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Casinos broke their promise to Illinois

Illinois legislature justified the approval of gambling in Illinois by arguing that riverboats would revive the downtowns. The two-boat Hollywood Casino opened in Aurora in 1993. Last month, the owner, Penn Entertainment, said it wanted to close the long-docked riverboat downtown and rebuild it on a site closer to I-88. Penn also announced a similar plan for the casino in Joliet. Illinois casinos have become like NFL franchises, skilled at lobbying and dangling the promise of revenue to cash-strapped cities. Chicago has already seen a fascinating shift within its new, long awaited casino.
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COLUMNIST: How casinos broke their promises to the struggling downtowns of Illinois

William Weidner, then president of Hollywood Casino of Aurora Inc., tried to kill a $2 billion mega-casino in downtown Chicago in 1992. He argued that it would run contrary to the intent of the Illinois legislature. The legislature had justified the approval of gambling in Illinois by arguing that riverboats would revive the downtowns. Now casinos find themselves subject to many of same pressures as office buildings downtown. Chicago has already seen a shift within its own new long-awaited casino. It's because of Bally's presence in the industry. It seems casinos have become like NFL franchises.
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Relax Gaming’s CEO Discusses the Problem of Jackpot Chasers and Jackpot Syndicates

Jackpot chasers and jackpot syndicates are a problem for the gaming industry. Relax Gaming’s CEO, Simon Hammon, participated in one of the SBC Summit discussions. He believes that the solution is to offer fewer local jackpots to improve jack pot liquidity. It is also up to developers to design jackpong systems that are less predictable.
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SBC: CasinoBeats Summit 2023

SBC is organizing a conference on iGaming strategy, innovation and development. The CasinoBeats Summit 2023 will be held in Malta from March 21-23. Over 160 executives from the gaming industry are expected to attend the event. Speakers include Andrea Bellezza, Asami Tanaka, Benjamin Truman, Emil Christensen, Lasha Kiladze, Leanne Muleba, Mark Grech, Michael Daly, Paul Fraser, and Will Barnes. They are: Alexandru Ababei, Alexandre Abbei (Global Casino Campaign Manager, Mr Green - Part of William Hill), Asko Keiskanen (Head of Gaming, Veikkaus), Christine Debono (Marketing Director, Videoslots), David Plumi (Regional Managing Director for LATAM & Spain), Ivana Flynn (SEO Director), Lucas Lebleu (Casino Director) and Richard Veltri (COO, Coolbet).
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SBC to Stage Cream-of-the-Crop Event for iGaming Professionals at CasinoBeats Summit 2023

SBC is organizing a conference and trade show for iGaming professionals at CasinoBeats Summit 2023. The conference will be held at InterContinental Hotel in Malta from 21-23 March. It will focus on i gaming strategy, innovation and development. Over 160 industry game-changers will offer a deep dive into slots and live casino games. They will discuss affiliate marketing trends and share their thoughts on country-specific regulations and safer gambling standards. The speaker list includes Andrea Bellezza (Vice President of EU and Asia, KaFe Rocks), Asami Tanaka (Japan SEO Manager, Acroud), Benjamin Truman (COO, MediaTroopers), Emil Christensen (Professional Gamer, KD.BET), Johan Styren (CEO, Dilanti Media), Lasha Kiladze (LK Gambling, Digital Marketing Consultant), Leanne Muleba (cOO), Mark Grech (Founder, ProdMark 365), Michael Daly ( CEO, Catena Media).
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How casinos broke their promises to the struggling downtowns of Illinois

William Weidner, then president of Hollywood Casino of Aurora Inc., opposed a $2 billion casino in downtown Chicago. He argued that it would hurt the revitalization of the downtowns of Illinois. Weirner and his group prevailed and the Hollywood casino opened in 1993. The casino is now sad and diminished. Its owner wants to close the long-docked riverboat downtown and rebuild it closer to I-88. It's a far cry from its glamour in the 1990s. it's also a sad reminder of how casinos broke their promises to the struggling downtowned of Illinois and their people.
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Illinois Casinos Revenue Tick Higher To $116 Million In October

