Despite the recent success of Illinois’ newly acquired sports betting handle, the state has historically been reluctant to legalize and build brick-and-mortar casinos.
A quick glance at this map of Illinois casinos from casinos.us confirms this, with just nine brick-and-mortar establishments currently active and only six of these classed as commercial ventures.
This may be about to change, however, with construction work starting on the first of six new casinos in Rockford. We’ll explore this further below, while asking how this taps into Illinois’ Gambling Expansion bill signed in 2019.
Building a New Temporary Casino in Rockford, Illinois