Illinois Gaming Board

The future of fantasy sports betting in Illinois hinges on legislation that’s passed a House committee.   It would regulate sites like DraftKings and FanDuel.  The measure would ban company employees and anyone under 21 from playing the online games and give oversight to the Illinois Gaming Board. But Representative

Scott Drury, a Democrat from Highwood, said he doesn't think the proposal can stop youth from participating. He also complained he needed more time to ask questions about the legislation before voting on it. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers will try to legalize gambling in online daily fantasy sports with a measure to regulate various aspects of how the businesses operate.

A measure is scheduled to have its first vote in a House committee Wednesday would forbid company employees and anyone under age 21 from participating in the games. The Illinois Gaming Board would oversee the contests and operators who violate the law would face fines. Operators also would be required to pay licensing fees based on their revenue.  

An Illinois legislator has introduced plans to regulate daily fantasy sports websites and add consumer protections.   

The Illinois Gaming Board plans to seek a legal opinion on whether daily fantasy sports websites like those ordered shut down in Nevada violate state law.

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.  

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. 

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