois Gaming Board's 2015 list of top 10 video gambling municipalities. "I don't think a lot of people understand the amount of money that is being generated by this activity," said Bloomington Liquor Commissioner Jim Jordan.

Joliet Casinos Show Solid Gains in March Gaming Numbers 4/8/2016

The Illinois Gaming Board has released the docksite and riverboat casino numbers for the month of March, and both Joliet locations showed double-digit increases.

Rivers Casino pays $1.65M after mob inquiry 4/7/2016

Rivers Casino has paid one of the largest gaming-related fines in modern times — $1.65 million — following an Illinois Gaming Board investigation spurred in part by questions over a security and maintenance contractor’s ties to reputed mob figures.

Mundelein says video gambling not part of Speedway project 4/4/2016

While a proposed Speedway expansion in Mundelein involves a land purchase and a liquor license, village officials say those changes are not tied to video gambling. Mundelein trustees on March 28 unanimously approved several zoning variances needed for Speedway to tear down and rebuild its gas station at Townline Road and Route 45, although the liquor license matter has not yet officially come to a vote.

Crystal Lake will see video gambling if compromise ordinance passes 4/2/2016

The City Council could reverse its ban on video gambling under a compromise proposal offered by local businesses that want the machines. Under an ordinance set for a vote Tuesday evening, video gambling in city limits would be legal, but with restrictions such as no exterior signs advertising it. Video gaming signage has been a deal-breaker for many on the board, such as Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley, who said it hurts a city’s image.

Casinos moving ashore in Chicagoland 3/26/2016

Moving forward from last year’s state law allowing operation of land-based casinos, Tropicana Evansville became the first to get Indiana approval to move off the riverboat to an onshore casino.

Bushnell Council hears proposal for video gaming parlor 3/23/2016

The financial backers behind a proposed video gaming parlor are ready to break ground — if the city can assure them of the liquor license that’s needed to obtain a video gambling license.

Illinois Gaming Board: Gaming Saturation Close 3/17/2016

Illinois may be getting close to gambling saturation, according to the administrator for the Illinois Gaming Board. During testimony last week on the proposed fiscal year 2017 budget for the Illinois Gaming Board, Administrator Mark Ostrowski said that in addition to the 10 licensed casinos, there are more than 5,320 locations operating 22,620 video gaming terminals.

Revenue: $40 million in federal funds could be ‘recaptured’; and more from INN Radio 3/17/2016

Tens of millions of dollars in federal funding for public housing programs in Illinois are in jeopardy because of a missed appropriation. Earlier this month the Department of Revenue presented its budget to a Senate appropriations committee. Charlotte Flickinger, legislative affairs director for the Illinois Housing Development Authority, said because the state hasn’t appropriated its share of funds, up to $40 million dollars in federal funds may have to be returned to the federal government in the next couple of months.

February casino market led by River City & Casino Queen 3/12/2016

Gambling figures for the state released Thursday show revenue rises in the double digits at River City and the Casino Queen, both leading the St. Louis casino market’s strong performance in February.

Georgetown approves liquor license for video-gambling parlor 3/9/2016

Georgetown officials voted 5-3 to approve a liquor license for Lacey's Place, a video-gambling establishment that will serve liquor and food. The new establishment will be located at 201 N. Main St., in the strip mall on the northeast corner of Georgetown's city square. Lacey's Place will be owned by Highland Management Group LLC of Champaign.

Southern Illinois winery bets on gambling expansion 3/8/2016

Cynde Bunch wants to transform Walker’s Bluff in Carterville from a winery and restaurant, to a lodging and entertainment complex that would invest about $178 million back into Southern Illinois.

State Dock Site and Riverboat Gaming Numbers: Harrah’s of Joliet Drops, Hollywood Stays Even 3/7/2016

The Illinois Gaming Board has released the docksite and riverboat casino numbers for the month of February. Des Plaines stayed way out in front by bringing in over 33-point-six million dollars, although that’s three-and-a-quarter below Des Plaines’ total from January. On the other hand, it was an increase of eight-and-a-half from Des Plaines’ total in February of last year.

Trustees consider tax benefits of video gambling in Lincolnwood 3/7/2016

Representatives of a prominent chain of video gambling "cafes" throughout the Chicago area are continuing to press Lincolnwood officials to consider reversing the village's ban on video gambling.

Video gambling cafe chain plans Norridge location 3/7/2016

A corporate-owned chain of video gambling cafes based in the Chicago area is planning a new location in a Norridge strip mall. Since video gambling was made legal last year under a push by Mayor James Chmura to bring in extra revenue for the town, Norridge's video gambling scene has been taking off slowly, with only two local businesses — a sports bar and a German restaurant on Irving Park Road — hosting gaming terminals so far.

Walker's Bluff wants gaming license as part of large investment in the region 3/7/2016

Cynde Bunch wants to transform Walker’s Bluff in Carterville from a winery and restaurant, to a lodging and entertainment complex that would invest about $178 million back into Southern Illinois.

With No Legislation, Illinois Online Lottery Sales Set to Expire This Month 3/7/2016

It looks like this will be the last month that the Illinois Lottery is able to sell online lottery tickets. The state had first legalized the online selling of lottery tickets in March 2012, becoming the first US state lottery to do so. But the legalization had a time limit: three years. Now, on March 25, the pilot program will expire, and state legislators have not yet taken any action to extend it.

Cary declines to expand general video gaming policy 3/6/2016

After an influx of proposals from businesses wanting to add video gaming, the Committee of the Whole declined to change its general policy of only allowing video gaming at businesses where gambling is not the main draw.

