Video gambling could be coming soon to your town, and hundreds of businesses in southern Illinois are preparing to bring the machines into their establishments. Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick says the village has not taken an official stand on the issue but doesn't plan to add to the number of liquor licenses in the village.
The state legislature passed and the governor signed the bill in the hopes of bringing in millions of dollars to state coffers. McCormick says any liquor license holder must go through the state to obtain the video gaming license, although the village would get a cut:
McCormick says he's not heard of any business that might seek a video gambling license at this point, but of the 17 that hold a liquor license, he believes there could be up to seven businesses that might bring in video gambling at some point.