Internet Sports Gambling Becomes Law

SB 690 – Massive Expansion of Gambling

Casinos

  • Chicago casino with 4,000 gambling positions – revenue split equally between the City, State, and owner
  • New casinos in Waukegan, Danville, Rockford, South suburbs of Chicago, Walker’s Bluff Winery
  • Slot machines at O’Hare and Midway Airports, using some of Chicago’s 4,000 positions
  • Expands number of gambling positions at all other casino from 1,200 to 2,000
  • 24 hour gambling at ALL casinos—people could gamble 72 hours or more non-stop
  • All casinos can be land-based
  • Allows existing casinos to relocate

Racetrack Casinos

  • 3 existing racetracks become casinos, with gambling machines, table games, and sports gambling
  • New racetrack casino in Cook County in one township–Bloom, Bremen, Calumet, Orland,
    Rich, Thornton or Worth
  • Quad-City Downs in East Moline could reopen with 900 gambling positions

Video Gambling

  • 50 video gambling terminals at State Fairgrounds in Springfield and Du Quoin
  • DOUBLES the maximum bet from $2 to $4 per bet
  • Increases jackpots from $500 to $1,199 and allows progressive jackpots of $10,000
  • Increases the number of machines at establishments to 6
  • DOUBLES the number of machines at truck stops to 10

Sports Gambling

  • Bets may be placed at casinos, racetracks/OTB parlors, sports stadiums OR within a 5 block
    area of the stadiums, and on 5,000 Lottery sports betting kiosks located in retail stores
  • Bets can be placed on sports events or portions of sports events, on individual performance
    statistics for athletes in a sports event or combination of sports events, by any system of
    wagering.
  • Internet betting through websites and on mobile devices
  • Sports wagering includes single-game bets, in-play bets and in-game wagering
  • Advance deposit wagering is extended indefinitely – Internet wagering on horse racing.

Underage gambling is a concern under this massive expansion.  Children and underage could gamble from accounts set up by relatives or friends to place bets online.  People could place bets several times a day on cell phones and lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Making gambling more accessible in homes, mobile device, additional casinos, and in neighborhoods will increase addiction, bankruptcy, crime, family stress and health, child neglect and abuse, suicide.

The costs are too high–$7 for every $1 of revenue to the State.

Click on the videos below to see Anita Bedell, Executive Director of ILCAAAP, give testimony on October 17, 2018 to oppose Internet Sports Gambling.

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