Synopsis As Introduced Amends "An Act to renew the Great Seal of State", approved March 7, 1867. Provides that the State seal shall bear the date "December 3, 1818", in recognition of the date of Illinois' statehood, and that date shall replace any other date appearing on the State seal before the effective date of this Amendatory Act. Provides that any further additions or changes made to the design of the seal on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act shall be wholly within the discretion of the Secretary of State. Effective immediately.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Fantasy Sports Contest Act. Authorizes interactive fantasy sports contests conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Act. Prohibits the conduct of interactive fantasy sports contests by unlicensed interactive fantasy sports operators. Provides that no interactive fantasy sports operator shall administer, manage, or otherwise make available an interactive fantasy sports platform to persons located in the State unless licensed by the Illinois Gaming Board under the Act. Provides that the Illinois Gaming Board shall have jurisdiction over and shall supervise all interactive fantasy sports contests governed by the Act. Provides that the Board shall adopt emergency rules to implement the Act. Contains provisions concerning applicability, licensing, the powers and duties of the Board, required safeguards and minimum standards for operators, multiple interactive fantasy sports platforms and interactive fantasy sports contests, annual reports, state taxes, the disposition of taxes, audits, limitations on the taxation of operators, and application fees and license fees. Provides that the Act is repealed on January 1, 2021. Creates the Internet Gaming Act. Authorizes internet wagering to the extent that it is carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Act. Creates the Division of Internet Gaming within the Illinois Gaming Board to administer, regulate, and enforce the system of Internet gaming established under the Act. Contains provisions concerning powers and duties of the Division. Requires the Board to hire an Executive Director of the Division. Provides that the Division is authorized to issue Internet gaming licenses and certify Internet gaming vendors. Provides that each Internet gaming licensee shall be limited to using not more than 2 brands. Contains provisions restricting the operation of computer terminals or similar devices principally used for the purpose of accessing Internet games. Contains provisions concerning age verification and responsible gaming, taxes on Internet gaming licensees, and applicability of the Riverboat Gambling Act. Creates the Responsible Internet Gaming Advisory Board to make recommendations to the Executive Director of the Division regarding the development of rules and procedures to reduce and prevent problem or compulsive gambling and youth gambling and to ensure the conduct of safe, fair, and responsible Internet gaming. Provides that the Illinois Gaming Board shall adopt emergency rules to administer the Act. Amends the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Creates the Depressed Communities Economic Development Board as an advisory board within the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Requires the Board to make recommendations to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity concerning the award of grants from amounts appropriated to the Department from the Depressed Communities Economic Development Fund. Amends the State Finance Act to create the Depressed Communities Economic Development Fund as a special fund in the State treasury. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that interactive fantasy sports contests and participation in interactive fantasy sports contests authorized under the Fantasy Sports Contest Act and internet wagering conducted in accordance with the Internet Gaming Act does not constitute gambling or syndicated gambling. Provides that "gambling place" does not include gambling conducted in the manner authorized by the Internet Gaming Act. Provides that certain gambling devices used as authorized under the Internet Gaming Act are exempt from seizure.