Illinois’ Bad Bet On Video Gambling

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Illinois’ Bad Bet On Video Gambling

A decade ago, Illinois politicians legalized video gambling in hopes of generated much-needed money for the state. But like so many stories in Illinois, this one didn’t turn out to be that simple. WBEZ’s Dan Mihalopoulos and ProPublica Illinois’ Jason Grotto have spent months digging into what happened.

Reporting by Dan Mihalopoulos, Jason Grotto and Sandhya Kambhampati. Editing by Cate Cahan. Production by James Edwards.

Each week at On Background, WBEZ’s team of political reporters brings you the backstory on the week’s big story. Host Becky Vevea and guests take you inside the back rooms of Chicago and Illinois government to better understand the people, places and forces shaping today’s politics.