Walker's Bluff needs gaming license as part of large investment in the region 3/5/2016

Cynde Bunch wants to transform Walker’s Bluff in Carterville from a winery and restaurant, to a lodging and entertainment complex that would invest about $178 million back into Southern Illinois. The destination resort complex, as referred to by Bunch, would include a 300-room hotel, a multi-purpose convention, conference and entertainment center, four new restaurants, spa facilities, an indoor water park and a casino.

Online lottery sales to expire March 25 as lawmakers don't act 3/4/2016

The temporary program that lets Illinois Lottery players buy tickets online will expire March 25, and lawmakers left Springfield Thursday without extending the four-year tryout. The Illinois Lottery has been selling tickets online since March of 2012 and, beginning in 2014, through a mobile application.

Video gaming revenues continue to grow 2/27/2016

Riverbend communities collected increased revenue from video gaming in 2015, but an addiction counseling organization says the revenue comes with a social cost.

Rochester Lifts Ban On Video Gambling Machines 2/26/2016

A seven year ban has been lifted in Rochester. Business in the area will now be able to have video gambling machines. Walnut Street Winery Owner Loren Shanle has set up a portion of his shop to have five games starting in March. Shanle says business has dropped off in the past year, and he is hoping this will increase foot traffic and also encourage people to stay longer.

Gaming Houses to Boost Lake Forest 2/25/2016

Like many other places in the US, Lake Forest has a thriving Casino life that attracts a vast amount of people. Still, today most people are turning to online casino gambling and this type of wagering experts is predicting can give Lake Forest a boost.

Rochester lifts ban on video gambling terminals 2/24/2016

Video gaming is coming to Rochester after trustees voted to end a ban that was the last remaining in Sangamon County since the state legalized the terminals in 2012. The ban in the community of 3,800 was lifted by unanimous board of trustee votes in December and early this month, including creation of two new types of liquor licenses covering restaurants and wineries, according to village records.

Video gambling popularity rises in DeKalb County 2/18/2016

Cabana Charley’s has closed, but Derick Ibarra hopes to stay in business in the Sycamore community. “Sycamore was just ready for something different,” Ibarra said. “The tolerance for this kind of environment is growing quickly.”

Two new gambling licenses issued 2/16/2016

Two video gambling licenses have been approved by the village, bringing the total number of Norridge businesses with permission to host gambling machines to four. Six video gambling licenses remain available under the local gambling ordinance, which limits the number of bars that can host video gambling at 10.

Cash flowing again from Norridge video gambling machines 2/15/2016

It's been nearly a year since Norridge lifted the village's ban on video gambling. Six months after the first dollar was fed into a slot machine inside a dive bar on Irving Park Road, Norridge has already seen a growing payout from the state. Local officials expect gambling revenue to increase as more bars get licensed this year.

Convenience stores, storefront parlors are gambling hot spots in Springfield 2/14/2016

Convenience stores and storefront gaming parlors accounted for nine of the 10 busiest gambling spots in Springfield and Sangamon County in 2015, according to an annual report from the Illinois Gaming Board. One restaurant, a Godfather's Pizza on South Dirksen Parkway, made the list.

Editorial: Darwin strikes again on gambling 2/14/2016

Well, of course the Par-A-Dice casino has been hurt by competition from video gaming. What goes around, comes around.

Tarter: Challenge of video gambling offers opportunity for Par-A-Dice to grow its offerings 2/13/2016

Par-A-Dice Casino laid off 40 workers last week, citing the impact of the 4,000 video gaming machines scattered across central Illinois. It’s not the first time Par-A-Dice has been faced with a challenge.

Plans for two Carbondale gambling parlors, restaurant move forward with advisory board approval 2/12/2016

Commissioners with the Carbondale Liquor Advisory Board approved three items Thursday night, advancing plans for two gambling parlors and one restaurant.

Video Gambling Creating Issues for Casinos 2/11/2016

An increase in video gambling is leading to job cuts at Illinois’ casinos. Boyd gaming announced close to 40 cuts at the Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria Tuesday.

Peoria's Par-A-Dice casino laying off 40, cites impact of video gaming 2/10/2016

Par-A-Dice Casino announced “across-the-board” layoffs of 40 employees Tuesday, blaming the cuts on the expansion of video gaming in the area. “The layoffs are regrettable, but they’re 100 percent due to the impact of video gaming,” said David Strow, a spokesman for Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming, the company that owns the Par-A-Dice.

Lincolnwood mulls risk, reward of local video gambling 2/9/2016

A corporate-owned chain of video gambling cafes that have been sprouting up in the Chicago area ever since the state legalized gaming more than six years ago has asked the village of Lincolnwood to consider allowing local video gambling.

With legal battle over gambling machine tax ended, casino owes Cook County $3 million 2/9/2016

After the Illinois Supreme Court refused to hear the casino owners' appeal, Cook County now has the green light to collect $3 million in unpaid taxes from Midwest Gaming, owner and operator Rivers Casino in Des Plaines. In addition to an one time payment of $3 million that accounts for the past three years, the county's revenue department expects taxes collected from the casino will ring up roughly $1 million annually. In a separate case, a state appellate panel also upheld Cook County’s right to tax gambling machines.

BGA Public Eye: State OKs gambling malls while ripping ‘backdoor casinos’ 2/7/2016

Illinois’ gaming regulators have railed for months against what one called “backdoor casinos,” saying such commercial strips with multiple video gambling parlors amount to an end-run around state law.

State and Local Casino Numbers Up From December to January 2/5/2016

The Illinois Gaming Board has released the docksite and riverboat casino numbers for the month of January. The new year began with Des Plaines Casino continuing to be way out in front, taking in just over 35 million dollars.

Demo paves way for hotel near Waukegan's proposed casino site 2/4/2016

Demolition of a vacant Jewel-Osco on Lakehurst Road continued Wednesday to clear room for a new Hampton Inn hotel across from Waukegan's proposed location for a casino, a concept that Mayor Wayne Motley says he still feels could become reality.

