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GAMING
(230 ILCS 40/) Video Gaming Act.


(230 ILCS 40/Art. 5 heading)
ARTICLE 5.

(Source: P.A. 96 34, eff. 7 13 09.)


(230 ILCS 40/1)
Sec. 1. Short title. This Article may be cited as the Video Gaming Act. Any references in this Article to "this Act" mean this Article.
(Source: P.A. 96 34, eff. 7 13 09.)

(230 ILCS 40/5)
Sec. 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
"Board" means the Illinois Gaming Board.
"Credit" means 5, 10, or 25 cents either won or purchased by a player.
"Distributor" means an individual, partnership, or corporation licensed under this Act to buy, sell, lease, or distribute video gaming terminals or major components or parts of video gaming terminals to or from terminal operators.
"Terminal operator" means an individual, partnership or corporation that is licensed under this Act and that owns, services, and maintains video gaming terminals for placement in licensed establishments, licensed fraternal establishments, or licensed veterans establishments.
"Licensed technician" means an individual who is licensed under this Act to repair, service, and maintain video gaming terminals.
"Licensed terminal handler" means a person, including but not limited to an employee or independent contractor working for a manufacturer, distributor, supplier, technician, or terminal operator, who is licensed under this Act to possess or control a video gaming terminal or to have access to the inner workings of a video gaming terminal. A licensed terminal handler does not include an individual, partnership, or corporation defined as a manufacturer, distributor, supplier, technician, or terminal operator under this Act.
"Manufacturer" means an individual, partnership, or corporation that is licensed under this Act and that manufactures or assembles video gaming terminals.
"Supplier" means an individual, partnership, or corporation that is licensed under this Act to supply major components or parts to video gaming terminals to licensed terminal operators.
"Net terminal income" means money put into a video gaming terminal minus credits paid out to players.
"Video gaming terminal" means any electronic video game machine that, upon insertion of cash, is available to play or simulate the play of a video game, including but not limited to video poker, line up, and blackjack, as authorized by the Board utilizing a video display and microprocessors in which the player may receive free games or credits that can be redeemed for cash. The term does not include a machine that directly dispenses coins, cash, or tokens or is for amusement purposes only.
"Licensed establishment" means any licensed retail establishment where alcoholic liquor is drawn, poured, mixed, or otherwise served for consumption on the premises. "Licensed establishment" does not include a facility operated by an organization licensee, an intertrack wagering licensee, or an intertrack wagering location licensee licensed under the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975 or a riverboat licensed under the Riverboat Gambling Act.
"Licensed fraternal establishment" means the location where a qualified fraternal organization that derives its charter from a national fraternal organization regularly meets.
"Licensed veteran’s establishment" means the location where a qualified veteran’s organization that derives its charter from a national veteran’s organization regularly meets.
"Licensed truck stop establishment" means a facility that is at least a 3 acre facility with a convenience store and with separate diesel islands for fueling commercial motor vehicles and parking spaces for commercial motor vehicles as defined in Section 18b 101 of the Illinois Vehicle Code.
(Source: P.A. 96 34, eff. 7 13 09; 96 37, eff. 7 13 09.)

(230 ILCS 40/15)
Sec. 15. Minimum requirements for licensing and registration. Every video gaming terminal offered for play shall first be tested and approved pursuant to the rules of the Board, and each video gaming terminal offered in this State for play shall conform to an approved model. The Board may utilize the services of an independent outside testing laboratory for the examination of video gaming machines and associated equipment as required by this Section. Every video gaming terminal offered in this State for play must meet minimum standards set by an independent outside testing laboratory approved by the Board. Each approved model shall, at a minimum, meet the following criteria:
(1) It must conform to all requirements of federal
law and regulations, including FCC Class A Emissions Standards.

(2) It must theoretically pay out a mathematically
demonstrable percentage during the expected lifetime of the machine of all amounts played, which must not be less than 80%. Video gaming terminals that may be affected by skill must meet this standard when using a method of play that will provide the greatest return to the player over a period of continuous play.

