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As soon as the state finalizes video gambling regulations, some Fox Lake businesses will be allowed to purchase operating licenses.
Village officials last week adopted an ordinance allowing taverns and some other businesses to run video poker machines, in anticipation state rules will be ironed out this fall or winter.
"Our guidelines mirror any state guidelines that will be in place for video gambling but opens the door for permits to be issued the second the state gets done with the regulations and starts issuing permits," said Mayor Ed Bender.
Officially, video gambling in Illinois became a law in 2009, but machines have not been allowed to go live while the long regulation process is under way.
State gaming board officials recently said the process could be finished as soon as August, prompting Fox Lake officials to put regulations in place.
Bender said each machine will require a $25 annual permit for tavern owners or machine operators. He also said the number of machines allowed depends on the square footage of each establishment and its location compared to schools, parks and other governmental facilities. State law allows video gaming at fraternal or veterans organizations, bars, restaurants and truck …