The Video Gaming Act

In the Illinois video gaming market, exercising compliance is a must if you want to hold on to your gaming license. Ensuring compliance means understanding a robust legal landscape as well as keeping up with changes in the market.

The Illinois Video Gaming Act was introduced on July 13, 2009, regulating the use of slot machines in licensed establishments in Illinois. The Video Gaming Act legalizes the use of up to 5 video gaming terminals (VGTs or slot machines) in the following types of establishments.

Establishments must be located in a municipality that has opted in to allow video gaming. Click here to view a list of all Illinois municipalities and whether or not they allow video gaming.



Any for profit business that is open to the public and has a liquor license that allows for on premise consumption (this includes all bars, restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, and any other businesses that have a valid liquor license allowing them to pour alcohol).


Truck stops or convenience stores with a 3 acre facility, separate diesel islands, sell more than 10,000 gallons diesel/month, and with parking spaces for commercial vehicles.


Fraternal/Veteran's organizations with a national charter.


Below is a list of links you can use to navigate to and locate resources available on the Illinois Gaming Board website.


A municipality may be excluded from video gaming if they have either:

  • availed themselves of the opt-out provisions of the Video Gaming Act; or
  • have a current ordinance prohibiting gambling in the municipality and that ordinance does not make an exception for video gaming.


A list is provided in the Illinois Gaming Board website that indicates whether video gaming will be allowed in each municipality in the State of Illinois. Completing this list is an ongoing process. Updates will likely be made daily. An attempt has been made to indicate where the relevant information was found. The IGB is not responsible for contacting a municipality in order to effectuate a change to the municipality's ordinances regarding video gaming.

If you believe the list contains errors or your municipality's information is not yet listed, you may have a municipality official or attorney send the IGB a letter on official letterhead indicating whether or not the municipality chose to opt out or prohibit video gaming. Please include a copy of the ordinance, if applicable. You may fax the letter to 312.814.4602 or mail it to:

Legal Counsel
James Pellum
160 North LaSalle - Suite 300
Chicago Illinois 60601

If you still have questions after a thorough review of this list and your municipality's ordinances, please contact James Pellum at 312.814.4713.

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