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  • 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.

  • Batavia gets a step closer to repealing video gambling ban Jul 16, 2014 5:23 AM
    The Batavia City Council seems likely to repeal its ban on video gambling, judging by a vote Tuesday at a committee meeting. Only two of 10 aldermen voted against the idea. “We should be looking at ‘Is it good for Batavia or bad for Batavia as a whole,’” Kyle Hohmann said.

  • Company wants to turn vacant storefront in Island Lake into gambling parlor Jul 11, 2014 4:09 PM
    A company that runs video gambling operations throughout Illinois has its eye on Island Lake. Representatives of Laredo Hospitality spoke during Thursday’s village board meeting about opening a facility in a vacant storefront on Route 176 near Newport Court.

  • With video gambling, Lake Zurich guarding against ‘mini Las Vegas’ Jul 7, 2014 9:58 PM
    Now that Lake Zurich officials are onboard with video gambling, Mayor Thomas Poynton says he and other officials want to ensure the village doesn’t develop a “mini Las Vegas” appearance. Lake Zurich trustees Monday night voted 6-0 in favor of having administration employees perform a comprehensive review on what businesses are allowed to promote in windows. While officials said the video gambling promotion is a concern, the examination applies to all businesses.

  • Suburbs see steep lottery sales growth Jun 30, 2014 4:56 AM
    More and more people in the suburbs are buying lottery tickets as the state game is set to mark 40 years since it began on July 1, 1974. An analysis shows lottery sales grew faster in many suburbs over the last few years than in Chicago.

  • Gambling U.S. soccer fans put money where mouth is Jun 26, 2014 5:30 AM
    You know soccer is making gains in the United States when gamblers treat a World Cup match as if it were a NBA playoff game. Vegas is rooting for the U.S. team to advance but is praying for the team to stop short of winning the whole thing. “There have been lines,” says David Pemberton, director of specialty games for Caesars Entertainment, explaining how World Cup gamblers flock to the betting windows a half-hour before each match. “There is a ton of action on the day.”

  • Lombard keeps ban on video gambling Jun 20, 2014 2:33 PM
    Lombard’s ban on video gambling won’t be going away anytime soon. Responding to feedback from residents, the village board on Thursday night decided to keep the ban, which was enacted more than four years ago. “The issue has been put to rest,” Village President Keith Giagnorio said on Friday.

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