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Illinois Flush With Video Gaming Machines, Tax Revenue

What started off as a deal between state lawmakers to fund a capital construction program by legalizing video gaming terminals (VGTs) has turned into a booming gambling business that has now produced more than $1bn in state and local taxes, according to an industry report.

The report, which was prepared by RK PR Solutions in Lincoln for the Illinois Gaming Machine Operators Association (IGOMA), was released Thursday to mark five years of legal video gambling in Illinois.

“Our members have invested millions of dollars in Illinois video gaming because we believed it could provide an economic lifeline for many small businesses,” said Ivan Fernandez, executive director of IGMOA.

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