PlayIllinois is your local resource for information about all legal Illinois gambling and sports betting. Below, you can find out who we are, why we do what we do, and most importantly, how you can reach out to us with your questions.
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Managing Editor: Jason Jarrett
Jason Jarrett is the managing editor for nine Catena Media state-oriented websites, covering sports betting and gambling. He has more than 25 years of journalism experience, spending nearly 10 years as a senior editor at the Austin American-Statesman.
Contributor: T.J. McBride
T.J. is a writer and reporter based in Denver, Colo. who covers the Denver Nuggets. He contributes regularly to PlayIllinois as well as other news websites owned by Catena Media. His byline can be found across many websites such as ESPN, FiveThirtyEight, Bleacher Report, and others.
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Contributor: Cole Rush
Cole Rush writes words. A lot of them. Most of those words can be found in gambling publications such as PlayIllinois, iGaming Business, Gaming Today, Bonus.com, MidwestSharp.com, ICE 365, and IGB North America. Cole also covers pop culture and books for Tor.com and TheQuillToLive.com. Cole has more than eight years of experience writing about gambling and entertainment.
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Contributor: Darren Cooper
Darren Cooper was born and raised in Southern Louisiana, just a short pirogue ride away from New Orleans. He started his journalism career at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and has been a writer and columnist in New Jersey since 1998. He’s won 14 statewide press awards and earned his first Associated Press Sports Editors Top 10 award in 2022.
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Content Manager: Andrew Champagne
Andrew Champagne is a Content Manager at Catena Media, as well as an award-winning writer and producer. A passionate storyteller, Andrew boasts a career that has included stints at The Daily Racing Form, TVG Network, and HRTV.
Born and raised in upstate New York, Andrew now resides in Northern California’s Bay Area. You can often find him handicapping horse races, planning his next trip to Las Vegas, bowling reasonably well, and golfing incredibly poorly.
Head of Production, Play Sites: Kim Yuhl
Kim Yuhl is the content lead for Play-branded sites, including PlayIllinois.com. She has experience writing and reporting on poker culture and the legalization and launch of sports betting in the US. Yuhl was a business story strategist for small businesses. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications.
More About PlayIllinois
PlayIllinois is the Illinois-centric site for a series of Play-branded news and informational sites available throughout the country. We cover all aspects of Illinois gambling, including the Chicago casino project, the burgeoning sports betting industry, casinos, lottery and VGTs.
We are not directly affiliated with any specific casino, sportsbook, mobile sports betting app or gaming website. We are an independently owned and operated commercial organization.
Our funding comes via advertising relationships with several legal online gaming operators. In some cases, when you visit a site, including online sportsbooks, casino sites, poker sites and daily fantasy sports sites, we may receive financial compensation from the casino or poker site. We may also sell advertising to various partners.
Our policy regarding advertisers is simple:
- Advertisers do not have a say over the content on PlayIllinois.com.
- Our goal is to provide credible, objective information about legal online gaming options in Indiana, specifically and more generally throughout the US. We believe that this goal naturally produces the best information for both customers and operators, therefore for us.
- We mark all paid advertisements or advertisements that appear in a format (such as banner ads) that are widely understood to be advertisements.