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Illinois Casinos | Updates 2021

Illinois casinos will be licensed to operate in six cities under legislatioin passed in 2019.. There are currently ten riverboat casinos and no Native American casinos in the state.

New Illinois Casinos in 2021-2022

The Rebuild Illinois Law enacted in June 2019 authorizes six new casinos to be built in the following cities:

  1. Chicago

  2. Danville (Golden Nugget Danville)

  3. Rockford (Hard Rock Casino Rockford)

  4. South Suburbs

  5. Walker's Bluff (Walker's Bluff Casino Resort)

  6. Waukegan

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News Rockford's Hard Rock Casino will open temporary casino in October July 30, 2021 - The Hard Rock casino project in Rockford, Illinois will open a temporary slots casino in October 2021 to operate during the construction a permanent facility. The date was ... Read more News Hard Rock Casino Rockford advances with key IGB approvals July 18, 2021 - Hard Rock Casino Rockford made a major advance this week in its long approval process with the Illinois Gaming Board. The board approved the list of owners, executives, managers and assoc ... Read more News Hard Rock Casino Rockford gets OK for temp casino June 28, 2021 - The Illinois Gaming Board has approved construction of a temporary Hard Rock Casino in Rockford inside the former Giovanni's Restaurant and Convention Center. The temporary casino ... Read more News Hard Rock Casino Rockford takes major steps forward June 14, 2021 - The Hard Rock Casino Rockford project took several major steps forward in last week's Illinois Gaming Board meeting. The Board approved a list of casino executives and investors and issued a ... Read more News Walker's Bluff Casino Resort granted 'preliminary license' June 13, 2021 - Walker's Bluff owner Cynde Bunch announced this week, "We were granted a 'preliminary license to proceed'! Today we celebrate. Tomorrow at daylight we ride through a new set" ... Read more News Tribes are devastated after one year of COVID-19 March 18, 2021 - As the Covid-19 pandemic began spreading across our nation last year, its impact became the most deadly in our tribal communities. Tribal economies also collapsed as casinos were shut down ... Read more Headlines continued...
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Massive Illinois Gambling Expansion

June 29, 2019

When Gov. Pritzker sign the Rebuild Illinois Act into law June 29, 2019, a massive gambling expansion was launched in Illinois.

The law legalizes sports betting, authorizes six new land-based casinos, authorizes casino gambling at all three horse tracks and two future tracks, allows 7,000 video gambling machines at locations across the state, and adds 5,000 sports betting kiosks at retail locations with lottery kiosks.

For details, see our news article below, Illinois Authorizes Sports Betting & Six New Casinos

Illinois Riverboat Casinos

In February 1990 Illinois became the second state in the nation to legalize riverboat gambling when the state legislature enacted the Riverboat Gambling Act authorizing the Illinois Gaming Board to issue up to ten casino licenses.

You must be 21 years of age to enter the gambling areas of an Illinois casino.

The Riverboat Gambling Act requires that all casino wagering must use tokens, chips or electronic cards. No cash. Each casino is authorized up to operate 1,200 gaming positions. Casinos may have two vessels at one docksite, but cannot have more than 1,200 gaming positions between both vessels.

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Illinois Casino List by City


Argosy Casino Alton
1 Piasa Street
Alton, IL 62002-6232
(618) 474-7400
(800) 711-4263

Casino Queen and Hotel
200 South Front Street
East Saint Louis, IL 6220
(618) 874-5000
(800) 777-0777

Grand Victoria Casino Elgin
250 South Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120
847-888-1000
(888) 508-1900

Harrah's Joliet Casino and Hotel
151 N. Joliet St.
Joliet, IL 60432
(815) 740-7800
(800) 427-7247

Harrah's Metropolis Casino
100 East Front Street
Metropolis, IL 62960
(618) 524-2628
(800) 935-1111

Hollywood Casino Aurora
1 New York Street Bridge
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 801-7000
(800) 888-7777

