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Another future video gaming parlor makes Illinois towns question “how much is too much?”

January 09, 2019 / MARISSA SULEK

The explosion of video gaming in Illinois has some communities asking, “when is enough, enough?”In Whiteside County, Fulton’s City Council is trying to put a cap on gaming.“Video gaming in Fulton is pretty good, without it I don’t think there’d be a tavern open in this town,” says Fulton business owner, Denny Ottens.The Illinois gaming board says gamblers wagered more than $18-million at Fulton’s six gaming location in the first 11-months of 2018 - that means thousands of dollars for local businesses.  But, should more people be able to cash in?“Our mayor has made the point that per capita we have more machines per citizen than anyone in Western Illinois,” says Randy Boonstra, Fulton City Administrator.Illinois allows two different types of video gaming: terminals in restaurants or bars and parlors dedicated to just video gaming. But, you need a liquor license for either operation.“Right now, we control the video ga...