Peoria Public Radio Staff
Tue September 3, 2013
Il Gambing Board to consider 24 hour casinos
Casinos only briefly close now. The Casino Queen, in East St. Louis, opens its doors at 8 in the morning and closes at 6 a.m. The Rivers casino, in Des Plaines, closes at 7 in the morning and reopens again at 9. But both casinos want the ability to stay open those extra two hours.
Tom Swoik, who represents a handful of Illinois' ten riverboats, says it could generate a bit of extra income for the casinos and by extension the state, at a time when their revenues are down.
"With the video gaming that's going on now, for example truck stops are allowed to stay open 24 hours a day. So people can play video gaming at truck stops 24 hours a day, why not at the casinos?" says Swoik.
''It's a dangerous thing, and the casinos in Illinois do not need to go to 24-hour gambling, what they need to do is stop the 24-hour gambling at truck stops."
That's anti-gambling activist Anita Bedell, who says it's a way for casinos who take advantage of sleep-deprived gamblers who aren't thinking clearly.