Hollywood Casino Joliet
(Formally Empress Casino)
2300 Empress Drive
Joliet, IL 60436
(815) 744-9400
(888) 436-7737
(888) 4-EMPRESS

Jumer's Casino and Hotel
18th St.- Mississippi Riverfront
Rock Island, IL 61201
(800) 477-7747

Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino
21 Blackjack Blvd
East Peoria, IL 61611-2010
800-PAR-ADIC

Rivers Casino
3000 S. River Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60018
888-307-0777


ALTON
Argosy Casino Alton
1 Piasa Street
Alton, IL 62002-6232
(618) 474-7400
(800) 711-4263

AURORA
Hollywood Casino Aurora
1 New York Street Bridge
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 801-7000
(800) 888-7777

DES PLAINES
Rivers Casino
3000 S. River Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60018
888-307-0777

EAST PEORIA
Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino
21 Blackjack Blvd
East Peoria, IL 61611-2010
800-PAR-ADIC

EAST SAINT LOUIS
Casino Queen and Hotel
200 South Front Street
East Saint Louis, IL 6220
(618) 874-5000
(800) 777-0777

ELGIN
Grand Victoria Casino Elgin
250 South Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120
847-888-1000
(888) 508-1900

JOLIET
Harrah's Joliet Casino and Hotel
151 N. Joliet St.
Joliet, IL 60432
(815) 740-7800
(800) 427-7247

Hollywood Casino Joliet
(Formally Empress Casino)
2300 Empress Drive
Joliet, IL 60436
(815) 744-9400
(888) 436-7737
(888) 4-EMPRESS

METROPOLIS
Harrah's Metropolis Casino
100 East Front Street
Metropolis, IL 62960
(618) 524-2628
(800) 935-1111

ROCK ISLAND
Jumer's Casino and Hotel
18th St.- Mississippi Riverfront
Rock Island, IL 61201
(800) 477-7747

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Five tribes propose building commercial casinos in Illinois

October 25, 2019

Illinois has authorized six new casinos to be licensed and built under the Rebuild Illinois Act signed into law by Gov. Pritzker on June 29, 2019. The six locations for these new casinos are Chicago, Danvillle, Rockford, South Suburbs, Walker's Bluff and Waukegan.

Casino applicants have submitted proposals to local governments for review and approval. All approved proposals will be forwarded this week to the Illinois Gaming Board for final approval and licensing. The Board may take up to one year to complete the process.

Among the many casino applicants are five Native American tribes which all own successful casino operations in other states. In Illinois they are seeking to build state-licensed commercial casinos rather than federally authorized Indian gaming casinos.

These are the tribes that have submitted casino proposals:

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has proposed a $300 million casino hotel in Matteson Village, a south suburb of Chicago. (See story)

Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin has proposed building a $300 million commercial casino and hotel on land it owns in Lynwood, Illinois, south of Chicago. (See story)

Seminole Tribe of Florida owns Hard Rock International, which has been approved by the Rockford City Council to build a $310 million casino hotel. (See story)

Potawatomi of Forest County, Wisconsin, has proposed building a casino in the City of Waukegan, Illinnois. (See story)

Poarch Creek Indians of Alabama, and owners of Wind Creek Hospitality has proposed building a $275 million casino about 26 miles south of Chicago in the communities of East Hazel Crest and Homewood. (See story)

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Illinois Authorizes Sports Betting & Six New Casinos

June 29, 2019

Courtesy of State Journal Register

Gambling has been greatly expanded in Illinois after a $45B infrastructure plan was signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker yesterday.

The new law named "Rebuild Illinois" is designed to create 540,000 new jobs from state-financed construction projects for transportation, education, high-speed internet, healthcare and the environment.

The Rebuild Illinois Law will be paid for by new revenues from expanded gambling, a 19-cents hike in the state gasoline tax, and $1 more tax on a pack of cigarettes.

The new revenues from gambling will come from legalization of sports betting and licensing fees and tax revenues from six new casinos.

