Illinois city pauses issuing gaming licenses after 40% spike in video gaming losses

Illinois city pauses issuing gaming licenses after 40% spike in video gaming losses

Article brief provided by WCIA-TV
  • Scarlett O'Hara, WCIA-TV
January 18, 2023 9:46 PM
  • Scarlett O'Hara, WCIA-TV

“The city of Decatur might be considered the video gaming capital of the state of Illinois,” City Council member David Horn said.

City leaders aim to change that reputation and slow the growth of gambling in Decatur. According to Horn, residents are losing roughly 40% more money on video game gambling today than they were just a few years ago.

City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a six month moratorium on issuing new video gaming licenses because members like Horn have noticed a major increase in the number of gambling establishments popping up, and how people are losing more money than ever.