(3) It must use a random selection process to
determine the outcome of each play of a game. The random selection process must meet 99% confidence limits using a standard chi squared test for (randomness) goodness of fit.

(4) It must display an accurate representation of
the game outcome.

(5) It must not automatically alter pay tables or
any function of the video gaming terminal based on internal computation of hold percentage or have any means of manipulation that affects the random selection process or probabilities of winning a game.

(6) It must not be adversely affected by static
discharge or other electromagnetic interference.

(7) It must be capable of detecting and displaying
the following conditions during idle states or on demand: power reset; door open; and door just closed.

(8) It must have the capacity to display complete
play history (outcome, intermediate play steps, credits available, bets placed, credits paid, and credits cashed out) for the most recent game played and 10 games prior thereto.

(9) The theoretical payback percentage of a video
gaming terminal must not be capable of being changed without making a hardware or software change in the video gaming terminal.

(10) Video gaming terminals must be designed so that
replacement of parts or modules required for normal maintenance does not necessitate replacement of the electromechanical meters.

(11) It must have nonresettable meters housed in a
locked area of the terminal that keep a permanent record of all cash inserted into the machine, all winnings made by the terminal printer, credits played in for video gaming terminals, and credits won by video gaming players. The video gaming terminal must provide the means for on demand display of stored information as determined by the Board.

(12) Electronically stored meter information
required by this Section must be preserved for a minimum of 180 days after a power loss to the service.

(13) It must have one or more mechanisms that accept
cash in the form of bills. The mechanisms shall be designed to prevent obtaining credits without paying by stringing, slamming, drilling, or other means. If such attempts at physical tampering are made, the video gaming terminal shall suspend itself from operating until reset.

(14) It shall have accounting software that keeps an
electronic record which includes, but is not limited to, the following: total cash inserted into the video gaming terminal; the value of winning tickets claimed by players; the total credits played; the total credits awarded by a video gaming terminal; and pay back percentage credited to players of each video game.

(15) It shall be linked by a central communications
system to provide auditing program information as approved by the Board. The central communications system shall use a standard industry protocol, as defined by the Gaming Standards Association, and shall have the functionality to enable the Board or its designee to activate or deactivate individual gaming devices from the central communications system. In no event may the communications system approved by the Board limit participation to only one manufacturer of video gaming terminals by either the cost in implementing the necessary program modifications to communicate or the inability to communicate with the central communications system.

(16) The Board, in its discretion, may require video
gaming terminals to display Amber Alert messages if the Board makes a finding that it would be economically and technically feasible and pose no risk to the integrity and security of the central communications system and video gaming terminals.

The Board may adopt rules to establish additional criteria to preserve the integrity and security of video gaming in this State.
(Source: P.A. 96 34, eff. 7 13 09; 96 37, eff. 7 13 09.)

(230 ILCS 40/20)
Sec. 20. Direct dispensing of receipt tickets only. A video gaming terminal may not directly dispense coins, cash, tokens, or any other article of exchange or value except for receipt tickets. Tickets shall be dispensed by pressing the ticket dispensing button on the video gaming terminal at the end of one's turn or play. The ticket shall indicate the total amount of credits and the cash award, the time of day in a 24 hour format showing hours and minutes, the date, the terminal serial number, the sequential number of the ticket, and an encrypted validation number from which the validity of the prize may be determined. The player shall turn in this ticket to the appropriate person at the licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veteran’s establishment to receive the cash award. The cost of the credit shall be 5 cents, 10 cents, or 25 cents, and the maximum wager played per hand shall not exceed $2. No cash award for the maximum wager on any individual hand shall exceed $500.
(Source: P.A. 96 34, eff. 7 13 09.)

