New Illinois rule will have bars paying more in video gaming fees

PEORIA – A recent law change in Springfield had members of the Peoria City Council worried the effect will have on bars and taverns, saying that it punishes the “little guy.”

The change to the state’s video gaming licensing rules means local businesses will pay a large share of the fees to get video poker machines and the like – and people like Councilmembers Beth Jensen and Sid Ruckrie

“The only one who gets hurt at this, or the only business that gets hurt, are our small businesses.

Added Jensen: “This is going to hurt the little taverns and bars.”

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