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Illinois Gaming Board Opens Public Comment Period On Sports Betting

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The Illinois Gaming Board is seeking input on sports betting in the state, which was legalized this year.

It wants to use the comments to shape future regulations. Both the gambling industry and members of the public are encouraged to express their concerns. Former Winnebago County Board Member John Ekberg is part of the latter group. He suggested this course of action at a meeting of concerned citizens in Rockford last month. 

“We need to connect with our legislators, our county board members, our city council members," he said. "I’m going to call my county board member and ask to be on the agenda for a little public comment section.” 

Executive Director of Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems Anita Bedell spoke at the same meeting. 
 
“Be careful what you wish for, because there are problems and concerns that have not been addressed and have not even been considered,” she said. 
 
The Gaming Board’s comment period lasts until September 27th. After the board has reviewed the comments, it will compile the responses into a Sports Wagering FAQ.