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State wants input on sports betting

A customer ponders the odds at the new sportbook at Bally's casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Following in New Jersey's footsteps, Illinois lawmakers gave sports betting the OK in June, but the rollout of the program is still underway and the Illinois Gaming Board is now seeking public feedback.
A customer ponders the odds at the new sportbook at Bally's casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Following in New Jersey's footsteps, Illinois lawmakers gave sports betting the OK in June, but the rollout of the program is still underway and the Illinois Gaming Board is now seeking public feedback.

Have any comments or concerns about the future of sports wagering in the state of Illinois? Now is your time to make them known.

The Illinois Gaming Board is seeking input from the public, sports wagering industry members and other people with stakes in the future business over the next month. The comment period is open from now until Sept. 27.

“This public comment period is an important step in a process to ethically and expeditiously establish a regulatory framework to allow sports wagering in Illinois,” said IGB administrator Marcus Fruchter. “In order to make the process of rule creation as transparent and independent as possible, it is important that the public and various stakeholders have an equal opportunity to submit comments about the Sports Wagering Act.”

The Sports Wagering Act was signed on June 28 and lawmakers and the Illinois Gaming Board have been working to develop the rules of the new program.

As of right now, there are no rules in place.

However, people can find the framework of the program in Public Act 101-0031. Comments can be submitted via email to igb.sportsrulecomments@igb.illinois.gov and more information can be found at http://www.igb.illinois.gov/SportsLaw.aspx.

Once all comments are submitted, the Illinois Gaming Board will post all the comments on the gaming board website in a timely manner.

What we know so far

The current plan would allow bettors to place wagers in casinos, horse racing tracks and sporting venues, such as Wrigley Field or Soldier Field.

College venues are not included. It also allows the establishment of up to 5,000 sports betting kiosks, which are described as being similar to lottery kiosks.

Sports betting would also be available online with casinos getting a head start on breaking into mobile gaming over already established companies like FanDuel and DraftKings.

A timeline for when sports betting will begin in Illinois has yet to be established.

The gambling expansion bill also included language to add more casinos in Illinois and expanded the market for video gaming.

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