According to WCIA online, video gaming has been helping Illinois boost its economy for four years running. The popularity of video gaming has evolved in the state since September 2012 since the first machine lit up. Now more than 24,000 machines in more than 5,000 restaurants, bars, gambling parlors, and other establishments help bring in about $300 million a year for the state. The Illinois Gaming Board reports says nearly $785 million since 2012 , which doesn’t include tax revenue. It also doesn’t include the personal income tax created, many businesses created, and countless job opportunities. But some communities have more concerns with many of those machines, like people with video game addiction or creating an addiction to it. More than 150 communities in the state do not allow machines in their towns. Some say they should reconsider since it helps bring in over $22 million each month for the state of Illinois.
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