The state of Illinois is moving ahead quickly with proposed legislation that would legalize online poker, with a third amendment to the introduced bill being worked on at the moment.
House Bill 4148 would establish an intrastate internet poker system that would be operated by the state lottery. It would include licenses to racetracks and land casinos with a $5 million franchise fee.
While the bill would be expressly for intrastate play, it would also allow for other like-minded states to work with Illinois to enable player interaction. The bill would also require geo location and ID verification to make sure that poker players in the Prairie State are actual residents and not just visitors.
Lawmakers are currently estimating that online poker could bring in $105 million to the state through licenses alone.