Illinois: Springfield casino license resolution shelved. Is a casino without video gaming possible?

Illinois: Springfield casino license resolution shelved. Is a casino without video gaming possible?

Article brief provided by State Journal-Register
  • Steven Spearie , State Journal-Register
October 26, 2022 2:54 PM
  • Steven Spearie , State Journal-Register

The Springfield Committee of the Whole Tuesday tabled a resolution that the city be included for consideration of receiving a casino license, but it may at least have the ear of a local membership group of bars and restaurants.

The unique look of a proposed downtown casino — with table games like blackjack and craps and roulette and sports betting, but minus video gaming — could be an appeasement to Springfield businesses where video gaming is prolific.

According to the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, Springfield operates 757 terminals that brought in nearly $50 million this past fiscal year.

Rockford has the second most terminals at 537.