Where’s the best place in Illinois to play those recently legalized video gambling games. CBS2’s Mike Parker found it.
Gov. Pat Quinn said Tuesday an idea to tax each slot machine and video gambling machine in Cook County ought to wait until he sits down with the legislative leaders to talk gambling expansion.
After three years of waiting, legalized video gambling in Illinois has finally begun going live at Illinois bars, restaurants, and other locations.
Video gambling in the state seems to be in a holding pattern.
The chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board warned Gov Pat Quinn on Wednesday not to expand gambling operations in Illinois. Aaron Jaffee said he wants Quinn to veto legislation passed earlier this year that would allow for a massive expansion of casino gaming in Illinois.
If the state’s Capital Construction Program is revived, much of the money for it would come from legalized video poker machines.
In a surprise move, Senate President John Cullerton Wednesday took steps to gut the controversial 2009 state law that authorized video gambling machines in bars and restaurants throughout the state, the Sun-Times is reporting.
The Illinois Appellate Court has struck down a $31 billion capital construction plan, as well as provisions that legalized video gambling in Illinois, allowed for privatization of the Illinois Lottery and raised various state taxes.
Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew reportedly wants to cash in on the coming video gambling market in bars and clubs across Illinois.