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DraftKings, FanDuel Suing Illinois Attorney General

Popular daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel are suing Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan after she ruled last week the websites constitute illegal gambling.

DraftKings says it disagrees with Madigan's characterization of the websites.

"We believe daily fantasy sports, which Illinois residents have been playing for years, are lawful under state law," the company said in a statement. "We also believe, as the Attorney General has said, that this is a policy question for state legislators to address. That is why we look forward to working with lawmakers, like Representative Mike Zalewski and others, who wish to enact thoughtful and common-sense legislation that protects consumers' rights to compete, while also adopting appropriate consumer protections."

FanDuel and Head2Head Sports also filed a joint complaint against Madigan last week. Their lawsuit asks for conjunctive relief so the sites can continue operating in the state.

"Why the Attorney General would tell her 13.5 million constituents they can't play fantasy sports anymore as they know it - and make no mistake, her opinion bans all forms of fantasy sports played for money - is beyond us," FanDuel said in a statement. "Hopefully, the legislature will give back to the people of Illinois the games they love. A sports town like Chicago and a sports-loving state like Illinois deserves nothing less."

Indiana legislators are grappling with how to address daily fantasy gaming. Two Terre Haute lawmakers are proposing bills that would regulate the sites.

Several states have banned DraftKings and FanDuel from operating after arguing they aren't games of skill but illegal gambling.

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