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State gaming board slams door on casino malls


Illinois Gaming Board members attempted to shut down the development of “casino malls” on Tuesday (9/22/15), voting unanimously to reject the video license applications of three operators who hoped to open in a Hometown strip mall.

Gaming board chairman Donald Tracy reiterated a statement he made at the board’s August meeting, saying he viewed such operations as “back-door casinos,” circumventing the oversight and regulation of traditional casinos under state law. Please click here to read Phil Kadner’s column in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

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