The Illinois Gaming Board conducts meetings each month to discuss recent changes in the Illinois gaming industry, issue licenses, and make disciplinary decisions. The board members set monthly meetings to ensure the integrity of gaming in Illinois is maintained. Meeting agendas are usually posted 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting date. Typically, open session meetings are held on the 5th floor of the Michael A. Bilandric building located at 160 North Lasalle Street. If your establishment would like to be added to the agenda under “public commentary” you must submit a request in writing prior to the posting date.
Summary of the September Video Gaming Meeting
The Illinois Gaming Board held its monthly meeting on September 17th, 2020. The Administrator Marcus Fruchter, was granted authority to act on certain matters. Chairman Schmadeke, Ramirez, Hayden, and Garcia began with the approval of the Board. During the board meeting, several points were covered including; the administrators reports, administrative matters, public commentary, and updated casino or establishment regulations.
Administrator Fruchter began by thanking the Illinois Gaming Board and all staff members for their hard work during these trying times. The Illinois Gaming Board workforce now has an extensive amount of labor on their hands, but are doing everything they can to keep casinos, video gaming, and sports wagering running efficiently and safely. Administrator Fruchter acknowledged that all gaming establishments and licensees are being affected by the pandemic. Fruchter encourages people to explore information that can be found on the DCEO website, regarding the Restore Illinois Plan which has an intuitive outline on how to safely reopen the state.
Updates on Sports Wagering Activities
After expressing appreciation for the staff of the Illinois Gaming Board, Administrator Fruchter provided updates on sports wagering, which he explained is starting to take shape in Illinois. Out of ten casinos, seven have received approval to begin sports wagering operations. Four casinos have added online and in-person wagering, and three casinos have in-person wagering. Hawthorne Casino and Race Course is licensed to offer sports wagering as well. Despite hardships from the COVID-19 pandemic, revenue from sports wagering reports gives reasons to be optimistic about the future of the addition.
Video Gaming Announcements
Next, Fruchter provided an update on Illinois video gaming stating more information will be released in coming weeks about Rule 320. The administrator reminds the industry that the Illinois Gaming Board Rules impose ongoing duties on licensees to conduct themselves in a professional manner when interacting with the public, competitors, customers, and the board.
The Administrator of the Illinois Gaming Board also discussed the new casino license application process. Fruchter states he is aware of the October timeline for new applicants and advises all applicants to pay close attention to the statute and rules. Administrator Fruchter strongly advises handing in information to the Illinois Gaming Board in a timely complete manner. Fructher discussed specific statutory sections and rules regarding ethical behavior and encouraged applicants to continue filing the necessary documents in accord with Section 5.3 of the statute, informing the Illinois Gaming Board of discussions with an applicant.
Administrator Fruchter reminded the industry that handing in incomplete and/or inaccurate information creates more work for the staff causing delays in the approval process. The board ensures that the new Casino application process is ethical, transparent, and in compliance with the law. Members of the Illinois Gaming Board will carefully review all submitted applications. Board members and staff will remain focused and faithful to the process and timeline following through on all obligations without sacrificing integrity, independence, or ethics.
Illinois Video Gaming Data for September
The total number of gaming locations in Illinois as of September was 7,275. The locations consist of truck stops, restaurants, fraternal organizations, and bars. On the other hand, there are over 36,435 Video Gaming Terminals at establishments in the state. Over 3,000 establishments maintain more than five video slot machines for customers.
Amendments to Video Gaming Rules 1800.570 and 1800.580
The amendments will improve video gaming rules 1800.570 and 1800.580. The latest amendments are designed to regulate the distribution of Annual Fees. Details were released that stated annual fees are due for licensees that have pending disciplinary actions. In addition, new authority has been assigned to Administrator Fruchter that allows for the approval of licensees’ requests that are in relation to denials and renewal rejections. These changes will make the process of resolving and/or setting hearing requests concerning the denial of initial applications or renewal applications easier.
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