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Oswego

Oswego set to amend video gaming ordinance

New state law allows local firms to offer up to six terminals

Businesses licensed to offer video gaming in Illinois are now able to increase the number of video gaming terminals in their establishments from five to six.
Businesses licensed to offer video gaming in Illinois are now able to increase the number of video gaming terminals in their establishments from five to six.

Oswego businesses licensed to offer video gaming would be able to add an extra gaming terminal under an amended ordinance to be considered by the village board during a meeting Tuesday, July 16.

As part of an expansion of the state's Video Gaming Act, signed into law June 28 by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, businesses licensed to offer video gaming are now able to increase the number of video terminals they offer from five to six effective July 1.

Village staff recently drafted an amendment to the village's video gaming ordinance to comply with the change in state law.

There are currently 13 businesses licensed in the village to offer video gaming, according to the Illinois Gaming Board.

Of those 13 businesses, 12 have the current village maximum of five terminals, while one business has three.

If the board approves the amendment all 13 of the businesses would be able to offer up to six terminals in their respective establishments.

Illinois Gaming Board data shows that from May of 2018 to May of 2019 a total of $47.4 million was played on video gaming terminals in the village, with the most being played, $9.3 million, at Stella's Place, a video gaming cafe on Douglas Road.

The 63 total video gaming terminals in the village generated a total of $1.1 million in net taxable income from May of 2018 to May of 2019. From that amount, the state received $956,031 while the village received $191,206.

The board's July 16 meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill.

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