Springfield Alderman Seeking Changes in Video Gaming

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Springfield - It's a gamble.

With video game machines, every time you put money in, you could be a winner or a loser.

For businesses, the same principle applies.

Two Springfield aldermen want to stop the growth of businesses where gambling machines are the biggest part of the company's revenue.

Alderman Cory Jobe says where gaming is the focal point, it is putting other businesses where food and beverages are the chief revenue creator at a disadvantage.

"I think this is the most common sense approach that we can take at city hall as putting some parameter, some limitations on it," Jobe told WAND News.

There are business owners out there who say this proposal would limit competition. It would also get the city into something it should not  be a part of.

"We aren't in it for solely for the machines, so anything brings in is extra and is always a plus. Some places do better than others, good for them. I  don't think they should get involved with that at all. They should just leave it how it is now and give everybody an opportunity to have them and if you make it, you make it, and if you don't, you don't," Bernie and Betty's Pizza manager Ralph Nolting said.

In total, Springfield has almost 400 gaming machines, located in 88 businesses throughout the capital city.
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