(230 ILCS 40/25)
(Text of Section from P.A. 96 34 and 96 37)
Sec. 25. Restriction of licensees.
(a) Manufacturer. A person may not be licensed as a manufacturer of a video gaming terminal in Illinois unless the person has a valid manufacturer's license issued under this Act. A manufacturer may only sell video gaming terminals for use in Illinois to persons having a valid distributor's license.
(b) Distributor. A person may not sell, distribute, or lease or market a video gaming terminal in Illinois unless the person has a valid distributor's license issued under this Act. A distributor may only sell video gaming terminals for use in Illinois to persons having a valid distributor's or terminal operator's license.
(c) Terminal operator. A person may not own, maintain, or place a video gaming terminal unless he has a valid terminal operator's license issued under this Act. A terminal operator may only place video gaming terminals for use in Illinois in licensed establishments, licensed truck stop establishments, licensed fraternal establishments, and licensed veterans establishments. No terminal operator may give anything of value, including but not limited to a loan or financing arrangement, to a licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment as any incentive or inducement to locate video terminals in that establishment. Of the after-tax profits from a video gaming terminal, 50% shall be paid to the terminal operator and 50% shall be paid to the licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veteran’s establishment. No terminal operator may own or have a substantial interest in more than 5% of the video gaming terminals licensed in this State. A video terminal operator that violates one or more requirements of this subsection is guilty of a Class 4 felony and is subject to termination of his or her license by the Board.
(d) Licensed technician. A person may not service, maintain, or repair a video gaming terminal in this State unless he or she (1) has a valid technician's license issued under this Act, (2) is a terminal operator, or (3) is employed by a terminal operator, distributor, or manufacturer.
(d 5) Licensed terminal handler. No person, including but not limited to an employee or independent contractor working for a manufacturer, distributor, supplier, technician, or terminal operator licensed pursuant to this Act, shall have possession or control of a video gaming terminal, or access to the inner workings of a video gaming terminal, unless that person possesses a valid terminal handler's license issued under this Act.
(e) Licensed establishment. No video gaming terminal may be placed in any licensed establishment, licensed veterans establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, or licensed fraternal establishment unless the owner or agent of the owner of the licensed establishment, licensed veterans establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, or licensed fraternal establishment has entered into a written use agreement with the terminal operator for placement of the terminals. A copy of the use agreement shall be on file in the terminal operator's place of business and available for inspection by individuals authorized by the Board. A licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed veterans establishment, or licensed fraternal establishment may operate up to 5 video gaming terminals on its premises at any time.
(f) Residency requirement. Each licensed distributor and terminal operator must be an Illinois resident. However, if an out of state distributor or terminal operator has performed its respective business within Illinois for at least 48 months prior to the effective date of this Act, the out of state person may be eligible for licensing under this Act, upon application to and approval of the Board.
(g) Financial interest restrictions. As used in this Act, "substantial interest" in a partnership, a corporation, an organization, an association, or a business means:
(A) When, with respect to a sole proprietorship,
an individual or his or her spouse owns, operates, manages, or conducts, directly or indirectly, the organization, association, or business, or any part thereof; or

(B) When, with respect to a partnership, the
individual or his or her spouse shares in any of the profits, or potential profits, of the partnership activities; or

(C) When, with respect to a corporation, an
individual or his or her spouse is an officer or director, or the individual or his or her spouse is a holder, directly or beneficially, of 5% or more of any class of stock of the corporation; or

(D) When, with respect to an organization not
covered in (A), (B) or (C) above, an individual or his or her spouse is an officer or manages the business affairs, or the individual or his or her spouse is the owner of or otherwise controls 10% or more of the assets of the organization; or

(E) When an individual or his or her spouse
furnishes 5% or more of the capital, whether in cash, goods, or services, for the operation of any business, association, or organization during any calendar year.

(h) Location restriction. A licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment that is (i) located within 1,000 feet of a facility operated by an organizational licensee, an intertrack wagering licensee, an intertrack wagering location licensee licensed under the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975, or the home dock of a riverboat licensed under the Riverboat Gambling Act or (ii) located within 100 feet of a school or a place of worship under the Religious Corporation Act, is ineligible to operate a video gaming terminal.
(i) The provisions of the Illinois Antitrust Act are fully and equally applicable to the activities of any licensee under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 96 34, eff. 7 13 09; 96 37, eff. 7 13 09.)

