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  • 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.

  • Veterans groups turn to video gambling to survive Jun 20, 2014 1:02 PM
    Faced with declining membership and lack of new blood, some veterans' organizations have pegged their survival on video gambling, and are beginning to see profits. “It was a salvation,” said Bill Geary, adjutant and corporate secretary of the Wauconda American Legion Post 911. But not all suburban veterans groups are pleased.

  • Batavia VFW asks city to drop ban on video gambling Jun 3, 2014 5:18 PM
    Batavia will reconsider its ban on video gambling, at the request of leaders of a Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Dale Richard, past commander of Overseas Post 1197, told the city council Monday the post is losing business at its bar and weekly bingo night to nearby fraternal organizations in unincorporated Kane County, where video gambling is permitted.

  • DuPage businesses seek repeal of video gambling ban May 14, 2014 5:18 AM
    Nearly five years after DuPage County became the first county in Illinois to prohibit video gambling machines, some businesses and a park district are asking for the ban to be repealed. “I don't know whether the board members have the interest or the appetite to take this matter up,” county board Chairman Dan Cronin said. “We ultimately would have to repeal an ordinance that they enacted. So it's up to them. I defer to the board members.”

  • Lake Zurich ups fee for video gambling liquor license May 12, 2014 5:31 PM
    Lake Zurich will charge 10 times more for a special video gambling liquor license than orginally planned for restaurants, bars and other establishments. Village board members recently approved a $2,500 fee for the annual gaming liquor license instead of $250. "This is one of those times where I don’t personally mind being at the high end,” Trustee Jeffrey Halen said

  • Island Lake mayor casts deciding vote to allow video gambling May 9, 2014 6:51 PM
    In a surprising policy reversal, the Island Lake village board has voted to allow bars and restaurants to install video gambling machines. Mayor Charles Amrich on Thursday broke a 3-3 tie and cast the deciding vote to allow the controversial devices in town.

  • Video gambling up for a vote again in Island Lake May 8, 2014 5:30 AM
    The most vocal proponent of legalized video gambling on Island Lake's village board, Trustee Chuck Cermak on Thursday will again try to persuade his peers to allow the money-making operation in town.

  • Agreement: Rivers Casino can't threaten workers wanting union May 7, 2014 7:50 AM
    Rivers Casino management must post a notice to employees promising not to threaten them if they seek to join a union, according to a settlement between the Des Plaines casino and a labor union that's been trying to organize its workers. The agreement resolves unfair labor practice complaints filed by union leaders.

  • Higher video gambling liquor license proposed in Lake Zurich May 1, 2014 11:57 PM
    Lake Zurich village board members will be asked to quadruple the price for a special video gambling liquor license in bars, restaurants and other establishments. Recent village research found some suburbs charging more than $250 for an annual video gaming liquor license, which is the fee Lake Zurich established last year.

  • No shortage of horses as Arlington track opens May 2, 2014 1:15 AM
    As its gates pen for another season on Friday, more than 2,000 horses are expected to find a home on the Arlington International backstretch this summer. “The number of horses should be as large as it has been since 2008,” says Tony Petrillo, the track’s president since 2010. “If all the trainers come who say they will, we’ll have a good season. We would have about 300 more horses than a year ago.” The main reason for the larger head count is because Keeneland Race Course will begin construction May 19 on a new dirt track to replace its Polytrack surface..

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