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  • Jonan

    Team RG

    Yesterday, the Illinois Senate passed legislation that marked a major step toward securing the daily fantasy industry’s future in the state. While this is promising progress, the legislation survived the closest vote the industry has seen on any regulatory bill to date and still needs to be passed in the Illinois House.

    Illinois residents – we need your help! Monday is a HUGE day for DFS in Illinois. The vote is going to be ridiculously close and it’s vital that you contact your representatives and let them know why you support this bill.

    The Fantasy Sports for All movement has made it easy to get the word out.

    Click here to send an email to your representative and help the bill protecting your right to play daily fantasy sports pass in the Illinois House

    The team at RotoGrinders HQ met with our state officials when Tennessee passed its own bill regulating DFS and we can assure you that contacting your elected officials DOES make a difference!

    We appreciate your help protecting the fantasy sports we all love!

  • tgs1976

    • 2016 FanDuel MLB Playboy Mansion Finalist

    How close was the vote?

  • RGProducer

    @tgs1976

    Vote was 32 to 22 in favor:

    http://ilga.gov/legislation/votehistory/99/senate/09900HB3655_05192016_023000T.pdf

    But then Sen. Antonio Munoz has filed a motion to reconsider, putting it in a holding pattern:

    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20160518/BLOGS04/160519772/illinois-daily-fantasy-sports-bill-seeks-momentum-in-the-senate

    So if you live in IL, you want to reach out to your reps to support the bill.

  • tgs1976

    • 2016 FanDuel MLB Playboy Mansion Finalist

    I always do.

  • gravitymaze

    Meh an almost bankrupt state can’t turn down any income it can get. They can’t even pay the lottery winners. There was a hold on heavy payments earlier in the year for the Illinois lottery yet they kept allowing a people to play.

  • polskamorda

    • 2015 FanDuel WFFC Finalist

    • 2016 FanDuel NBA Playboy Mansion Finalist

    @gravitymaze said...

    Meh an almost bankrupt state can’t turn down any income it can get. They can’t even pay the lottery winners. There was a hold on heavy payments earlier in the year for the Illinois lottery yet they kept allowing a people to play.

    For a few moths the Illinois lottery only paid up to $600 in winnings and IOU’s were given for anything over $600.

  • polskamorda

    • 2015 FanDuel WFFC Finalist

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    BTW, I contacted the rep.

  • jman3034

    Heres the livestream of the House Coverage today carried over from the Illinois DFS thread if anyone wants to see if the bill gets voted on

    https://livestream.com/blueroomstream

  • punisherjck

    Not that it matters, but they couldn’t pay the lottery money because they weren’t allowed by law to make payments without a budget. As soon as they got an action signed by the governor they resumed payments. It had nothing to do with not having money.

  • julieduke33

    @punisherjck said...

    Not that it matters, but they couldn’t pay the lottery money because they weren’t allowed by law to make payments without a budget. As soon as they got an action signed by the governor they resumed payments. It had nothing to do with not having money.

    But the reason they couldn’t balance budget is cuz they are so broke and corrupt..

  • teamcdot

    Do you guys even live in Illinois? Lol. We still do not have a budget in place. Illinois Lottery started paying people again back in December. Illinois owes state fair vendors over $5,000,000 from last August.

  • teamcdot

    Oh, and I don’t call, email or sign anything having to do with legality of Illinois DFS. My opinion doesn’t count.

  • PJGuin23

    DFS Tax Guru

    @teamcdot said...

    Do you guys even live in Illinois? Lol. We still do not have a budget in place. Illinois Lottery started paying people again back in December. Illinois owes state fair vendors over $5,000,000 from last August.

    No but I support the industry and don’t want to lose a single state, even Idaho or Alabama and would hope when my state’s in trouble, people would be there.

  • Lafan310

    I hope it stays legal..going to see a Dodger game in Chicago next week and want to be able to play my dfs!

