Thursday, May 2, 2013
Illinois Senate OKs proposal for new casinos. The bill is now in the House.
State Sen. Terry Link's bill proposing expanded casino gambling in Illinois, including in Lake County, passed the Senate this week with a vote of 32 to 20. The bill, which proposes five new casinos, moved to the House Thursday. Prior to the Senate vote, Link told members the new casinos could generate an initial $1.2 billion for the deficit state, reported the Daily Herald. If approved, possible locations for a casino in Lake County include Park City, North Chicago and Waukegan. Senators representing Lake County who voted in favor of SB1739 were Democrat Terry Link, of Waukegan and Democrat Julie Morrison, of Deerfield. Voting no were Democrat Melinda Bush, of Grayslake and Republican Dan Duffy, of Lake Barrington, according to the vote …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The casino drew 280,000 people last month, the Journal & Topics newspaper reports.
Tuesday, February 19
More than 280,000 people visited Rivers Casino in Des Plaines this January, generating $32,358,000 in gross receipts, the Journal & Topics newspaper reports. The numbers are slightly down from December, when the casino generated $34,984,000 in gross revenues. The city of Des Plaines will receive $1.9 million in tax dollars from the January revenue, according to the newspaper.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Illinois runs the house while taking over gaming.
The Sunday Comics Patch by Illustrator Charley Krebs.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Local lawmaker's 20-year quest to expand gaming now faces governor's poker hand.
State Rep. Lou Lang has rolled the dice again in his efforts to expand gambling in Illinois and he may have a winning throw after more than 20 years of trying. Lang (D-16th) finally saw a bill to create four casinos in the state pass through both chambers of the Legislature last week. But it may be a short-term victory as the bill faces an uncertain future on the governor’s desk. Specifically, the legislation would put four more casinos in the state, including one possibly in Chicago. Slot machines would also be permitted at both Chicago airports and at the reeling horse racetracks. Currently, the closest casino for North Shore residents is the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin. Rivers Casino is scheduled to open this summer in Des Plaines, …
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Tug of war ensues over going along with state law for devices at bars, other spots.
Video gaming machines could be coming next year to bars, restaurants and veterans halls in Niles, and all bets are off as to whether that's a good or bad thing. The Niles Village Board is scheduled to consider whether to permit video gaming at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The state legislature passed a law, the Illinois Video Gaming Act, in July 2009 that legalizes and regulates video gaming machines. The state would use the proceeds to build roads and other infrastructure projects. However, municipalities and counties can vote to ban video gambling, and many have. Opinions on whether to implement a ban differ sharply. Opponents of video gaming call it the crack cocaine of the gambling world, creating quick, intense addictions that ruin can …