On June 28, Illinois passed a law legalizing sports betting. On Tuesday, Sept. 27, the Illinois Gaming Board opened a public comment period to collect input before implementing sports betting in the state.
Illinois Gaming Board Administrator Marcus Fruchter released a statement on Tuesday explaining their decision to open a public comment period, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“This public comment period is an important step in a process to ethically and expeditiously establish a regulatory framework to allow sports wagering in Illinois. In order to make the process of rule creation as transparent and independent as possible, it is important that the public and various stakeholders have an equal opportunity to submit comments about the Sports Wagering Act contained in P.A 101-0031.”
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a law in June that put into effect a $45 billion capital plan that featured a massive gambling expansion, including sports betting.
In addition to casinos and racetracks, The Chicago Tribune reported that Illinois sports venues with a capacity of 17,000 or more will also be eligible to open sports books, like Chicago’s United Center and Soldier Field.
Players were hoping that sports betting would be possible for the NFL and college football seasons, but it looks like it may be awhile before any wagers will take place in The Prairie State.
The public comment period ends on Sept. 27, the fifth week of the college football season and the fourth week of the NFL season.
In addition, it’s unclear how long it will take for the Illinois Gaming Board to assess the public comments.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Administrator Fruchter stated that he hasn’t put a timeframe on the rollout for sports betting.
The massive gambling expansion that was signed into law also included the expansion of new casinos in Chicago and other cities in the state. While that initially seemed to be good news, a recent study shows that casino gaming isn’t practical in Chicago.
A study held by Union Gaming Analytics analyzed the five proposed sites for a casino in Chicago. The results of the study stunningly revealed that none of the five casino sites were realistic because of the heavy tax structure given by the Illinois General Assembly.
Because of the extreme taxes, Churchill Downs Inc. recently decided to not apply for a casino gaming license for their Arlington International Racecourse located 25 miles from Chicago. Instead, Arlington will pursue a sports betting license.
While Chicagoans will have to wait a bit longer to place a wager on sports, they can join their other Illinoisans in sending their thoughts and comments to [email protected]