Illinois Still All Talk, No Action on Sports Betting

Illinois Still All Talk, No Action on Sports Betting

May 30, 2018 9:54 AM


llinois lawmakers worked through the Memorial Day weekend and one of the issues that their attention was focused on was sports betting. But despite the extra work days, no bills came out of the Gaming Committee. SB 7, sponsored by Representative Robert Rita (D-District 28), which was scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, was voted on by the Executive Committee over the weekend, but didn’t get enough votes to move forward.

Neither of the two Senate bills that had been referred to the Gaming Committee, Senator Steve Stadelman’s (D-District 34) SB 2478 nor Senator Napoleon Harris’ (D-District 15)  SB 3432 have made much progress. reached a vote in the committee over the holiday weekend. A staffer in Stadelman’s office last week that the legislature may hold informational hearings about sports betting over the summer, but it was unclear if any legislation would reach a vote before the general assembly adjourns Thursday.

Rita’s SB 7 hasn’t been on the radar in terms of sports betting, as it was originally intended to build a casino within the city of Chicago. But the bill has been amended to include literal placeholders – one or two sentences naming the amendment – for daily fantasy, sports wagering and internet gaming. There is no description of what any of these would look like should the bill pass.

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