Illinois Insights: An Update from Cozen O’Connor (4/29)

April 29, 2022

Public Health


Pritzker has a 51% approval rating heading into campaign season

As campaign season begins in earnest, a new poll conducted by Morning Consult during the first three months of 2022 found Gov. JB Pritzker has an approval rating of 51 percent – placing him 37th among the nation’s governors. Another 43 percent of Illinois voters disapproved of Pritzker.

Illinois Gaming Board to begin accepting applications for more sports betting licenses

The Illinois Gaming Board will be accepting applications for two additional master online licenses for sports betting after approving one application Thursday.

The board voted unanimously to grant a license to Caliente Interactive, a Mexican sports betting outlet owned by Las Vegas-based Tekkorp Digital Acquisition Corp.

The board was accepting applicants for up to three licenses, but Gaming Board Executive Director Marcus Fruchter told board members one dropped out of the application process and another, Fubo, failed to qualify. The prior application was open from Aug. 5 to Dec. 3, 2021.

Fruchter said the board will begin seeking applications to fill the two available licenses, but did not provide a time frame for the process.

Around the State


Lightfoot expected to announce reelection bid soon

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has yet to formally announce her bid for reelection – but told the Chicago Sun-Times she plans to make her candidacy official “soon.”

Regarding her reelection bid, Lightfoot said, “The issue is when is the announcement, and that will come soon. I mean, I’m giving you every indication of what the future is going to hold. The question is just formally announcing it. And we will do that soon.”

Lightfoot is already facing a handful of challengers, including local businessman Willie Wilson and Chicago Ald. Raymond Lopez, one of her fiercest critics. Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., announced he would stay in Congress and not run for mayor.

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