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12:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

East St. Louis Hearing To Address Illinois Gambling Expansion Proposal

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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.

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. 

Rita says he’s following up on a promise he made to conduct regional hearings after the proposal he shouldered last year stalled.

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Underage gamblers
5:40 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Mo. Casino Industry 'Doing A Good Job' At Keeping Minors Out

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The Missouri Gaming Association told regulators Wednesday that it is trying hard to keep underage patrons from getting into the state’s casinos.

Mike Winter, the association's Executive Director, told state gaming commission members that the use of fake 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.  Barrett Hatches is chairman of the Missouri Gaming Commission.

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Casinos/Veterans Homes
2:12 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Casino fees to be redirected from early childhood programs to Mo. veterans homes

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation redirecting casino fees to nursing homes for military veterans.

The legislation signed into law Wednesday provides a dedicated funding stream for the state's seven nursing homes that serve about 1,300 veterans.

Casinos already pay a per-person fee to the state. Most of that money has gone to early childhood programs. But the new law redirects the bulk of those fees to veterans homes.

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Gambling ban
1:36 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Former Brentwood official placed on Mo. gaming 'blacklist'

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A former city manager for the St. Louis suburb of Brentwood has been banned from entering any casino in Missouri.

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DAP list
3:44 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Self-banned gamblers get chance to test their luck again

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For the first time since it was implemented in 1996, gamblers in Missouri now have a way to remove themselves from the state's voluntary casino exclusion list.

The Missouri Gaming Commission today made forms available to start the removal from the "disassociated persons" list. Any gambler who's been on the list for five years is eligible.

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Illinois Gambling
11:56 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Quinn opposes slot machines at racetracks

Horses race around the track at Fairmount Park Racetrack in Collinsville, Ill.
(Robert Altman)

Gov. Pat Quinn says he doesn't support slot machines at Illinois racetracks.

Quinn on Monday discussed his objections to a gambling bill passed by lawmakers but not yet sent to him.

Quinn laid out a framework for gambling expansion that includes five new casinos in Chicago, southern Cook County, Lake County, Rockford and Danville.

He says the Illinois Gaming Board should choose the location in Lake County and not the Park City location passed by lawmakers.

Quinn also says he opposes slot machines at Chicago's O'Hare or Midway airports.

Illinois Gambling / Horse Racing
4:17 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Language of law keeping money from Ill. horse racing industry

Horses speed around the track at Fairmount Park Racetrack in Collinsville, Ill.
(Robert Altman)

$2.6 million dollars is waiting to be distributed to Illinois’ horse racing industry but the law’s wording is keeping that from happening.

More than a decade ago Illinois legislators promised horse tracks 15 percent of the tenth casino’s gross revenue receipts.

That license was caught up in the courts for years.

Finally a new owner opened the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines in July, yet the portion slated for horse racing remains in the state’s Gaming Fund.

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Illinois Gambling / Horse Racing
1:34 pm
Thu August 11, 2011

Ill. gambling bill still up in the air while horse racing industry gets influx of cash

Horses race to the finish line at Fairmount Park Racetrack. The Jumbotron shows the action, and its age in the background. About $14 million will go to the racetrack in a recent account release. Some of the money will be used for upgrades and repairs.
(Robert Altman)

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.

Quinn has met with a revolving door of supporters and opponents, but he's given no details on what changes he'd like to see. Skeptical lawmakers continue to use a legislative maneuver to hang onto the bill until Quinn explains what he wants.

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Ill. casinos
5:32 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Ill. casino opens after battling for gambling license

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Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.

Illinois' 10th casino is open after years of legal and regulatory fights over its gambling license.

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.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he approves of the way the state's gaming board chose the Des Plaines location.

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Illinois Gambling
4:15 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Measure to allow slot machines at Ill. racetracks awaits governor's signature

A horse and jockey enter the winner’s circle at Fairmount Park Racetrack on a recent Friday night. If Governor Pat Quinn signs a gambling bill approved by Illinois lawmaker, the track could put in slot machines.
(Robert Altman)

Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and horse tracks used to be the only options for legal gambling.

Then came riverboat casinos.

For years race track owners  in Illinois have asked lawmakers to allow slot machines at their tracks, creating so-called "racinos."

Now all it will take is a signature from Governor Pat Quinn.

But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports, it’s not a sure thing.

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