Illinois’ video gaming industry has always enjoyed a close link to local communities and the small businesses and fraternal and veterans’ organizations that form the bedrock of cities, towns and neighborhoods.
Video gaming continues to grow in popularity across Illinois. Over the past year, the number of video gaming terminals statewide more than doubled.
# Video Gaming Terminals 8,808 17,954
Amount Played (statewide) $328,506,879.49 $690,954,389.52
Joe Schatteman is the Deputy Legislative Director for the Illinois Municipal League. He says there’s concern that some businesses are working around the original intent of the law. He points to a flower shop that began offering a wine bar and video gaming. Continue reading Upward Trend For Video Gaming
SPRINGFIELD — A coalition of video gambling companies is protesting legislation that it says could unfairly benefit the Waukegan-based slot machine maker WMS Industries Inc.