Illinois lawmakers to discuss sports gambling today

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Illinois State Sen. Napoleon Harris of Harvey

CHICAGO — Illinois lawmakers are talking about allowing sports gambling in the state if a federal ban is lifted.

The Senate Gaming Commission is hearing testimony on the issue at the Bilandic Building Tuesday.

Democrat State Sen. Napoleon Harris of Harvey is sponsoring a proposal allowing Illinois casinos to take bets on amateur, professional and college sports.

Federal law prohibits sports betting in all but four states.

But Illinois and several other states are preparing legislation with the expectation that the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn the ban.

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