Cook County allows video gambling in unincorporated areas

Cook County commissioners voted Wednesday to allow video gambling in unincorporated areas of the cash-strapped county, a measure supporters praised for the potential new revenue it’s expected to generate and opponents decried for the potential problems they worry it will bring.

The new gambling machines are estimated to bring in at least $260,000 for the remainder of this year, and increase up to $781,000 over the next four years, according to a memo from the county bureau of finance’s chief financial officer.

“This is an opportunity for us to bring in revenue from people who want to pay the revenue, not by forcing something on somebody,” Commissioner Tim Schneider, a Bartlett Republican, said during a meeting Tuesday where officials discussed the plan.

When video gambling machines went live in Illinois during fall 2012, Cook County prohibited them from unincorporated areas. Under state law, each establishment authorized to operate video gambling is allowed up to five machines.

via Google Alert – illinois gambling

June 6, 2018 at 05:06PM


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