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Legal sports wagering is coming to Illinois. Here's what you need to know before you place your bets.

26th September, 14:07

Each week I would Xerox (that was the verb used at the time) the NFL point spreads from the New York Post and distribute them to a dozen fellow students. By Thursday they would turn in their picks with five bucks. Then I would fill in a grid with the selections. Who needs the internets?

Fast-forward nearly 30 years. The state of Illinois wants a piece of the action. In June, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law a gambling expansion package that legalizes sports betting. Picture sportsbooks at casinos and horse tracks and betting windows at venues such as Soldier and Wrigley fields. Forget about college venues, though. The Illinois Gaming Board is even considering a bill that would prohibit wagers on home games involving schools such as Illinois and Northwestern. SMH.

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