IL Group Restates Opposition to Rule Changes 1/24/2016

The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Jan. 24 said proposed changes in state racing regulations, as well as another rule that allows racetracks to "recapture" purse money, "threaten to crush" horse racing and breeding in the state.

Illinois Tracks Threaten Collapse of Live Racing 1/24/2016

Illinois tracks are plotting to upend industry regulations fundamental to the integrity and strength of thoroughbred horse racing, threatening to crush what remains of live racing, devastate the breeding industry, and compromise thousands of agribusiness jobs statewide.

New bar, gaming facility proposed 1/24/2016

A new bar and gaming facility could come to DeKalb if city officials approve its bar liquor and supplemental video gaming license Monday. Cynthia Jensen wants to open CJ’s Gaming LLC in a space in the Parkview Business Center at 1406 Sycamore Road. The bar would go in the unit between Ruby’s Asian Market and Flappy’s Pancake House.

Council plans "homework" on casino 1/17/2016

While some are excited for the prospect of a Decatur casino, the Decatur City Council won’t take up the matter just yet. Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe said the council plans to consider the possibility as part of a larger evaluation of gambling in the city, a discussion that is not likely to occur until March or April.

Debtors file to close Balmoral Park for good, sell off assets 1/16/2016

Balmoral Park's debtors want to put the historic racetrack just south of Crete down like a sick horse. Debtors filed a motion Thursday in the Illinois Northern District Bankruptcy Court asking Judge Donald R. Cassling for authority to wind down and cease remaining operations at the 89-year-old horse track, which has hosted legends like Amelia Earhart and Al Capone.

Video gambling is in O’Fallon now, city hasn’t earmarked profits just yet 1/13/2016

Local O’Fallon businesses and organizations are optimistic about the present and future of video gambling, which last year was implemented as an adult entertainment option for residents in town. “It’s going great. We’ve had a consistent flow and we are building our customer base and putting the word out, as well as the coupons,” Matt Shallabarger, owner of O’Fallon St. Clair Bowl since 2004 and Bel-Air Bowl in Belleville.

Flooding hurt Alton Argosy casino 1/11/2016

Among the casualties of flooding last month on the Mississippi River was the Alton Argosy casino, where high water forced the gambling hall to close for several days. As a result, the casino’s revenue plunged by 23 percent in December, Illinois Gaming Board figures show.

The modest beginning of riverboats 1/10/2016

Riverboat casino gambling started as a quaint, Mark Twain-type of experience, but quickly turned into the equivalent of an arms race between the states.

State Supreme Court ruling means casino owes Cook County $3 million 1/4/2016

A recent decision by the Illinois Supreme Court will allow Cook County to collect about $3 million in unpaid taxes from Des Plaines' Rivers Casino. The decision also will allow the county to continue to collect another $1 million in yearly tax revenue from Midwest Gaming, the casino's owner and operator.

Council support sought for casino plan 1/3/2016

A new casino could open in the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel under a proposal that the Decatur City Council will likely hear soon.

Decatur City Council to Consider Casino Proposal Soon 1/3/2016

The Decatur City Council is expected to consider a proposal for the establishment of a small casino at the existing Decatur Conference Center & Hotel anytime soon, local media reported.

Balmoral's final ride 12/27/2015

The future of Balmoral Park is still up in the air after an atmosphere of sadness and nostalgia hung over what presumably was the final night of racing Saturday at the historic Crete horse track.

Lisa Madigan Declares Daily Sports Fantasy Betting Illegal in Illinois 12/27/2015

If you’re an Online fantasy sports contests player you may soon find yourself guilty of breaking the law if you live in the state of Illinois. The Online fantasy sports contests currently offered by FanDuel and DraftKings according to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, “clearly constitute gambling” and are illegal under state law, she stated in an opinion issued earlier this week.

Cook County Wins Slot Machine Tax Fight With Rivers Casino 12/23/2015

The owners of the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines have lost a three-year court battle with Cook County, over a slot machine tax approved by the Cook County Board.

Illinois Attorney General: Daily Fantasy Sports Violate State Law 12/23/2015

Some in the “daily fantasy sports” industry thought Christmas came early this year when, on December 11, 2015, the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court stayed a court order that would have prevented FanDuel and DraftKings from doing business in the state.

Illinois now wants to stop FanDuel, DraftKings from accepting bets in state 12/23/2015

First it was New York. Now the attorney general in Illinois says daily fantasy sports betting is illegal. If it holds, the legal opinion issued Wednesday night would mean that FanDuel and DraftKings will need to stop accepting bets in the state.

Rivers Casino owes county $3 million in unpaid taxes 12/23/2015

A recent Illinois Supreme Court decision will allow Cook County to collect about $3 million in unpaid taxes, as well as generate another $1 million in tax revenue annually from Midwest Gaming, owner and operator of Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, the county said Wednesday in a news release.

Letter: A city-owned Chicago casino is a bad idea 12/19/2015

To the Editor: Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants a city-owned casino in Chicago to help pay for public pensions for police and firefighters.

New bid date for Balmoral Park assets 12/19/2015

The owners of Balmoral Park and Maywood Park race tracks have received bankruptcy court approval to have another run at soliciting bids for the tracks' assets after a recent auction generated just one qualified bid.

Illinois gaming revenue saves East St. Louis from potential payless paydays 12/18/2015

Cash-strapped East St. Louis has received an overdue gift from the state just in time for the holidays: $2.5 million worth of back taxes from the Illinois gaming board. Normally East St. Louis receives a portion of gaming revenue spent at the Casino Queen on a monthly basis. But until Illinois passed a partial budget earlier this month, the state comptroller’s office didn’t have the authority to release the funds.

