Want To Bet On The Fighting Illini? Lawmaker Re-Files Bill To Allow In-State College Wagering

Written By Joe Boozell on February 11, 2021Last Updated on March 3, 2021
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Michael J. Zalewski( D ), an State of Illinois Representative and nbsp, has re-filed a bill that would lift the ban on in-state college sports wagering.

The bill is the same as the one he filed in January. However, the difference is that the new General Assembly is now seated in Illinois.

After a second reading next month, the expenses did not make it past the Rules Committee.

While this wouldn’t pass in time for March Madness betting, there is a chance it could in time for the 2021 college football season.

Here are the school teams that Illinois residents you wager on:

  • Bradley
  • State of Chicago
  • DePaul
  • Eastern Illinois
  • Illinois
  • State of Illinois
  • Loyola
  • Illinois’ northwestern region
  • Northwestern
  • Illinois in the south
  • Illinois in the south Edwardsville (SIUE)
  • Chicago andnbsp, University of Illinois,( UIC)
  • Illinois in the West

Northwestern is coming off a winter of sport in which it dominated Auburn in the Citrus Bowl and came close to winning the Big Ten. Illinois sports bookmakers should, ideally, wager on the Wildcats and other groups the following year.

In January, Zalewski tweeted the following:

His tweet is in reference to concerns that in-state collegiate wagering could harm the athletes.

He did, however, add that he hopes to work with other state legislators to & ldquo, find a way for student athletes to profit from bets placed on competitions they compete in. & rdquo,

How common is betting on university activities?

While professional sports are more popular, college sports make up a significant chunk of Illinois sports betting handle.

Consumers in Illinois placed about$ 113.6 million school sporting wagers in November. College sports made up a third of the entire state control, which was$ 449.2 million.

It goes without saying that the number may increase if Illinois residents may place bets on their home state groups.

That would be particularly true in March as March Madness draws near.

It turns out that Illinois has its best school basketball team in recent memory right now.

Fighting Illini from Illinois might receive a No. 1 grain in March’s craziness

Party like it’s 2005? U of I has its best college basketball team since the Dee Brown-Deron Williams era.

However, residents of Prairie State are not permitted to wager on sports, despite the fact that doing so is legitimate.

The Fighting Illini are currently a No. 2 seed in Joe Lunardi’s latest ESPN Bracketology. That means they’re within striking distance of a No. 1 seed.

The Illini are 13-5 overall, and the advanced metrics love them. KenPom, for instance, has Illinois ranked as the No. 4team in the country.

They & rsquo, who have recently been particularly hot, have won four straight games in the heavily populated Big Ten.

What are Illinois & rsquo’s odds of winning, then? the national championship, you might ask? Open one of the five sportsbook apps in the state, and you won’t see the Illini listed due to the ban.

But DraftKings, for example, has odds listed in other states. And Illinois is currently 20/1 to win the title there.

Meanwhile, the Illini & rsquo has a strong 4 / 1 chance of making the Final Four.

Here is the upcoming schedule for Illinois & rsquo:

    12 February: @ Nebraska

  • 16 February: Northwestern vs.
  • 20 Feb. @ Minnesota
  • 23 February: @ Michigan State
  • 23 February: Nebraska vs.
  • 27. February: @ Wisconsin
  • Ohio State on March 6.

No. 1 is the Illini. 8 on act and 0 against At KenPom, they have 12 on security and a lot of celebrity energy.

One of the best guards in college basketball is Ayo Dosunmu, and that & rsquo is always important in March. Dosunmu has a 21.2 point, 6.4 touchdowns, and 5.1 assist per activity average.

Kofi Cockburn, a junior center, averages 17.2 positions and 10.4 touchdowns per game. The Dosunmu-Cockburn inside-out combo is performing as well as we anticipated at the start of the time, and they are at their peak right now.

When( if it passes ) people can legally wager on the Illini in the state, will they still become this good?

All we can do is desire. Depending on where you are right now, it might not be too difficult to travel to the Indiana and Iowa territories.

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Boozell, Joe has also been a college sports writer for NCAA.com since 2015. His work has also appeared in Bleacher Report, FoxSports.com and NBA.com. Growing up, Boozell squared off against both Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky in the Chicagoland basketball scene … you can imagine how that went.

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