Gambling revenue for Bloomington and Normal video gaming has been a pleasant surprise for Bloomington and fairly low level for the Town of Normal. After about a year in force, city and town officials say they do not expect much more growth. Patti-Lynn Silva is the Finance Director for Bloomington.
Based on a full year extrapolation of four months of receipts, the Town of Normal will bring in about $84,000 a year. City manager Mark Peterson says that comes from three license holders, Pub Two, Brew-Has and the Qik-N-EZ store on North Main in Normal. Peterson says Qik-N-Ez is the largest revenue producer, so video gambling does not appear to be too popular among college students.
Video gambling money collected for the municipalities goes into the general funds for Bloomington and Normal.
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