Video gambling is set to start in Illinois this week, but a proposed business that would have focused on the machines has been squeezed out of Jerseyville. The Jerseyville City Council recently rejected a request for a special use permit that reportedly would have allowed a business owner to establish a facility that would focus on gaming, with a little food and liquor on the side.
At least one city official said it was his belief this would not be of benefit to the city's economy, noting that there are already plenty of bars and taverns that can apply for the special gaming licenses through the state. The first machines are on their way after a new state law made video gambling legal, and taxed the revenue businesses generate from them. Officials predict the state will receive between 175- and 325-million dollars a year once the program's totally implemented.