Hollywood Casino in Joliet experiences year-to-date revenue gains 12/14/2015

While statewide casino revenue continues on the decline, the latest year-to-date figures for 2015 show Hollywood Casino in Joliet is among the few establishments raking in more money this year compared to last.

Balmoral, Maywood track assets to be auctioned 12/10/2015

With no acceptable offers received to keep two Chicago-area harness racing tracks running, the operators of Balmoral Park and Maywood Park will auction off the assets of the tracks Monday.

Huck Finn Restaurant in Oak Lawn wants gambling 12/9/2015

The management of the family-owned Huck Finn restaurant in Oak Lawn will soon offer more than hearty meals to its customers. If things go as planned, five gambling machines will be put into operation in a room that will be added to the restaurant at 10501 Cicero Ave.

Long Grove poised to approve video gambling in the long-run 12/9/2015

A Tuesday vote means video gambling machines will likely become a regular fixture at Long Grove taverns. At the end of a long, contentious discussion during its meeting Tuesday, the Village Board directed its staff to write an ordinance that would make video gambling permanently legal in Long Grove's business districts.

Utica board unsure about more gambling 12/9/2015

At Wednesday night’s Utica Village Board meeting, certain board members expressed concern about bringing more video gaming into the village’s downtown. Kelly Waters, who runs a video gaming parlor along Route 178, just south of U.S. 6, asked the board to grant a special use permit for her to sell alcohol from a 500-square-foot space at 142 Mill St. Waters wanted permission to sell liquor from that site so she could move her parlor to the Mill Street location.

Lottery winners will soon get paid 12/8/2015

Illinois lottery winners will soon get to cash in. The state's lottery received one billion dollars from a spending bill that was signed by Governor Rauner on Monday. Since July, several winners have not received their prize due to the budget impasse.

Long Grove expected to make final decision on video gambling 12/7/2015

Every month, her profit has gone up. But this week, it might fall to zero. Mary Ann Ullrich, who owns Long Grove's Village Tavern with her husband Chip, said that for the past year and a half, video gambling has brought her restaurant more money with each month. And she said it hasn't caused a single fight or burglary.

Lottery winners put on hold will get their money 12/7/2015

Since July 1, some Illinois Lottery winners experienced payment delays, as the Lottery has not had the legal authority to disburse winnings because of the budget impasse in Springfield. The bulk of the new spending is money collected in specialized accounts that are earmarked for particular purposes, though the plan also calls for tapping into about $28 million from the state's primary checking account.

Payouts long halted, House bill OKs $1 billion for Illinois lottery 12/7/2015

A package that will allocate special funds totaling more than $3 billion to help communities maintain 911 telephone systems and pay for snow removal was approved by Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday.

Letter: A casino will not solve pension problems 12/5/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants a city-owned casino in Chicago to help pay for public pensions for police and firefighters. While the idea might sound good on paper, Forbes published an article counting the ways a city-owned Chicago casino is a very bad idea.

Anti-gambling residents sue Mundelein over botched truck stop zoning 12/3/2015

In an attempt to prevent video gambling at the Graham's Countryside BP gas station, a group of local residents have sued Mundelein over its procedure during land annexation and zoning and are threatening another lawsuit alleging the village enabled land covenants to be violated.

House OKs money for cities, lottery 12/2/2015

Illinois lawmakers put another patch on the state's stopgap spending plan Wednesday, approving a package that will funnel more than $3 billion in special funds to help communities pay for snow removal and keep 911 telephone systems from closing.

Rauner, Democrats strike deal on lottery payouts, gas tax money for towns 12/2/2015

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Democrats on Wednesday struck a rare agreement, compromising on a plan to release more than $3.1 billion to pay Illinois Lottery winners and help cities and towns operate 911 centers, plow roads and train firefighters.

Lack of Illinois Lottery payouts sending gamblers out of state 11/24/2015

Since the Illinois Lottery announced in August that the ongoing budget impasse would no longer allow them to immediately pay winners of more than $600 dollars, gamblers have begun looking elsewhere. Ticket sales hit a two-year low in October. But it's gas stations and convenience stores in border towns like Moline and Rock Island that really suffer when a short trip over the I-74 bridge will get you a ticket for the Iowa Lottery.

Mahomet approves video gambling 11/24/2015

Mahomet is opening its doors to video gaming machines. That was the only Champaign County town that didn't allow it. The Mahomet village board approved it tonight. Leaders say it was a business decision. The issue divided the town ever since it was banned in 2009. And that was just two years after Mahomet lifted a ban on alcohol. Leaders say their community takes change very seriously, tonight's decision being no exception.

4 state fines for underage gambling -- all in Mundelein 11/21/2015

In more than three years that video gambling machines have operated in Illinois bars and restaurants, four locations have been fined by the state Gaming Board for letting underage people place bets.

Illinois' decreased lottery ticket sales impact small businesses in border communities 11/20/2015

Since announcing in August that prizes over $600 would not be paid immediately due to state budget problems, the Illinois lottery has seen a significant decrease in ticket sales. But lottery ticket sales aren't the only thing suffering.

Mundelein gambling fines raise statewide questions 11/20/2015

In more than three years that video gambling machines have operated in Illinois bars and restaurants, four locations have been fined by the state Gaming Board for letting underage people place bets. All four are in Mundelein. This month, the Gaming Board assessed large fines to a Mundelein bar and bowling alley following a sting by local police.

Oswego tweaks video gambling license process 11/20/2015

The Oswego Village Board will oversee future video gambling licenses similar to how new liquor licenses are issued. Village trustees recently amended the village code to ensure they will fully authorize approval of video gambling licenses when liquor licenses are administered, subsequent to a review process.

