Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Department of Revenue Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois and the Riverboat Gambling Act. Separates the Illinois Gaming Board from the Department of Revenue for the purposes of enforcing and administering the Riverboat Gambling Act. Makes conforming changes. Prohibits members of the Board from holding any other public office (rather than any other public office for which he or she shall receive compensation). Prohibits members of the Board from engaging in any political activity. Provides for an annual salary for Board members. Makes changes regarding disclosure of equity interests of the Board members and their spouses and children. Makes changes in provisions concerning the determining factors in the Board's decision in granting owners licenses. In provisions concerning the powers and duties of the Board, removes language allowing the Director of Revenue to delegate responsibility for the administration and enforcement of certain Acts concerning gaming to the Board and adds language concerning appointing investigators. Makes changes concerning appropriations from the State Gaming Fund. Makes other changes. Amends the Executive Reorganization Implementation Act. Excludes the Illinois Gaming Board from the definition of "agency directly responsible to the Governor". Amends the Illinois Pension Code. In the State Employees Article, adds investigators for the Illinois Gaming Board to provisions concerning the alternative formula. In the Judges Article, allows a participant who, on January 1, 2006, is serving on the Illinois Gaming Board to continue to receive benefits despite that service. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Provides that appropriations may be made from the State Gaming Fund to the Department of Revenue for the enforcement of the Riverboat Gambling Act.
House Committee Amendment No. 2 In provisions concerning the powers and duties of the Illinois Gaming Board, (i) removes language regarding the issuance of badges to investigators appointed by the Board and (ii) authorizes the Board to contract with the Department of State Police for the use of trained and qualified State police officers and with the Department of Revenue for the use of trained and qualified Department of Revenue investigators to conduct investigations, searches, seizures, arrests, and other duties imposed under the Act and to exercise all of the rights and powers of peace officers, provided that the powers of Department of Revenue investigators shall be limited to offenses or violations occurring or committed on a riverboat or dock or as otherwise provided by the Act or any other law.