casino http://news.stlpublicradio.org en East St. Louis Hearing To Address Illinois Gambling Expansion Proposal http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-hearing-address-illinois-gambling-expansion-proposal <p></p><p>A hearing at the Casino Queen in East Saint Louis Tuesday will kick off an Illinois lawmaker’s renewed efforts to expand gambling in the state.</p><p>Rep. Bob Rita of Blue Island is reviving a proposal to increase state tax revenues by allowing five new casinos in Illinois, in northern and central Illinois, and add slot machines at horse racing tracks and Chicago airports.&nbsp;</p><p>Rita says he’s following up on a promise he made to conduct regional hearings after&nbsp;the proposal he shouldered&nbsp;last year&nbsp;stalled.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 33269 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org East St. Louis Hearing To Address Illinois Gambling Expansion Proposal Mo. Casino Industry 'Doing A Good Job' At Keeping Minors Out http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-casino-industry-doing-good-job-keeping-minors-out <p>The <a href="http://www.missouricasinos.org/">Missouri Gaming Association</a> told regulators Wednesday that it is trying hard to keep underage patrons from getting into the state’s casinos.</p><p>Mike Winter, the association's&nbsp;Executive Director, told state gaming commission members that the use of fake&nbsp;ID's is the most common way minors try to get in – but there have also been cases where they tried to climb over walls, blend in with crowds, and in a few cases, sneak in with the help of their parents.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.mgc.dps.mo.gov/Commissioners.htm">Barrett Hatches</a> is chairman of the<a href="http://www.mgc.dps.mo.gov/index.html"> Missouri&nbsp;Gaming Commission</a>. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 22:40:32 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4716 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Casino Industry 'Doing A Good Job' At Keeping Minors Out Casino fees to be redirected from early childhood programs to Mo. veterans homes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/casino-fees-be-redirected-early-childhood-programs-mo-veterans-homes <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed&nbsp;<a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/BillSummaryPrn.aspx?bill=hb1731&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R&amp;style=new">legislation</a> redirecting casino fees to nursing homes for military&nbsp;veterans.</p><p>The legislation signed into law Wednesday provides a dedicated&nbsp;funding stream for the state&#39;s seven nursing homes that serve about&nbsp;1,300 veterans.</p><p>Casinos already pay a per-person fee to the state. Most of that&nbsp;money has gone to early childhood programs. But the new law&nbsp;redirects the bulk of those fees to veterans homes.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 19:12:52 +0000 The Associated Press 3813 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Casino fees to be redirected from early childhood programs to Mo. veterans homes Former Brentwood official placed on Mo. gaming 'blacklist' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/former-brentwood-official-placed-mo-gaming-blacklist <p>A former city manager for the St. Louis suburb of Brentwood has been banned from entering any casino in Missouri.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:36:44 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3571 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Former Brentwood official placed on Mo. gaming 'blacklist' Self-banned gamblers get chance to test their luck again http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/self-banned-gamblers-get-chance-test-their-luck-again <p>For the first time since it was implemented in 1996, gamblers in Missouri now have a way to remove themselves from the state&#39;s voluntary casino exclusion list.</p><p>The Missouri Gaming Commission today made forms available to start the removal from the &quot;disassociated persons&quot; list. Any gambler who&#39;s been on the list for five years is eligible.</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 20:44:56 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3400 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Self-banned gamblers get chance to test their luck again Quinn opposes slot machines at racetracks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-opposes-slot-machines-racetracks <p>Gov. Pat Quinn says he doesn&#39;t support slot machines at Illinois racetracks.</p><p>Quinn on Monday discussed his objections to a gambling bill passed by lawmakers but not yet sent to him.</p><p>Quinn laid out a framework for gambling expansion that includes five new casinos in Chicago, southern Cook County, Lake County, Rockford and Danville.</p><p>He says the Illinois Gaming Board should choose the location in Lake County and not the Park City location passed by lawmakers.</p><p>Quinn also says he opposes slot machines at Chicago&#39;s O&#39;Hare or Midway airports.</p> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 16:56:42 +0000 The Associated Press 2260 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn opposes slot machines at racetracks Language of law keeping money from Ill. horse racing industry http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/language-law-keeping-money-ill-horse-racing-industry <p>$2.6 million dollars is waiting to be distributed to Illinois&rsquo; horse racing industry but the law&rsquo;s wording is keeping that from happening.</p><p>More than a decade ago Illinois legislators promised horse tracks 15 percent of the tenth casino&rsquo;s gross revenue receipts.</p><p>That license was caught up in the courts for years.</p> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 21:17:11 +0000 Maria Altman 1963 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Language of law keeping money from Ill. horse racing industry Ill. gambling bill still up in the air while horse racing industry gets influx of cash http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-gambling-bill-still-air-while-horse-racing-industry-gets-influx-cash <p>A decision by lawmakers to approve a massive expansion of gambling in Illinois has been followed by two months of delay as Gov. Pat Quinn studies the measure and decides where he stands.</p><p>Quinn has met with a revolving door of supporters and opponents, but he&#39;s given no details on what changes he&#39;d like to see. Skeptical lawmakers continue to use a legislative maneuver to hang onto the bill until Quinn explains what he wants.</p> Thu, 11 Aug 2011 18:34:10 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 1852 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. gambling bill still up in the air while horse racing industry gets influx of cash Ill. casino opens after battling for gambling license http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-casino-opens-after-battling-gambling-license <p><em>Reporting from Illinois Public Radio&#39;s Amanda Vinicky used in this report. </em></p><p><font size="3">Illinois&#39; 10th casino is open after years of legal and regulatory fights over its gambling license.</font></p><p><font size="3">The Rivers Casino officially opened Monday in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines. The license had long been dormant since originally being approved for the city of Rosemont in 1999.</font></p><p><font size="3">Gov. Pat Quinn says he approves of the way the state&#39;s gaming board chose the Des Plaines location.</font></p> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:32:30 +0000 The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 1676 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. casino opens after battling for gambling license Measure to allow slot machines at Ill. racetracks awaits governor's signature http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/measure-allow-slot-machines-ill-racetracks-awaits-governors-signature <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-975704.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-975704.mp3</a></p><p>Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and horse tracks used to be the only options for legal gambling.</p><p>Then came riverboat casinos.</p><p>For years race track owners&nbsp; in Illinois have asked lawmakers to allow slot machines at their tracks, creating so-called &quot;racinos.&quot;</p><p>Now all it will take is a signature from Governor Pat Quinn.</p><p>But as St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Maria Altman reports, it&rsquo;s not a sure thing.<br /> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 21:15:54 +0000 Maria Altman 1543 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Measure to allow slot machines at Ill. racetracks awaits governor's signature