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State House subcommittee to hold hearing on sports betting in Chicago

State Rep. Margot McDermed, R-Mokena, also on committee

Margo McDermed
Margo McDermed

The Illinois House of Representatives Subcommittee on Sales, Amusement & Other Taxes will hold a hearing this week in Chicago to discuss sports betting.

State Rep. Margo McDermed, R-Mokena, is a member of the committee.

McDermed is one of two Republicans along with four Democrats. The hearing will take place 10 a.m. Thursday at the Michael A. Bilandic Building in Chicago.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has gone on the record in support of allowing sports gambling in hope of the state gaining
revenue from
the growing industry.

Pritzker said at his budget address earlier this year that the state could count on $200 million from legalized sports gambling licensing fees to help close the $3.2 billion budget deficit and pay down about $15 billion in overdue bills.

Pritzker, a Democrat, campaigned last year for governor on legalizing marijuana and has called to legalize sports gambling to help pay for his spending priorities.

The push toward legalizing sports gambling across the country came after a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that struck down a federal law banning gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states.

This gave states the opportunity to legalize betting on sports.

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