SPORTS BETTING

Illinois Gaming Board will licensee and regulate all sports betting within the state. The type of license and its rules for operation will be based on the business of the applicant. Upon licensing all successful applicant may immediately operate their sports book online.

Licenses for "brick and mortar" businesses will be issued to all qualified casinos, racinos and sports venues with over 17,000 spectator seats.

All wagering accounts must be set up at a licensed sport book facility during the first 18 months.

Three online licenses will be issued to web operators. The first will be issued after 18 months of brick and mortar operation.

The Illinois Lottery will install and operate sports betting terminals at retail locations with lottery kiosks. There will be 2,500 lottery sports betting terminals in the first year and another 2,5000 terminals added in the second year.

The state has prohibited betting on Illinois college teams.

NEW CASINOS

Under the new law the total number of state-sponsored gambling positions is increased by 36,000 on top of the existing 44,000. These "gambling positions" are defined as seats to place a bet. New casinos will be allowed up to 2,000 positions.

The Illinois Gaming Board will issue gaming licenses to six new casinos. Each will be a privately-owned, land-based casino regulated by the gaming board.

A maximum number of gambling positions is specified under this law for each of the six new casinos:

  1. Chicago
    Maximum 4,000 gambling positions

  2. Danville
    Maximum 2,000 gambling positions

  3. Rockford
    Maximum 2,000 gambling positions

  4. South Suburbs
    Maximum 2,000 gambling positions

  5. Walker's Bluff
    Maximum 1,200 gambling positions

  6. Waukegan
    Maximum 2,000 gambling positions

RACINOS (Racetrack Casinos)

The three Illinois horsetracks will be licensed to add casino games. Two new racinos are allowed under the new law. The number of live racing dates will be increased at each track.

VIDEO GAMING MACHINES

The Illinois Gaming Board will license up to 7,000 video gambling machines at independent locations across the state. The maximum number of terminals is 5 per location. Bets are limited to $2 to $4.

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Illinois lawmakers consider adding 6 new casinos

May 28, 2018

Possibly six new casinos could be developed in the state if a proposed gaming expansion measure is approved by Illinois lawmakers. On Monday the measure will be discussed by the Illinois House Executive Committee.

It is expected that the proposed measure will receive approval to move forward. The measure would allow for two horse racing tracks to be converted into a casino. One of the race tracks is located in Arlinton.

One concern over the proposal has to do with Rivers Casino. Rivers Casino currently pays the state and host city Des Plains nearly $10 million yearly from tax revenue. Provisions are being requested that would help protect the yearly tax amount that Des Plains receives. The money paid to the casino host city goes towards infrastructure, road maintance, and sidewalk repair.

In 2011 Rivers Casino opened. In order to receive the gaming license for the casino, there was an agreement made that for the next 30 years a payment of $10 million would be made to the state. Of the remaining revenue, 40% would be paid to the 10 nearby communities. However, if there are more casinos added to the state the chance of revenue earned at Rivers Casino will most likely go down.

Locations for the other casinos has not been decided. Proposals have been made for Danville, Carbondale, Chicago, Rockford, and Waukegan. The Chicago location would be located in a section of the O'Hare Airport and a separate standalone location. 4,000 slot machines would be in operation in Chicago.

For many years owners and advocates for horse track racing venues have sought the addition of electronic gaming machines. If the proposed measure is approved, the race tracks would be allowed to offer these types of games.