(Text of Section from P.A. 96 34 and 96 38)
Sec. 25. Restriction of licensees.
(a) Manufacturer. A person may not be licensed as a manufacturer of a video gaming terminal in Illinois unless the person has a valid manufacturer's license issued under this Act. A manufacturer may only sell video gaming terminals for use in Illinois to persons having a valid distributor's license.
(b) Distributor. A person may not sell, distribute, or lease or market a video gaming terminal in Illinois unless the person has a valid distributor's license issued under this Act. A distributor may only sell video gaming terminals for use in Illinois to persons having a valid distributor's or terminal operator's license.
(c) Terminal operator. A person may not own, maintain, or place a video gaming terminal unless he has a valid terminal operator's license issued under this Act. A terminal operator may only place video gaming terminals for use in Illinois in licensed establishments, licensed truck stop establishments, licensed fraternal establishments, and licensed veterans establishments. No terminal operator may give anything of value, including but not limited to a loan or financing arrangement, to a licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment as any incentive or inducement to locate video terminals in that establishment. Of the after-tax profits from a video gaming terminal, 50% shall be paid to the terminal operator and 50% shall be paid to the licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veteran’s establishment, notwithstanding any agreement to the contrary. No terminal operator may own or have a substantial interest in more than 5% of the video gaming terminals licensed in this State. A video terminal operator that violates one or more requirements of this subsection is guilty of a Class 4 felony and is subject to termination of his or her license by the Board.
(d) Licensed technician. A person may not service, maintain, or repair a video gaming terminal in this State unless he or she (1) has a valid technician's license issued under this Act, (2) is a terminal operator, or (3) is employed by a terminal operator, distributor, or manufacturer.
(d 5) Licensed terminal handler. No person, including, but not limited to, an employee or independent contractor working for a manufacturer, distributor, supplier, technician, or terminal operator licensed pursuant to this Act, shall have possession or control of a video gaming terminal or access to the inner workings of a video gaming terminal, unless that person possesses a valid terminal handler's license issued under this Act.
(e) Licensed establishment. No video gaming terminal may be placed in any licensed establishment, licensed veterans establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, or licensed fraternal establishment unless the owner or agent of the owner of the licensed establishment, licensed veterans establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, or licensed fraternal establishment has entered into a written use agreement with the terminal operator for placement of the terminals. A copy of the use agreement shall be on file in the terminal operator's place of business and available for inspection by individuals authorized by the Board. A licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed veterans establishment, or licensed fraternal establishment may operate up to 5 video gaming terminals on its premises at any time.
(f) (Blank).
(g) Financial interest restrictions. As used in this Act, "substantial interest" in a partnership, a corporation, an organization, an association, or a business means:
(A) When, with respect to a sole proprietorship,
an individual or his or her spouse owns, operates, manages, or conducts, directly or indirectly, the organization, association, or business, or any part thereof; or

(B) When, with respect to a partnership, the
individual or his or her spouse shares in any of the profits, or potential profits, of the partnership activities; or

(C) When, with respect to a corporation, an
individual or his or her spouse is an officer or director, or the individual or his or her spouse is a holder, directly or beneficially, of 5% or more of any class of stock of the corporation; or

(D) When, with respect to an organization not
covered in (A), (B) or (C) above, an individual or his or her spouse is an officer or manages the business affairs, or the individual or his or her spouse is the owner of or otherwise controls 10% or more of the assets of the organization; or

(E) When an individual or his or her spouse
furnishes 5% or more of the capital, whether in cash, goods, or services, for the operation of any business, association, or organization during any calendar year.

(h) Location restriction. A licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment that is (i) located within 1,000 feet of a facility operated by an organizational licensee, an intertrack wagering licensee, or an intertrack wagering location licensee licensed under the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975 or the home dock of a riverboat licensed under the Riverboat Gambling Act or (ii) located with a 100 feet of a school, or a place of worship under the Religious Corporation Act, is ineligible to operate a video gaming terminal.
(i) The provisions of the Illinois Antitrust Act are fully and equally applicable to the activities of any licensee under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 96 34, eff. 7 13 09; 96 38, eff. 7 13 09.)

