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Illinois Gaming Board - RG 424 | Illinois State Archives

Name: Illinois Gaming Board - RG 424

Historical Note: The Illinois Gaming Board was created in 1990 under provisions of the Riverboat Gambling Act. This act legalized that form of gaming in the state (P.A. 86-1029, pp. 738-743). The board was originally under the jurisdiction of the Department of Revenue, but became an independent regulatory agency on July 1, 2009 (P.A. 96-1392, pp. 6152-6153). Five members are appointed by the Governor, each with three-year terms. The board is charged with regulatory oversight of riverboat gambling operations in the state, and is to report annually to the General Assembly. Responsibilities include investigating and deciding upon license applications for riverboat gambling operators, suppliers, and employees; conduct hearings and administer gaming license suspensions, revocations, or restrictions; collect licensure and regulatory fees and taxes for deposit into the State Gaming Fund; levy and collect fines for violations of gaming regulations, which are deposited into the Education Assistance Fund; and review and rule upon gaming licensee complaints regarding investigative actions that could disrupt gambling operations in the state. The board began regulating video gaming in 2009 (P.A. 96-34, p. 567).

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