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Peoria clears way for video poker machines

Wed, 23 May 2012 06:43:51 CDT
By: Jim Browne

Patrons of saloons and taverns in Peoria may soon be able to gamble while quenching their thirst. The Peoria City Council has approved a measure to change a 20 year old ordinance banning video gaming in city limits. The city gets to skim 5% of the proceeds, and proponents of the change estimate that'll translate into $20,000 a year. 25% of the take goes to the state, and the other 70% gets split up between business owners who install the machines, and the patrons how use them.   The first machines could show up before the end of the year.

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