Illinois gambling expansion could be delayed

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According to the Illinois Casino Gaming Association president Tom Swoik, state’s gambling expansion could be delayed until next year.

US.- The US Supreme Court will most likely revoke the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 and trigger a gambling expansion all around the country. However, despite some enthusiastic lawmakers, Illinois might take some time before jumping in the bandwagon, according to the Illinois Casino Gaming Association president Tom Swoik.

Mr Swoik sentenced that he’d be surprised to see gambling expansion pass this year in Illinois and concurred with horse racing industry lobbyist Steve Brubaker. However, the latter was even more categorical: “We won’t see any gambling expansion of any kind become law in 2018,” he asserted and explained there are many things that could interfere such as the election-year politics or the limited legislative session.

Nonetheless, many lawmakers advanced the gambling expansion will pass sooner or later. State Rep. Michael Zalewski believes “there’s enough critical mass and opportunity in the General Assembly to get something done.” State Rep. Lou Lang added: “It would be wrong to not study this and see if it would be beneficial for the state should sports betting be legalized in the United States (…) It will happen, whether it’s this year or next or the year after.”

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