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When the state last passed a massive expansion of gambling about a decade ago with the Video Gaming Act of 2009, it gave municipalities the right to opt out of allowing video gaming within its borders.
In the years after that law was passed, video gaming expanded throughout Will County. Still, some municipalities, like Plainfield, decided to opt out of allowing video gambling.
In 2015, the county board voted to prohibit additional video gaming licenses in unincorporated parts of the county. The vote was 13-9 with mostly Republicans, who were in the majority at the time, voting to ban video gaming and mostly Democrats voting against the ban.
Some places, like the Links Bar & Grille in unincorporated Plainfied's Carillon subdivision, jumped at the chance before the county implemented the ban. Jeff Yackley, Carillon's director of golf, said they have five machines which have provided extra revenue. He added that they have not experienced problems associated with having the machines and that residents and patrons enjoy using them.