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News Headlines Continued

2021

News Hard Rock Rockford clears casino site March 15, 2021 - Construction crews are clearing the site for the Hard Rock Casino planned for Rockford, IL following preliminary approval from the Illinois Gaming Board to begin construction. Crews are removing the ... Read more News Hard Rock Casino Rockford gets green light for construction February 11, 2021 - The Illinois Gaming Board voted unanimously last week to allow construction of the Hard Rock Casino Rockford to move forward. The board found "preliminary suitability" for the ... Read more

2019

News Choctaw casino plan for suburban Chicago receives unanimous local approval October 26, 2019 - The Matteson Village Board of Trustees voted 6-0 to approve the Choctaw casino proposal to build a $300 million casino hotel in suburban Chicago. ... Read more News Five tribes propose building commercial casinos in Illinois October 25, 2019 - Five tribes have proposed building new casinos in Illinois under the Rebuild Illinois Act including the Choctaw Nation (OK), Potawatomi (WI), Poarch Creek (AL), Ho-Chunk Nation (WI), and ... Read more News Choctaw Nation proposes suburban Chicago casino October 24, 2019 - Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has proposed a $300M casino, hotel and conference center to the Matteson Village Board near Chicago, Illinois. The 123,000-sq-ft casino would feature ... Read more News Wisconsin Tribe Proposes Suburban Chicago Casino October 17, 2019 - The Wisconsin Ho-Chunk Nation proposes a $300M casino and hotel in south suburban Lynwood. The proposed location is 120 acres owned by the tribe and located east of Illinois 394 ... Read more News Hard Rock Casino is approved by Rockford City Council October 12, 2019 - Rockford City Council selected Hard Rock International over two other proposals as Rockford's single applicant for state licensing. Hard Rock will build a $310M casino with 65,000-sq-ft ... Read more News Alabama Tribe Proposes Casino in South Suburbs of Chicago October 8, 2019 - Wind Creek Hospitality, the gaming and hospitality company of Alabama's Poarch Creek Indians, has proposed a $275M casino in the suburbs of East Hazel Crest and Homewood ... Read more News Forest City Casino Proposal September 23, 2019 - The third applicant for a Rockford casino license proposes a $500M casino, hotel and entertainment complex in Forest City. It would include a golf entertainment center, waterpark and family fun center. ... Read more News Potawatomi Apply for Waukegan Casino License August 6, 2019 - Potawatomi Hotel and Casino filed an application yesterday with the City of Waukegan, Illinois to build a commercial casino and entertainment venue under the Rebuild Illinois Law enacted last June. ... Read more News Second Proposal for Rockford Casino July 29, 2019 - A downtown casino and entertainment complex including an aquarium is proposed by Rock River West Casino Group, a local partnership with developer Gorman & Company, ... Read more News Hard Rock Casino Proposed for Rockford IL July 17, 2019 - Hard Rock International is the first to announce their plan to build a casino in Rockford, IL. It includes a casino, an entertainment and music venue, restaurants, retail stores and a hotel. ... Read more News Ho-Chunk Nation's casino plan for Beloit gets challenge from Rockford IL July 5, 2019 - As the Beloit tribal casino awaits a federal go-ahead decision, Illinois has enacted a massive gambling expansion bill that will bring a casino to Rockford, IL. ... Read more News Illinois Authorizes Sports Betting & Six New Casinos June 29, 2019 - Illinois Gov. Pritzker has signed into law a $45B infrastructure bill that includes a massive gambling across the state. The new law legalizes sports betting, authorizes six new casinos, adds ... Read more

2018

News Illinois lawmakers consider adding 6 new casinos May 28, 2018 - Illinois lawmakers are discussing a proposed measure to allow six new casinos in the state. ... Read more

2016

06.07.2016   Walker's Bluff Casino to Challenge Other Nearby Casinos
01.11.2016   Flooding Affects Argosy Casino Alton Revenue

01.05.2016   Proposed Decatur Casino to go Before City Council

2015

05.05.2015   Less than 30 Days Left for Rockford Casino Decision
05.04.2015   Rauner Pushes for More Casinos

2014

12.29.2014   Possible Illinois Casino Expansion
07.25.2014   Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago Opens New Poker Room
07.17.2014   Illinois Wins Revenue From Iowa Casinos

