STATELINE (WIFR) – Stateliners aren’t spending quite as much on video gaming machines. The September numbers show just over $32 million was gambled in Winnebago County. That’s down slightly from August and state coffers are taking a hit as a result. The capital improvement fund got about $4,000 less last month from our area.
Although people aren’t spending as much gambling, that’s not stopping local business owners from testing their luck with new gaming parlors.
It’ll be a few weeks before Jay Gesner hears the sound of video gaming machines in Rockford’s first gaming parlor on East State Street.
He says he’s still waiting to get approved by the Illinois Gaming Board before people can start trying their luck on video gaming machines.
“It’s a couple months deal in Rockford to get the liquor license and then once you get that, it’s been 6 months, they say it takes up to 8 or 9 months right now.”
Despite the long wait, we’re hearing more of this in the Stateline. Gaming parlors are becoming more popular, popping up in areas in Cherry Valley.
Cindy Hodyniak just opened Lucky Dog Gaming last week. It’s the first of its kind in the village.
“We applied for a gaming [license] in January and we were not approved until September because there was such a long line of people in front of us.” That includes more than 2,000 applicants who are still waiting for state approval. Gesner says he hopes he’s next in line so he can open his doors in the next month.
The Illinois gaming board meets next Thursday to approve more gaming licenses.