ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- It could be a while before the state of Illinois starts reaping the rewards of legalizing video poker machines.
About 300 machines went on-line Tuesday. Opsahl's Pizza in Rockford already activated its machines last week as part of a state test. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford tells me some regulations still need to be put in place for processing.
He wouldn't give a ball park estimate as to when the state could start seeing the gaming funds, which will be used to chip away at the $31 billion spent on construction projects.
"It will take a little while for it to accumulate to be able to go through the State Treasury and by the time we get it to be distributed but I will tell you, our office is abundantly sensitive to cash flow, and any time we could have cash that's in the state treasury and immediately be able to put it out the door to be able to pay off bills, we do want to do that," Rutherford said.
The Illinois Gaming Board says it's also processing applications from more than 2,200 businesses interested in running video poker machines. Treasurer Rutherford was in town for a fundraiser for Winnebago County Republicans.