Last week, the Senate voted to close a problematic loophole in Illinois' video gaming law.
The law allows for-profit establishments with liquor licenses, like bars and restaurants, to obtain video gaming licenses, too. Currently, nonprofit organizations such as VFW posts and Knights of Columbus halls can't. They honor our veterans and serve an important cultural function in our communities; they shouldn't be left out of video gaming revenues.
After several organizations in the 52nd District came to me to ask how they could get video gaming licenses, I sponsored Senate Bill 2371 to make the law more inclusive. If the House passes my legislation and the governor signs it, nonprofit veterans' and cultural societies will be able to offer video gaming if they choose. The revenues could mean the difference between staying open and going under. I'm proud to help Knights of Columbus halls, American Legion posts and VFW posts remain part of the bedrock of our communities.