Progressive legislation has allowed Illinois residents a relatively free choice (in comparison to many other States of the Union) in the uptake of many and varied gambling pursuits. The open-mindedness of the Illinois State Legislature in legalizing several forms of gambling has resulted in a good amount of tax revenue being raised for the state of Illinois’ many infrastructure projects and services for the states’ residents. This is partly because in Illinois, there are no Tribal Casinos to share the revenue with.
The effects of the legalization laws for Video Gaming Machines and the expansion of Casinos is beginning to be felt, and in this environment, Illinois fits the bill for a State willing to legalize both online casinos and implement legal sports betting.
Although online gambling was stripped away from a previous bill, the times-are-a-changing’ and if revenue raising options continue to be seriously encouraged, it is hoped that a re-think is not far away – and sports betting may force the state’s hand.
Check out our timeline for landmark dates in the interesting history of gambling in Illinois;
1927 – Betting on Horse Racing was approved in Illinois. These days its possible to enjoy simulcast betting on other states and worldwide at 6 live venues and 37 OTB parlors.
1974 – Michigan State Lottery begins.
1986 – Charitable gambling legal under license includes bingo, keno and raffles.
1991 – Riverboat Casinos open their floating doors for the first time. They were allowed to cruise on rivers during operating hours but not Lake Michigan.
1999 – Riverboat Casinos legalized to operate whilst moored.
2001 – Illinois State Lottery tickets available online, the first state to adopt the technology.
2009 – Video Gaming Act passed enabling video gambling machines in licensed establishments.
2011 – Video Games now allowed at Horse Racing tracks now included slots machines.
2011 – Online Gambling Bill blocked in State Senate.
2020 – Sports Betting Introduced to Illinois.
Spring 2019? – Given Illinois’ State Legislature tabling of a debate on online sports betting for spring 2019, it seems only a matter of time until online casinos and fully legalized sports betting is available to all Illinois residents.
Visit our Illinois Online Sports Betting page for Information about Illinois online sportsbook reviews