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  • Supporters of Kenosha casino rally for jobs Dec 18, 2014 12:16 PM
    Hundreds of supporters of a new casino in Kenosha rallied for jobs at the former greyhound dog track. Local and state officials were among those who showed up to support the proposed Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Wednesday night. The rally was held at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha. Officials estimate the casino could generate more than 10,000 jobs. Supporters of the Menominee Indian tribe’s plan say the $800 million hotel and casino would have a huge economic impact on the area. There’s strong opposition to the project as well. The Potawatomi tribe is concerned it will draw business away from its Milwaukee casino.

  • Rauner’s team reviewing options after lottery deal Dec 10, 2014 4:15 PM
    State officials’ handling of an Illinois Lottery agreement has become the latest bump in the handoff between gubernatorial administrations. Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner’s legal team said Wednesday it is weighing options to fight a contract termination deal signed by Gov. Pat Quinn that the Republican alleges hurts taxpayers.

  • Community sentiment outweighs support for video gambling in Libertyville Dec 10, 2014 3:41 PM
    Libertyville trustees have decided not to lift a ban on video gambling, saying the impact on the community overall would outweigh the benefit to some businesses. "There's no compelling reason at this point to have it in Libertyville," said Trustee Donna Johnson.

  • Illinois ends contract with Northstar Lottery Dec 9, 2014 8:34 PM
    A state contract with the private vendor that ran the Illinois Lottery has been formally terminated — and Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner isn’t happy with the terms the current governor negotiated.

  • Grand Victoria awarded $27 million in lawsuit Dec 9, 2014 7:13 PM
    A jury awarded four suburban casinos more than $80 million in a federal lawsuit that dates back to disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s time in office. Under the order, the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin was awarded about $27 million in total damages and the Hollywood Casino in Aurora was awarded about $18.4 million.

  • Video gambling’s spread raising cash, eyebrows Nov 28, 2014 7:35 PM
    Since video gambling began in Illinois two years ago, the slot-like terminals have been showing up in places lawmakers never imagined — floral shops, laundromats, liquor stores and gas stations. They’re also now the main attraction at dozens of storefront bistros and cafes geared toward women. Video gambling has become big business for the state, but it’s also raised some second thoughts in the process.

  • Libertyville seems unlikely to lift video gambling ban Nov 19, 2014 6:39 PM
    Libertyville officials appear to be leaning toward keeping a 2009 ban on video gambling in place. Village leaders are reconsidering the ban afer a request this summer from a tavern owner. A majority of about 100 who attended a town-hall meeting on the topic were against video gambling with some saying it would harm the character of the village.

  • Input sought on video gambling in Libertyville Nov 17, 2014 6:08 PM
    Libertyville officials will host a town-hall meeting Tuesday to answer questions and hear comments on allowing video gambling in town. The village banned the activity five years ago but is reconsidering after a request by a tavern owner.

  • Commission warns Illinois could become ‘sucker state’ Oct 16, 2014 5:38 PM
    A Chicago Crime Commission vice president says Illinois could become known as “the sucker state” if it doesn’t eradicate unregulated casino-like machines he alleges can be fixed to cheat players.

  • Sugar Grove says no to video gambling at gas station Oct 8, 2014 8:26 PM
    Sugar Grove officials indicated they don't want to allow video gambling at the BP Expresslane station at Route 47 and Cross Street. Village President Sean Michels and others said they were concerned about traffic and the fact that a school is only a block away.

  • Grand Victoria to offer specials for its 20th birthday Sep 23, 2014 8:52 AM
    Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin is pulling out all the stops to celebrate its 20th anniversary next month, casino officials said. “It's two decades,” said casino marketing manager Marilou Pilman. “For a business to say they've been around that long, I think we realized that's something that we definitely should celebrate.” The casino will be giving away $62,000 every Tuesday in October and offering 1994 prices.

  • Libertyville asked to delay video gambling decision Sep 23, 2014 5:30 AM
    Libertyville may take a short breather before reconsidering video gambling in town. A decision whether to allow it is on the village board agenda for Tuesday, but it could be postponed to give officials more time to hear from the public. “A lot of people are concerned and want us to look at it further before we make a decision,” Mayor Terry Weppler said.

  • Rauner not a fan of gambling, airport slots Sep 18, 2014 7:23 PM
    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner said Thursday he’s not a fan of gambling or a plan to put slot machines at Chicago’s international airports, but he wouldn’t stand in the way of adding casinos if local communities support it.

  • Illinois State Lottery announces end of My3 game Sep 10, 2014 5:00 PM
    The Illinois Lottery has decided to remove My3 from its draw game portfolio, following a recommendation from its private manager.

  • Baltimore adds to urban gambling jackpot with new casino Sep 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    The inside of the new Horseshoe casino looks like any gambling palace on the Las Vegas Strip, filled with blinking slot machines, blackjack tables, cocktail waitresses and crystal chandeliers. But one glimpse of the Royal Farms convenience store across the street is enough to remind you: This is not the Bellagio. This is Baltimore.

  • Libertyville trustees to reconsider video gambling ban Aug 27, 2014 7:02 PM
    Libertyville trustees will reconsider a five-year- old village ban on video gambling. The possible change came in response to a request by bar owner Ed Downing. "When I saw people were doing very will with it, I said, 'Why can't we have it in Libertyville?' " he said.

  • Potawatomi withholds payment to Wisconsin Aug 27, 2014 8:45 AM
    The Forest County Potawatomi has refused to make its annual casino revenue payment to the state as Gov. Scott Walker mulls whether to approve a competing facility, causing what the governor is calling a “significant” impact on the state budget.

  • Daily fantasy football creates big-dollar industry Aug 25, 2014 7:19 PM
    When lawmakers carved out an exemption for fantasy sports in a 2006 law targeting online poker, no one predicted that it would spawn an online gambling operation that may someday rival the millions wagered daily in Las Vegas sports books.

  • Batavia: Still ‘no’ to video gambling Aug 19, 2014 5:37 PM
    The video gambling ban will stay in place in Batavia after aldermen voted 8-6 not to overturn the existing ban.

  • Blagojevich, state corruption feature in ruling Aug 19, 2014 9:12 AM
    A U.S. appeals court took on the issue of Illinois corruption under now-imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich as it revived a lawsuit alleging that racetrack owners bribed the Democrat to get him to push through legislation that cost casinos $90 million.

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