Illinois video gambling put on hold
The many McHenry County communities that reversed ordinances this summer to allow for video gaming in bars and restaurants will have to wait longer than anticipated before they can have electronic gambling.
Gene O’Shea, a spokesman for the Illinois Gaming Board, said the agency is running a few weeks behind on its video gaming launch date, when bars, restaurants, veterans clubs and other liquor license holders across the state can start operating the machines for good.
Throughout the summer, local officials from Marengo to McHenry were under the impression that video gaming in Illinois would be up and running by August. But O’Shea said the gaming delay, in part, exists because operators still are waiting on the devices that redeem the gaming winnings for patrons.
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