Indiana beats Illinois in race to offer online sports betting

By Greg Bishop | The Center Square Indiana had already beat Illinois in a race to allow sports wagering at the state’s ten casinos and on Thursday, the Hoosier State also beat the Land of Lincoln in launching sports betting online. Analysts with PlayIndiana.com said the state’s sports betting operations could be the largest in the U.S., generating…

SALMAGUNDI: Local bars deserve seat at sports betting table

By Scott T. Holland Sept. 23, 2019 Larry Johnson is on the right track. Johnson, of downtown Ottawa’s JJ’s Tap, attended the recent Illinois Licensed Beverage Association state convention in Utica and talked with Shaw Media about fears the addition of legalized sports betting in Illinois will put a further squeeze on the bar business, much…

Vaping, e-cigarettes under fire at Illinois House committee hearing

Illinois’ top health official said the vaping-related illness sweeping across the nation has “heightened consequences for youth and young adults.” By Tom Schuba  Sep 23, 2019, 3:18pm CDT Illinois’ chief public health official testified Monday the vast majority of recent vaping-related illnesses in the state have been attributed to the use of marijuana-based products. IDPH Director Dr.…

Marijuana a concern for the alcohol industry

Association that represents alcohol businesses says it didn’t support recreational pot By Ali Braboy NewsTribune Reporter Sept. 17, 2019 Those working in the alcohol industry say Illinois hasn’t crossed all its T’s when it comes to recreational marijuana. A question one local business owner has is how do license holders determine if someone is high…

Growler-Crowler Sales Addressed in Illinois

By Pete Johnson State & Regulatory Affairs Manager September 9, 2019 Share Post ShareEmailTweet Signed by the Governor, House Bill 3610 makes changes to provisions authorizing a manufacturer, distributor, or importing distributor to sell coil cleaning services and dispensing accessories. It further provides that a manufacturer of beer or a brew pub may transfer any beer…

State beverage convention coming to Utica

Hospitality and bar owners will discuss issues, tour area’s newer hot spots By Craig Sterrett Sept. 10, 2019 Local leaders in the food and beverage industry will host the state convention of the Illinois Licensed Beverage Association, with speakers and programs Sunday, Sept. 15-Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Grand Bear Resort. A trade show, geared to…