On July 13, 2009 Governor Pat Quinn signed the Video Gaming Act (Public Acts 096-0034, 096-0037 and 096-0038) making video gaming terminals legal in Illinois. The Act allows for video gaming terminals to be placed in certain liquor establishments, truck stops and fraternal/veterans clubs throughout the state.
The Illinois Gaming Board (the IGB or Board) has the responsibility of implementing and regulating video gaming in Illinois. Initially, the Board must promulgate administrative rules. The rules will provide guidance on matters such as, but not limited to, standards, testing requirements, application procedures and hearings. There will be a hearing for the public to comment on the proposed rules on a date to be determined.
In addition to rulemaking, the Board must secure a central communications system. The system will be linked to every licensed video gaming terminal in Illinois. On July 28, 2009, the Board issued a Request For Information (RFI) relative to central communications systems. Responses are due by August 24, 2009. At some point, thereafter, the Board will issue a Request For Proposal (RFP) for a central communications system.
The RFI can be viewed at the State of Illinois, Central Management System’s web-site, www.cms.il.gov.
Frequently asked questions regarding the Video Gaming Act
The Board is aware that there are many questions associated with video gaming that remain unanswered at this time. First and foremost, the Board has not projected a start date for video gaming in Illinois. Additionally, many questions will be answered through the rulemaking process. Answers to some common and frequently asked questions related to the Video Gaming Act are provided below. Finally, the Board wishes to emphasize that it will not compromise integrity for haste.
Q: Does the IGB have jurisdiction over “amusement only” devices in Illinois.
A: The IGB does not have jurisdiction and does not license “amusement only” devices in Illinois. Questions about such devices should be directed to the Illinois Department of Revenue at (312) 814-5232 (Chicago) or (217) 782-3336 (Springfield).
Q: When will the IGB adopt Rules for video gambling?
A: The IGB is working to formulate the Administrative Rules which will dictate how video gambling will operate and be regulated in Illinois. No date can be set as to when