Rahm Emanuel Rolls The Dice On A Government-Owned Casino In Chicago 11/20/2015

There is a reason doctors are so concerned about the dosage of the medications they prescribe. Counterintuitively, it is not the case that by prescribing double the dose you get double the health benefits. In fact, double a dose that is beneficial to a patient may in fact be fatal.

Alderman Wants To Open Chicago’s Doors To Video Gambling, But Mayor Says No 11/19/2015

A freshman Chicago alderman has offered a new proposal to allow video gambling throughout much of the city, but its chances for passage appear limited.

Mahomet board hears both sides in debate on gambling 11/19/2015

Residents on both sides of the gambling issue expressed their opinions at the Mahomet village board's study session, ahead of a possible vote next week. Video gambling has been illegal in Mahomet since 2009, though there are already places in town where it's available.

Rookie alderman wants video gaming; mayor gives thumbs-down 11/18/2015

One month after voting to raise property taxes by a record $588 million, a rookie alderman on Wednesday forged ahead with a plan to minimize pain for Chicago homeowners — by authorizing video gaming–only to be shot down by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel is dead-set against the idea of saturated gambling with video machines in scores of neighborhood bars.

Clark, Champaign overall casino revenue falls 11/14/2015

Clark and Champaign counties have seen their casino revenue shrink this year. Clark County’s casino revenue fell to $1.5 million this year, nearly 4 percent less than in 2014. Administrator Nathan Kennedy estimated the county would receive about $1.5 million this year, and he anticipates the county will continue to see a decline in casino revenue in 2016.

Rivers Casino and OKRP Chicago let in-the-know limo drivers do all the talking in new ads 11/12/2015

Lots of personality is fast becoming a trademark of the creative output at Chicago boutique ad agency O'Keefe Reinhard & Paul. After a hugely energetic and joyous holiday effort for Big Lots earlier this month, OKRP is just now introducing a new campaign for Rivers Casino in suburban Des Planes, not far from O'Hare International Airport.

Illinois Lottery’s failure to pay draws other states into lawsuit 11/11/2015

The ongoing impasse over the Illinois state budget has roped in dozens of other states’ lotteries into a lawsuit filed against the Illinois Lottery over its failure to pay its winners. An attorney representing lottery winners who have not been paid has asked a federal judge to bar 38 other state lotteries — and the association that oversees the management of interstate games like Powerball and Mega Millions — from sending the Illinois Lottery any of the money they may owe to Illinois winners of those games.

House agrees to pay suburbs and lottery winners, but no money coming yet 11/10/2015

Republicans and Democrats made a rare joint effort to send some long-awaited state money to mayors and Illinois Lottery winners who have been begging for it. But the money might not be coming soon.

Illinois House passes bill for gas tax and lottery winnings 11/10/2015

The Illinois House passed a bill to pay out lottery winnings, gambling proceeds and gas tax money. There were 115 “yes” votes, and now has to be approved by the senate. Governor Bruce Rauner sent a memo to lawmakers earlier Tuesday saying he supports the bill to disburse tax dollars tax dollars already collected to local government and lottery winners.

Rep. Jones launches effort to keep Balmoral, Maywood open 11/10/2015

State Rep. Thaddeus Jones, D-Calumet City, is sponsoring legislation in the Illinois House to prevent the closing of Balmoral Park and Maywood Park racetracks at the end of the year. Jones, whose district includes Crete, where Balmoral Park is located, admitted to me that his effort is a long shot, "but the only we hope we have right now of keeping Balmoral Park open next year so that it might attract a buyer."

Lawsuit by unpaid Illinois lottery winners pulls in other states 11/9/2015

Multi-state lottery groups pushed back on Monday against a move by lottery winners in Illinois to drag dozens of states into a lawsuit against the Illinois Lottery's suspension of payments. Illinois has halted payments on winnings of $600 or more due to the state's ongoing budget impasse.

Illinois Lawmakers Propose Bill for Lottery Funding 11/8/2015

The state of Illinois is still working without a budget which is causing lottery workers to accept IOU's. But statehouse Democrats are trying to change that.

Illinois Lottery Woes Mean Good Business For Hoosier Lotto Retailers 11/6/2015

The state of Illinois recently released a statement saying any large lottery payouts would be delayed because of the state’s ongoing financial issues -- Good news for the Hoosier Lottery and their retailers. Back in July, Illinois capped lottery payouts at 25,000.

Quad City Downs to auction off items over the weekend 11/6/2015

It's time to clear house at the Quad City Downs. Everything from farm machinery to kitchen supplies to memorabilia will be auctioned off this weekend. The Quad City Downs was a booming business in the 80's and 90's, until riverboat gambling took attention and money away from the racetrack.

Riverboat Gaming: Des Plaines Becomes Even More Dominant 11/6/2015

The Illinois Gaming Board has released riverboat casino numbers for the month of October. Des Plaines remains number one, even more dominant than before, after having brought in just over 38-point-three million dollars in October, for a gain of 21 percent from the month of September.

Guest View: Video gambling is the new 'crack cocaine' 11/4/2015

The U.S. National Gambling Impact Study Commission highlighted in its final report that electronic gambling machines (EGMs) constituted the new “crack cocaine” for addicting gamblers.

Horse racing falls victim to casinos, video gambling, politicians 10/30/2015

Sondra Brown had a way of life. Her way of life was with the horses at Balmoral Park. "All my life that's what I've done, work with the horses here," she told me the other day. "It's all I ever wanted to do, ever since I was a little girl. And now it's ending and I don't know how to deal with it."

Oak Forest getting its 1st video gambling café 10/30/2015

The Oak Forest City Council has approved a liquor license for the city's first video gambling cafe. The license was granted this week to the owners of Katie's, 4100 W. 167th St. Under Illinois law, a liquor license is required to offer video gambling.

