- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A proposal that would allow truck stops to have twice as many video gaming machines as other establishments is moving through the Illinois Legislature.

A Senate committee on Tuesday approved the measure with a 9-2 vote. It would allow truck stops to have ten video gaming terminals. Currently, establishments with video gaming can operate five machines.

State Sen. Dave Syverson is sponsoring the proposal. He says it will create more revenue from truckers who are often from out of state. The Republican from Rockford says it wouldn’t affect other gaming businesses because truckers already don’t leave truck stops to gamble.

Opponents say it would only be a matter of time before other businesses add more machines, leading to “mini casinos” popping up across the state.

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The bill is SB3144.

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