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State Senate Sends Illinois Online Casino Bill to Gaming Subcommittee

February 7, 2024 | By: Heather Fletcher

Five days after a House version of the Illinois online casino bill moved into that body’s Gaming Committee, state Senators directed SB1656 into the gaming subcommittee. Bonus listened on Feb. 7 to live audio of the Senate Executive Committee‘s five-minute-long meeting that consisted of the nine members quickly redirecting bills into subcommittees. Committee Chairwoman Cristina Castro […]

Illinois Online Casino Bill Moves Into House Gaming Committee

February 2, 2024 | By: Heather Fletcher

As promised, Illinois Rep. Edgar Gonzalez Jr. made sure his Illinois online casino bill moved into a new committee. On Jan. 31, HB2239 entered the Gaming Committee. The Internet Gaming Act (IGA) sponsor has told Bonus he wanted to ensure House members discussed iGaming in 2024, even if they didn’t vote for it. Gonzalez, D-Chicago, […]

States to Watch in 2024: Illinois — Will the Internet Gaming Act Progress or Continue to Gather Dust?

December 26, 2023 | By: Alex Weldon

Illinois is probably a state that’s going to be thinking about legalizing online casinos for a long time. Many state residents would welcome them. There’s an established online sports betting industry in the state, and many companies involved with online gaming have a retail presence there. Until Illinois online casinos become a reality, the state’s name […]

2023 Illinois Online Casino Bill May Be Revived in 2024

October 31, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

The Illinois online casino bill that stalled in a House committee in March 2023 may be revived in 2024, hopes state Rep. Edgar Gonzalez Jr. On Oct. 31, he told Bonus he still believes HB2239 can move forward. If the bill is approved, Bonus estimates iGaming will generate $240 million in annual tax income for […]

Betway Declines Entering Illinois Sports Betting Marketplace

October 31, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

The Illinois sports betting marketplace won’t be Betway’s tenth sportsbook state because the operator bowed out of its online-only license application. On Oct. 26, attendees of the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) meeting learned the bidding process ended without any operators receiving licenses. Betway had been one of two would-be online-only sportsbooks, IGB Executive Director Marcus Fruchter […]

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