Public Accountability Report Public Accountability Report

Illinois Gaming Board
(Appropriated Spending in Thousands)
  FY 2019 FY 2018
Reporting Programs Expenditures Headcount Expenditures Headcount
Administration and Regulation of Gaming in Illinois $ 134,650.6 150.0 $ 133,979.4 145.0
Totals $ 134,650.6 150.0 $ 133,979.4 145.0

Totals may not add due to rounding.

Explanatory Notes

Fiscal year 2019 expenditures include employee back wages that have been owed to state employees who were denied a wage increase pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement.

Agency Narrative

Mission and Organization

The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) consists of five members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The IGB administers a regulatory and tax collection system for all legalized gaming in Illinois. The IGB also has comprehensive law enforcement responsibilities associated with legalized gaming in Illinois. It is through strict regulatory oversight that the maximum amounts of revenue possible are realized as the integrity of gaming is preserved, as well as public confidence and trust in the credibility and integrity of the gambling operations and the regulatory process is maintained.

The IGB’s staff conducts audit, legal, enforcement, investigative, operational, and financial analysis activities to ensure the integrity of gaming in Illinois as mandated by the Riverboat Gambling Act (RGA) (230 ILCS 10) and the Video Gaming Act (VGA) (230 ILCS 40). The IGB assures the integrity of gaming through the strict regulatory oversight and licensure of all gaming operations and personnel.

Riverboat Gambling

The RGA was enacted in February 1990, making Illinois the second state in the nation to legalize riverboat gambling. The RGA authorizes the IGB to grant up to 10 casino licenses. The IGB provides regulatory and criminal law enforcement oversight for the existing 10 riverboat casinos. Each riverboat gaming operation is authorized to offer up to 1,200 gaming positions, consisting of a mix of electronic gaming devices and table games. In 1999, the RGA was amended to permit all riverboat gaming operations to permanently moor at dock sites, without conducting cruises on any waterway. Patrons visiting the casinos must be 21 years of age to be admitted to the gambling areas of each operation. The RGA requires that all wagering in the casinos be cashless.

Video Gaming

In addition, the IGB is responsible for implementation and administration of the VGA, which allows for video gaming terminals (VGTs) to be placed in certain liquor establishments, truck stops, and fraternal/veterans' clubs throughout the state. Once fully implemented, the IGB anticipates issuing more than 50,000 licenses for manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, terminal operators, technicians, handlers, licensed establishments, and VGTs for video gaming. The Video Gaming Act authorizes the installation of up to five VGTs in licensed establishments where liquor is served for consumption on the premises, as well as in licensed fraternal establishments, licensed veterans' establishments, and licensed truck stops as defined in the legislation. Besides the very large number of machines that must be monitored, additional factors that add to the IGB’s regulatory challenge are the diffuse placement of the VGTs in locations throughout the state and the multiple layers of licenses involved.