(230 ILCS 40/26)
Sec. 26. Residency requirement. Each licensed distributor, terminal operator, and person with a substantial interest in a licensed distributor or terminal operator must be an Illinois resident. However, if an out-of-state distributor or terminal operator has performed its respective business within Illinois for at least 48 months prior to the effective date of this Act, the out-of-state person may be eligible for licensing under this Act, upon application to and approval of the Board. The Board shall adopt rules to implement this Section.
(Source: P.A. 96 38, eff. 7 13 09.)

(230 ILCS 40/27)
Sec. 27. Prohibition of video gaming by political subdivision. A municipality may pass an ordinance prohibiting video gaming within the corporate limits of the municipality. A county board may, for the unincorporated area of the county, pass an ordinance prohibiting video gaming within the unincorporated area of the county.
(Source: P.A. 96 34, eff. 7 13 09.)

(230 ILCS 40/30)
Sec. 30. Multiple types of licenses prohibited. A video gaming terminal manufacturer may not be licensed as a video gaming terminal operator or own, manage, or control a licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment, and shall be licensed only to sell to distributors. A video gaming terminal distributor may not be licensed as a video gaming terminal operator or own, manage, or control a licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment, and shall only contract with a licensed terminal operator. A video gaming terminal operator may not be licensed as a video gaming terminal manufacturer or distributor or own, manage, or control a licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment, and shall be licensed only to contract with licensed distributors and licensed establishments, licensed truck stop establishments, licensed fraternal establishments, and licensed veterans establishments. An owner or manager of a licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment may not be licensed as a video gaming terminal manufacturer, distributor, or operator, and shall only contract with a licensed operator to place and service this equipment.
(Source: P.A. 96 34, eff. 7 13 09.)

(230 ILCS 40/35)
Sec. 35. Display of license; confiscation; violation as felony.
(a) Each video gaming terminal shall be licensed by the Board before placement or operation on the premises of a licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veteran’s establishment. The license of each video gaming terminal shall be maintained at the location where the video gaming terminal is operated. Failure to do so is a petty offense with a fine not to exceed $100. Any licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment used for the conduct of gambling games in violation of this Act shall be considered a gambling place in violation of Section 28 3 of the Criminal Code of 1961. Every gambling device found in a licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment operating gambling games in violation of this Act shall be subject to seizure, confiscation, and destruction as provided in Section 28 5 of the Criminal Code of 1961. Any license issued under the Liquor Control Act of 1934 to any owner or operator of a licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment that operates or permits the operation of a video gaming terminal within its establishment in violation of this Act shall be immediately revoked. No person may own, operate, have in his or her possession or custody or under his or her control, or permit to be kept in any place under his or her possession or control, any device that awards credits and contains a circuit, meter, or switch capable of removing and recording the removal of credits when the award of credits is dependent upon chance. A violation of this Section is a Class 4 felony. All devices that are owned, operated, or possessed in violation of this Section are hereby declared to be public nuisances and shall be subject to seizure, confiscation, and destruction as provided in Section 28 5 of the Criminal Code of 1961. The provisions of this Section do not apply to devices or electronic video game terminals licensed pursuant to this Act. A video gaming terminal operated for amusement only and bearing a valid amusement tax sticker issued prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly shall not be subject to this Section until the sooner of (i) the expiration of the amusement tax sticker or (ii) 30 days after the Board establishes that the central communications system is functional.
(b) (1) The odds of winning each video game shall be posted on or near each video gaming terminal. The manner in which the odds are calculated and how they are posted shall be determined by the Board by rule.
(2) No video gaming terminal licensed under this Act may be played except during the legal hours of operation allowed for the consumption of alcoholic beverages at the licensed establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment. A licensed establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment that violates this subsection is subject to termination of its license by the Board.
(Source: P.A. 96 34, eff. 7 13 09; 96 37, eff. 7 13 09.)

