Video gambling is paying off for central and southern Illinois cities. Most of the state’s top 10 cities making the most off of new video-poker machines are outside of the Chicagoland area. Springfield has the most video-gambling machines in the state, at 548, and the state’s second-highest revenue total from video gambling last year, at just over $25 million.
Local governments keep 5 percent of video-gambling money. City of Springfield Budget Director Bill McCarty said the city is making $120,000 a month from video gambling.
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Six of the state’s top 10 cities in terms of number of machines and revenue generated are downstate. Rockford, Decatur, Bloomington, Joliet and Champaign are the other downstate leaders for video gambling. All of them saw at least $9 million in video gambling action last year.