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‘The Book’ in Hammond brings sports betting to Chicago

‘The Book’ in Hammond brings sports betting to Chicago

Sports wagering is officially off and running in the Chicagoland area.

On Wednesday, former Bears running back Matt Forte was part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, as they officially opened their sportsbook for customers to place their bets.

‘The Book’ in Hammond is taking sports wagers for all professional sports, including those outside of MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL.

On May 8, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb officially signed a new law allowing 13 brick-and-mortar casinos to apply for licenses.

Two months later, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker followed suit.  But the two-month gap in-laws passing has allowed Indiana to get the first crack at the Chicago market, which is significant.

The goal for Indiana all along was to be open for business by Week 1 of the NFL season when the Bears host the Packers in the kickoff of the 100th season of the National Football League. 

What does it mean for Illinois? Well, for now, Illinois has to wait.

The positive? The bill has been signed into law.

The negative? Several hurdles remain before a brick-and-mortar casino will be good to go for customers to place sports wagers.

While Indiana offers a short commute to place a sports wager, it looks like Illinois may have to wait as long as Super Bowl Sunday before they can say the same.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Are we seeing the final stretch of Joe Maddon at the helm of the Cubs?


Sports Talk Live Podcast: Are we seeing the final stretch of Joe Maddon at the helm of the Cubs?

Sam Panayotovich, Gabe Ramirez and Fred Mitchell join Leila Rahimi on the panel.

0:00 - Chuck Garfien joins Leila from Detroit as the Sox open a series in Motown with Dylan Cease possibly making his last start of 2019.

6:30 - The Cubs lose again to the Cardinals and fall 5 games back in the division. So will this be the final weekend for Joe Maddon as Cubs manager at Wrigley Field?

13:00 - The Patriots release Antonio Brown. Will anybody else take a chance on him?

16:00 - The panel discusses Mitch Trubisky's chances of having a big game against a bad Washington defense.

22:00 - Sam has his best bets for the weekend and the panel gives their Bears predictions.

Listen to the full episode here or via the embedded player below:

Sports Talk Live Podcast


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High School Lites Roundup Week 4


High School Lites Roundup Week 4

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 4 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

Drive: Phillips Episode 4

Windy City Legends: Rashard Mendenhall 

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Evanston girls volleyball

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Libertyville QB Blake Ellingson 

(5) Batavia 24, Glenbard North 21

(13) Brother Rice 17, Marist 14 

(1) Lincoln-Way East 20, (9) Bolingbrook 10

IC Catholic Prep 31, Bishop McNamara 27

Yorkville 12, Joliet West 9

(25) Notre Dame, (10) Providence

(11) Phillips 54, Raby 0

#SendEDGY Game of the Week: (7) Mt. Carmel 17, (2) Loyola 14 

Viewers Choice Game of the Week: Payton 35, Clark 22