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Illinois communities starting to see benefits of video gaming

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There are five machines at Chappy's Steakhouse and Bar in Grayville, the most allowed by law. There are five machines at Chappy's Steakhouse and Bar in Grayville, the most allowed by law.

Some Illinois communities are starting to reap the benefits from the now legal video gaming.

Video gaming just became legal this year in Illinois, and even though we are just two months in, communities and city officials say they've seen very positive numbers.

"You know a couple years ago they started talking about this and we were kind of skeptical about it. We just didn't really know if it was going to work out good for us or just be a good think for the state, but it's proven it's been good for us, too," said Mark Campbell, Owner and Manager of Chappy's Steakhouse and Bar.

Chappy's Steakhouse and Bar is the second business in Grayville to have the gaming terminals. There are five machines at Chappy's, the most allowed by law.

Mark Campbell says for nearly every dollar that goes into the machines the business, the terminal operator, the state and the town get a little pay-off.

"We don't have to worry about anything. They provide the payout cash, and the maintenance on the machines. The only thing we provide is the electricity and the place," Campbell said.

Grayville Mayor, Joe Bisch, says although video gaming is nothing new. Now that it's legal, it's making a difference.

"Small towns like us, you have a lot of elderly that live on fixed incomes, and anytime you can keep from raising rates, it's a blessing to them," Mayor Bisch said.

For two weeks of operation, the city of Grayville will collect about a thousand dollars from the two businesses that have video gaming.

Campbell says not only is he seeing his 30%, but he's seeing an increase in customers as well.

"We've had a lot of people and people that we normally didn't have," Campbell said.

Carmi mayor says a business in their town just got a license for video gaming in the last two weeks, and says more businesses are waiting on their video gaming license.

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