(230 ILCS 40/40)
Sec. 40. Video gaming terminal use by minors prohibited. No licensee shall cause or permit any person under the age of 21 years to use or play a video gaming terminal. Any licensee who knowingly permits a person under the age of 21 years to use or play a video gaming terminal is guilty of a business offense and shall be fined an amount not to exceed $5,000.
(Source: P.A. 96 34, eff. 7 13 09.)

(230 ILCS 40/45)
(Text of Section from P.A. 96 34 and 96 37)
Sec. 45. Issuance of license.
(a) The burden is upon each applicant to demonstrate his suitability for licensure. Each video gaming terminal manufacturer, distributor, supplier, operator, handler, licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, and licensed veterans establishment shall be licensed by the Board. The Board may issue or deny a license under this Act to any person pursuant to the same criteria set forth in Section 9 of the Riverboat Gambling Act.
(b) Each person seeking and possessing a license as a video gaming terminal manufacturer, distributor, supplier, operator, handler, licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment shall submit to a background investigation conducted by the Board with the assistance of the State Police or other law enforcement. The background investigation shall include each beneficiary of a trust, each partner of a partnership, and each director and officer and all stockholders of 5% or more in a parent or subsidiary corporation of a video gaming terminal manufacturer, distributor, supplier, operator, or licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veteran’s establishment.
(c) Each person seeking and possessing a license as a video gaming terminal manufacturer, distributor, supplier, operator, handler, licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment shall disclose the identity of every person, association, trust, or corporation having a greater than 1% direct or indirect pecuniary interest in the video gaming terminal operation to which the license is sought. If the disclosed entity is a trust, the application shall disclose the names and addresses of the beneficiaries; if a corporation, the names and addresses of all stockholders and directors; if a partnership, the names and addresses of all partners, both general and limited.
(d) No person may be licensed as a video gaming terminal manufacturer, distributor, supplier, operator, handler, licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment if that person has been found by the Board to:
(1) have a background, including a criminal record,
reputation, habits, social or business associations, or prior activities that pose a threat to the public interests of the State or to the security and integrity of video gaming;

(2) create or enhance the dangers of unsuitable,
unfair, or illegal practices, methods, and activities in the conduct of video gaming; or

(3) present questionable business practices and
financial arrangements incidental to the conduct of video gaming activities.

(e) Any applicant for any license under this Act has the burden of proving his or her qualifications to the satisfaction of the Board. The Board may adopt rules to establish additional qualifications and requirements to preserve the integrity and security of video gaming in this State.
(f) A non refundable application fee shall be paid at the time an application for a license is filed with the Board in the following amounts:
(1) Manufacturer................................$5,000
(2) Distributor.................................$5,000
(3) Terminal operator...........................$5,000
(4) Supplier....................................$2,500
(5) Technician....................................$100
(6) Terminal Handler...............................$50
(g) Each licensed distributor, terminal operator, or person with a substantial interest in a distributor or terminal operator must have resided in Illinois for at least 24 months prior to application unless he or she has performed his or her respective business in Illinois for at least 48 months prior to the effective date of this Act.
The Board shall establish an annual fee for each license not to exceed the following:
(1) Manufacturer...............................$10,000
(2) Distributor................................$10,000
(3) Terminal operator...........................$5,000
(4) Supplier....................................$2,000
(5) Technician....................................$100
(6) Licensed establishment, licensed truck stop
establishment, licensed fraternal establishment,
or licensed veterans establishment....................$100
(7) Video gaming terminal.........................$100
(8) Terminal Handler...............................$50
(Source: P.A. 96 34, eff. 7 13 09; 96 37, eff. 7 13 09.)

