(230 ILCS 30/8) (from Ch. 120, par. 1128)
Sec. 8. The conducting of charitable games is subject to the following restrictions:
(1) The entire net proceeds from charitable games
must be exclusively devoted to the lawful purposes of the organization permitted to conduct that game.
(2) No person except a bona fide member or employee
of the sponsoring organization, or a volunteer recruited by the sponsoring organization, may participate in the management or operation of the game. A person participates in the management or operation of a charitable game when he or she sells admission tickets at the event; sells, redeems, or in any way assists in the selling or redeeming of chips, scrip, or play money; participates in the conducting of any of the games played during the event, or supervises, directs or instructs anyone conducting a game; or at any time during the hours of the charitable games event counts, handles, or supervises anyone counting or handling any of the proceeds or chips, scrip, or play money at the event. A person who is present to ensure that the games are being conducted in conformance with the rules established by the licensed organization or is present to insure that the equipment is working properly is considered to be participating in the management or operation of a game. Setting up, cleaning up, selling food and drink, or providing security for persons or property at the event does not constitute participation in the management or operation of the game.
Only bona fide members, volunteers as defined in
Section 2 of this Act, and employees of the sponsoring organization may participate in the management or operation of the games. Participation in the management or operation of the games is limited to no more than 12 charitable games events, either of the sponsoring organization or any other licensed organization, during a calendar year.
(3) No person may receive any remuneration or
compensation either directly or indirectly from any source for participating in the management or operation of the game.
(4) No single bet at any house-banked game may exceed
(5) A bank shall be established on the premises to
convert currency into chips, scrip, or other form of play money which shall then be used to play at games of chance which the participant chooses. Chips, scrip, or play money must be permanently monogrammed with the supplier license number or logo or charitable games license number of a licensed organization or of the supplier. Each participant must be issued a receipt indicating the amount of chips, scrip, or play money purchased.
(6) At the conclusion of the event or when the
participant leaves, he or she may cash in his or her chips, scrip, or play money in exchange for currency not to exceed $500 in cash winnings or unlimited noncash prizes. Each participant shall sign for any receipt of prizes. The licensee shall provide the Department of Revenue with a listing of all prizes awarded, including the retail value of all prizes awarded.
(7) Each licensee shall be permitted to conduct
charitable games on not more than 4 days each year. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to prohibit a licensee that conducts charitable games on its own premises from also obtaining a providers' license in accordance with Section 7 of this Act.
(8) Unless the provider of the premises is a
municipality, the provider of the premises may not rent or otherwise provide the premises for the conducting of more than 12 charitable games nights per calendar year.
(9) A charitable games event is considered to be a
one-day event and charitable games may not be played between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and noon.
(10) No person under the age of 18 years may play or
participate in the conducting of charitable games. Any person under the age of 18 years may be within the area where charitable games are being played only when accompanied by his parent or guardian.
(11) No one other than the sponsoring organization
of charitable games must have a proprietary interest in the game promoted.
(12) Raffles or other forms of gambling prohibited by
law shall not be conducted on the premises where charitable games are being conducted.
(13) Such games are not expressly prohibited by
county ordinance for charitable games conducted in the unincorporated areas of the county or municipal ordinance for charitable games conducted in the municipality and the ordinance is filed with the Department of Revenue. The Department shall provide each county or municipality with a list of organizations licensed or subsequently authorized by the Department to conduct charitable games in their jurisdiction.
(14) The sale of tangible personal property at
charitable games is subject to all State and local taxes and obligations.
(15) Each licensee may offer or conduct only the
games listed below, which must be conducted in accordance with rules posted by the organization. The organization sponsoring charitable games shall promulgate rules, and make printed copies available to participants, for the following games: (a) roulette; (b) blackjack; (c) poker; (d) pull tabs; (e) craps; (f) bang; (g) beat the dealer; (h) big six; (i) gin rummy; (j) five card stud poker; (k) chuck-a-luck; (l) keno; (m) hold-em poker; and (n) merchandise wheel. A licensee need not offer or conduct every game permitted by law. The conducting of games not listed above is prohibited by this Act.
(16) No slot machines or coin-in-the-slot-operated
devices that allow a participant to play games of chance shall be permitted to be used at the location and during the time at which the charitable games are being conducted. However, establishments that have video gaming terminals licensed under the Video Gaming Act may operate them along with charitable games under rules adopted by the Department.
(17) No cards, dice, wheels, or other equipment may
be modified or altered so as to give the licensee a greater advantage in winning, other than as provided under the normal rules of play of a particular game.
(18) No credit shall be extended to any of the
(20) A supplier may have only one representative
present at the charitable games event, for the exclusive purpose of ensuring that its equipment is not damaged.
(21) No employee, owner, or officer of a consultant
service hired by a licensed organization to perform services at the event including, but not limited to, security for persons or property at the event or services before the event including, but not limited to, training for volunteers or advertising may participate in the management or operation of the games.
(Source: P.A. 98-377, eff. 1-1-14; 98-1071, eff. 8-26-14.)
Last modified: February 18, 2015