Illinois Gaming Board reports nearly $116 million in casino revenue for October. Rivers Casino's revenue declined for the fourth consecutive month. Table games revenue increased 6.2% to $30.4 million. Slot revenue inched 0.5% higher to $85.6 million, and VGT revenue up 4.1% to $234. 6 million for that month, the highest since April.
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Illinois Casino Revenue Climbs To New 2022 High In July

Illinois casino revenue reached $122.9 million in July. It is the highest monthly figure post-pandemic and the best month for Illinois casinos since December 2019. The July's year-over-year improvement was 2.3%. The state collected $29.7 million, a 26.8% increase compared to June.
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$1 Million Lucky Day Lotto Jackpot Won In Joliet

$1 million Lucky Day Lotto jackpot won in Joliet by a regular customer of Jefferson BP. The winner is the eighth winner of a million dollars or more with Lucky day lotto this year. More than 41,000 winning tickets were sold and nearly $1.2 million in prizes were won. The River is playing on Riverbender Radio. It's the Riverbend's only Country station. For more information or to buy tickets online, visit illinoislottery.com.
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B.C. Gaming branch to bring Kootenay online bingo to a halt

The B.C. Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch is reverting back to its pre-COVID-19 pandemic rules and will not renew or extend a temporary gaming license for a Rotary Club of Invermere. The club runs an online bingo, which has raised over $73,000 for local charities. The money is divided between the clubs and the local community. It is not always clear what percentage of the money goes to the community and which to local nonprofits. In some cases, the winner spends the prize money in the Columbia Valley.
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Hollywood Casino Aurora owners present plan to move out of downtown, rebuild by I-88

Hollywood Casino Aurora wants to move out of downtown Aurora and rebuild on a site closer to Interstate 88. The new location would cost about $360 million and include a casino with about 900 slot machines, 50 live table games and a sportsbook. It would also have a 200-room hotel with 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space. If approved, construction would begin in late 2023. Penn Entertainment is planning a similar shift with Hollywood Casino Joliet. The details will be presented to the public at a city council finance committee meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday.
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Wind Creek Breaks Ground For Suburban Cook County Casino In Illinois

Wind Creek broke ground for a new casino in Cook County, Illinois. The project is expected to be completed in September 2023. Hard Rock is the only other operator currently operating a casino. Illinois lost $331 million annually in gaming revenue to Indiana.  Hard Rock has been operating in Rockford since November. Bally's applied for Chicago's downtown casino license. It was rejected. Governor Pritzker signed a gaming expansion bill in June 2019. He signed it with sports betting. Wind Creek estimated creating 600 new construction jobs and generating $155 million in revenue by 2025.
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Hard Rock breaks ground on new Rockford casino

Hard Rock broke ground on the new Hard Rock Rockford casino. The new casino will be located on East State Street and Lyford Rd, just off I-90. It will bring more than 2000 jobs to the area. There will also be a 250-room hotel. Construction work will start in winter of 2023. i Iafrate predicts jobs in the region will rise. Mayor Tom McNamara says the project will increase the city revenue. RACVB President John Groh agrees. He predicts hundreds of thousands of people will come to visit the casino every year.
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Illinois Casino Revenue Slips To $116.6 Million For May

Illinois Gaming Board reports $116.6 million in casino gaming revenue for May. Table games revenue ticked higher to more than $30 million for the first time in 2022. Slots and EGD revenue was 6.8% less than in the previous month. The state collected $22.7 million and local municipalities received $6. 6 million.
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Joliet, Aurora Hollywood Casinos On Move: Penn Gaming Confirms

