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Villages Look At Video Gambling, As Springfield Limits Them

Updated: Wednesday, May 7 2014, 10:47 PM CDT
SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. -- The City of Springfield ranks as one of the highest in the state for revenue coming from video gambling, but with the growth has come problems from competitors.

Tuesday night, city council voted to create an ordinance that would require a business with video gaming to have less than 60% of their revenue come from those machines.

There are only two video gambling locations currently in Jerome, but that could soon change. Villiage leaders hope businesses who can't find a location in the capital city will come to the village, creating much needed revenue for the area.

As the city of Springfield begins to limit the amount of video gambling machines small villages like Jerome hope to take advantage.

"It will enhance our revenue. We get approximately anywhere from $1,100 to $1,700 a month in revenue that goes to our general fund," said Village President, Mike Lopez.

That's a far cry from the $92,000 video gambling brought to the capital city just a couple months ago in March, but Lopez says every penny counts especially during times of a tight budget.

"We're making headway versus the previous years when we were very very deficit spending," said Lopez.

But before the cash starts flowing, and gambling machines move in, there are a few rules.

"They have to have a liquor license to have a video gaming venue in Jerome and the other factor is the land issue in Jerome," said Lopez.

Wabash Avenue is one of the few places where space is available. Currently there are two video gambling locations along that stretch of road. The Barrel Head installed their machines about a month ago.

"It definitely helps. It helps support us. Helps pay the bills, it helps water bills power bills for sure. It provides kinda an under fitting," said Barrel Head Owner, Chris Pressnall.

That support could now face more competition in the future, but Pressnall says he is open to the idea of more video gambling locations.

"It keeps the money local. We live here. We live in the neighborhood and pay taxes here," said Pressnall.

Village President Mike Lopez says there is the possibility that two more video gambling locations could open on Wabash Avenue within the next 3 to 4 months.

If that happens, he says it will bring even more revenue to the village.Villages Look At Video Gambling, As Springfield Limits Them

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