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Public Act 096-1055





Public Act 096-1055
SB3011 EnrolledLRB096 20116 AMC 35650 b

    AN ACT concerning gaming.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Bingo License and Tax Act is amended by
changing Section 1.3 as follows:
    (230 ILCS 25/1.3)
    Sec. 1.3. Restrictions on licensure. Licensing for the
conducting of bingo is subject to the following restrictions:
        (1) The license application, when submitted to the
    Department, must contain a sworn statement attesting to the
    not-for-profit character of the prospective licensee
    organization, signed by a person listed on the application
    as an owner, officer, or other person in charge of the
    necessary day-to-day operations of that organization.
        (2) The license application shall be prepared in
    accordance with the rules of the Department.
        (3) The licensee shall prominently display the license
    in the area where the licensee conducts bingo. The licensee
    shall likewise display, in the form and manner as
    prescribed by the Department, the provisions of Section 8
    of this Act.
        (4) Each license shall state the day of the week, hours
    and at which location the licensee is permitted to conduct
    bingo games.
        (5) A license is not assignable or transferable.
        (6) A license authorizes the licensee to conduct the
    game commonly known as bingo, in which prizes are awarded
    on the basis of designated numbers or symbols on a card
    conforming to numbers or symbols selected at random.
        (7) The Department may, on special application made by
    any organization having a bingo license, issue a special
    permit for conducting bingo at other premises and on other
    days not exceeding 5 consecutive days, except that a
    licensee may conduct bingo at the Illinois State Fair or
    any county fair held in Illinois during each day that the
    fair is held, without a fee. Bingo games conducted at the
    Illinois State Fair or a county fair shall not require a
    special permit. No more than 2 special permits may be
    issued in one year to any one organization.
        (8) Any organization qualified for a license but not
    holding one may, upon application and payment of a
    nonrefundable fee of $50, receive a limited license to
    conduct bingo games at no more than 2 indoor or outdoor
    festivals in a year for a maximum of 5 consecutive days on
    each occasion. No more than 2 limited licenses under this
    item (7) may be issued to any organization in any year. A
    limited license must be prominently displayed at the site
    where the bingo games are conducted.
        (9) Senior citizens organizations and units of local
    government may conduct bingo without a license or fee,
    subject to the following conditions:
            (A) bingo shall be conducted only at a facility
        that is owned by a unit of local government to which
        the corporate authorities have given their approval
        and that is used to provide social services or a
        meeting place to senior citizens, or in common areas in
        multi-unit federally assisted rental housing
        maintained solely for the elderly and handicapped;
            (B) the price paid for a single card shall not
        exceed 50 cents;
            (C) the aggregate retail value of all prizes or
        merchandise awarded in any one game of bingo shall not
        exceed $10 $5;
            (D) no person or organization shall participate in
        the management or operation of bingo under this item
        (9) if the person or organization would be ineligible
        for a license under this Section; and
            (E) no license is required to provide premises for
        bingo conducted under this item (9).
        (10) Bingo equipment shall not be used for any purpose
    other than for the play of bingo.
(Source: P.A. 95-228, eff. 8-16-07; 96-210, eff. 8-10-09.)
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 7/14/2010