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Board hears testimony on 24-hour gambling push

Published: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

CHICAGO – The Illinois Gaming Board is considering arguments on whether to extend casino hours around-the-clock.

Proponents and critics lined up Thursday to discuss extending the time casinos are open from the 22-hour limit to 24.

Illinois Casino Gaming Association spokesman Tom Swoik said the change is necessary to level the playing field with video gambling, which is allowed nonstop at truck stops.

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