Joliet, Aurora Hollywood Casinos On Move: Penn Gaming Confirms. Hollywood Casino will be relocated to the new Rock Run Crossings development in Joliet. Penn Entertainment Inc. will also move its Hollywood casino in downtown Aurora to a different location.  The two projects will significantly improve the offerings in the Chicagoland market and create hundreds of new full-time jobs for the local communities.
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Rockford Illinois will have a Hard Rock casino, the shovels say, “Aye”

The Hard Rock Casino Rockford was officially opened last Wednesday. The permanent casino will be open by September 2023. It will cost $300 million. About 1,000 people will work there. The Ho-Chunk Nation is building a $405 million casino in nearby Beloit. Hard Rancher raised wages for salaried employees a week ago. They will see an increase of $5,00 over the course of a year. Mayor Tom McNamara believes the city will benefit from the casino's presence. He also believes it will draw more people to the area.
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Illinois Gaming Regulators Approve Danville Casino Plan

The Illinois Gaming Board approved the Golden Nugget Danville Casino plan unanimously. The casino is expected to have 500 slot machines, 14 table games, two restaurants and a sports book. It's the latest community to get a green light for new gaming under a 2019 law that expanded gambling in Illinois.
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Chicago's entry into casino game not deterring suburban sites

In Joliet, the city will provide the land and almost $60 million in financing for a new $185 million building. The existing 11 casinos in Illinois are planning to expand. Tax revenue from gambling statewide increased 39% in fiscal year 2022 to a record $1.9 billion. The industry has been hurt by video gaming, but has a chance to grow in sports betting. Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin recently opened a sportsbook and poker room. Poker player Paul Conway likes it. He travels to play tournaments in Hammond and Bartlett. Hard Rock Casino is the highest-grossing casino in the state.
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New hotel attached to Delta casino slated to open next month

The new Delta Hotels by Marriott – Vancouver Delta is scheduled to open at the end of November or early part of December. The hotel is attached to the recently-opened Cascades Casino Delta. It is in the finishing stages of construction and workers have been actively loading furniture, fixtures and equipment into the building over the last five weeks. Management team is interviewing candidates for supervisory and line-level positions. New hotel will feature 124 upscale guest rooms, an outdoor pool and hot tub, fitness centre, meeting space, sundry shop, coffee shop and indoor access to casino, conference centre and restaurants.
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Springfield leaders shelve resolution on a downtown casino

The Committee of the Whole tabled a resolution that the city be included for consideration of receiving a casino license. Central Illinois Licensed Beverage Association voted unanimously to oppose the casino ordinance and oppose any future resolutions for casino licenses in Springfield. The association's president, Ryan Bandy, owns Win, Lose, or Draught in the Springfield area. He met with Mayor Jim Langfelder and corporation counsel James Zerkle. CILBA is concerned about the encroachment of a casinos in downtown Springfield and the impact on small businesses. In Rockford, where a new casino opened on Nov. 10, revenue from video game dropped 12%.
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Temporary Waukegan casino now expected to open in December

The temporary casino structure is complete. It will be the first wagering facility in Lake County. 700 people will work in the temporary facility when it opens in December. There will also be 50 table games, 1,000 slot machines, three sit-down restaurants, other food options and a large bar. The sportsbook will offer far more than placing a bet on a favorite team. Circa Sports is the partner of Full House Resorts. They will operate the sportsbooks. People can place bets on the score at the end of an inning of a baseball game, a quarter in football game or basketball, and each period in a hockey game.
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Illinois Casino And VGT Revenue Bounces Back In February

Illinois casino and VGT revenue increased in February. The state received $11.5 million in casino revenue and $58.6 million from VTGT. Sports wagering revenue for February is not available. The COVID-19 pandemic in early 2021 had a negative impact on the state's gaming revenues.
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Table Games Up But Illinois Casino Revenue Takes August Dip

