Video gambling is up and running in Illinois, at least on a limited basis, and other venues are expected to go live in the coming weeks. Already video gambling machines are operating in six locations. They include Machesney Park, Morton Grove, Port Barrington, Rockford, Saint Anne and Strasburg, with more test locations expected soon.
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The company contracted to handle video gambling is in the process of testing its central computer system to make sure things are working properly. Gov. Pat Quinn believes the process is moving ahead as it should. “I have full confidence in the Gaming Board. It is the regulator of all the video gaming in Illinois. It’s got to be done right,” Quinn said. Video gambling will be allowed in bars, truck stops and fraternal halls. Municipalities have the option to “opt out” if they wish. Revenues are earmarked for the state’s capital construction program.