The proposed Division of Internet Gaming would concern itself with promoting online gaming, setting up an international gaming platform, accepting bets and paying out winnings, checking that players are legally permitted to gamble and offering interstate online gaming such as poker. His hope is to see Illinois become “a ‘hub’ for multi state and international igaming”.
There is opposition to Senator Cullerton’s proposed legislation by groups which claim that by making poker and casino games available 24 hours a day on computers, mobile phones and tablets that people can play anywhere and that this will cause an increase in gambling addiction. Another concern is that if Illinois were to become a centre for interstate online gaming how would fraud, under age gambling and identity theft be prevented? However senator Cullerton claims that the proposed legislation would allow only those over 21 to gamble online while physically present in the state and would allow players to set their own time and spending limits online.