Illinois Gaming Board reports August's casino revenue of $117.3 million. August figure is a 4.5% decline from July's $122.9 million, but 10.4% higher than August of last year. The state's 11 casinos have generated $890. 5 million through the first eight months of the year, a 17.6% increase compared to 2021.
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Located next to casino, Delta Hotels by Marriott readying

Delta Hotels by Marriott - Vancouver Delta is scheduled to open at the end of November or early part of December. The hotel is in the finishing stages of construction. It will be located next to the Cascades Casino Delta. Gateway Casinos & Entertainment celebrated the grand opening of the casino on September 29. The Casades casino features 160,000 square feet of entertainment space with a gaming floor and restaurants. A separate high-end spa named Severine Spa and Wellness is expected to be open in February.
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Casino Revenue Ticks Higher In Illinois To Close 2021

Illinois' gaming board reported revenue of $109.8 million for the month of December. The figure represents a 5.6% increase from November's total of$103.9 million. December 2021 revenue total was an 11.7% decline from the $124.3 million generated in December 2019. For 2021, the state collected close to $248. 7 million in casino gaming taxes.
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The line between online gaming and gambling is fading

The Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in 2018. Today, 80% of US sports betting revenue is via mobile devices. The gap between online gaming and gambling is closing. The difference between social games and traditional gambling games is diminishing. GamesBeat Summit Next is on October 25th at the Games Beat Center. It's a meeting of gaming executives to discuss emerging parts of the industry.
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Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot Announces Shortlisted Candidates for City’s Sole Casino License

Bally’s Corporation at the Tribune Site, Hard Rock at ONE Central Site and Rivers 78 at 78 Site have been named finalists to develop a world-class casino-resort and entertainment experience in Chicago. The City Council will choose a final proposal to submit as the developer and operator of the Chicago casino for approval by City council. The casino will generate approximately $400 million a year in gaming and other revenues for the City and State of Illinois.
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Illinois Casinos, VGTs Post Slight Revenue Dip For September

Illinois casinos generated $113.8 million in revenue in September. The state's progressive tax rates on casino revenue helped boost state coffers. Illinois surpassed $1 billion in total table games and slots/electronic gaming device (EGD) revenue for the calendar year. The IGB published August’s numbers on Tuesday.
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Pragmatic Play will sponsor the SBC Summit Latinoamerica

Pragmatic Play will sponsor the upcoming SBC Summit Latinoamerica. The event will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida from November 1-3. It will be attended by the Latin American sports betting and iGaming community. Pragmatik produced up to seven new slot titles per month and offers Live Casino and Bingo games. It was nominated in four categories for the S BC Awards Latin America: Bingos and Lottery Provider of the Year, Virtual Sports Provider, Industry Innovation of The Year and Casino Provider.
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IGT Presents Future-forward Solutions at the World Lottery Summit 2022

IGT will present its portfolio of growth-driving solutions at the World Lottery Summit (WLS) 2022, Oct. 16-20, in Vancouver, British Columbia. In booth 543, IGT will demonstrate its Future Forward, Results Driven approach with a full suite of digital tools, exciting new games and innovative solutions. OMNIA is the industry’s first truly omnichannel solution. It is a comprehensive and modular solution that gives lotteries the means to digitalise the retail experience.
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NeoGames to Exhibit at the World Lottery Summit in Vancouver

NeoGames will present its solutions and services for the first time since its acquisition of Aspire Global at the World Lottery Summit 2022 in Vancouver, Canada. NeoGames is a technology-driven provider of end-to-end iLottery and iGaming solutions. It will be hosting NeoPollard Interactive, the company's joint venture and supplier of best-in-class iLotto solutions to the North American lottery market.
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Springfield maintains top spot in Illinois with most video gambling machines

Springfield has 757 video gambling terminals in operation. Rockford has 537. Decatur is third with 522. Unincorporated Sangamon County ranked 14th with 281 terminals. There were 43,128 terminals across Illinois in the fiscal year. The state took $12 million in taxes and local government received $2.4 million. It's a rebound from when the pandemic caused revenue to drop by 42 percent.
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Illinois: Hard Rock breaks ground on its permanent $300M Rockford Casino

