Rochester to lift ban on video gambling

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ROCHESTER - The Rochester Board of Trustees has voted to legalize video gambling within the village.

Officials say the votes were taken in December 2015 and January 2016, and included the development of two "R-G" liquor licenses for restaurants with gaming, and one "M-G" license covering any establishments that make, bottle, and sell alcohol on-site.  Additionally, the licenses will cost $800 each.

The ban on video gambling was the final one remaining in Sangamon County since Illinois legalized it in 2012.  Illinois takes 25 percent of net terminal income under the video-gambling law, with local governments receiving five percent.

Two Rochester businesses have already applied for licenses with the Illinois Gaming Board.  We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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