The Illinois Casino Gaming Association wants the state to approve a request to allow riverboat casinos to be open for business around the clock.
The Illinois Gaming Board has scheduled a public hearing for Sep. 19 in Chicago to consider the Request. The association's Executive Director, Tom Swoik, says video gaming is already available around the clock at places such as truck stops. Currently, no casinos are open for more than 22 hours.
Swoik says 24 hour operations would raise revenue for the casinos and the state, as well as create more jobs. Opponents say extending casino hours create more problems for compulsive gambers who would never have to leave the casino.