Hard Rock Casino Rockford celebrated Wednesday its groundbreaking ceremony for its permanent casino resort. The ceremony came about a year after the opening of the temporary Hard Rock casino. Construction on the permanent facility is set to begin following the approval of it by the Illinois Gaming Board earlier this month. It is expected to be finished in winter of 2023. In the meantime, guests can visit the company's temporary casino near the intersection of East State Street and Bell School Road. HardRock has recently announced the continuity of its community investments by partnering with the Coronado Performing Arts Center to revitalize its opera boxes.
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Hard Rock Casino Rockford officially breaks ground

Hard Rock Casino Rockford broke ground Wednesday afternoon. The new hotel and casino will be 300 million dollars and employ 1,200 people. A temporary casino campus opened on November 10, 2021. In January 2022, the gaming board voted to grant a license for the permanent casino. The hotel will not be part of the Phase 1 constructions and will begin after the Casino's construction. It will open in the next three years. 13 WREX has been covering this story since Rockton leaders announced their plan to bring a casino to the region.
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Decades in the making: Hard Rock Casino Rockford construction begins

Hard Rock Casino Rockford is being built. The resort will cost $310 million and create more than 1,000 jobs. It is hoped the resort could be built by winter 2023. Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick is thrilled to see Hard Rock install a little piece of rock 'n roll in his backyard.
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2 claim Mega Millions prize; 3rd-largest US lottery jackpot

The July 29 Mega Millions winner is anonymous. The winner had until Sept. 27 to opt for a lump sum payment. Illinois is one of at least 16 states where winners can remain anonymous, but the state lottery won't share any information about the winner.
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Hard Rock Casino Rockford construction to begin from Wednesday

Hard Rock International will hold a ground-breaking ceremony on Wednesday afternoon to mark the start of construction of its Hard Rock Casino Rockford venue. The event is set to take place ten months after the firm premiered its temporary Rockfords Casino: A Hard Rink Opening Act to much acclaim.
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Winners of $1.34 billion Mega Millions jackpot claim prize in Illinois

Winners of $1.34 billion Mega Millions jackpot in Illinois have claimed the prize. The jackpots were split between two people. They are taking the jack pot in a lump-sum payment of of about $780.5 million before taxes. It's the third-largest prize in lottery history. A winning ticket was bought at a Speedway gas station and convenience store in Des Plaines, Illinois.
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Winners of $1.34 billion Mega Millions jackpot turn in ticket

The Illinois Lottery announced the winners of the July 29 Mega Millions drawing and its $1.34 billion jackpot. The ticket was sold in Des Plaines, Illinois. They agreed before the drawing to split the winnings. However, they chose to take the lump sum payment of $780.5 million. They will owe a combined $288 million in U.S. taxes and about $38 million of state taxes.
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City shortlists three bids for new casino

Bally's Corporation proposes a $1.74 billion casino and hotel on the current Tribune Publishing Plant. The plan expects the casino to offer 3,400 slots and 173 games, while the hotel tower will deliver 500 hotel keys. Other amenities include a 3-000-seat theater, Immerse Agency exhibition experience, sports museum, extension of Riverwalk, outdoor park, an outdoor music venue, amenity terrace featuring a large pool spa, fitness center and sun deck.
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Casino Guru welcomes you to SBC Summit Barcelona with discount tickets

SBC Summit Barcelona 2022 is taking place on 20-22 September. More than 6,000 delegates from iGaming, sports betting, tech and beyond will attend. The event will be attended by 2,00 operators, 350 speakers and 200 exhibitors. Casino Guru invites you to sign up at the SBC. Summit registration page and use the VIP code CASINOGURUSBCSB2022VIP. You will get a sizeable discount for a single or group full-access pass to the two days of events.
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Slotegrator's Telegram Casino shortlisted for Industry Innovation of the Year at SBC Awards

