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DANVILLE — There was still no sports book as Week 8 of the NFL season got underway but Thursday brought another piece of long-awaited news for Danville’s five-month-old casino.
After operating with a temporary state license since May, Danville Development was awarded a permanent casino license by the Illinois Gaming Board to operate the Golden Nugget.
It’s for four years and was largely a formality, given all of the previous hurdles cleared, dating back to the state legislature’s 2019 vote to grant six new licenses statewide.
The gaming board also signed off on new licenses for facilities in Carterville and Chicago, giving Illinois 15 casinos to go with 11 sports books and more than 8,400 video gaming establishments.
“With today’s licensing actions, the IGB has opened and licensed five new casinos since November of 2021 in Rockford, Waukegan, Danville, Carterville and Chicago in addition to its other regulatory and law enforcement work,” noted the board’s administrator, Marcus Fruchter.
“During this period of unprecedented growth and expansion, the staff and board members of the IGB remained steadfast in our commitment to ensuring the ethics, compliance, integrity, safety and transparency of Illinois gaming and we will continue to do so.”
In the first nine months of 2023, Illinois casinos have cleared more than $1 billion — $851,911,576.87 from table games and another $268,994,442.86 from electronic games.
Of that revenue, $216,641,422.15 has gone to the state and $64,365,857.70 to local municipalities.