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Peru could change rules on video gaming

Posted by wlpo on May 1, 2012

You can’t legally win money from playing a video gaming machine but that could be changing soon.  In preparation for that a few people are asking the City of Peru to change their rules so local bar owners may apply for a state gaming license.

Norm Clark with the Illinois License Beverage Association and Russ Guynn of Waterstreet Pub in Peru explained the situation to the city council Tuesday night.  They’re asking the city to change their rules banning video gaming so when local liquor license holders apply to the state for a gaming license they’ll be approved.  If not they say the state will turn them down.

The gaming licenses would be available for bars, truck stops and fraternal organizations but not convenient stores.

Clark says the state could be prepared to begin issuing licenses by September but has his doubts since the legislation was approved nearly three years ago and not much has been done.

Peru’s attorney will look into creating an exemption for bar owners who would be licensed by the state.

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