Illinois Gaming Officials Seek Around the Clock Operations

Sep 9, 2013

The Illinois Casino Gaming Association is asking state regulators to allow 24 hours a day operation.

Currently, no casinos are open more than 22 hours.  The Illinois Gaming Board has scheduled a public hearing for Sept. 19th to consider the request. 

Casino gaming association executive director Tom Swoik says video gaming is already available around the clock at places such as truck stops. 

Swoik says 24-hour operations would raise revenue for the casinos and the state and create jobs. Opponents say extending casino hours create more problems for compulsive gamblers, who would never have to leave the casino.