Some supporters of Illinois' proposed fantasy sports regulations aren't fans of the proposed new rules.

State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, said he doubts the need for Illinois to regulate fantasy sports.

“If there's a going concern, government feels like they have to get involved,” Syverson said during a debate on the proposal May 19. “They have to find a way to tax it. They have to find a way to regulate it.”

The state Senate approved regulations for fantasy sports leagues like FanDuel and DraftKings. The new rules mean only adults can play and the leagues will face more financial minimums and guarantees and be regulated by the Illinois Gaming Board.

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State Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, wrote the regulations. Raoul said players need the rules “so that the thousands of citizens who play these games don’t have to live in fear of participating in something illegal.”

State Sen. Chris Nybo, R-Elmhurst, said he worries Illinois is changing what used to be a simple game.

“It's unfortunate that what started as a social activity that you could enjoy with co-workers, friends and families has now turned into a multibillion-dollar gambling industry,” Nybo said.

Even though the Senate approved the package, it's on hold. State Sen. Antonio Munoz, D-Chicago, placed a parliamentary hold on the regulations. Munoz hasn’t said why he filed a motion to reconsider, but the proposal will stay in the Senate until his question is answered.


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