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  • Des Plaines says more gambling should mean more money Feb 22, 2014 8:00 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 California Feb 20, 2014 12:18 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 hearing Feb 17, 2014 4:46 PM
    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 gambling Feb 12, 2014 12:02 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 course Feb 11, 2014 5:04 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.

  • $1 million lottery ticket was no joke Feb 7, 2014 7:20 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.”

  • Arlington breathes a sign of relief Jan 31, 2014 9:40 PM
    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.

  • Gambling expansion forum generates little compromise Jan 28, 2014 9:43 PM
    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.

  • Business owners angry after Island Lake board punts on gambling issue Jan 24, 2014 4:27 PM
    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 quickly Jan 23, 2014 9:55 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 4:56 PM
    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 sites Jan 20, 2014 11:52 PM
    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: Leave misperceptions of city at the door Jan 16, 2014 6:22 PM
    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.”

  • Island Lake officials reconsidering video gambling Jan 10, 2014 10:28 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.

  • Bartlett moves to restrict video gambling Jan 8, 2014 4:22 PM
    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.

  • Suburbs near Wisconsin cash in on video gambling Jan 2, 2014 8:51 AM
    Fox Lake collected more than $93,000 in video gambling revenue in the first year the machines operated, according to figures released by the state. The village ranks among the top two in the suburbs. “I feel like we hit the jackpot. It's really been a boon for us,” Mayor Donnie Schmit said. One expert said Fox Lake is one of several communities that may be benefitting from their proximity to Wisconsin.

  • Island Lake talking gambling Dec 27, 2013 4:14 PM
    Video gambling machines are banned in Island Lake, but village officials may reconsider their stance on the controversial issue.

  • Gambling on Island Lake agenda Dec 24, 2013 12:41 PM
    Island Lake trustees will once again discuss video gambling when they gather Thursday night. The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at village hall, 3720 Greenleaf Ave. Divided on the issue, the board has resisted calls from some business owners to legalize the installation of gambling machines in town.

  • Union alleges unfair labor practices at Des Plaines casino Nov 28, 2013 5:32 AM
    A service employees union has filed unfair labor practice complaints against Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, claiming casino management is trying to block workers from unionizing. Casino management denies the claims and says most workers do not want to join a union. “We take great pride in our team and respect the rights of our team members to choose,” spokesman Dennis Culloton said in a statement. “So far, the overwhelming majority of our team members have consistently chosen to remain independent. That is their choice and their right.”

  • New Jersey becoming 3rd state to offer Internet gambling Nov 21, 2013 7:47 AM
    For the first time, people in New Jersey will be able to click a mouse or swipe a screen to gamble online. A five-day trial period of Internet gambling begins at 6 p.m. Thursday when players invited by casinos to test their systems make real-money bets online. The test period is designed to see whether sophisticated technology designed to ensure that all gamblers are within New Jersey and that they are 21 or older works correctly. The test is also designed to evaluate electronic payment technology, and the integrity and functionality of the casino games themselves. If all goes well, Internet gambling will be available to anyone within New Jersey starting Tuesday. The only other states to offer online gambling are Nevada and Delaware. Online betting will mark the biggest expansion of gambling in New Jersey since casino gambling began in 1978. “This is a very exciting time for Atlantic City and for the gaming industry,” said Alisa Cooper, a commissioner with the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. “I was born and raised here in Atlantic City, and I remember all of the excitement that filled this city 35 years ago when the first casino opened. There have been a lot of challenges and a lot of changes since those early days. With the dawn of Internet gaming, we are on the cusp of perhaps the biggest change — and challenge — since the first casino opened here.” Hours before the test was to begin, one lawmaker was to unveil a proposal to expand Internet gambling in New Jersey. State Sen. Raymond Lesniak, who sponsored the law that authorized online betting, was to unveil his proposal at a news conference Thursday morning. Then, at noon, the state was to release a list of gambling websites that had passed rigorous testing and would be permitted to go live at 6 p.m. for the test. Regulators say anywhere from 500 to several thousand people could be online at any one time during the test period. David Rebuck, director of the state Division of Gaming Enforcement, said he hopes to push the system and test its capacity. He said all indications thus far are that the system should work as designed to meet strict regulation and protect players. “I’m cautiously optimistic,” he said. “Testing has been going on for months, I don’t’ think there is any online gaming anywhere in the world that is going to be monitored as closely and protect the integrity of the games and players’ money as well these will.”

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