Sports betting at casinos and horse tracks, or wherever lotto tickets are sold? Illinois House Democrats offer options. Dan Petrella, Chicago Tribune · March 21, 2019 at 7:02 am Illinois House Democrats are laying out four potential paths for legalizing sports betting in the state, with options ranging from creating a limited number of licenses for existing casinos and horse tracks to allowing gamblers to place bets wherever lottery tickets are sold. Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker campaigned on legalizing sports betting, and he wants lawmakers to get it done before the legislative session wraps up at the end of May. In his spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1, Pritzker is counting on $200 million in upfront revenue from selling 20 sports betting licenses. But he hasn’t specified who he thinks should be eligible.