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  • Hoffman Estates Park District to test video gamblingMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Philosophical debate and a 5-2 vote Tuesday accompanied Hoffman Estates Park District commissioners' grudging approval of a one-year trial for video gambling in the restaurant of the Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club. Virtually all commissioners expressed some sort of personal concern with the allowance of gambling in a park district facility, but the majority believed no harm would be done to test it as a way of making the club more competitive in attracting weddings and other group events.

  • Organizer Maria Martinez chants slogans into a bullhorn Thursday as Rivers Casino workers, Chicago hospitality workers and other allies marched outside the Des Plaines casino, calling for better working conditions and the chance to join a union.

    Workers march outside of casino Mar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Some 100 Rivers Casino employees, Chicago-area hospitality workers and other union supporters marched outside of the Des Plaines casino Thursday, calling for better working conditions and the chance to join a union. Officials with UNITE HERE Local 1, which represents some 15,000 hospitality workers in the Chicago area, organized the march.

  • Video gambling recommended at Hoffman golf courseMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Hoffman Estates Park District’s Recreation Committee Tuesday voted 6-1 to recommend a one-year test of video gambling in the clubhouse bar of the Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club. The recommendation came after an additional month of soliciting comment via e-mail from members of the park district-owned country club.

  • New lottery game will fund MS researchMar 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Proceeds from the newest Illinois Lottery game will be used to fund research into multiple sclerosis. The MS Project scratch-off tickets cost $2 and have cash instant prizes ranging from $2 to $20,000.

  • Some experts believe Illinois could bring in $500 million a year if it allowed online gambling.

    Online gambling could bring in revenue, Cullerton saysFeb 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says the state could get needed revenue by legalizing online gambling, but he acknowledged getting approval would be difficult.

  • Des Plaines officials say they would seek additional gaming tax revenues from Rivers Casino were the state legislature to approve gambling expansion plans.

    Des Plaines says more gambling should mean more moneyFeb 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Des Plaines splits gaming tax revenues from Rivers Casino with the state of Illinois and 10 communities in the South suburbs, but city officials say they want a bigger piece of the pie if and when the state signs off on gambling expansion. “If you’re going to change the rules, we want to open the agreement,” City Manager Mike Bartholomew said.

  • Winning Powerball ticket sold in CaliforniaFeb 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Lottery officials say one ticket, sold in California, has matched all the winning numbers for the $425 million Powerball jackpot. The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were: 1, 17, 35, 49, 54 and a Powerball of 34.

  • Weather postpones suburban gambling hearingFeb 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    State Rep. Robert Rita has postponed a public hearing on expanding gambling in Illinois because of severe winter weather. The hearing was set for this evening in Tinley Park.

  • Hoffman Estates parks seek more input on gamblingFeb 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    A desire for more public input caused the Hoffman Estates Park District’s Recreation Committee Tuesday to delay for a month a recommendation on allowing video gambling in the bar of the Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club. By the time the committee next meets on March 11, staff members expect to have the results of a survey that will soon be emailed to members of the golf course.

  • Hoffman Estates parks consider video gambling at golf courseFeb 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Hoffman Estates Park District will hold a public hearing Tuesday night on whether it should allow video gambling in the clubhouse bar of the Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club. The suggestion already has drawn fire from a former park board president, who said it violates the purpose of a park district.

  • Rob Devine of Des Plaines and Athena Korines of Elk Grove Village won $1 million Jan. 24 with a scratch-off lottery ticket. They regularly scratch off tickets together at the bar where Korines works in Glenview.

    $1 million lottery ticket was no joke Feb 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Two friends from the Northwest suburbs are celebrating their $1 million winnings from a scratch-off lottery ticket. “I thought it was a fake ticket. I thought maybe it's a joke ticket,” said Athena Korines, 51, of Elk Grove Village. "I wasn't a believer before. I'm a believer now.”

  • The Arlington Million will return on Aug. 16 during the Arlington International Festival of Racing, the highlight of the track's 89-meet racing schedule.

    Arlington breathes a sign of reliefJan 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    It’s been a pretty good week for the folks at Arlington International Racecourse. On Wednesday, there was the last-minute passage of a bill extending Advance Deposit Wagering for three years, and on Friday, the Illinois Racing Board approved the track’s stakes schedule of 25 races worth $5.5 million, the centerpiece being the International Festival of Racing featuring the Arlington Million on Aug. 16.

  • Democratic state Rep. Bob Rita of Blue Island

    Gambling expansion forum generates little compromise Jan 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    A state lawmaker hoping compromise will propel his push to expand Illinois gambling got little showing of it during a public hearing Tuesday, when a casino and the notoriously poor city it benefits argued against the plan a nearby struggling racetrack desperately wants passed.

  •  Island Lake Trustee Mark Beeson, right, explains his opposition to video gambling at Thursday’s board meeting.

    Business owners angry after Island Lake board punts on gambling issue Jan 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Despite repeated pleas from local business owners to allow video gambling in town, Island Lake officials punted and said they’ll let voters decide the issue through a referendum.

  • Editorial: Fill the video gambling licensing gap quicklyJan 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial calls on lawmakers to quickly resolve a gap in video gambling regulations that allows unlicensed dealers into the process.

  • Hearing scheduled on gambling expansion Jan 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    The lawmaker seeking approval for expanded gambling in Illinois will conduct several hearings to get public input. Rep. Bob Rita, a Blue Island Democrat, said Thursday that the first hearing will be Jan. 28 at the Casino Queen riverboat casino in East St. Louis.

  • Wheeling plans to limit video gambling sitesJan 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Wheeling village board approved a new sit-down restaurant that will apply for a video gambling license with the state, but the board also plans to add ordinances to limit the number of gambling establishments allowed in town.

  •  Des Plaines Mayor Matt Bogusz chats with Pat Ahearn, left, of Rainbow Hospice and John McNabola of The Center of Concern before delivering his “Address to Business” Thursday during a Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce event at Manzo’s Banquets.

    Des Plaines mayor: Leave misperceptions of city at the door Jan 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    There’s a lot of misperceptions about Des Plaines, says Mayor Matt Bogusz, but he told local business leaders Thursday to leave them at the door, while asking for their support in helping the city achieve its goals. “Des Plaines is moving forward,” he said. “Businesses in this community are not passengers. They are an important constituency group that oftentimes is overlooked. You are all partners in our progress.”

  • Charles Amrich

    Island Lake officials reconsidering video gamblingJan 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    If a discussion Thursday night was any indication, Island Lake trustees are leaning toward repealing a ban on video gambling machines at bars and other businesses in town. Trustees and Mayor Charles Amrich are reconsidering the issue because the machines have been popping up in communities all around Island Lake. “Surely we want to try to help the businesses in town survive and prosper,” Amrich said.

  •  Concerned about the spread of video gambling in the village, Bartlett leaders are crafting stricter standards that could include increased fees for operators and a tougher process to obtain a permit. One possible regulation: requiring new businesses that seek a video gambling permit to develop bars or restaurants with commercial-grade kitchens.

    Bartlett moves to restrict video gambling Jan 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Fearing that Bartlett could turn into what one official called a “mini Las Vegas,” village leaders are crafting stricter standards for video gambling. Trustees have taken issue with the influx of video gambling machines in town. Nearly 20 terminals have popped up in Bartlett, generating about $3,600 in revenue for the village in November.

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