Casino towns plan budgets as gambling tax revenue withheld 10/28/2015

Casino towns outside Chicago are feeling the sting of a lack of a state budget because they're not receiving their share of gambling tax revenues. The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports Elgin, Aurora and Des Plaines are putting together budgets that begin Jan. 1. The cities' share of casino revenue helps fund road projects, economic development and social services.

Bill would allow but regulate fantasy sports games 10/27/2015

An Illinois lawmaker wants to continue to allow people to put their money toward online fantasy sports contests if they wish, but he says pay-to-play fantasy sports need oversight.

Gambling gives boost to youth sports in Crestwood 10/27/2015

Money being fed into video gambling machines in Crestwood will, starting next year, be used to help offset the cost to residents who want their kids to play village-organized sports such as baseball, football and soccer.

Newly renovated, Argosy up for new license 10/27/2015

One month after becoming Argosy Casino’s general manager, Joelle Shearin was telling the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) of the facility’s history and benefit to the city of Alton for its license renewal. During the IGB’s Sept. 21-22 session in Chicago, Shearin showed a video as part of Penn National Gaming Co.’s request for a license renewal for the Alton gaming boat, which gaming companies must do every four years.

States surrounding Illinois ready for lottery business 10/26/2015

Even buying lottery tickets in Illinois is losing its charm. With Illinois delaying payouts of more than $600 because of its budget mess, neighboring states are salivating at the chance to boost their own lottery sales. Businesses near borders, particularly in Indiana, Kentucky and Iowa, say they’ve already noticed a difference.

Suburbs with casinos feel extra pinch from state budget crisis 10/26/2015

How do you tackle planning a city budget without millions owed in casino money? With a lot of uncertainty. The state’s budget impasse is affecting municipalities across Illinois, which have been dipping into reserves in the absence of motor fuel taxes and emergency telephone system funds since July 1.

How the Illinois budget crisis is affecting suburban casino towns 10/25/2015

How do you tackle planning a city budget without millions owed in casino money? With a lot of uncertainty. The state's budget impasse is affecting municipalities across Illinois, which have been dipping into reserves in the absence of motor fuel taxes and emergency telephone system funds since July 1.

Illinois budget crisis could become local crisis, too 10/24/2015

The solution to the state budget crisis could determine whether cities, counties and townships ever see their shares of gasoline and gambling taxes again.

Casino mall sues Illinois gaming board 10/22/2015

A developer of a proposed casino mall in Hometown has filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Gaming Board claiming it exceeded its legal authority and violated the Illinois Open Meetings Act in denying video gambling licenses to businesses in the strip mall. The lawsuit also contends that the gaming board was influenced by lobbying campaigns launched by the casino industry and an organization representing other video gambling parlors in an effort to prevent a new form of competition.

Give lottery winners their money, Democrats says 10/20/2015

A Democratic effort to start sending towns some of the gambling and gas taxes they're owed by the state made some headway today, but not enough to immediately help mayors.

St. Charles legalizes video gambling, with an asterisk 10/20/2015

The final vote to legalize video gambling in St. Charles Monday night came packaged with red faces, threats and emotional speeches. Having heard community input on the topic ever since it was revived in July, aldermen and Mayor Ray Rogina moved directly to action, reserving public comment for after the vote.

Illinois lottery players crossing border to play in other states 10/19/2015

Randall Lobello of Bensenville said he still plans to buy lottery tickets, despite the Illinois Lottery's announcement Wednesday that even more winners will be getting IOUs. He'll just play in another state, one where winnings would be paid out immediately.

State owes suburbs millions in gambling taxes 10/19/2015

Illinois gamblers lost more than $227 million to machines at bars, restaurants and gas stations in the first 90 days of the state budget impasse, but local governments have received none of the $11.3 million tax share they're owed, state records show.

Illinois Lottery delays payment of all winnings over $600 10/15/2015

People who win more than $600 in the Illinois Lottery won't get their money right away because of the ongoing state budget impasse, as officials said Thursday that the agency coffers had run out of money. Last month, the Illinois comptroller's office said that without a budget for the July 1 fiscal year, the office didn't have the authority to write checks of more than $25,000 and payments would be delayed.

Casino Group Interested In Decatur 10/14/2015

Decatur may be the latest to enter the sweepstakes to obtain a casino license. Decatur hotel operator Steve Horve tells WAND News a group is interested in operating a casino in the city. A location has not been selected but Horve tells us the Decatur Conference Center can accommodate a casino.

Decatur named as possible casino site 10/14/2015

A casino company has been scouting out Illinois for a new location. Decatur is on the that list and people say they've got what it takes. The Decatur Conference Center's operator says they could take on the job. They've got the space, hotel rooms, and drive to keep things running.

Elmhurst committee split on video gambling 10/14/2015

Those on both sides of the video gambling issue left Tuesday's meeting of the Public Affairs and Safety Committee disappointed, as committee members failed to reach a consensus on the issue, throwing the matter to the full City Council for debate. That is expected to happen at the council meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2 at City Hall, 209 N. York St.

OP/ED: Illinois, and Decatur, should welcome more gambling business 10/13/2015

Recently there have been newspaper articles which suggest that prospective legislation to expand “riverboat gambling” could include Decatur, among other cities. In an editorial dated Sept. 22, the Herald & Review cautioned in its headlines that, “Gambling may not be the solution.” The editorial said, “The state needs to understand that a saturated industry may not be able to increase revenues.” It further said, “In fact, state revenues from all gambling forms are shrinking.”

Jim Dey: Odds against big increases in gambling revenue 10/11/2015

Betting on increased gambling revenues as part of a solution to Illinois' fiscal woes has become a dangerous proposition. An exhaustive study — "Wagering in Illinois" — by a state legislative commission concludes that dramatic increases in the availability of gambling opportunities, principally through video gambling, have not produced dramatic increases in tax revenues.

