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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 […]

Bally’s Chicago Gets Extension to Operate Temporary Casino But Timeline Remains Tight

October 30, 2023 | By: Chav Vasilev

The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) has granted Bally’s a full operational license for its casino resort in Chicago, valid until October 2027. In the process, the IGB also approved a 12-month extension for the operator’s temporary casino in downtown Chicago, necessary due to construction delays for the $1.9 billion permanent location. The temporary casino at Medinah Temple […]

Illinois Gaming Board Backtracks on Licensing of Mob-Connected Man

August 25, 2023 | By: Robyn McNeil

The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) plans to revoke the gambling license of a man with mob ties after a Chicago Sun-Times (CST) investigation published in May revealed the connection. When Bonus last covered Jeffrey Bertucci, we asked how a man with mob ties could receive a gambling license. While we suspected politics played a role, […]

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