Governor JB Pritzker has signed a gaming bill that will allow video gaming at the Illinois State Fairs.
Senate Bill 516 will allow the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) to operate video gaming terminals at the Springfield and Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.
IDOA will select Illinois Gaming Board-licensed terminal operators for an operational period of three years. Monies bid by the terminal operators will be deposited into the State Fairgrounds Capital Improvements and Harness Racing Fund.
Terminal operators will still be able to operate up to 50 video gaming terminals (VGTs) at the Springfield State Fair and up to 30 VGTs at the Du Quoin State Fair.
The legislation also paves the way for a Chicago casino by reworking existing tax structures.
The bill takes effect Wednesday, July 1.