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Special Notice

Licensed gaming operations at all Illinois Casinos and Video Gaming locations were authorized to resume operations at 9:00 AM on July 1, 2020. The Board is continuously monitoring developments in connection with the COVID-19 public health crisis and will update licensees and the public as warranted.
Region 4 in the Metro East (Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington Counties has exceeded IDPH criteria that trigger additional mitigations to combat a resurgence of COVID-19 and prevent uncontrollable spread. As detailed in the July 15 Restore Illinois resurgence plan, new mitigations will be applied if a region's positivity rate averages greater than or equal to 8% for three consecutive days, as it has in Region 4.
Beginning at 5:00 PM on September 18, 2020, all licensed gambling operations at the Hollywood Casino Joliet and Harrah's Casino Joliet will revert back to the Restore Illinois Phase 4 mitigation efforts. This means that Food and beverage service is no longer suspended inside casinos. Additionally, the capacity limit is increased from 25% to 50% of the fire code capacity per the Phase 4 Restore Illinois guidelines. Masks must be worn at all times inside the casino. Congregating around table games, carnival games and EGDs is prohibited. Existing social distancing, sanitizing and other mitigation protocols and measures in approved Casino Pandemic Resumption Plans remain in effect.
Beginning at 5:00 PM on September 18, 2020, all video gaming operations at all licensed video gaming locations in Region 7 (Kankakee and Will Counties) will revert back to the Restore Illinois Phase 4 mitigation efforts. The change back to Phase 4 guidelines for video gaming operations hours will be accomplished through the Central Communications System. Food and beverage service in the gaming area is no longer suspended. Masks must be worn at all times inside the video gaming area. Congregating around video gaming terminals is prohibited and there is a one person per video gaming terminal limitation. Existing social distancing, sanitizing and other mitigation protocols and measures in approved Terminal Operator Pandemic Resumption Plans remain in effect.
Beginning at 5:00 PM on September 1, 2020, food and beverage service is suspended inside the DraftKings at Casino Queen and Argosy Casino Alton. Outdoor service, curbside and carryout is permitted. Current mitigation measures will remain in effect, so that casino operation will remain restricted to within the hours of 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily, and casino occupancy will be remain at a reduced level from 50% of fire code capacity to 25% of fire code capacity. Masks must be worn at all times inside the casino. Congregating around table games, carnival games and EGDs is prohibited. Existing social distancing, sanitizing and other mitigation protocols and measures in approved Casino Pandemic Resumption Plans remain in effect.
Beginning at 5:00 PM on September 1, 2020, food and beverage service in video gaming locations in Region 4 (Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington Counties) is suspended. Outdoor service, curbside and carryout is permitted. Current mitigation measures will remain in effect, so that all video gaming operations at all licensed video gaming locations in Region 4 will be limited to the hours of 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily - with no exceptions. Masks must be worn at all times inside the video gaming area. Congregating around video gaming terminals is prohibited and there is a one person per video gaming terminal limitation. Existing social distancing, sanitizing and other mitigation protocols and measures in approved Terminal Operator Pandemic Resumption Plans remain in effect.
Failure to comply with these mitigation efforts could subject licensees to discipline, up to and including license revocation.
IDPH will continue to track the positivity rate in Region 4 over a 14-day monitoring period to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigation should remain in place. If the positivity rate averages less than or equal to 6.5 percent over a 14-day period, the region may return to the original Phase 4 guidance or a modified version as appropriate. If the positivity rate averages between 6.5 percent and 8 percent, the new mitigations will remain in place. If the positivity rate averages greater than or equal to 8 percent after 14 days, more stringent mitigations will be applied to further reduce spread of the virus, which can include the closure of bars and dining.

Casino Applicable Law And Standards

Illinois Gambling Act

The Illinois Gambling Act (230 ILCS 10) is available online on the Illinois General Assembly website.
A hard copy of the Act can be found in the printed Illinois Compiled Statutes (any publisher), which is available at all law libraries and many public libraries. Go to 230 ILCS 10/1 et seq. If referencing a hard copy, make sure you look at the latest edition plus any supplements, as the Act has undergone numerous changes which may not be included in an older edition.

Rules

Adopted Rules

A copy of the Adopted Rules implementing the Illinois Gambling Act, 230 ILCS 10 is available online on the Illinois General Assembly website.
The following adopted rule(s) are effective but have not been published in the Illinois Register.

Emergency Rules

An emergency rule is an adopted rule which becomes immediately effective upon first filing with the Secretary of State and automatically expires after 150 days.
No emergency rules at this time

Proposed Rules

Proposed Rules are rules that are authorized and submitted to Secretary of State and Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). Each of these rulemakings has been filed with the Secretary of State on First Notice but has not yet been finally adopted. For each rulemaking, there is a link to the edition of the Illinois Register where the rulemaking appears and a specific page citation within that edition. Under the Illinois Administrative Code, there is a maximum of one year between the date a proposed permanent rule is filed in the Illinois Register and the date it is adopted.

Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS)

Approved Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS)

Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS) are guidelines issued by the Board, which are used by each Owners Licensee and Organization Gaming Licensee to establish their own set of Internal Controls as required by the Board's Rules. As used in these MICS, the phrase Owners Licensees also refers to Organization Gaming Licensees.

Proposed Changes to Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS)

The Illinois Gaming Board solicits comments prior to approval of changes to Minimum Internal Control Standards. Please submit comments by the indicated date to IGB.MICS.Proposed@igb.illinois.gov
No proposed changes at this time

Records Retention Schedule

Adopted Rule Section 3000.115 requires holders of Owners Licenses and Supplier Licenses to maintain records in accordance with a Records Retention Schedule.
Records Retention Schedule (updated January 2015)

Ethical Conduct Violation Submission

Emergency Rule 3000.190 clarifies the definition of "applicant" under section 5.3(j) of the Illinois Gambling Act to include "any person or entity which has directly or indirectly expressed interest to an official or employee of a host community in obtaining an owners license under the Act in that host community, regardless of whether that person or entity has submitted an application to the Board." Section 5.3(j) requires disclosure of any communication between any applicant and a host community concerning any matter relating in any way to gaming. Emergency Rule 3000.190 further requires all applicants and licensees to disclose potential or actual violations of Section 5.3 of the Act, including but not limited to: (1) violations by the applicant, licensee, or its agents or employees; (2) violations by any other applicant, licensee, or their agents or employees; or (3) violations by any current or former official or employee of a host community, or their spouse, child, or parent. Please make any Rule 3000.190 disclosures to the Illinois Gaming Board by sending an email to the Board at IGB.EthicalConduct@igb.illinois.gov