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720 ILCS 5/28-1.1

    (720 ILCS 5/28-1.1) (from Ch. 38, par. 28-1.1)
    Sec. 28-1.1. Syndicated gambling.
    (a) Declaration of Purpose. Recognizing the close relationship between professional gambling and other organized crime, it is declared to be the policy of the legislature to restrain persons from engaging in the business of gambling for profit in this State. This Section shall be liberally construed and administered with a view to carrying out this policy.
    (b) A person commits syndicated gambling when he or she operates a "policy game" or engages in the business of bookmaking.
    (c) A person "operates a policy game" when he or she knowingly uses any premises or property for the purpose of receiving or knowingly does receive from what is commonly called "policy":
        (1) money from a person other than the bettor or
player whose bets or plays are represented by the money; or
        (2) written "policy game" records, made or used over
any period of time, from a person other than the bettor or player whose bets or plays are represented by the written record.
    (d) A person engages in bookmaking when he or she knowingly receives or accepts more than five bets or wagers upon the result of any trials or contests of skill, speed or power of endurance or upon any lot, chance, casualty, unknown or contingent event whatsoever, which bets or wagers shall be of such size that the total of the amounts of money paid or promised to be paid to the bookmaker on account thereof shall exceed $2,000. Bookmaking is the receiving or accepting of bets or wagers regardless of the form or manner in which the bookmaker records them.
    (e) Participants in any of the following activities shall not be convicted of syndicated gambling:
        (1) Agreements to compensate for loss caused by the
happening of chance including without limitation contracts of indemnity or guaranty and life or health or accident insurance;
        (2) Offers of prizes, award or compensation to the
actual contestants in any bona fide contest for the determination of skill, speed, strength or endurance or to the owners of animals or vehicles entered in the contest;
        (3) Pari-mutuel betting as authorized by law of this
        (4) Manufacture of gambling devices, including the
acquisition of essential parts therefor and the assembly thereof, for transportation in interstate or foreign commerce to any place outside this State when the transportation is not prohibited by any applicable Federal law;
        (5) Raffles and poker runs when conducted in
accordance with the Raffles and Poker Runs Act;
        (6) Gambling games conducted on riverboats, in
casinos, or at organization gaming facilities when authorized by the Illinois Gambling Act;
        (7) Video gaming terminal games at a licensed
establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed large truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment when conducted in accordance with the Video Gaming Act; and
        (8) Savings promotion raffles authorized under
Section 5g of the Illinois Banking Act, Section 7008 of the Savings Bank Act, Section 42.7 of the Illinois Credit Union Act, Section 5136B of the National Bank Act (12 U.S.C. 25a), or Section 4 of the Home Owners' Loan Act (12 U.S.C. 1463).
    (f) Sentence. Syndicated gambling is a Class 3 felony.
(Source: P.A. 101-31, eff. 6-28-19.)