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US – Hard Rock celebrates opening of temporary Rockford casino

Hard Rock International has held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open its temporary casino in Rockford in Illinois. The Rockford Casino celebrated its opening act with a ceremony featuring Hard Rock executives, local community members and civic leaders to celebrate the newest economic driver and long-awaited attraction in the Northern Illinois region. The traditional Hard Rock…

US – Rivers Casino Des Plaines hiring 400 team members to support property expansion

Rivers Casino Des Plaines in Illinois is seeking to add 400 team members to its winning team as part of the property’s expansion. Rivers was recently named a 2021 Top Workplace by The Chicago Tribune and was the top-ranked entertainment and hospitality company in the large employer category. Rivers is hosting regular weekly hiring events and hosting a job…

US – Illinois sportsbooks take in nearly $600m in bets in September

Football fueled a surge in betting in September at Illinois sportsbooks, which combined to generate nearly $600m in wagers. September’s handle was short of the state record of $633.6m in March, dampened by an in-person online registration rule that will likely be lifted on March 5. “September will set a US record for legal sports…

Chicago – Two tribes left in tender for casino in Chicago Southland

The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) has rejected plans for casinos in Calumet City and Lynwood, leaving just two developers; Homewood and Matteson in the tender to build a casino in Chicago Southland. The Illinois Gaming Board voted unanimously to kick out plans by Southland Live, who wanted to use a section of the River Oaks shopping center…

US – Illinois sportsbooks hit $400m in August

Illinois sportsbooks began to emerge from a summer slowdown in August with an 8.5 per cent gain in betting volume from July, the first month-over-month gain in wagering since March. The boost to more than $400m in wagering was welcome ahead of a critical time of year for the industry. “Interest in baseball, particularly the…

US – Illinois sports betting falls again in July

The volume of sports betting in Illinois further slowed in July, slumping to the lowest level in the state since September 2020 with $369m in online and retail wagering. July typically marks the end of the seasonal slowdown that affects every major US sports betting market, but in-person registration requirements in Illinois could dampen the…

US – Chicago forced into extending deadline for casino applications

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot confirmed that the City of Chicago has extended the deadline to respond to the casino Request for Proposal (RFP) to Friday, October 29. This extension gives potential bidders more time to fully assess the Chicago casino opportunity; conduct additional due diligence; assemble more competitive bid packages; and explore financing opportunities. “This…

US – Illinois sports betting volume falls in June but still quickest to $5bn

Sports betting in Illinois slowed in June to below $500m for the first time since December 2020 while revenue once again surged, as the effects of summer’s sports calendar and in-person registration requirements continued to be felt. Even as the Prairie State remains in line with trends seen in most major US markets, Illinois managed…

US – Illinois sports betting dips in May but state remains nation’s no. 2

Betting volume at Illinois sportsbooks hit $507m in May, overcoming in-person registration requirements to fall only slightly from April. May’s handle was the second-largest of any state in the U.S., joining New Jersey as the only two states in the U.S. to take in more than $500 million in sports wagers in both April and…