Slotegrator's Telegram Casino has been nominated for the "Industry Innovation of the Year" category at the SBC Awards 2022. The S BC Summit will take place at Palau Nacional in Barcelona on September 22. SloteGrator developed the app to help operators reach a new niche of players who "prioritize convenience and privacy". The line of games for Telegram casino includes more than 15,000 video slots from well-known industry developers.
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Bally's Submits Application For Downtown Chicago Casino License

Bally's has submitted its application for a casino license to the Illinois Gaming Board. The company wants to build a $1.7 billion venue in the River West neighborhood of Chicago. If approved, Bally’s would operate a temporary casino at Medinah Temple in River North while the permanent venue is built on the former Tribune Publishing plant grounds. Baly”s was approved by the Chicago City Council on May 25. The city hopes the Bly“s casino will generate $800 million in annual revenue at full maturity and generate an estimated $200 million tax revenue for the city.
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Rockford Casino is applying for sports betting licensing.

Rockford Casino is considering adding sports betting and live table games to its temporary casino facility. The casino would like to offer a physical sportsbook within its gaming floor and provide an app that can be used throughout the state of Illinois.
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Will schools see revenue flow to them from Waukegan casino?

Waukegan's temporary American Place casino is scheduled to open this fall. Waukeson's Unit School District 60 students begin the 2022-23 school year on August 11. The temporary casino will have 1,000 slot machines and 50 table games. It will be staffed by at least 260 dealers. Mayor Ann Taylor wants to know what the winning casino bidder plans to do for the schools within the city limits. The permanent casino's construction will take 3-5 years. Warren Township High School district 121 and Woodland Grade SchoolDistrict 50 will eventually receive property tax revenue from the casinos.
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Ticket bought in Illinois wins $1.28B Mega Millions jackpot

Ticket bought in Des Plaines, Illinois, won the $1.28 billion Mega Millions jackpot. The winning numbers were 13-36-45-57-67, Mega Ball: 14. It's the nation's third-largest lottery prize. There have been 29 consecutive draws without a jackpots winner. The store that sold the ticket will receive a half million dollars just for selling the tickets.
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Hard Rock Eyeing Potential Casino In Southeastern Wisconsin

Hard Rock International and the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin are teaming up to bring a casino to southeastern Wisconsin. The village of Bristol voted to sell a 60-acre parcel of land in the city of Kenosha to an affiliate of Hard Rock for $15.2 million. Full House Resorts is currently constructing a temporary casino in Waukegan, Illinois. The Temporary by American Place is expected to open this fall.
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Illinois Casino, VGT Revenues Take Hit In June

Illinois Gaming Board reports $327.4 million in revenue from casino gaming and video gaming terminals in June. There were 745,546 admissions across the state's 11 revenues, nearly 50,000 fewer compared to May. The state collected $86.2 million from the two wagering disciplines.
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North-east bingo hall staff hit the jackpot in employee takeover

Carlton Bingo's Fraserburgh branch has 12 employees. The company has put its shares into an Employee Ownership Trust. It will give its staff a controlling stake in the business. The four major shareholders decided to transition the company into employee ownership. They wanted to find an exit solution that lessened any disruption to staff and customers. Manager Mike Watret has worked for Carlton Bingos for 30 years. He graduated from Stirling University in 1991 and worked with Gala Bingoes for 10 years before coming back to Carlton.
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Work gets underway on south suburban casino, with promise of jobs, millions in revenue

Six months after the casino received initial approval from state gaming regulators, construction is getting underway. Most of the work is taking place below ground. The project will create about 600 construction jobs. It is expected to create 800 permanent jobs once finished. A 70,000-square-foot casino will feature 1,350 slot machines and 56 table games. The casino could be ready for customers by late summer or early fall of next year, with a 252-room hotel to follow in 2024. Poarch Band of Creek Indians decided not to build a temporary casino.
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Chicago City Council Approves Bally's $1.7bn Casino Plan

