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Illinois Online Casino Bills See Unfortunate Committee Re-Routing

March 13, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

Illinois online casino bills HB2239 and SB1656 took unfortunate turns on March 10 into committees where they may die due to inaction. However, hope for the Internet Gaming Act (IGA) to become law may not completely disappear until May 19, when the Illinois General Assembly adjourns. On Friday, HB2239 was re-routed from the House Gaming Committee […]

Illinois Online Casino Bill Sees Movement in House

March 1, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

The House version of the Illinois online casino bill, HB2239, entered a second committee on Feb. 28. That’s its first movement since being introduced on Feb. 8 and bodes well for the Internet Gaming Act (IGA) getting a hearing there soon. The House Gaming Committee, where the Illinois online casino bill now resides, hosts 10 […]

Bally’s Obtains Temporary Location Approval, Ejects Chicago Tribune From Future Casino Site

February 24, 2023 | By: Chav Vasilev

Bally’s Corporation has instructed the Chicago Tribune newsroom and printing plant to relocate within two years to make room for its upcoming Freedom Center casino. The move comes amid a dispute between the companies over a lease extension on the property. Meanwhile, Bally’s has received final approval for its temporary location while construction is underway […]

Second Illinois Online Casino Bill Appears in House, With Lower Tax Rate

February 14, 2023 | By: Alex Weldon

Illinois lawmakers now have two separate versions of the Internet Gaming Act (IGA) to consider. Rep. Jonathan Carroll introduced HB 2320 on Feb. 14, 2023. Like HB 2239, filed one week before, it would make online casinos legal in the state. However, the two bills differ in the specifics of the implementation. The former bill’s sponsor is Rep. Edgar […]

Illinois Online Casino Bill Tax Rate Means Revenue Could Be $240 Million

February 8, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

A state representative introduced HB2239 to legalize Illinois online casino gambling. The bill’s primary sponsor, state Rep. Edgar Gonzalez Jr. (D-Chicago), listed a 15% tax rate in his proposed legislation on Feb. 8. At that rate, Bonus predicts the Internet Gaming Act (IGA) – to be created if HB2239 becomes law – will mean $240 […]

Why In-Person Registration Will Cost Illinois Online Casinos

December 8, 2022 | By: Chris Gerlacher

In Mar. 2021, Illinois sent an online casino bill to the state’s House Rules committee. Though that effort stalled, we’ll likely see a similar push in 2023. One unfortunate feature of the original Internet Gaming Act is a six-month window during which in-person registration would be mandatory for Illinois online casinos. That means bettors would have […]

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