Video gaming

DONE IN COLLABORATION WITH SUMMER 2016 DATA VISUALIZATION COURSE, DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE, NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY (APARAJITA DESHPANDE)

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.

    

done in collaboration with summer 2016 data visualization course, Department of Computer Science, Northern Illinois University (Mohammed Jaffer Ali)

Video gaming machines have been popping up in Illinois bars and restaurants for nearly four years. For the most part, the increase in gaming machines and in revenue across the state has been steady.

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There are nearly 24,000 video gaming machines in Illinois, and the amount played over the last few years is in the billions of dollars -- with a b. 

Lawmaker Concerned About 'Video Gaming Malls'

Sep 17, 2015
Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Video gaming has proliferated in Illinois.

A new state report says that as of June, there were nearly 21,000 video poker machines in Illinois.

Chicago doesn't allow video gaming; even so, there are more terminals in the Chicago metropolitan area than anywhere else in Illinois.

After Cook County, the most machines are in Winnebago, Lake, Will, and Sangamon Counties. The capital city of Springfield tops the list for most video gaming terminals in the state, with nearly 550.

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.

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Video gaming continues to grow in popularity across Illinois. Over the past year, the number of video gaming terminals statewide more than doubled. 

                                                              July 2013                                  July 2014

# Video Gaming Terminals                8,808                                             17,954

Amount Played (statewide)                $328,506,879.49                        $690,954,389.52

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