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Illinois Website Offers Help For Gambling Addictions

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is launching a new state website aimed at helping people affected by gambling addictions.

The Illinois Department of Human Services announced the website .

The new website comes as gambling is expanding across the nation.

In Illinois, Governor 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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