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1    AN ACT concerning gaming.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Illinois Administrative Procedure Act is
5amended by adding Section 5-45.35 as follows:
6    (5 ILCS 100/5-45.35 new)
7    Sec. 5-45.35. Emergency rulemaking; occupational licenses.
8To provide for the expeditious and timely implementation of
9this amendatory Act of the 103rd General Assembly, emergency
10rules implementing the changes made to Section 9 of the
11Illinois Gambling Act may be adopted in accordance with
12Section 5-45 by the Illinois Gaming Board. The adoption of
13emergency rules authorized by Section 5-45 and this Section is
14deemed to be necessary for the public interest, safety, and
16    This Section is repealed one year after the effective date
17of this amendatory Act of the 103rd General Assembly.
18    Section 10. The Illinois Gambling Act is amended by
19changing Section 9 as follows:
20    (230 ILCS 10/9)  (from Ch. 120, par. 2409)
21    Sec. 9. Occupational licenses.



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1    (a) The Board may issue an occupational license to an
2applicant upon the payment of a non-refundable fee set by the
3Board, upon a determination by the Board that the applicant is
4eligible for an occupational license and upon payment of an
5annual license fee in an amount to be established. To be
6eligible for an occupational license, an applicant must:
7        (1) be at least 21 years of age if the applicant will
8    perform any function involved in gaming by patrons. Any
9    applicant seeking an occupational license for a non-gaming
10    function shall be at least 18 years of age;
11        (2) not have been convicted of a felony offense, a
12    violation of Article 28 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the
13    Criminal Code of 2012, or a similar statute of any other
14    jurisdiction if the applicant will perform any function
15    involved in gaming by patrons;
16        (2.5) not have been convicted of a crime, other than a
17    crime described in item (2) of this subsection (a),
18    involving dishonesty or moral turpitude if the applicant
19    will perform any function involved in gaming by patrons,
20    except that the Board may, in its discretion, issue an
21    occupational license to a person who has been convicted of
22    a crime described in this item (2.5) more than 10 years
23    prior to his or her application and has not subsequently
24    been convicted of any other crime;
25        (3) have demonstrated a level of skill or knowledge
26    which the Board determines to be necessary in order to



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1    operate gambling aboard a riverboat, in a casino, or at an
2    organization gaming facility; and
3        (4) have met standards for the holding of an
4    occupational license as adopted by rules of the Board.
5    Such rules shall provide that any person or entity seeking
6    an occupational license to manage gambling operations
7    under this Act shall be subject to background inquiries
8    and further requirements similar to those required of
9    applicants for an owners license. Furthermore, such rules
10    shall provide that each such entity shall be permitted to
11    manage gambling operations for only one licensed owner.
12    (b) Each application for an occupational license shall be
13on forms prescribed by the Board and shall contain all
14information required by the Board. The applicant shall set
15forth in the application: whether he has been issued prior
16gambling related licenses; whether he has been licensed in any
17other state under any other name, and, if so, such name and his
18age; and whether or not a permit or license issued to him in
19any other state has been suspended, restricted or revoked,
20and, if so, for what period of time.
21    (c) Each applicant shall submit with his application, on
22forms provided by the Board, 2 sets of his fingerprints. The
23Board shall charge each applicant a fee set by the Illinois
24State Police to defray the costs associated with the search
25and classification of fingerprints obtained by the Board with
26respect to the applicant's application. These fees shall be



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1paid into the State Police Services Fund.
2    (d) The Board may in its discretion refuse an occupational
3license to any person: (1) who is unqualified to perform the
4duties required of such applicant; (2) who fails to disclose
5or states falsely any information called for in the
6application; (3) who has been found guilty of a violation of
7this Act or whose prior gambling related license or
8application therefor has been suspended, restricted, revoked
9or denied for just cause in any other state; (4) who has a
10background, including a criminal record, reputation, habits,
11social or business associations, or prior activities, that
12poses a threat to the public interests of this State or to the
13security and integrity of gaming; or (5) (4) for any other just
14cause. When considering criminal convictions of an applicant,
15the Board shall consider the following factors:
16        (1) the length of time since the conviction;
17        (2) the number of convictions that appear on the
18    conviction record;
19        (3) the nature and severity of the conviction and its
20    relationship to the safety and security of others or the
21    integrity of gaming;
22        (4) the facts or circumstances surrounding the
23    conviction;
24        (5) the age of the employee at the time of the
25    conviction; and
26        (6) evidence of rehabilitation efforts.



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1    (e) The Board may suspend, revoke or restrict any
2occupational licensee: (1) for violation of any provision of
3this Act; (2) for violation of any of the rules and regulations
4of the Board; (3) for any cause which, if known to the Board,
5would have disqualified the applicant from receiving such
6license; or (4) for default in the payment of any obligation or
7debt due to the State of Illinois; or (5) for any other just
9    (f) A person who knowingly makes a false statement on an
10application is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
11    (g) Any license issued pursuant to this Section shall be
12valid for a period of one year from the date of issuance.
13    (h) Nothing in this Act shall be interpreted to prohibit a
14licensed owner or organization gaming licensee from entering
15into an agreement with a public community college or a school
16approved under the Private Business and Vocational Schools Act
17of 2012 for the training of any occupational licensee. Any
18training offered by such a school shall be in accordance with a
19written agreement between the licensed owner or organization
20gaming licensee and the school.
21    (i) Any training provided for occupational licensees may
22be conducted either at the site of the gambling facility or at
23a school with which a licensed owner or organization gaming
24licensee has entered into an agreement pursuant to subsection
26(Source: P.A. 101-31, eff. 6-28-19; 102-538, eff. 8-20-21.)