Illinois casinos already lost $100M as COVID-19 keeps them shut ‘until further notice’ Mitchell Armentrout, Chicago Sun-Times · May 4, 2020 at 1:18 am Illinois casinos, already in the midst of an unprecedented shutdown as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, will remain closed “until further notice” as Gov. J.B. Pritzker doubles down on his stay-at-home order through May. More than 36,000 video gambling terminals across the state will also stay dark indefinitely “to prevent the further spread of the novel COVID-19 virus and protect public health and safety,” Illinois Gaming Board administrator Marcus Fruchter said in an order issued Thursday. All Illinois gambling operations have been suspended since March 16. The industry had never faced an extended shutdown since the state’s first riverboat casino set sail in 1991.