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Bookies beware: Illinois gets ready to go all-in on sports betting

Sports gambling, a multibillion-dollar industry that mostly relies on the black market, may soon go legit in Illinois.


Backed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and a host of gambling interests, Illinois is looking to join New Jersey, Pennsylvania and a growing number of states to legalize sports betting, turning the widely practiced but illicit activity into a bounteous source of tax revenue.


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