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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

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New Illiinois Casinos in 2020-2021

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

  1. Chicago

  2. Danville

  3. Rockford

  4. South Suburbs

  5. Walker's Bluff

  6. Waukegan

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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 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

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 Casinos Directory

Illinois Casino List

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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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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01.05.2016   Proposed Decatur Casino to go Before City Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

08.31.2009   New Illinois law allows mini casinos at truck stops

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

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

 

 

 

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