Operators call for compliance "grace period" in Illinois

7 October 2019

Industry stakeholders have suggested policies such as a pre-registration process, a 270-day "grace period" to comply with regulations and licensing reciprocity between jurisdictions as part of Illinois' public consultation period on legal sports wagering.

Some stakeholders and members of the public also used the consultation period to criticize Churchill Downs Incorporated for its decision not to operate a racino at Arlington racetrack in the state, where it will instead only take sports wagers.

The public consultation process ran from 27 August to 27 September and included input from operators including William Hill, MGM and Rivers Casino, as well as other stakeholders and members of the public.

William Hill requested license reciprocity between “major gaming jurisdictions” as well as a pre-registration period to “provide for a smoother launch” and in-stadium registration.

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