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Special Notice

The Illinois Gaming Board will conduct a special meeting on October 29, 2020 at 10 AM.
The regular November Board meeting scheduled for November 5, 2020 has been rescheduled and will now take place on November 17, 2020 at 10 AM. The Board will not meet on November 5.
The October 29 and November 17 Board meetings will be live streamed through the IGB website.

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COVID-19 Mitigation Information

The regions listed below have 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, mitigation will be applied if a region's positivity rate averages greater than or equal to 8% for three consecutive days.
Beginning October 3, 2020, mitigation protocols apply to all video gaming locations in Region 1 (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago Counties).
Beginning October 28, 2020, mitigation protocols apply to all video gaming locations in Region 4 (Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, and Washington county) and all licensed gambling operations at DraftKings at Casino Queen and Argosy Casino Alton.
Beginning October 22, 2020, mitigation protocols apply to all video gaming locations in Region 5 (Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White, and Williamson county) and all licensed gambling operations at Harrah's Metropolis Casino and Hotel.
Beginning October 23, 2020, mitigation protocols apply to all video gaming locations in Region 7 (Will and Kankakee counties) and all licensed gambling operations at Hollywood Casino Joliet and Harrah's Casino Joliet.
Beginning October 23, 2020, mitigation protocols apply to all video gaming locations in Region 8 (Kane and DuPage counties) and all licensed gambling operations at Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin and Hollywood Casino Aurora.
Beginning October 28, 2020, mitigation protocols apply to all video gaming locations in Region 10 (suburban Cook county).
In all regions under mitigation protocols, food and beverage service in video gaming locations 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 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.
In all regions under mitigation protocols, all licensed gambling operations at licensed casinos will be restricted to within the hours of 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily, and casino occupancy will be reduced during the mitigation period from 50% of fire code capacity to 25% of fire code capacity. Food and beverage service is suspended inside casinos, while outdoor service, curbside and carryout is permitted. 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.
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 for these regions 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.

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The Riverboat Gambling Act was enacted in February 1990, making Illinois the second state in the nation to legalize riverboat gambling. In September 1991, the first riverboat casino began operation in Alton. Currently, there are ten casinos operating throughout the State of Illinois.
The Video Gaming Act was enacted in July 2009, authorizing the placement of up to five Video Gaming Terminals (VGTs) in licensed Retail Establishments, Truck Stops, Veteran and Fraternal Establishments. The VGTs are all connected to and monitored by a Central Communications System.
Governor Pritzker signed the Illinois Gambling Act into law on June 28, 2019. The Act makes significant changes to gaming law in Illinois. The Illinois Gaming Board is working through these changes and on implementation of the Act. We will share information on the IGB website as the information becomes available. Please check back regularly for updates.
The Illinois Gaming Board is a five-member board, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Through the Administrator and staff, the Board administers a regulatory and tax collection system for riverboat casino gambling and video gaming in Illinois.
The Board assures the integrity of gambling and gaming in Illinois through regulatory oversight of riverboat and casino gambling, video gaming, and sports wagering in the State.

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