Illinois Gambling Bill Being Met With Heavy Opposition

January 10th, 2011 – by Glen Farmer

The Illinois Coin Machine Operators Association has stated that it is working “Actively and publicly” against the gambling expansion bill that would bring heavy new options to Illinois. Senate Bill 737, a measure that would bring one of the largest gambling expansion packages to the state.

The new bill would incorporate enormous new additions to the gambling market in the state of Illinois, which would then add even more competition into the state. The Illinois Coin Machine Operators Association, a group of already established video lottery terminal operators, would have to contend with the massive influx of new competition.

Sponsored by Representative Lou Lang (D-Skokie), the bill is designed to include five new casinos into a state that already has ten riverboat casinos. Six racetracks in the state would also be entitled to operate slot machines in their markets.

This would be the second gambling expansion on three years, with the Video Gaming Act of 2009 having been launched to allow local municipalities the opportunity to operate video lottery terminals in their markets.

Operators of established casinos have been in opposition to the bill, claiming that approximately 12 percent of their jobs and 50 percent of their revenues would be cut.

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