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Public Act 103-0550


Public Act 0550 103RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY



Public Act 103-0550
SB1462 EnrolledLRB103 27258 AMQ 53629 b

    AN ACT concerning gaming.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Illinois Administrative Procedure Act is
amended by adding Section 5-45.35 as follows:
    (5 ILCS 100/5-45.35 new)
    Sec. 5-45.35. Emergency rulemaking; occupational licenses.
To provide for the expeditious and timely implementation of
this amendatory Act of the 103rd General Assembly, emergency
rules implementing the changes made to Section 9 of the
Illinois Gambling Act may be adopted in accordance with
Section 5-45 by the Illinois Gaming Board. The adoption of
emergency rules authorized by Section 5-45 and this Section is
deemed to be necessary for the public interest, safety, and
    This Section is repealed one year after the effective date
of this amendatory Act of the 103rd General Assembly.
    Section 10. The Illinois Gambling Act is amended by
changing Section 9 as follows:
    (230 ILCS 10/9)  (from Ch. 120, par. 2409)
    Sec. 9. Occupational licenses.
    (a) The Board may issue an occupational license to an
applicant upon the payment of a non-refundable fee set by the
Board, upon a determination by the Board that the applicant is
eligible for an occupational license and upon payment of an
annual license fee in an amount to be established. To be
eligible for an occupational license, an applicant must:
        (1) be at least 21 years of age if the applicant will
    perform any function involved in gaming by patrons. Any
    applicant seeking an occupational license for a non-gaming
    function shall be at least 18 years of age;
        (2) not have been convicted of a felony offense, a
    violation of Article 28 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the
    Criminal Code of 2012, or a similar statute of any other
    jurisdiction if the applicant will perform any function
    involved in gaming by patrons;
        (2.5) not have been convicted of a crime, other than a
    crime described in item (2) of this subsection (a),
    involving dishonesty or moral turpitude if the applicant
    will perform any function involved in gaming by patrons,
    except that the Board may, in its discretion, issue an
    occupational license to a person who has been convicted of
    a crime described in this item (2.5) more than 10 years
    prior to his or her application and has not subsequently
    been convicted of any other crime;
        (3) have demonstrated a level of skill or knowledge
    which the Board determines to be necessary in order to
    operate gambling aboard a riverboat, in a casino, or at an
    organization gaming facility; and
        (4) have met standards for the holding of an
    occupational license as adopted by rules of the Board.
    Such rules shall provide that any person or entity seeking
    an occupational license to manage gambling operations
    under this Act shall be subject to background inquiries
    and further requirements similar to those required of
    applicants for an owners license. Furthermore, such rules
    shall provide that each such entity shall be permitted to
    manage gambling operations for only one licensed owner.
    (b) Each application for an occupational license shall be
on forms prescribed by the Board and shall contain all
information required by the Board. The applicant shall set
forth in the application: whether he has been issued prior
gambling related licenses; whether he has been licensed in any
other state under any other name, and, if so, such name and his
age; and whether or not a permit or license issued to him in
any other state has been suspended, restricted or revoked,
and, if so, for what period of time.
    (c) Each applicant shall submit with his application, on
forms provided by the Board, 2 sets of his fingerprints. The
Board shall charge each applicant a fee set by the Illinois
State Police to defray the costs associated with the search
and classification of fingerprints obtained by the Board with
respect to the applicant's application. These fees shall be
paid into the State Police Services Fund.
    (d) The Board may in its discretion refuse an occupational
license to any person: (1) who is unqualified to perform the
duties required of such applicant; (2) who fails to disclose
or states falsely any information called for in the
application; (3) who has been found guilty of a violation of
this Act or whose prior gambling related license or
application therefor has been suspended, restricted, revoked
or denied for just cause in any other state; (4) who has a
background, including a criminal record, reputation, habits,
social or business associations, or prior activities, that
poses a threat to the public interests of this State or to the
security and integrity of gaming; or (5) (4) for any other just
cause. When considering criminal convictions of an applicant,
the Board shall consider the following factors:
        (1) the length of time since the conviction;
        (2) the number of convictions that appear on the
    conviction record;
        (3) the nature and severity of the conviction and its
    relationship to the safety and security of others or the
    integrity of gaming;
        (4) the facts or circumstances surrounding the
        (5) the age of the employee at the time of the
    conviction; and
        (6) evidence of rehabilitation efforts.
    (e) The Board may suspend, revoke or restrict any
occupational licensee: (1) for violation of any provision of
this Act; (2) for violation of any of the rules and regulations
of the Board; (3) for any cause which, if known to the Board,
would have disqualified the applicant from receiving such
license; or (4) for default in the payment of any obligation or
debt due to the State of Illinois; or (5) for any other just
    (f) A person who knowingly makes a false statement on an
application is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
    (g) Any license issued pursuant to this Section shall be
valid for a period of one year from the date of issuance.
    (h) Nothing in this Act shall be interpreted to prohibit a
licensed owner or organization gaming licensee from entering
into an agreement with a public community college or a school
approved under the Private Business and Vocational Schools Act
of 2012 for the training of any occupational licensee. Any
training offered by such a school shall be in accordance with a
written agreement between the licensed owner or organization
gaming licensee and the school.
    (i) Any training provided for occupational licensees may
be conducted either at the site of the gambling facility or at
a school with which a licensed owner or organization gaming
licensee has entered into an agreement pursuant to subsection
(Source: P.A. 101-31, eff. 6-28-19; 102-538, eff. 8-20-21.)

Effective Date: 1/1/2024