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Casinos reopen across Illinois starting Wednesday

Casinos reopen across Illinois starting Wednesday

Casinos in Illinois were forced to close in mid-March. Starting July 1, they will be back open with some pretty noticeable changes. Those changes include reduced capacity up to 50 percent, masks required for both patrons and staff, as well as social distancing between...

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Bar owners expect good business as indoor seating resumes

Bar owners expect good business as indoor seating resumes

Kathleen Slavin said business has been booming at Ryan’s Pier, the popular Aroma Park bar and restaurant nestled near the Kankakee River. She’s bracing herself for an even bigger turnout this weekend as the prohibition regarding indoor seating in bars has been lifted...

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Illinois casinos, slots in bars reopen Wednesday

Illinois casinos, slots in bars reopen Wednesday

Northwest Indiana's five Lake Michigan casinos soon no longer will be the only game in town. The Illinois Gaming Board has authorized the state's 10 casinos, along with the more than 35,000 slot machines located in Illinois bars, restaurants, truck stops and...

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Midwest gambling faces long odds as COVID-19 turns tables

Midwest gambling faces long odds as COVID-19 turns tables

It's an industry unaccustomed to facing the long odds usually experienced by its patrons. The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the tables on Midwestern gambling establishments, threatening to sap a collective billions of dollars from state and local economies. Casinos and...

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Video gaming could be back by month’s end

Video gaming could be back by month’s end

Video gaming terminals could be lit up and ringing again in Illinois bars and restaurants by the end of June, but there is no such luck for the state’s casinos. The green light has been given for video gaming terminals to be operational when Illinois hits phase 4 in...

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No dice, yet, for casino re-openings in Illinois

No dice, yet, for casino re-openings in Illinois

While casinos in Las Vegas reopened a week ago and Indiana prepares to welcome back gamblers Monday, it's no dice, yet, for the 10 gambling houses in Illinois. Illinois Gaming Board officials said Thursday the timing and conditions for the resumption of casino...

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Some restaurants defy Pritzker’s dine-in ban

Some restaurants defy Pritzker’s dine-in ban

Under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s reopening plan, restaurant dining rooms in Illinois are required to stay closed until June 26 at the earliest, but some restaurant owners have decided to open up anyway. All four regions of the state are in Phase 3 of Pritzker’s five-phase...

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