State money grab is latest twist in decline of Joliet gambling taxes 10/10/2015

Joliet already was grappling with declining gambling taxes, when things got worse in July: The city stopped getting any money from that source. The state is holding onto the local share of taxes, another maneuver in the high-stakes game of Illinois budget impasse politics, and another signal the future of gaming revenue can be a gamble for local government.

Gambling a Common Theme in Corruption Cases 10/9/2015

A clue to former Chicago Public Schools boss Barbara Byrd-Bennett's reason for scheming may be found in her indictment. "I have tuition to pay and casinos to visit," she said in an email to Gary Solomon, former CEO of SUPES Academy, which allegedly funnelled more than $100,000 to her in exchange for help in winning no-bid contracts.

How St. Charles went from 'no' to 'yes' on video gambling 10/7/2015

St. Charles will be the next local community to legalize video gambling. The reasons are more about what city officials fear losing than what may be gained. A preliminary vote by aldermen Monday night showed a 5-5 split on the idea of lifting the city's ban on video gambling. That alone was a major change from just last year, when aldermen said they didn't even want to discuss it.

Video slot machines spin through some suburbs 10/6/2015

Video gambling is alive and well in the western suburbs. Darien had seven places with video gambling licenses, Oakbrook Terrace had nine and Countryside had 17 as of the end of August. For the businesses that installed video poker and slot machines, the gambling has brought in additional revenue.

St. Charles on verge of legalizing video gambling 10/5/2015

By the end of the debate on legalizing video gambling in St. Charles Monday night, it was clear aldermen would make new enemies out of at least one major group of their constituents no matter what they decided.

Don’t bet on more gambling dollars 10/4/2015

Making a buck in the Illinois gambling industry is becoming a tougher bet. According to a new report from the General Assembly, taxes generated from all wagering decreased by almost 6 percent in the past fiscal year that ended June 30.

Mundelein annexes gas station, owner pushes forward with video gaming application 10/4/2015

The Mundelein Village Board's decision to annex land occupied by the Graham's Countryside BP gas station at Midlothian Road and Route 60/83 may lead to more tax dollars for Mundelein, but will also expand video gambling if its owner gets gambling machines by the end of this year, as planned.

Palos Hills rejects video gambling cafes 10/4/2015

Video gambling cafes won't be coming to Palos Hills anytime soon, after a narrow majority of aldermen said they believed the establishments would be bad for the city.

Southern View village president steps down as liquor commissioner to own gambling parlor 10/4/2015

Southern View Village President Nora Petrosky could soon be an owner of a gambling establishment in her own community. Petrosky, her husband, Gary, and daughter Susan have formed a company and plan to open a video gambling parlor tentatively named The Sixth Room in a strip mall under construction.

Historic Balmoral Park to close next year 10/3/2015

Historic Balmoral Park in Crete, which has hosted horse racing since 1926 when it opened as Lincoln Fields, will be forced to close next year due to a decision by the Illinois Racing Board to award harness racing dates only to Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero.

Maywood Park track ends harness racing, Balmoral next 10/2/2015

Maywood Park, which inaugurated betting on harness racing in Illinois in 1946, seems destined to have run its final race Friday. Harness racing, meanwhile, at Balmoral Park in Crete will come to a close at the end of the year.

Legislative report finds gambling at a slowdown in Illinois 9/29/2015

Gambling is going through slow times in Illinois, with state taxes for all forms of gambling falling by nearly 6 percent this year despite growth in the video sector, according to a new report from the Illinois Legislature.

Legislative report finds gambling at a slowdown in Illinois, despite video gains 9/27/2015

Gambling is going through slow times in Illinois, with state taxes for all forms of gambling falling by nearly 6 percent this year despite growth in the video sector, according to a new report from the Illinois Legislature.

Geneseo says ‘no’ to gambling 9/25/2015

Video gambling machines won’t be found in Geneseo bars or gas stations. At the Tuesday, Sept. 22 committee of the whole meeting, aldermen voted against forwarding a proposal to allow video gaming to the October city council meeting.

Two Mundelein bars fined in underage video gambling violations 9/25/2015

The Illinois Gaming Board voted Sept. 21 to fine two Mundelein businesses $25,000 after allegations that they violated the Illinois Video Gaming Act. The only charge made public so far involves the businesses letting underage patrons use the machines, and one official says this is the first time the state is punishing businesses for that reason.

Gaming Board Rejects Video Gambling At Hometown Strip Mall 9/24/2015

The mayor of a small southwestern suburb is unhappy with a decision by the Illinois Gaming Board to reject the suburb’s proposal for a video gambling mall. Hometown Mayor Kevin Casey said the plan was to put nine separately-owned video gambling cafés or parlors in a little-used mall at 87th and Southwest Highway.

BLOG: Kadner’s dogged determination kills casino mall 9/23/2015

A developer is apparently hoping to launch a unique concept, a sort of casino mall, in strip malls in Crestwood and Hometown. The idea would be to lease storefronts to multiple owners of gambling cafes, with up to five video machines in each, to create more opportunities for patrons to gamble and to generate more foot traffic.

Horse Races At Chicago’s Bankrupt Maywood Park Face Cancellation 9/23/2015

An advocacy group within Illinois’s horse-racing industry is fighting to save live racing at the financially struggling Maywood Park track for the rest of the year.

Illinois Gaming Board rejects licenses for 'casino mall' concept in small town outside Chicago 9/23/2015

Plans to refurbish a half-empty strip mall outside Chicago into multiple video gambling cafes have been rejected by Illinois Gaming Board members who questioned it as an attempt to skirt state regulations and create a "back-door casino."

