Illinois State Senator President has chosen to make yet another attempt to have online gambling legalized in Illinois. This new initiative will include all types of online gambling and not just allow for the current legalization for those to offer online gambling if they operate a casino within the state.
Cullerton has tried to have this passed before without success. The new bill would require licensees to pay a $20,000,000 licensing fee and includes a taxation of 7.5% to 20%. The bill further has provisions to prevent underage gambling with the minimum age being set at 21. Should this new bill get passed it would fall to the states gambling division to oversee it with a new division being created called the Division of Internet Gambling.
It is believed many within the state support this type of bill and there is strong interest from many who would be willing to pay the license fees required. Us players are strong supporters of online gambling and the potential revenue for the state would be a welcome addition to state coffers.
We will watch this story as it develops with interest. It is hopeful that this time it will pass.