* Daily Herald…
Lake County officials are moving ahead with plans to prohibit the expansion of video gambling in unincorporated areas.
The financial and administrative committee on Thursday recommended the full board ban new video gambling terminals at bars, restaurants and other gathering spots in the areas it oversees. […]
“I’m not anti-gambling, but … I think it’s appropriate to put a pause on new licenses at this moment in time,” said county board member Paul Frank, a Highland Park Democrat who leads the committee. […]
The Lake County Board initially banned the machines in unincorporated areas, but it reversed course in 2013. As of May 31, nearly 300 video gambling machines operated at 63 locations in unincorporated areas.
Last year, gamblers put nearly $181 million at risk in machines in unincorporated areas of the county, according to Illinois Gaming Board data. Those bets generated $43.2 million for Illinois and $14.6 million for the county.
Could be a lot of things going on there. Existing video gaming companies would always love to stop more competition from coming in. Sometimes an area can become saturated with gambling establishments. And Lake County is getting a new casino, which probably won’t want competition.