New Casinos, Sports Betting Coming to Illinois

New Casinos, Sports Betting Coming to Illinois

Springfield – Casinos in Southern Illinois and five other cities, along with legalized sports betting, are coming to Illinois after Senate lawmakers approved a massive gambling expansion bill Sunday. Lawmakers approved Senate Bill 690 by a 46-10 vote after being approved by House lawmakers the day before. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has already announced his intention to sign the bill into law, which paves the way for some Las Vegas-style sports betting but prohibits placing wagers on any game involving an Illinois college team. It’s estimated that gambling expansion along with other revenue-raising measures in the bill could net Illinois more than $12 billion in the next six years. That construction would go toward the six new casinos authorized by the bill at Walker’s Bluff in Williamson County, one in Danville, one in Waukegan, Rockford, the south Chicago suburbs and downtown Chicago.

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