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Joliet's the Champ When It Comes to Video Gaming Popularity

There are 148 video gaming terminals in Joliet as of August, which is the highest number in the state, records show.

Video gaming terminal. Credit: www.chicago-gaming.com
Video gaming terminal. Credit: www.chicago-gaming.com
The city of Joliet has embraced video gambling more than any other Chicago suburb in the less than a year it's been allowed in Illinois, tallying close to double the number of terminals than its next closest rival.

According to the State of Illinois Video Gaming Board website, Joliet had 148 machines in city restaurants and bars as of August. Of the 79 other municipalities that allow video game terminals, the next closest in number was Oak Lawn with 84 and Berwyn with 81, numbers show.

Plainfield, meanwhile, has none: Village trustees voted last summer to ban video gambling at bars and restaurants, and reaffirmed the ban in July. READ: Plainfield Doubles Down on Anti-Gaming Stance. 

In towns that allow it, businesses have credited the addition of video gambling as an added source of revenue. A portion of video gaming proceeds also goes back to the state and local municipality in the form of a tax. 

Of the communities included in Patch's video gaming map, there are 474 businesses that are offering a total of 1,988 video gaming terminals in the suburbs as of August 2013.
 
One suburban county recently reversed course on an earlier ban. The Lake County Board last month repealed a ban on video gambling and drafted a new ordinance allowing it, according to the Daily Herald. 

Supporters of the repeal said while "they didn't like gambling," communities included in the ban were at a "competitive disadvantage" to area businesses that offered video gaming machines, according to the article. 

Businesses seeking a state-approved license for gaming machines could wait up to a year, according to an August 2013 Daily Herald article. 

Which Communities Offer Video Gambling? 

Scroll over the map above to see how many businesses offered video gaming machines in your town as of August 2013 and how many terminals are currently live in communities throughout the Chicago suburbs. Patch.com used data published on the state of Illinois Video Gaming Board website to create the map. 

The different colored markers on the map indicate the number of terminals in each community. Here is what each marker stands for: 
  • Blue: 0 to 10 terminals
  • Purple: 10 to 25 terminals
  • Green:  25 to 50
  • Yellow: 50 to 100
  • Red: 100 to 150
Here is a break down of those communities and the number of businesses and video gaming terminals available in the communities: 

City: Algonquin, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 1
Total Terminals/August 2013: 4
Exact_Location: Algonquin, IL

City: Alsip, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 5
Total Terminals/August 2013: 22
Exact_Location: Alsip, IL

City: Antioch, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 4
Total Terminals/August 2013: 17
Exact_Location: Antioch, IL

City: Aurora, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 5
Total Terminals/August 2013: 23
Exact_Location: Aurora, IL

City: Bartlett, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 4
Total Terminals/August 2013: 17
Exact_Location: Bartlett, IL

City: Bellwood, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 4
Total Terminals/August 2013: 13
Exact_Location: Bellwood, IL

City: Berwyn, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 21
Total Terminals/August 2013: 81
Exact_Location: Berwyn, IL

City: Blue Island, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 16
Total Terminals/August 2013: 63
Exact_Location: Blue Island, IL

City: Boone County, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 5
Total Terminals/August 2013: 23
Exact_Location: Boone County, IL

City: Bridgeview, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 9
Total Terminals/August 2013: 39
Exact_Location: Bridgeview, IL

City: Brookfield, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 14
Total Terminals/August 2013: 63
Exact_Location: Brookfield, IL

City: Burnham, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 3
Total Terminals/August 2013: 15
Exact_Location: Burnham, IL

City: Calumet City, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 12
Total Terminals/August 2013: 51
Exact_Location: Calumet City, IL

City: Carol Stream, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 5
Total Terminals/August 2013: 19
Exact_Location: Carol Stream, IL

City: Carpentersville, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 5
Total Terminals/August 2013: 21
Exact_Location: Carpentersville, IL

City: Chicago Heights, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 4
Total Terminals/August 2013: 16
Exact_Location: Chicago Heights, IL

City: Chicago Ridge, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 12
Total Terminals/August 2013: 44
Exact_Location: Chicago Ridge, IL

City: Cicero, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 1
Total Terminals/August 2013: 5
Exact_Location: Cicero, IL

City: Countryside, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 9
Total Terminals/August 2013: 41
Exact_Location: Countryside, IL

City: Crest Hill, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 11
Total Terminals/August 2013: 41
Exact_Location: Crest Hill, IL

City: Crestwood, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 6
Total Terminals/August 2013: 30
Exact_Location: Crestwood, IL

City: Crete, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 5
Total Terminals/August 2013: 19
Exact_Location: Crete, IL

City: East Dundee, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 2
Total Terminals/August 2013: 9
Exact_Location: East Dundee, IL

City: Elgin, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 2
Total Terminals/August 2013: 6
Exact_Location: Elgin, IL

City: Elk Grove Village, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 3
Total Terminals/August 2013: 15
Exact_Location: Elk Grove Village, IL

City: Evergreen Park, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 1
Total Terminals/August 2013: 5
Exact_Location: Evergreen Park, IL

City: Fox Lake, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 16
Total Terminals/August 2013: 75
Exact_Location: Fox Lake, IL

City: Fox River Grove, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 3
Total Terminals/August 2013: 14
Exact_Location: Fox River Grove, IL

City: Franklin Park, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 4
Total Terminals/August 2013: 19
Exact_Location: Franklin Park, IL

City: Genoa, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 2
Total Terminals/August 2013: 6
Exact_Location: Genoa, IL

City: Gilberts, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 2
Total Terminals/August 2013: 4
Exact_Location: Gilberts, IL

City: Glenwood, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 2
Total Terminals/August 2013: 9
Exact_Location: Glenwood, IL

