The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

February 9, 2013

Local governments cash in on gambling

DANVILLE — A few businesses in Vermilion County aren’t the only ones to see additional money generated by the new video gaming machines in Illinois.

The transition began last year to allow a new setup of video gaming terminals throughout the state. Net income from those machines, however, is split between several parties, including the state and the municipality that issued the location’s liquor license.

That has signified a new source of revenue so far for the cities of Hoopeston and Danville — both of which have establishments with wagering under way at the new terminals.

Of the net income from the machines, 30 percent goes to the state. From that amount, the local municipality receives 5 percent.

As of the end of December, Hoopeston city officials had received $1,267 from the three establishments there. Danville had received $1,549 as a result of wagering at Snapper’s in Turtle Run while Vermilion County has received $2,206 from video gaming terminals at the Little Nugget.

So far that total is insignificant for the city of Danville, which is working through a budget with overall revenues in the millions. But with two more locations that have not started wagering and at least 15 more still awaiting application approval, income numbers have the potential to climb.

Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said it’s difficult for the city to gauge possible revenues without some kind of historical precedent.

“It’s hard to determine until we have at least one year of what revenue opportunities can be generated,” he said, adding the city had not attempted to hash out a rough estimate of what revenue totals could be by the end of the year.

The overall funding for states and municipalities has grown exponentially since the first machines started running in September. Gaming board reports indicate 61 machines brought in $22,607 for Illinois and $4,521 for municipalities in September.

The latest gaming report — covering the month of December — shows a vast change with 2,290 video gaming machines operating in the state at that point. Those machines brought in $1.7 million for the State of Illinois and $349,724 for municipalities.

In Hoopeston, Mayor Bill Crusinberry said the city has seen its share of state income taxes go down as a result of population declines.

“Basically, we’ve had a real struggle the last three or four years balancing the budget,” he said.

Two more Hoopeston businesses are awaiting application approval, signifying the potential for greater income. Crusinberry said the city has roughly estimated about $20,000 annually from the video gaming terminals.

The Hoopeston mayor is not counting on having the $20,000 just yet, citing potential factors that could effect the output for the gaming terminals.

“It might be a thing where it’s new now and then people tire of it,” he said.

Neither city, however, has heard much of an outcry from citizens as the new machines have been installed and operating. Eisenhauer theorized the lack of complaints was a result of the higher standard of control by the state.

“These are far more regulated than what was in place prior,” he said. “There are some aspects in what we have now as it relates of the oversight of payout and contributions to the city or to the establishment owner that are far more regulated, far more restricted and far more accountable.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • School sign-up begins

    July 29, 2014

  • CRIS offers breakfast

    July 29, 2014

  • Police, Fire Reports

    July 29, 2014

  • NWS-CN 07-20 Foster mug County clerk on hunt for general election judges DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Clerk’s office is looking for a few good men and women for this year’s general election.On Thursday, Vermilion County Board members certified the county’s first group of election judges for the November general electio

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS-CN 07-29 Talking photo Report: Medicare looking better WASHINGTON — Medicare’s financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.Getting relief from a slowdown in health care spending, the program’s giant hospital trust fund won’t be exhausted until 2030, the

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police Reports Incidents reported to police include:DanvilleFriday:Battery and obstructing an officer in the 1600 block of East English Street.Burglary at The Juke, 1214 E. Main St.Saturday:Theft in the 1500 block of Oak Street.Vehicle burglary in the 100 block of

    July 29, 2014

  • Two hurt in weekend shootings in Danville DANVILLE — Two victims are listed in good condition following a pair of weekend shooting incidents in Danville.Danville Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason confirmed the shootings, which took place around 8:15 p.m. Friday and just before 5 a.m.

    July 29, 2014

  • Fire Calls Firefighters responded to the following calls:Saturday, 10:08-10:23 a.m. — A medical call in the 200 block of Delaware Avenue.Saturday, 10:47-10:54 a.m. — Assist Medix in the first block of East Harrison Street.Saturday, 11:37-11:49 a.m. — A medical

    July 29, 2014

  • Library sets program for Farmers' Market

    July 28, 2014

  • Reception celebrates truck

    July 28, 2014

E-edition
Spring 2014 Photos


Buy these photos and more via Smugmug

AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
NDN Video
Weird 'Wakudoki' Dance Launches Promotional Competition Two women barely avoid being hit by train Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth
Must Read