EAST PEORIA (WEEK) – The Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria plans to put a sports book in their casino.
This development comes from the Par-A-Dice VP and General Manager, Cori Rutherford. It is the first time Rutherford has commented on the topic to our news outlet. Rutherford confirmed the information at a symposium at Bradley University Tuesday.
This is the 5th year for the Charley Steiner Symposium for Sports Communication. Rutherford was on a panel regarding the topic of legalized sports betting in Illinois and beyond. Other panelists included Bradley University’s President, Gary Roberts, Rep. Mike Unes, and Dave Kindred as the moderator.
Rutherford said the sports book at Par-A-Dice will be on the casino floor, but she did not say where specifically. She did add that nothing will be removed from the casino, just rearranged.
The timeline for all this is unclear. Rutherford said it all depends when the Illinois Gaming Board creates regulations.
While sports betting was legalized in Illinois, there is still no legal parameters for how it will be rolled out.
In an October report by the Chicago Sun Times, they said Indiana already took in $813,103 of tax revenue within one month of legal sports gambling. Illinois Senator, Dave Syverson of Rockford, said, “That’s revenue we’re not getting.”
The Illinois Gaming Board was taking public comment between Aug. 27 – Sept. 27, to ask people their input on sports gambling implementation. In a press release the board said, “The IGB is reviewing all submissions and will use these comments, where appropriate, to inform our sports betting rules, procedures and policies.”
The responses are now published. You can read them by clicking here.