Village Income From Gaming Machines Keeps Growing

Video gaming income for Okawville Village government has increased every year since the first machines were installed in 2013. That is despite the proliferation of video machines in numerous businesses in area towns.

The Village treasury had a 9.5 percent income increase in 2018 over the previous year. The village’s share of gaming income increased $4,153, from $43,825 to $47,978, according to the Illinois Gaming Board report.

In previous years income was $42,687 in 2016, $34,483 in 2015, $33,604 in 2014, and $16,687 in 2013.

The Village designates its income to replace a police vehicle on alternating years, other police expenses and the general fund, said Mayor Dave Jasper.

Read the full article and the impact across the entire county in this week’s issue.

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