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(20 ILCS 301/5-20)
Compulsive gambling program.
(a) Subject to appropriation, the Department shall establish a program for
public education, research, and training regarding problem and compulsive
gambling and the treatment and prevention of problem and compulsive gambling.
Subject to specific appropriation for these stated purposes, the program must
include all of the following:
(1) Establishment and maintenance of a toll-free
"800" telephone number to provide crisis counseling and referral services to families experiencing difficulty as a result of problem or compulsive gambling.
(2) Promotion of public awareness regarding the
recognition and prevention of problem and compulsive gambling.
(3) Facilitation, through in-service training and
other means, of the availability of effective assistance programs for problem and compulsive gamblers.
(4) Conducting studies to identify adults and
juveniles in this State who are, or who are at risk of becoming, problem or compulsive gamblers.
(b) Subject to appropriation, the Department shall either establish and
maintain the program or contract with a private or public entity for the
establishment and maintenance of the program. Subject to appropriation, either
the Department or the private or public entity shall implement the toll-free
telephone number, promote public awareness, and conduct in-service training
concerning problem and compulsive gambling.
(c) Subject to appropriation, the Department shall produce and supply the
signs specified in Section 10.7 of the Illinois Lottery Law, Section 34.1 of
the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975, Section 4.3 of the Bingo License and Tax
Act, Section 8.1 of the Charitable Games Act, and Section 13.1 of the Riverboat
(Source: P.A. 89-374, eff. 1-1-96; 89-626, eff. 8-9-96.)