The Illinois Legislature has finally passed a sweeping overhaul of the state’s gambling industry after multiple previous unsuccessful attempts. Over the weekend, the State House and then the State Senate voted in favor of a comprehensive legislation that, among other things, would now bring legal sports betting and expanded casino gambling to the state.
The bill now needs Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature in order to become law. The state’s top official has been among the staunchest supporters of the legalization of sports betting in Illinois and has previously said that he would sign a gambling expansion bill. This means that Illinois has joined about a dozen of other states that have legalized sports betting since last May’s ruling of the US Supreme Court that struck down a long-time federal ban on the practice.