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Ottawa benefiting the most from losses at the gambling parlor

Posted by wlpo on July 19, 2016

You’ve probably heard by now about the millions of dollars that go into video gaming machines in the Illinois Valley. Have you ever wondered how much of that makes it back to your city or village?

Halfway through this year, a few cities are at or above the six-figure mark. Ottawa leads the way, having received nearly $130,000 from gaming in the city. Streator isn’t far behind with a little more than $117,000. Peru’s share of video gaming funds is just a few dollars shy of $100,000.

Elsewhere in LaSalle County, the city of La Salle has taken in more than $81,000. In Bureau County, Princeton leads the way with a share of the proceeds topping $62,000.

Cities and municipalities’ share of gaming revenue depends on the amount lost on the machines. The owners of the establishments and the machines get a majority of the cash while the state gets 25% of all money lost, leaving the city with the remaining 5%.

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