Board voted to ban more machines in unincorporated areas in 2015
Next month, the Will County Board will consider allowing more video gaming in unincorporated areas.
Four years ago, the board voted to ban new video gaming licenses, although it grandfathered in businesses and organizations which were already licensed. Now some board members and residents say it would only be fair to allow all those in unincorporated areas the same opportunities to generate more revenue.
This vote comes not long after the state legislature legalized sports betting and allowed six new casinos across the state.
Gov. JB Pritzker praised the passage of legalized sports betting and said in a news release that expanded gaming “will create jobs up and down the state, from Rockford to Chicago to Walker’s Bluff, where communities hungry for employment will see 10,000 new jobs.”