Pressure Grows On Illinois Lawmakers To Fix Gambling Expansion Law

Scheduled to reconvene for just three days in October and three more days in November in a so-called “veto session,” Illinois lawmakers already are discussing makeovers for an almost 800-page gaming and sports-betting law that is riddled with inconsistencies.

Regulators turned up the heat on the legislature this week when the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) recommended modifying tax and licensing requirements for a new casino in Chicago without specifying what those modifications should be.

“It’s not our role,” Charles Schmadeke, the IGB’s new chairman, told the Chicago Tribune.

“Our role is merely to refer it to the legislature for consideration, and it’s up to them to do as they deem appropriate,” Schmadeke said.

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