Council considers video gambling cap

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Should the city have a say on how you spend your money on entertainment? One city councilman says no.

Tuesday night, the city council will vote whether or not to adopt new video gaming regulations.

Members have been debating it since last year when a ban was created to stop issuing new licenses for places with video machines.

Tuesday’s vote would officially put a cap on gambling cafes or lounges.

Some council members say they don’t want people blowing their life savings or grocery money, but Councilman Tom Bruno has a different opinion.

He says it’s not his place to tell people how to spend their money. He says people go to movies, sporting events or even get their hair done and he doesn’t always approve of how much money is spent, so why would video gambling be any different? 

A council member said, in 2016, the city lost $14 million alone on video gambling machines. 

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