Video Gambling Resource Packet

The below resources may assist you in preparing remarks and talking points at hearings on video gambling, in Letters to the Editor, or when speaking before City Council meetings.  To view each document, click the blue link.

Licensed Terminal Operators and Number of Establishments A handful of VG operators own a majority of slot machines in Illinois.  See this document for a listing of companies and the number of establishments where they have machines.  The trend is for smaller VG owner/operators to be bought out by larger VG companies, some with casino interests.

Did you know that gambling related community harm exceeds that of drug use?  New research conducted at the New Zealand Ministry of Health found harm associated with gambling is almost double that of drug use disorders, bipolar affective disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia combined.  The study is the first in New Zealand, and only the second in the world, to measure the aggregate “burden of harm” attributed to gambling.

See a list of gambling establishments that have been cited for underage drinking violations by the the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.  Under current Illinois law, a business must have a liquor license before applying for a video gambling license.  This data, compiled by ILCAAAP, raises concerns about the accessibility and availability of both drinking and gambling to underage youth.  The data downloads as a PDF document.

Support a BAN on Video Gambling – Problem gambling – a list of arguments why video gambling is harmful, and not beneficial, to communities.

Video gambling will entice many new gamblers – Fact Sheet by ILCAAAP

Communities trying to cut back on video gambling – read how Illinois cities like Rockford, Springfield, and Carbondale are changing local liquor licensing to limit the number and/or type of establishments with video gambling machines, 2016.

Cities and Counties Where Video Gambling is Banned – updated July 2019

Video Gambling and Crime – compiled from media reports August, 2013 – May, 2019

Video gambling parlors are spreading rapidly – video gambling machines are appearing in all types of businesses: park districts, golf courses, television repair shops, flower shops, candy stores, “family fun” centers, to name a few.

A New Kind of Casino, A New Target: Women – brochure by ILCAAAP

Crime Caused by Increased Gambling – U.S. International Gambling Report

Slot machines: a lose lose situation – by Tom Vanderbilt, June 2013, The Guardian.

Gambling hurt revealed – by Clare Quirk, October 4, 2010, Bendigo Advertiser.

Woman paid ultimate price for gambling – by Dawn Rhodes, June 21, 2012, Chicago Tribune

Pathological Gambling Rates High Among Veterans – by Damian McNamara, Internal Medicine News Digital Network, May 20, 2011 from the annual meeting of The American Psychiatric Association

One New Gambler for Each Additional Electronic Gaming Machine – Voxy, March 17, 2010.

“Video Lottery Terminals” The Crack Cocaine of Gambling – from a presentation by Bob Breen, Ph.D., NCGC-II, Rhode Island Gambling Treatment Program, Providence, RI

Bad Odds for Youth Gamblers – by Jim Schnabel, The Magazine of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Fall 2011.

Slot Machines: The Big Gamble (from 60 Minutes) – Video

Gambling with our Future – by The Sun News, July 24, 2010.

Wagering in Illinois: 2016 Update, Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability.  Call 217/782-5320 or go to http://cgfa/ to order the report.

Video Gambling Act — Passed by Illinois General Assembly 2009
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