Video gambling off to a slow start
7 months, 3 weeks ago
The best way to curb gambling might have been for the state of Illinois to legalize it
The best way to curb gambling might be for the state of Illinois to legalize it.
The going has been slow since lawmakers more than three years ago approved video gambling outside casinos. Only last spring did the state gaming board start accepting applications from businesses, fraternal organizations and veterans groups for licenses to have video gambling on their premises. Fewer than 350 of those applications have been approved. The application backlog stands at more than 3,000.
State Rep. Rich Brauer, R-Springfield, blames the gaming board for delays.
“To me, it’s very frustrating that the state is so unorganized that a fairly basic bill takes over three years to implement,” said Brauer, who voted in favor of legalization.
It’s not necessarily the gaming board’s fault, according to Gene O’Shea, board spokesman.