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Illinois to reopen sports betting, allow at-home wagers

CHICAGO (WSIL) — Governor JB Pritzker has temporarily removed the in-person registration requirements for casinos, racetracks and sports facilities.

The executive order signed Thursday allows sports fans to create online accounts and place wagers from home.

“Governor Pritzker’s executive order allows Illinois sports fans to temporarily place wagers from the safety of their own home, protecting a revenue source that is critical as the state begins to recover from the damaging financial impact of COVID-19,” said Marcus Fruchter, administrator of the Illinois Gaming Board. “The Illinois Gaming Board looks forward to welcoming patrons back to casinos when it is safe to do so.”

Casino gaming and horse racing have been suspended in Illinois since March 16.

The executive order will remain in effect until the Illinois Gaming Board issues a master sports wagering license.

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