Illinois Casino Revenue Dips Slightly in April But Still Exceeds $128M

Illinois Casino Revenue Dips Slightly in April But Still Exceeds $128M
Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

Illinois casinos generated total adjusted gross receipts of more than $128.1 million in April. That was a 2.2% decline from the March Illinois casino revenue report, but an increase of 4.6% from April 2022 ($122.5 million).

In fact, April’s statewide casino revenue was higher than any other month since 2021 — except for March.

The bulk of the Illinois casino revenues for April came from slot machines, almost $96.6 million, or more than 75%. Table games accounted for more $31.5 million.

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State Tax Share in Illinois

In terms of taxes from casino gambling, the state share for April was almost $22.7 million and the local share was nearly $7.3 million.

Among the state’s 12 casinos, Rivers Casino Des Plaines was the market leader with total adjusted gross receipts of $45.38 million, followed by No. 2, Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin ($13.64 million), and No. 3 Harrah’s Joliet ($12.25 million).

So far, Illinois has traditional casino gambling as well as retail and online IL sports betting.

Illinois Online Casino Proposal Stuck in Neutral

Early in the current Illinois legislative session, a bill legalizing mobile casino options was introduced but it failed to gain any traction.

With the Illinois General Assembly scheduled to adjourn May 19, it would appear there’s little to no chance online gambling Illinois options will be approved this year.

The bricks-and-mortar casino landscape in Illinois is likely to change dramatically with the introduction of a planned Bally’s casino in the River North section of Chicago. A temporary casino is planned for an opening sometime this year while the $1.7 billion resort casino is scheduled to open by 2026.

In the meantime, you can check out the top Illinois sportsbook promos for sports wagering. The state will report its March sports betting numbers later this month; Illinois reports its figures from retail and mobile sports betting about a month after the retail casino numbers are released.



Bill Ordine covers state gambling issues for He was a reporter and editor in news and sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun for 25 years, and was a lead reporter on a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. Bill started reporting on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for 10 years.

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