  • mcluchey21

    Dear Matt,

    Thank you so much for your email in support of HB4323. This bill has been receiving a ton of attention these past two months. With the Illinois General Assembly scheduled to adjourn on May 31, we will soon know whether or not this bill will become law. There is some breaking news today that unfortunately does not bode very well for this bill but I thought you may want to know about it. I have pasted an excerpt from the news story below. You will be happy to know that Rep. Wheeler is in favor of fantasy sports gaming in Illinois. While this particular bills chances of passage now seem remote, I assure you that Keith will work to find a solution that will allow you to continue to enjoy online fantasy gaming in Illinois. This is not the end. I hope you will continue to contact this office regarding the issues most important to you. Your opinion is appreciated.

    Here is the news of the day on HB4323:

    POTENTIAL SCANDAL HALTS BILL A bill to legalize fantasy sports wagering has come to a screeching halt in the House. “We all jumped off,” explained Rep. Rita Mayfield yesterday about the House Black Caucus which she chairs.

    Mayfield said a lobbyist for DraftKings, one of the fantasy sports companies, recently contacted the Black Caucus’ charitable foundation and asked about its various programs and groups it supports. That lobbyist then sent an e-mail to his boss allegedly guaranteeing that they could pass the bill if the company contributed to the charities. Mayfield insisted that the foundation’s director did not suggest doing any such thing, and other sources agreed.

    The lobbyist was reportedly immediately rebuked by a higher-up, but word got out and Rep. Mayfield said her caucus wouldn’t be taking sides on an issue that has generated more Statehouse lobbyist hiring than any issue since a similar regulatory battle over Uber.

    “We’re not voting on this,” Mayfield declared yesterday. “Our hands are tied,” she said, pointing to the imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich as more than enough reason to avoid the legislation.

    A spokesman for the fantasy sports groups said Rep. Mayfield’s assertion about a united Black Caucus position on the bill “is not true.” He also released a statement from Jeremy Kudon, the national lobbying point person for both DraftKings and FanDuel.

    “We reject the implication that our company would partake in such behavior,” Kudon declared. “We do not condone this type of activity and we have not given a penny to any of those groups.” According to the spokesman, Kudon is the one who received the e-mail from the lobbyist, whom he did not name. He also declined to share the e-mail exchange between the lobbyist and Kudon.

    One reason for this potential scandal is that both sides in this battle have scooped up just about every available Statehouse hand. And when you do that, you’re gonna hire somebody who is either clueless or even crooked. Rumors have been floating around about pressure tactics on both sides that aren’t necessarily illegal, but may walk up to the line.

    The bill to legalize the online fantasy games was necessitated when Attorney General Lisa Madigan declared they weren’t legal. The legislation appeared to be making steady progress, but then Rivers Casino hired much of the rest of the lobbying corps that wasn’t already under contract to stop it. The casino wants state approval to engage in online gaming, but it failed to amend a bill in the Senate and also failed to halt the legislation. The casino’s efforts appeared to be having far more impact in the House, and another casino also began working against the bill this week. So, if even half the Black Caucus members who originally supported the bill jump ship (and the Caucus was reportedly split somewhere down the middle), passage appears even less likely.

    Best Wishes,

    Ben Marcum

    Legislative Director

    State Representative Keith R. Wheeler

  • tristanwolf

    Stupid casinos, don’t want to help horse racing, don’t want to help DFS, just greed greed greed. Run your own damn businesses and stay out of others.

  • Gopackgo30

    I have come to hate the casino industry. It’s a dying breed man, and they are trying to pull DFS down with it. I’ve never been a casino guy, I have never been a gambler, yet I love fantasy sports and DFS. Its not even about the money that much. I get excited when I win a $2 double up and take home $4, because its about the game-watching experience and the live scoring. Last nights Thunder/Warriors game was unbelievable. It just drives me nuts how political this is. There needs to be a riot or something. Taking fantasy sports away from Americans is criminal.

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