Even after a bill is passed and signed by the governor, though it may have an immediate effective date in the legislative language, some measure of rule-making from an agency or state board may delay the actual implementation of a new law.

In the six weeks after Gov. JB Pritzker signed a massive gaming expansion bill into law — one of the major revenue sources for a $45 billion infrastructure plan, the city of Chicago missed a deadline to hire a consultant for a feasibility study of a new casino granted to the city under SB 690, and Pritzker’s administration scrambled to fill two spots on the Illinois Gaming Board, including the board chair.

But now that the board has been filled and the city contracted with Nevada-based Union Gaming for a feasibility study, the Illinois Gaming Board’s administrator on Thursday said emergency rules are nearly ready to go, allowing other parts of the new law tweaking existing casinos and video game terminals throughout the state. 

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