At least one member of the Illinois Gaming Board isn’t convinced allowing round-the-clock gambling at casinos is a good idea. Board member Maribeth Vander Weele questions whether eliminating the current 22-hour-a-day limit on casino operations will encourage compulsive gamblers. “It seems to me the people that would be there at seven in the morning are the most problematic gamblers, because those are people who don’t know when to stop,” Vander Weele said.
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Casino owners responded by saying there’s no data to support that conclusion, but Vander Weele dismissed their evidence as “anecdotal”. This is the second time in five years the Gaming Board has considered expanding gambling hours at casinos. A decision is expected at next month’s meeting.