An Illinois lawmaker says a casino proposed for southern Wisconsin would deal an economic blow to an adjacent Illinois town.

A real estate developer in Springfield has floated grand plans for downtown Springfield. The crux of Chris Stone's plan is a 1,200-employee casino in the capital city to generate tax revenue and draw tourists to the places Abraham Lincoln lived and worked. 

The Illinois Gaming Board has rejected video license applications for operators who'd envisioned opening several businesses in a half-vacant strip mall outside Chicago.  

Chicago would get a city-owned casino and new casinos would be added throughout the state under legislation expected to be introduced in the Illinois Senate.

Illinois Gambling expansion approval likely

May 11, 2015

An Illinois state representative says gambling expansion is more likely to pass the legislature this month.  That’s after the state Supreme Court struck down a plan last week that deals with Illinois’ $100 billion dollar pension debt.  

Tourism industry officials say a Chicago casino could generate much-needed revenue along with sparking economic development in the city. 

Illinois lawmakers are working on a bill to create a Chicago-owned casino. They believe there's a clearer path to expand gambling this session than there has been in years. 

A state lawmaker panel is hearing testimony from gambling experts from around the country as proposals to add casinos and slot machines in Illinois are pending. 

The mayor of the east-central Illinois town Danville is still hoping to cash in on bringing a casino to the city.  Mayor Scott Eisenhauer says he's talked about gaming expansion with Governor Bruce Rauner. 

Quinn reviewing airport gaming measure

May 3, 2013

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he’ll be reviewing a new gambling expansion bill that passed the state senate this week. In particular the part about adding slot machines to Chicago’s airports. IPR’s Tony Arnold reports.