According to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan daily fantasy sports betting is an act of illegal gambling under Illinois law. Madigan’s opinion, sought by two Democratic legislators, points out that the debate over whether the popular contests involve skill or luck is irrelevant, as Illinois outlaws both.
The law ”clearly declares that all games of chance or skill, when played for money, are illegal gambling in Illinois,” Madigan wrote. Madigan’s decree follows decisions in New York and Nevada to ban the online sites for the same reason.
Democratic Representative Mike Zalewski, who is pushing legislation to legalize and regulate the contests, said that while he disagrees that the pastime involves gambling, the ruling provides ”more clarity.” Zalewski said in a statement that he’s aiming for regulations ”to allow Illinoisans to continue to play these contests and provide the necessary strong consumer protections for safe, fun play.”