2013


12.09.2013   Gaming and Leisure Properties Purchase Casino Queen
09.03.2013   Meeting to Be Held for Possible 24 Hour Gaming at IL Casinos
06.03.2013   Five New Casinos Bill Stopped
05.31.2013   Davenport Casino Opposed by City
05.23.2013   Proposed Illinois Expanded Gaming Bill in Final Stages
05.02.2013   Indiana Casinos may forecast Illinois Casino future
03.07.2013   Bill Approved for 5 New Illinois Casinos

2012

08.29.2012   Proposed Expanded Gaming Bill Stopped By Gov Quinn
08.27.2012   Tuesday is the Casino Approval Decision
05.23.2012   Expanded Gaming Bill passes Illinois House
08.27.2012   Tuesday is the Casino Approval Decision
05.23.2012   Expanded Gaming Bill passes Illinois House
05.09.2012   Gaming Bill Could Pass House for Rockford Casino
04.02.2012   Rockford Casino Bill Still Possible

2011

09.27.2011   Horse Racing May be Helped by Casinos
08.25.2011   Rockford Casino Gains Support
07.18.2011   Des Plaines New Casino, River Casino, officially Opens
07.18.2011   Rivers Casino Now Open
06.22.2011   New Rivers Casino sets to Open July 18
06.20.2011   July 2011 marks Opening of Rivers Casino
06.15.2011   Voters Oppose Gaming Expansion
06.01.2011   IL Governor is given decision to expand state gaming
05.31.2011   State Purposed Gaming May Extend to Chicago's O'Hare Airport
05.31.2011   The House Approves 5 New Casinos
05.02.2011   Chicago Crime Commission wants reappointment of Illinois Gaming Board Chairman
04.07.2011   Rivers Casino holds job fair
03.24.2011   Des Plaines casino and entertainment complex is now named Rivers Casino
02.07.2011   Casino Tax is supported by Appeals Court
01.23.2011   Red Dice Give Spectacular New Entrance to Casino
01.01.2011   Danville lobby's for new casino

2010

12.31.2010   Proposed state law to allow casino smoking
12.03.2010   Empress reopens as Hollywood Casino Joliet
09.20.2010   Empress Casino will be Hollywood Casino on Dec. 29th
06.02.2010   Ameristar hotel to get $4.2 million facelift
04.18.2010   Des Plaines casino holds ground breaking
04.06.2010   Des Plaines casino names pour in
01.28.2010   Des Plaines $1B casino site approved by commission

2009

08.31.2009   New Illinois law allows mini casinos at truck stops

2008

12.23.2008   Des Plaines wins 10th gaming license
12.13.2008   Des Plaines, Rosemont, Waukegan finalists for last casino license
12.01.2008   New Jumer's Casino & Hotel opens in rock Island
11.14.2008   Rosemont tops bidding for 10th casino
09.29.2008   Visit Blue Chip, Majestic Star, Four Winds and Potawatomi
09.12.2008   Promotions at Blue Chip, Four Winds, Harrah's and Majestic Star
09.11.2008   Horseshoe Casino Announces Gaming Table Odds and Limits
09.02.2008   Casino Queen renovations
08.14.2008   Horseshoe Casino Grand Opening
08.13.2008   New Horseshoe Casino grand Opening includes celebrities
07.31.2008   Governor drops gambling expansion
07.10.2008   House defeats gambling expansion plan
06.30.2008   Resorts East Chicago is rebranded as Ameristar Casino Hotel
06.15.2008   Jumer's Casino and Hotel opening in December
05.31.2008   Illinois Senate approves major gambling bill
05.30.2008   Chicago Casino?
04.24.2008   Illinois Gaming Board Blocks All-Night Casinos
04.01.2008   Country Club Hills Mayor Wants Casino
03.27.2008   New Horseshoe Casino Hammond Will Open in August
01.23.2008   Jumers Hotel and Casino Construction is on Schedule

2007

12.10.2007   Speaker Madigan's Gambling Bill.
09.23.2007   Illinois Senate Approves New Casinos - House Votes Next

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