Illinois lawmakers passed sports betting legislation in June 2019 almost a year after the Supreme Court ruled that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was unconstitutional. Bill SB 690 was signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker and then nine months later on March 9th, 2020 the first legal sports wager was placed at Rivers Casino.
The legislation allows for retail sportsbooks at casinos, racetracks, off-track betting shops, and professional sporting group venues. Mobile sports betting is also allowed but didn’t launch until June 18th, 2020. Customers who want to use the state’s mobile sports betting apps must register in-person at a retail sportsbook.
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