Sports betting – On Tuesday, Illinois took its first tiny step on sports betting legislation since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling Monday striking down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. SB3432, from former NFL linebacker and state Sen. Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey), emerged from the Senate Assignments Committee where it has been parked since May 3 and was sent back to the Senate Gaming Committee. The bill had only one reading in the Senate and has not cleared a committee. It would allow casinos to offer in-person and online sports betting to Illinois residents. Casinos would pay a $10,000 license fee, an annual $5,000 renewal fee as well as a 12.5 percent tax on gross wagering receipts plus a 1 percent “integrity fee” to fund sports governing bodies.

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