City: Hampshire, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 1
Total Terminals/August 2013: 5
Exact_Location: Hampshire, IL

City: Harvard, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 6
Total Terminals/August 2013: 26
Exact_Location: Harvard, IL

City: Hickory Hills, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 8
Total Terminals/August 2013: 33
Exact_Location: Hickory Hills, IL

City: Hoffman Estates, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 5
Total Terminals/August 2013: 24
Exact_Location: Hoffman Estates, IL

City: Hometown, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 3
Total Terminals/August 2013: 13
Exact_Location: Hometown, IL

City: Homewood, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 2
Total Terminals/August 2013: 8
Exact_Location: Homewood, IL

City: Huntley, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 2
Total Terminals/August 2013: 9
Exact_Location: Huntley, IL

City: Johnsburg, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 6
Total Terminals/August 2013: 25
Exact_Location: Johnsburg, IL

City: Joliet, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 43
Total Terminals/August 2013: 148
Exact_Location: Joliet, IL

City: Kane County, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 6
Total Terminals/August 2013: 28
Exact_Location: Kane County, IL

City: Kankakee, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 15
Total Terminals/August 2013: 67
Exact_Location: Kankakee, IL

City: Kanakee County, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 4
Total Terminals/August 2013: 17
Exact_Location: Kanakee County, IL

City: Kendall County, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 1
Total Terminals/August 2013: 5
Exact_Location: Kendall County, IL

City: Lake in the Hills, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 1
Total Terminals/August 2013: 5
Exact_Location: Lake in the Hills, IL

City: Lake Villa, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 3
Total Terminals/August 2013: 12
Exact_Location: Lake Villa, IL

City: Lakemoor, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 1
Total Terminals/August 2013: 5
Exact_Location: Lakemoor, IL

City: Lemont, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 7
Total Terminals/August 2013: 27
Exact_Location: Lemont, IL

City: Lockport, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 7
Total Terminals/August 2013: 30
Exact_Location: Lockport, IL

City: Lynwood, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 5
Total Terminals/August 2013: 24
Exact_Location: Lynwood, IL

City: Lyons, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 9
Total Terminals/August 2013: 38
Exact_Location: Lyons, IL

City: Marengo, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 6
Total Terminals/August 2013: 22
Exact_Location: Marengo, IL

City: McCullom Lake, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 1
Total Terminals/August 2013: 5
Exact_Location: McCullom Lake, IL

City: McHenry, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 11
Total Terminals/August 2013: 48
Exact_Location: McHenry, IL

City: McHenry County, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 1
Total Terminals/August 2013: 5
Exact_Location: McHenry County, IL

City: Melrose Park, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 4
Total Terminals/August 2013: 16
Exact_Location: Melrose Park, IL

City: Minooka, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 1
Total Terminals/August 2013: 2
Exact_Location: Minooka, IL

City: Mokena, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 1
Total Terminals/August 2013: 3
Exact_Location: Mokena, IL

City: Morton Grove, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 4
Total Terminals/August 2013: 18
Exact_Location: Morton Grove, IL

City: North Aurora, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 1
Total Terminals/August 2013: 5
Exact_Location: North Aurora, IL

City: North Chicago, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 3
Total Terminals/August 2013: 14
Exact_Location: North Chicago, IL

City: Oak Forest, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 9
Total Terminals/August 2013: 42
Exact_Location: Oak Forest, IL

City: Oak Lawn, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 18
Total Terminals/August 2013: 84
Exact_Location: Oak Lawn, IL

City: Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 2
Total Terminals/August 2013: 8
Exact_Location: Oakbrook Terrace, IL

City: Palos Hills, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 4
Total Terminals/August 2013: 18
Exact_Location: Palos Hills, IL

City: Park Forest, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 1
Total Terminals/August 2013: 4
Exact_Location: Park Forest, IL

City: Port Barrington, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 2
Total Terminals/August 2013: 10
Exact_Location: Port Barrington, IL

City: Prospect Heights, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 2
Total Terminals/August 2013: 8
Exact_Location: Prospect Heights, IL

City: Richmond, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 4
Total Terminals/August 2013: 18
Exact_Location: Richmond, IL

City: Round Lake, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 4
Total Terminals/August 2013: 17
Exact_Location: Round Lake, IL

City: Round Lake Heights, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 1
Total Terminals/August 2013: 5
Exact_Location: Round Lake Heights, IL

City: South Chicago Heights, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 2
Total Terminals/August 2013: 6
Exact_Location: South Chicago Heights, IL

City: South Elgin, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 6
Total Terminals/August 2013: 24
Exact_Location: South Elgin, IL

City: Spring Grove, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 1
Total Terminals/August 2013: 5
Exact_Location: Spring Grove, IL

City: Sugar Grove, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 1
Total Terminals/August 2013: 4
Exact_Location: Sugar Grove, IL

City: Villa Park, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 2
Total Terminals/August 2013: 8
Exact_Location: Villa Park, IL

City: Wauconda, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 6
Total Terminals/August 2013: 29
Exact_Location: Wauconda, IL

City: Waukegan, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 12
Total Terminals/August 2013: 55
Exact_Location: Waukegan, IL

City: Wheeling, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 2
Total Terminals/August 2013: 9
Exact_Location: Wheeling, IL

City: Will County, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 14
Total Terminals/August 2013: 50
Exact_Location: Will County, IL

City: Wood Dale, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 6
Total Terminals/August 2013: 27
Exact_Location: Wood Dale, IL

City: Winthrop Harbor, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 2
Total Terminals/August 2013: 9
Exact_Location: Winthrop Harbor, IL

City: Yorkville, IL
Businesses With Video Gaming/August 2013: 3
Total Terminals/August 2013: 14
Exact_Location: Yorkville, IL



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