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Illinois Website Offers Help for Gambling Addictions

The new website comes as gambling is expanding across the nation

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    Lawmakers today will discuss the prospect of "expanding the availability of video gaming" to three establishments where betting on simulcast races is offered.

    Illinois is launching a new state website aimed at helping people affected by gambling addictions.

    The Illinois Department of Human Services on Monday announced the website WeKnowtheFeeling.org.

    The new website comes as gambling is expanding across the nation. In Illinois, Gov. JB Pritzker is looking to expanded sports betting to help close a multibillion-dollar state budget hole. The Legislature would first have to legalize expanded wagering.

    Illinois already operates a hotline for people with gambling problems. Deputy Governor Sol Flores says Illinois' 24-hour hotline, 1-800-GAMBLER, receives thousands of calls each month. Flores says "we hope to see a large number of people utilize our website the same way."

    The website connects people to treatment and provides a place for people to share their stories.

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