Charity Poker Runs are now under the control of local county governments in Illinois. Governor Pat Quinn signed the Poker Runs law Tuesday at a Harley-Davidson dealership in Marion. State Senator Gary Forby of Benton says the law simplifies the permitting process and reduces the fee to a maximum of 25-dollars:
"They give anywhere from two to 20-thousand dollars apiece. Each poker run. What people are doing, the people, now these are working men and women, they're giving back to to somebody that really needs it."
Previously Poker runs were regulated by the state and cost as much as 600-dollars for a single permit. Now they will be treated like a raffle. Pokers Runs typically involve five pre-determined stops where participants draw a playing card or a colored marble in an effort to build a winning poker hand. The law takes effect immediately.
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