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Video poker machines being turned on in Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — Video poker machines are being turned on in at least some Illinois bars and restaurants.

The manager of Chino's Pizzeria in the Chicago suburb of Justice says the restaurant's three machines came on around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Jeff Glover says he'd just finished mopping when he saw the machines lit up as actual games, instead of with the "out of service" message that had been displayed for weeks. He says the machines are accepting money normally.

Glover says he's been watching the machines for months waiting for them to turn on.

Illinois Gaming Board spokesman Gene O'Shea said he couldn't immediately comment but a statement is planned.

The state approved video gambling in 2009 to help fund a $31 billion construction program to fix schools, roads and other transportation projects.


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