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Tuesday, November 12, 2019
DuPage County Lifts Video Gambling Ban
The DuPage County Board voted 11-6 on Tuesday to repeal the ban on video gambling in unincorporated areas of the County.
The County’s video gaming ban has been in place since 2009, but the Board felt lifting the ban would provide an economic benefit.
“Our unincorporated restaurants, bars, or other liquor license holders were at a disadvantage to their neighboring municipal establishments. In some instances, two restaurants across the street from each other were held to differing standards because of this ban,” said Jim Zay, County Board Vice Chairman. “By repealing this ban, we’ve created a level playing field for unincorporated businesses.”
Under the Video Gaming Act passed by the General Assembly, unincorporated businesses who have a valid liquor license may apply for a video gaming license through the state. Each establishment may install up to six video gaming terminals at their facility.
DuPage County could see an estimated $275,000 in annual revenue from video gambling.
To learn more about video gaming in DuPage County, go to www.dupageco.org/CountyBoard/Chairman/38459.