So what would the Chicago-area casino map look like if Illinois Senate Bill 744 becomes law?
As Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn considers whether to sign or veto a new bill that would expand gambling facilities in the state, we wanted to see what the Chicago-area casino gaming picture would look like if the bill became law.
If you've been following along, you know that Senate Bill 744 aims to allow the creation of:
1) A new Chicago casino. This is the big one and it includes a provision that allows for the creation of the Chicago Casino Development Authority, which would market and oversee a casino within the city limits of Chicago.
2) Four new riverboat casinos in northern and central Illinois, to be located variously in Danville, Park City, Rockford, and in a community in Cook County's southern suburbs.
3) Electronic gaming machines at Illinois horse racing facilities.
4) Electronic gaming machines at Chicago's passenger airports (O'Hare and Midway).
5) Electronic gaming machines at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, IL.
6) Expanded gaming positions at existing riverboat casinos, increasing the current limit of 1,200 positions to a maximum of 2,000.
So what's that add up to in the Chicago area?
If all goes according to plan, 21 gaming facilities would be within 90 minutes of downtown Chicago. That includes all existing casinos, new riverboats, the Chicago casino, the slot machines at racetracks and airports, as well as casinos in Milwaukee, Northwest Indiana and New Buffalo.
Here's a look at current, future and proposed gaming facilities within the greater-Chicago region.
Click on the map below to move around the region - and you can click on the individual markers to find out more about each facility.