Chicago City Council approved Bally's $1.7bn casino plan 41-7 on Wednesday. The final step is for the Illinois Gaming Board to approve the casino. Alderman Brendan Reilly questioned the revenue projections of the project.
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Chicago City Council approves Bally’s $1.7 billion casino in River West

Chicago City Council approves Bally’s $1.7 billion casino in River West. The vote followed a frenzied week of casino votes at City Hall. Mayor Lori Lightfoot thanks labor leaders for helping her deliver a Chicago casino after decades of "futility". . The Illinois Gaming Board must approve the deal. It was a schedule without precedent for a City council. it was on Monday, recessed, and then the Bly”s plan was muscled through.
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Who's left out of the casino?

The city council approved a plan to offer Chicago's sole casino license to Bally's Corporation. Brian Hopkins, Anthony Beale, Ed Burke, Ray Lopez, Byron Sigcho-Lopez, Brendan Reilly, and Michele Smith voted against the proposal. Sophia King recused herself from the vote. The proposal will now go to the Illinois Gaming Board for approval. If approved, the new casino-resort and entertainment complex will be constructed at the Chicago Tribune’s Publishing Center in the River West neighborhood. Construction is expected to be completed in 2025. Baly's plans to operate a temporary casino at Medinah Temple in River North neighborhood in meantime.
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FBMDS unveils the future of the LATAM online casino markets at CasinoBeats Summit

FBMDS is going to take part in two panels at CasinoBeats Summit Malta. The event is taking place between the 24th and 26th of May at Intercontinental Hotel Malta and is dedicated to iGaming. FBM will take its team to the three days of the event. The brand's team will include its commercial team, CEO and Head of Operations. It will also discuss the business opportunities emerging in the i gaming markets. They will discuss technology adaptation and innovation in these markets and the power of local partnerships. On Thursday, Roberto Regianini will talk about LATAM: The Key to Success.
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CasinoBeats Summit 2022 to showcase most innovative new games

Delegates at this month's CasinoBeats Summit 2022 will have their say on the most innovative slot release of the last year. The special Game Developer Awards live voting session will take place on 26 May at the InterContinental in St Julian’s, Malta. Game developers will present their games to the audience and answer questions from three expert judges. They will then vote for the winner. It will be announced at a ceremony at Hilton, St. Julian's, that evening.
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Illinois Casino Revenue Surges To $122 Million For April

Illinois venues in play posted a 15.9% increase in April revenue to $122.4 million. The state received $21 million in tax receipts from casino gaming in the first four months of the year. Bally's was selected as the city's preferred operator on May 5. Chicago City Council could vote on the proposal next week. The Special Committee on Chicago Casino is meeting on Friday. It is expected to delay the vote until Wednesday.
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Chicago Tribune

Column: Dogs on the run no match for growing casino industry

Waukegan and Kenosha will not build a gaming casino. The Menominee tribe tried to open a casino at the Kenoza County greyhound track in 2015, but it was rejected by the governor. Full House Resorts won the contest for the Waukeshian site. It plans a $500 million gaming palace on 32 acres in the Fountain Square entertainment corridor. The industry's first quarter of the year brought in more than $5.3 billion from gamblers. There will be only two greyhounds racing tracks left in America by end of year.
Industry
Column: Dogs on the run no match for growing casino industry
Times Of Casino

Bally’s Officials Interacting with Residents About Chicago Casino

Bally's Corporation is planning a casino and hotel in the River West of Chicago. The development has raised concerns among several citizens. Bally’s officials have been interacting with the citizens about the development. The project will produce over 3,000 construction jobs with similar permanent jobs. It will be targeting areas with high unemployment rates. There are also concerns about safety and security. They will collaborate with Chicago police.
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Bally’s Officials Interacting with Residents About Chicago Casino