Illinois, also known as the Prairie State, is home to a wide number of major league sports teams including the NBA’s Chicago Bulls and the MLB’s Chicago Cubs. The state also contains one of America’s tallest buildings, the Sears Tower in Chicago. On top of this, Illinois is home to a flourishing gambling market with a variety of ways for residents to gamble. After several attempts, sports betting is legal and live in the state of Illinois.
Is it legal to bet on sports in Illinois?
Yes, sports betting is legal and live in the state of Illinois. In June, Illinois became the 17th state to legalize sports betting after Governor J.B Pritzker signed Illinois’ gambling expansion bill into law. The gambling package legalized land-based and online sports betting and allowed for the construction of six new land-based casinos and a large casino venue in Chicago.
Illinois’ sports betting market went live in March 2020 with the launch of BetRivers-branded sportsbook at Rivers Casino Des Plaines. The state has yet to outline plans for the launch of online sports betting.
In addition to traditional sports wagering, residents can bet on horse racing and fantasy sports in Illinois.