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Beloit could soon have a new casino in its backyard, but some Illinois lawmakers worry it would detract from business in the Rockford area.

The city of Beloit and the Ho-Chunk Nation are joining forces for a more-than $405 million proposal.

Dave Syverson is a Republican State Senator from Rockford.

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The council voted 6-1 earlier this week to put a hold on issuing licenses until mid-March.

This comes as aldermen plan to discuss regulations of gaming facilities, such as the distance between two locations. 

DeKalb Mayor John Rey says a third license was approved just before the halt.

“And I think it made sense for us to deal with those that were already applied, but to offer a moratorium until city council has an opportunity to think through the ongoing guidelines for video gaming establishments in the community," Rey said.

    

As of last month, there were more than 19,000 video gaming terminals across Illinois. But it appears things are leveling off after three years of growth. Still, the machines are a major revenue generator for the state and local governments. In fact, the state’s share from video gaming recently passed $276 million.

Video Gaming Rolls Out in Illinois

Oct 10, 2012

There are 65 establishments in Illinois that can now legally pay out for video gaming wins. Illinois lawmakers approved it back in 2009, but it's taken that long for regulators to set it up.

State officials continue preparations for the launch of video gambling in Illinois establishments. The Illinois Gaming Board says it's testing a computerized monitoring system at various locations, including Rockford and Machesney Park.

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