The state of Illinois does not care that poker might be considered a game of skill when making their laws, but they seemed to have licensed some decent poker rooms for the poker players living in this state. The most popular poker game in this state is Texas Hold'em. Home poker games in Illinois are played often and many online poker tournaments are filled with poker players from Illinois.
Illinois Poker Laws
It is quite unfortunate, but even if you argue that poker is a game of skill, it still will not change the fact that it is gambling according to section 28-1 of the Illinois code which make up the Illinois gambling laws. This section states that "a) A person commits gambling when he: (1) Plays a game of chance or skill for money or other thing of value..." also "Gambling under subsection (a)(1) of this Section is a Class A misdemeanor". The laws are a little tough here, but there are some great legal poker rooms in this state and I am uncertain how often this law is enforced.
Where to play live poker in Illinois
There a few good places to live poker in this state. Harrah's Metropolis, Hollywood Casino in Aurora and Par-A-Dice Casino are the most popular poker rooms in the state. For the population of this state you would think there would be more and larger poker rooms, but you can find many home game between friends in this state.