Obtaining an Illinois Gaming License
Many a restaurant, truck stop, or fraternal order would like to access the lucrative revenue stream of an Illinoios gaming license. To do so, you will have to apply to and pass muster with the Illinois Gaming Board.
Established in 1990 after the passage of the Riverboat Gambling Act, the Illinois Gaming Board seeks to provide for the integrity of all forms of gambling by regulating gaming in all its aspects including the provision of gambling licenses. To accomplish this, the Board undertakes a mandatory and thorough background check of anyone seeking an Illinois gaming license.
THE BACKGROUND CHECK FOR AN ILLINOIS GAMING LICENSE
Background checks include the following:
A review of public records of crimes and felonies including domestic disputes, unsettled debts, and misdemeanors.
Audits of both the owner or owners of the gaming establishment and the members of the staff.
A review of any failure to follow gaming licensing requirements (for example, rules relating to signage)
Essentially, the board wants to make absolutely sure you’re a scrupulously honest and ethical person with the necessary wherewithal to run a successful business. Because they’re erring on the side of caution, even seemingly minor slips and lapses can prevent an application from going through. But fortunately, you don’t have to face the seemingly difficult and complicated application process alone.
How To Get Your Illinois Gaming License
The Universal Gaming Group will work with you through the process of securing your gambling license. In fact, we’ll provide help even after the Board approves the application. We can help with slot machine installation and ensure you stay in compliance with changing laws, gaming license requirements, and local regulations. We’re thoroughly conversant with all of the latter throughout the State. Step by step, our process looks like this:
How to get started.
First, we research your municipality to see if it has opted in and gambling is allowed there. Assuming that it is, we look at all the local requirements to make sure you meet them. (You can also check out your area yourself by going to http://www.igb.illinois.gov/)
How to apply.
Second, a member of our team will meet with you at your establishment to start the application process for your Illinois gaming license and help you determine the optimal set-up for your slot machines. Everyone whose name is on the application then will need to be fingerprinted by a state-approved fingerprinting vendor.
Prepare for inspection.
Third, we’ll help you prepare for the mandatory inspection by the Illinois Gaming Board and make sure you have all the documents the Board will need to see. (The Board will also need to see exactly where the slot machines will be installed.)