Bars located in unincorporated DuPage County will soon be able to offer their customers access to video gaming machines after the County Board voted to repeal a ban on the devices.
In an 11-6 vote Tuesday, the board repealed its ban on video gambling in unincorporated areas of the county, which had been in place since 2009.
“Our unincorporated restaurants, bars, or other liquor license holders were at a disadvantage to their neighboring municipal establishments,” County Board Vice Chairman Jim Zay said in a statement. “By repealing this ban, we’ve created a level playing field for unincorporated businesses.”
The county estimates it could see an additional $275,000 in annual revenue from video gambling machines.
The state first approved video gambling with the Video Gaming Act in 2009, but DuPage County officials banned the machines in bars and restaurants in unincorporated areas of the county.