On Wednesday, the Illinois Attorney General declared daily fantasy sports illegal under Illinois gambling law. The AG Lisa Madigan gave her opinion in response to a request from two legislators who are pushing to legalize this activity. Interestingly, the AG believed the issue of whether it is a game of chance or a game of skill is irrelevant because any game played for money under Illinois law is illegal gambling.
The AG sent a letter to counsel for FanDuel and DraftKings expecting them to amend their Terms of Service to include Illinois as a prohibited state.
For now, Illinois joins New York, Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada and Washington as states prohibiting daily fantasy sports. More to follow?