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(A) A person commits gambling when, within the corporate limits of the city, he or she:
(1) Knowingly plays a game of chance or skill for money or other thing of value, unless excepted in division (B);
(2) Knowingly makes a wager upon the result of any game, contest, or any political nomination, appointment, or election;
(3) Knowingly operates, keeps, owns, uses, purchases, exhibits, rents, sells, bargains for the sale or lease of, manufactures, or distributes any gambling device;
(4) Knowingly contracts to have or give himself or herself or another the option to buy or sell, or contracts to buy or sell, at a future time, any grain or other commodity whatsoever, or any stock or security of any company, as described in ILCS Ch. 720, Act 5, § 28-1 (a)(4);
(5) Knowingly owns or possesses any book, instrument, or apparatus by means of which bets or wagers have been, or are, recorded or registered, or knowingly possesses any money which he has received in the courses of a bet or wager;
(6) Knowingly sells pools upon the result of any game or contest of skill or chance, political nomination, appointment, or election;
(7) Knowingly sets up or promotes any lottery or sells, offers to sell, or transfers any ticket or share for any lottery;
(8) Knowingly sets up or promotes any policy game or sells, offers to sell, or knowingly possesses or transfers any policy ticket, slip, record, document, or other similar device;
(9) Knowingly drafts, prints, or publishes any lottery ticker or share, or any policy ticket, slip, record, document or similar device, except for such activity related to lotteries, bingo games, and raffles authorized by and conducted in accordance with the laws of Illinois or any other state or foreign government;
(10) Knowingly advertises any lottery or policy game, except for such activity related to lotteries, bingo games, and raffles authorized by and conducted in accordance with the laws of Illinois or any other state; or
(11) Knowingly transmits information as to wagers, betting odds, or changes in betting odds by telephone, telegraph, radio, semaphore, or similar means; or knowingly installs or maintains equipment for the transmission or receipt of such information; except that nothing in this division prohibits trans-mission or receipt of such information for use in news reporting of sporting events or contests.
(12) Knowingly establishes, maintains, or operates an Internet site that permits a person to play a game of chance or skill for money or other thing of value by means of the Internet or to make a wager upon the result of any game, contest, political nomination, appointment, or election by means of the Internet.
(B) Participants in any of the following activities shall not be convicted of gambling:
(1) Agreements to compensate for loss caused by the happening of chance including without limitation contracts of indemnity or guaranty and life or health or accident insurance;
(2) Offers of prizes, awards, or compensation to the actual contestants in any bona fide contest for the determination of skill, speed, strength, or endurance or to the owners of animals or vehicles entered in such contest;
(3) Pari-mutuel betting as authorized by the law of this state;
(4) Manufacture of gambling devices, including the acquisition of essential parts therefor and the assembly thereof, for transportation in interstate or foreign commerce to any place outside this state when such transportation is not prohibited by any applicable federal law;
(5) The game commonly known as “bingo,” when conducted in accordance with ILCS Ch. 230, Act 25, §§ 1 et seq.;
(6) Lotteries when conducted by the state in accordance with ILCS Ch. 20, Act 1605, §§ 1 et seq.;
(7) Possession of an antique slot machine that is neither used nor intended to be used in the operation or promotion of any unlawful gambling activity or enterprise. For the purpose of this division, an ANTIQUE SLOT MACHINE is one manufactured 25 years ago or earlier;
(8) Raffles and poker runs when conducted in accordance with ILCS Ch. 230, Act 15, §§ 1 et seq.;
(9) Charitable games when conducted in accordance with ILCS Ch. 230, Act 30, §§ 1 et seq.; and
(10) Pull tabs and jar games when conducted under ILCS Ch. 230, Act 20, §§ 1 et seq.; and
(11) Gambling games conducted on riverboats when authorized under ILCS Ch. 230, Act 10, §§ 1 et seq.
(12) Video gaming terminal games at a licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment when conducted in accordance with the Video Gaming Act.
(13) Games of skill or change where money or other things of value can be won but no payment or purchase is required to participate.
(14) Savings promotion raffles authorized under § 5g of the Illinois Banking Act (ILCS Ch. 205, Act 5, § 5g), § 7008 of the Savings Bank Act (ILCS Ch. 205, Act 205, § 7008), § 42.7 of the Illinois Credit Union Act (ILCS Ch. 205, Act 305, § 42.7), § 5136B of the National Bank Act (12 U.S.C. 25a), or § 4 of the Home Owners’ Loan Act (12 U.S.C. 1463).
(C) Circumstantial evidence. In prosecutions under this section, circumstantial evidence shall have the same validity and weight as in any criminal prosecution.
(ILCS Ch. 720, Act 5, § 28-1) Penalty, see § 130.99