Illinois needs stronger daily fantasy sports regulations

Illinois needs stronger daily fantasy sports regulationsSafeguards in proposed Illinois legislation to legalize daily fantasy sports betting are not sufficient, according to a law enforcement advocacy group in Chicago that says they could open the door to organized crime.

Illinois is one of several states where attorneys general have said DFS contests amount to illegal gambling under existing law. These rulings have encouraged legislative action to legalize and regulate fantasy sports action.

The Chicago Crime Commission says background-check provisions in the bill provide too many loopholes and could lead to underworld infiltration. The president of the nongovernment group, J.R. Davis, says the proposal “should not pass as drafted.”

Illinois AG Lisa Madigan said in December that such betting is illegal in Illinois. Supporters of the bill say it is designed to protect users from what is currently largely unregulated fantasy-sports betting.

Among other provision, the bill says only people 21 and older can play. It also sets up a system of licensing fees for operators. The measure is working its way through the state Legislature.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: .

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