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Q&A on the "Video Gaming Act"

Updated February 23, 2010

To revitalize the State of Illinois’ economy and put people back to work, Governor Pat Quinn formally signed the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program into law (Public Act 96-0039) on July 13, 2009. To pay for this program, the Video Gaming Act (Public Acts 96-0034, 96-0037, and 96-0038) will allow for video gaming terminals to be placed in the State of Illinois.

The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) — the state agency in charge of administering and enforcing the Video Gaming Act — continues to work on finalizing rules and regulations as well as reviewing bids for the central communication system. Please also note many incorporated municipalities (the local licensing authority for establishments located in cities, villages, and towns) and counties (which regulate licensed establishments in unincorporated areas) have banned video gaming terminals within their jurisdiction.

Following are answers to some of the more frequently asked questions regarding this new law.

Q: What is a video gaming terminal?
Any electronic video game machine that, upon insertion of cash, is available to play or simulate the play of a video game (e.g, video poker, line up, blackjack, etc.). Terminals cannot directly dispense coins, cash, or tokens; however, players may receive free games or credits (including receipt tickets) that can be redeemed for cash.

Q: Is a license required to place a video gaming terminal in your establishment?
Yes. A valid license issued by the IGB is required to place a video gaming terminal in your establishment. Those found without a proper license are subject to a Class A misdemeanor, with subsequent offenses subject to a Class 4 felony.

Q: Where will video gaming be allowed?
In licensed establishments where “on-premise” consumption of alcohol is allowed (e.g., bars and restaurants), and in truck stops and fraternal/veterans organizations.

Q: Are terminals allowed anywhere inside a licensed establishment?
No. Video gaming terminals must be located in an area restricted to persons over 21 years of age, with entrance to this area within view of at least one employee over 21 years of age.

Q: How many video gaming terminals will be allowed at each site?
Up to five machines may be placed at each licensed establishment.

Q: Can local jurisdictions restrict the use of video gaming terminals?
Yes. Incorporated municipalities and counties (which will regulate licensed establishments in unincorporated areas) can prohibit video gaming terminals within their jurisdiction by passing an ordinance or through successful passage of a voter referendum.

Q: Will other regulations be put in place regarding video gaming?
Yes. As the agency in charge of administration and enforcement of the Video Gaming Act, the IGB is responsible for developing final rules and regulations. At this time, IGB has not projected a start date for video gaming in Illinois. 

Please visit the “Latest News” section on our home page www.state.il.us/lcc periodically to check for updated information on the Video Gaming Act when it becomes available.


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