Video gambling revenue constantly rising

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill., (AP) -- Just five years after terminals were legalized in Illinois, the video gambling revenues are continuing to rise.

An annual wagering report from the Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability says the state collected more than $300 million in tax revenues from nearly 26,900 machines for a 12-month period that ended in June.

The net terminal income statewide totaled to $1.2 billion, according to the State Journal-Register.

The increased revenue compensated for the declines in lottery and riverboat casino receipts.

Rockford had the second most video gaming terminals in Illinois, with Springfield taking first place.

Video gambling is banned in Cook County and Chicago.