by Katie Barlowe
An Illinois gambling bill (SB 7) that would authorize six news casinos across the state could move forward with or without without the state’s “grand bargain” budget resolution, according to one of its sponsors.
The bill, if enacted, would transform Illinois’ gambling sector, ushering in a completely new era of land-based casinos. Currently, casino gaming is limited to riverboats along Lake Michigan and the Illinois River.
It would permit, for the first time, a casino in Chicago itself, as well as in five other regions at yet-to-be-determined locations in Lake County, Rockford, Danville, Cook County and Williamson County.
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