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(Source: DraftKings)

CHICAGO (AP) – Boston-based DraftKings and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan have agreed to an expedited schedule and a bench trial in a lawsuit that could determine the fate of daily fantasy sports betting in the state.

An order filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court shows Madigan agreeing to respond to DraftKings’ complaint by Jan. 22. A trial, if necessary, would begin June 27 or as soon after that as the court could hear the case.

DraftKings’ attorney, Randy Mastro, says in a statement that the company and its legal team “are confident” they will win their case.

DraftKings filed the lawsuit Thursday, a day after Madigan declared daily fantasy sports betting illegal in Illinois.

Another industry leader _ New York-based FanDuel _ filed a separate, similar lawsuit in Sangamon County.