Communicating Your Community’s Status to the IGB

Communicating Your Community’s Status to the IGB

The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) reviewed thousands of local ordinances, and made a determination whether each municipality may install video gaming terminals based on them. There is an excellent list on the IGB’s web site.

Their municipal ordinance web page has helpful information for any community that wants to communicate their status directly to the IGB. The following is the exact text from their web site and can be found here.

“A municipality may be excluded from video gaming if they have: either
(1) availed themselves of the opt-out provisions of the Video Gaming Act; or
(2) have a current ordinance prohibiting gambling in the municipality and that ordinance does not make an exception for video gaming.

“The list below indicates whether video gaming will be allowed in each municipality in the State of Illinois. Completing this list is an ongoing process. Updates will likely be made daily. An attempt has been made to indicate where the relevant information was found.

“The IGB is not responsible for contacting a municipality in order to effectuate a change to the municipality’s ordinances regarding video gaming.

“If you are a municipal official and you believe your municipality is listed in error as having opted out or having a prohibiting ordinance, please have a municipality official or attorney send the IGB a letter on official letterhead indicating that the municipality did not opt out of video gaming or does not prohibit it. You may send the letter to the attention of Deputy General Counsel Emily Mattison, 160 North LaSalle – Suite 300, Chicago Illinois 60601, or fax 312/814-4602.

“If your municipality’s information is not yet listed, please feel free to have a municipality official or attorney send the IGB a letter on official letterhead indicating whether the municipality has opted out or has an ordinance that prohibits video gaming, and attaching a copy of the ordinance. You may send the letter to the attention of Deputy General Counsel Emily Mattison, at the above address.

“If you still have questions after a thorough review of this list and your municipality’s ordinances, please contact Gene O’Shea at the IGB at (312) 814-4678.”

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