Bloomington leaders amend video gaming code, allowing more businesses to get licenses

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Bloomoington Council members are giving 8 more businesses video gaming licenses. 

Currently 52 businesses in town have video terminals, but a moratorium on new licenses was put in last year.

On Monday, the council tonight opted to expand video gaming to a total of 60 businesses. City manager Tim Gleason says the change comes after months of discussion.

“A couple of council members felt the moratorium should continue,” said Gleason. “A couple of council members felt you let the market drive it. We threw out a couple numbers, and we landed on 60.”\

According to city code, Bloomington only allows truck stops to have five gaming terminals. However, opponents say according to state law, 10 terminals are allowed in truck stops.

They say with councils action to deny doubling, customers are driven away to other truck stops. 

Gleason says the city could amend that portion of the video gaming code but he does not anticipate that anytime soon.

In the meantime businesses looking to get a new license under the amended code will have to wait to apply until Sept. 16. Licenses will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis.

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