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Special Notice

Licensed gaming operations at all Illinois Casinos and Video Gaming locations were authorized to resume operations at 9:00 AM on July 1, 2020. The Board is continuously monitoring developments in connection with the COVID-19 public health crisis and will update licensees and the public as warranted.
Region 4 in the Metro East (Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington Counties has exceeded IDPH criteria that trigger additional mitigations to combat a resurgence of COVID-19 and prevent uncontrollable spread. As detailed in the July 15 Restore Illinois resurgence plan, new mitigations will be applied if a region's positivity rate averages greater than or equal to 8% for three consecutive days, as it has in Region 4.
Beginning at 5:00 PM on September 18, 2020, all licensed gambling operations at the Hollywood Casino Joliet and Harrah's Casino Joliet will revert back to the Restore Illinois Phase 4 mitigation efforts. This means that Food and beverage service is no longer suspended inside casinos. Additionally, the capacity limit is increased from 25% to 50% of the fire code capacity per the Phase 4 Restore Illinois guidelines. Masks must be worn at all times inside the casino. Congregating around table games, carnival games and EGDs is prohibited. Existing social distancing, sanitizing and other mitigation protocols and measures in approved Casino Pandemic Resumption Plans remain in effect.
Beginning at 5:00 PM on September 18, 2020, all video gaming operations at all licensed video gaming locations in Region 7 (Kankakee and Will Counties) will revert back to the Restore Illinois Phase 4 mitigation efforts. The change back to Phase 4 guidelines for video gaming operations hours will be accomplished through the Central Communications System. Food and beverage service in the gaming area is no longer suspended. Masks must be worn at all times inside the video gaming area. Congregating around video gaming terminals is prohibited and there is a one person per video gaming terminal limitation. Existing social distancing, sanitizing and other mitigation protocols and measures in approved Terminal Operator Pandemic Resumption Plans remain in effect.
Beginning at 5:00 PM on September 18, 2020, food and beverage service is suspended inside the DraftKings at Casino Queen and Argosy Casino Alton. Outdoor service, curbside and carryout is permitted. Current mitigation measures will remain in effect, so that casino operation will remain restricted to within the hours of 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily, and casino occupancy will be remain at a reduced level from 50% of fire code capacity to 25% of fire code capacity. Masks must be worn at all times inside the casino. Congregating around table games, carnival games and EGDs is prohibited. Existing social distancing, sanitizing and other mitigation protocols and measures in approved Casino Pandemic Resumption Plans remain in effect.
Beginning at 5:00 PM on September 18, 2020, food and beverage service in video gaming locations in Region 4 (Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington Counties) is suspended. Outdoor service, curbside and carryout is permitted. Current mitigation measures will remain in effect, so that all video gaming operations at all licensed video gaming locations in Region 4 will be limited to the hours of 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily - with no exceptions. Masks must be worn at all times inside the video gaming area. Congregating around video gaming terminals is prohibited and there is a one person per video gaming terminal limitation. Existing social distancing, sanitizing and other mitigation protocols and measures in approved Terminal Operator Pandemic Resumption Plans remain in effect.
Failure to comply with these mitigation efforts could subject licensees to discipline, up to and including license revocation.
IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in Region 4 over a 14-day monitoring period to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigation should remain in place. If the positivity rate averages less than or equal to 6.5 percent over a 14-day period, the region may return to the original Phase 4 guidance or a modified version as appropriate. If the positivity rate averages between 6.5 percent and 8 percent, the new mitigations will remain in place. If the positivity rate averages greater than or equal to 8 percent after 14 days, more stringent mitigations will be applied to further reduce spread of the virus, which can include the closure of bars and dining.

Casino Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where can I find information on the Owner's License that was formerly held by Emerald Casino? Hide Answer
A Special Board Meeting that was held regarding the re-issuance of the 10th Owners License on December 22, 2008. You may view the Board documents under Board Meeting & Minutes
Further information can be found in the following links:
What are the tax rates related to Casino Gambling? Hide Answer
The Illinois Gambling Act imposes two taxes on casino gambling operations, a wagering tax and a tax on admissions.
Admissions Tax
The admissions tax was increased by the Legislature in 2002 from $2 a person to $3 a person. In 2003, the admissions tax was again adjusted by the Legislature and beginning on July 1, 2003, for a licensee that admitted fewer than one million persons in the previous calendar year the admissions tax was set at $3 a person. For a licensee that admitted more than one million persons but less than 2.3 million persons in the previous calendar year, the admission tax was set at $4 a person. For licensees that admitted more than 2.3 million persons, the admissions tax was set at $5 a person.
Effective August 23, 2005 the admissions tax was set at $2 a person for patrons of Casino Rock Island. For all other licensees the admissions tax was set at $3 per person. From each admission, $1 is distributed to the designated local government entities and the remainder goes to the State. In addition, each local government that serves as a host community for a casino licensee receives a share in an amount equal to five percent of AGR. (The Act defines adjusted gross receipts as gross receipts less winnings paid out to gamblers.)
Wagering Tax
Over the years the Legislature has amended the wagering tax. In 1998 the wagering tax changed from a flat 20 percent tax to a graduated tax rate based on annual adjusted gross receipts or AGR. The wagering tax is based on the AGR of Illinois casinos.
Effective July 1, 2005 the wagering tax is as follows:
  1. 15 percent of AGR up to and including $25 million;
  2. 22.5 percent of the AGR in excess of $25 million but not exceeding $50 million;
  3. 27.5 percent of AGR in excess of $50 million but not exceeding $75 million;
  4. 32.5 percent of AGR in excess of $75 million but not in excess $100 million;
  5. 37.5 percent of AGR in excess of $100 million but not exceeding $150 million;
  6. 45 percent of AGR in excess of $150 million but not exceeding $200 million;
  7. 50 percent of AGR in excess of $200 million.
Effective on the first day a new casino begins gambling operations, the wagering tax is as follows:
All gambling games, other than table games:
  1. 15% of AGR up to and including $25 million;
  2. 22.5% of the AGR in excess of $25 million but not exceeding $50 million;
  3. 27.5% of AGR in excess of $50 million but not exceeding $75 million;
  4. 32.5% of AGR in excess of $75 million but not in excess $100 million;
  5. 37.5% of AGR in excess of $100 million but not exceeding $150 million;
  6. 45% of AGR in excess of $150 million but not exceeding $200 million;
  7. 50% of AGR in excess of $200 million.
All table games:
  1. 15% of AGR up to and including $25 million;
  2. 20% of the AGR in excess of $25 million.