Illinois Gaming Board rejects video licenses for strip mall 9/23/2015

The Illinois Gaming Board has rejected video license applications for operators who'd envisioned opening several businesses in a half-vacant strip mall outside Chicago.

State gaming board slams door on casino malls 9/22/2015

Illinois Gaming Board members attempted to shut down the development of "casino malls" on Tuesday, voting unanimously to reject the video license applications of three operators who hoped to open in a Hometown strip mall.

Riverboat revenues continue to fall 9/20/2015

Thus far, the risk hasn’t justified the reward regarding video gaming in Illinois. Video gaming terminals have been siphoning business away from Illinois riverboats since they were first legally installed in 2012, and in 2015, state revenue from video gaming weren’t enough to offset the losses in the lottery and at casinos, riverboats and horse racing tracks.

Illinois' gambling revenues shrinking 9/19/2015

Some state lawmakers have long looked at gaming expansion as a relatively pain-free way for Illinois to raise millions of dollars in new revenue.

Rauner jettisons lottery manager Northstar 9/19/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office says it has reached an agreement to terminate the contract of Northstar Lottery Group, the private company whose management of the Illinois Lottery has been under intense fire for years.

Video gaming vote concerns St. Charles business owners 9/19/2015

Some St. Charles business owners want their voices heard as city leaders prepare to vote on video gaming. The group – which includes representation from Alley 64, Á Saluté Lounge and Grill, and The Finery and Blacksmith Bar – was particularly frustrated by how swiftly the Government Operations Committee voted against the proposed ordinance.

OP/ED: Illinois' sorry addition to gambling 9/18/2015

When it comes to gambling, the State of Illinois acts like an addict constantly searching for the thrill of a victory, incapable of rational thought, and always in need of more cash.

'Jackpot' results for Illinois’ video gaming 9/17/2015

Three years ago, the first video gaming machines popped up in Illinois bars, restaurants, and truck stops. You could say the business has hit the jackpot since. Gamblers need not be near one of Illinois' ten casinos to play the slots. There are some 20,730 stand-alone video poker machines scattered throughout the state.

Kadner: Gaming czar 'inclined to oppose backdoor casinos' 9/17/2015

Video gambling malls proposed for Hometown and Crestwood are "backdoor casinos," according to the chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board, who said he's "inclined to oppose them." Chairman Don Tracy made those statements at an August hearing of the board after the mayor of Hometown and a developer behind the concept of the casino mall in the suburb urged the board to approve license applications for three casino cafes in a strip mall that could eventually host as many as nine such businesses.

Video Gambling Hits The Jackpot; But Attempt To Stall Video Poker Malls 9/17/2015

Three years ago, the first video gaming machines popped up in Illinois bars, restaurants, and truck stops. You could say the business has hit the jackpot since.

Rita tries to stop casino malls in Southland 9/15/2015

State Rep. Robert Rita, D-Blue Island, is trying to enlist the help of the Illinois Gaming Board to stop the development of "casino malls," but the first two video gambling malls in the state are rapidly moving forward in Crestwood and Hometown.

Illinois Lottery Suspends Payouts Until State Lawmakers Settle Budget Stalemate 9/14/2015

People who have hopes of winning a big lottery prize will have to put their dreams on hold in Illinois. The Governor and Illinois lawmakers can't come to terms over a state budget and until they do, lottery prizes over $25,000 will be delayed. Lottery winners aren't too happy, and some have filed a class action lawsuit against the state.

Joliet casinos and others statewide experience revenue dip 9/14/2015

Revenue at Harrah’s Casino in Joliet dropped by nearly 14 percent in August, signifying the largest year-to-year drop statewide. Harrah’s Casino brought in $15.4 million in August, down 13.7 percent from the $17.8 million in August 2014, according to the latest figures from the Illinois Gaming Board.

St. Charles council inclined to keep banning video gambling 9/9/2015

St. Charles aldermen are recommending the city keep prohibiting video gambling. The city council -- meeting as its government operations committee -- voted 6-3 Tuesday night to deny a proposal to reverse the ban.

Suit seeks to force Illinois Lottery to pay big winners 9/9/2015

Two Illinois Lottery winners, including a Homer Glen resident, on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit against the lottery for stopping payouts of cash prizes because the legislature and governor have failed to agree on a 2015-16 state budget.

Riverboat Casino Gaming Numbers Down Across the Board; Both Monthly and Yearly 9/8/2015

The Illinois Gaming Board has released riverboat casino numbers for the month of August; with all of the numbers, short term and long term, having gone down. Des Plaines continues to be on top, having pulled in over 32-point-eight million dollars last month. However, that shows a 14-and-a-half percent drop from July to August for Des Plaines, and a seven-point-seven drop from August of last year.

Guilt-by-marriage? Video gambling applicant claims Illinois Gaming Board blackballed her because of spouse’s suit against Board 9/4/2015

A West Chicago woman has sued the Illinois Gaming Board, claiming the board improperly turned down her applications last spring for four video gaming licenses for planned establishments in suburban Chicago, in retaliation for a lawsuit her husband had brought against the Board over sweepstakes machines.

A fresh revenue stream for mental health? Chicago casino, nonprofit says 9/2/2015

If Chicago ever gets a casino, a health care nonprofit wants a slice of the income to fund mental health services. Given the health risks involved in gambling, such as depression and alcoholism, income from a casino could be a fresh revenue stream and signal a more robust commitment to fund mental health, Health & Disability Advocates argues in a new report. (You can read it at the end of this story.)

Illinois' Biggest Casino Hit With $2 Million Fine 9/2/2015

Illinois’ biggest and most popular casino has been hit with a $2 million fine, and two of its officers have been ordered suspended, after a complaint from the Illinois Gaming Board lambasted the casino’s parent company for failure to follow internal procedures in hiring a security and maintenance vendor, and for lax control over gaming promotions.