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Illinois lawmakers expected to consider numerous last minute gambling expansions



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SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield-based anti-gambling group Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problem sent out the following alert Friday morning about what taxpayers can expect during this year's final week of the scheduled General Assembly session: 

Legislators will come back to Springfield Sunday afternoon and be in session on Memorial Day through May 31st. Please call your Legislators and ask others to call to oppose a massive expansion of gambling.

Sports gambling bill (HB 1260)

According to sports betting champion Representative Mike Zalewski (D-District 23), there is only one issue that needs to fall into place before sports betting can move forward – how to bridge the rift between fantasy sports giants DraftKingsand FanDuel and local operator Rush Street Gaming. Read more

Gov. Pritzker has gotten involved in controversial sports-betting legislation

He's asked FanDuel and DraftKings, the fantasy sports companies that hope to run online sportsbooks in Illinois, to pull a $1 million ad they just launched Thursday, Playbook has learned. 

FanDuel, DraftKings abruptly pull TV spot in battle over legalized sports betting

The two daily fantasy sports companies, which are fighting for a chance to run online sportsbooks in Illinois, on Thursday launched what was planned to be 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  and was to be rolled out on cable channels statewide as well as broadcast TV in the Springfield market. Instead, the ad is coming down Friday, a spokesman said.

"At the governor's request, the ad is being suspended for the time being while we engage in productive discussions to deliver smart sports betting legislation before the (spring legislative) session ends," Marc LaVorgna, a spokesman for Betonillinois.org, the FanDuel- and DraftKings-back group behind the ad, said in a statement. Read more

Chicago casino one of Mayor Lori Lightfoot's top legislative wish list

The city's new mayor said a casino was "a big priority" for her in the Democratic-controlled General Assembly's closing days and that she's had productive conversations about it.  Read more

Lawmakers continue to craft gambling expansion plans as deadline looms

"The sports betting, the , people that want new casinos and the existing casinos," Rita said. "There are a lot of moving parts and so going slowly at this, I think, is the best approach so that we have what's right for the state."

Lawmakers have a May 31 deadline to pass legislation with simple majorities. "Anything can change here," Rita said.


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  1. I’ve always said this , casino and weed legislation is bad
    Casino and weed legislation is driven by politicians either getting campaign donations from the industry or they or their family have financial ties to it.
    I feel even with tax revenues both these terrible ideas will be a net loss for the state and its residents.
    The only ones ahead are a handful of politicians, lobbyists, and license holders, that’s the casino owners and we’d dealers.
    I wish they put this energy in balanced budgets, improving schools, lowering crime, creating jobs, fixing pension mess with new employees in 401ks and cutting income, sales, and property tax.