(Text of Section from P.A. 96 34 and 96 38)
Sec. 45. Issuance of license.
(a) The burden is upon each applicant to demonstrate his suitability for licensure. Each video gaming terminal manufacturer, distributor, supplier, operator, handler, licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, and licensed veterans establishment shall be licensed by the Board. The Board may issue or deny a license under this Act to any person pursuant to the same criteria set forth in Section 9 of the Riverboat Gambling Act.
(b) Each person seeking and possessing a license as a video gaming terminal manufacturer, distributor, supplier, operator, handler, licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment shall submit to a background investigation conducted by the Board with the assistance of the State Police or other law enforcement. The background investigation shall include each beneficiary of a trust, each partner of a partnership, and each director and officer and all stockholders of 5% or more in a parent or subsidiary corporation of a video gaming terminal manufacturer, distributor, supplier, operator, or licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veteran’s establishment.
(c) Each person seeking and possessing a license as a video gaming terminal manufacturer, distributor, supplier, operator, handler, licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment shall disclose the identity of every person, association, trust, or corporation having a greater than 1% direct or indirect pecuniary interest in the video gaming terminal operation to which the license is sought. If the disclosed entity is a trust, the application shall disclose the names and addresses of the beneficiaries; if a corporation, the names and addresses of all stockholders and directors; if a partnership, the names and addresses of all partners, both general and limited.
(d) No person may be licensed as a video gaming terminal manufacturer, distributor, supplier, operator, handler, licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment if that person has been found by the Board to:
(1) have a background, including a criminal record,
reputation, habits, social or business associations, or prior activities that pose a threat to the public interests of the State or to the security and integrity of video gaming;

(2) create or enhance the dangers of unsuitable,
unfair, or illegal practices, methods, and activities in the conduct of video gaming; or

(3) present questionable business practices and
financial arrangements incidental to the conduct of video gaming activities.

(e) Any applicant for any license under this Act has the burden of proving his or her qualifications to the satisfaction of the Board. The Board may adopt rules to establish additional qualifications and requirements to preserve the integrity and security of video gaming in this State.
(f) A non refundable application fee shall be paid at the time an application for a license is filed with the Board in the following amounts:
(1) Manufacturer................................$5,000
(2) Distributor.................................$5,000
(3) Terminal operator...........................$5,000
(4) Supplier....................................$2,500
(5) Technician....................................$100
(6) Terminal Handler...............................$50
(g) The Board shall establish an annual fee for each license not to exceed the following:
(1) Manufacturer...............................$10,000
(2) Distributor................................$10,000
(3) Terminal operator...........................$5,000
(4) Supplier....................................$2,000
(5) Technician....................................$100
(6) Licensed establishment, licensed truck stop
establishment, licensed fraternal establishment,
or licensed veterans establishment....................$100
(7) Video gaming terminal.........................$100
(8) Terminal Handler...............................$50
(Source: P.A. 96 34, eff. 7 13 09; 96 38, eff. 7 13 09.)

(230 ILCS 40/50)
Sec. 50. Distribution of license fees.
(a) All fees collected under Section 45 shall be deposited into the State Gaming Fund.
(b) Fees collected under Section 45 shall be used as follows:
(1) Twenty-five percent shall be paid, subject to
appropriation by the General Assembly, to the Department of Human Services for administration of programs for the treatment of compulsive gambling.

(2) Seventy-five percent shall be used for the
administration of this Act.

(c) All licenses issued by the Board under this Act are renewable annually unless sooner cancelled or terminated. No license issued under this Act is transferable or assignable.
(Source: P.A. 96 34, eff. 7 13 09; 96 37, eff. 7 13 09.)

(230 ILCS 40/55)
Sec. 55. Precondition for licensed establishment. In all cases of application for a licensed establishment, to operate a video gaming terminal, each licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, or licensed veterans establishment shall possess a valid liquor license issued by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission in effect at the time of application and at all times thereafter during which a video gaming terminal is made available to the public for play at that location.
(Source: P.A. 96 34, eff. 7 13 09.)

(230 ILCS 40/57)
Sec. 57. Insurance. Each licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, and licensed veterans establishment shall maintain insurance on any gaming device on its premises in an amount set by the Board.
(Source: P.A. 96 34, eff. 7 13 09.)

(230 ILCS 40/58)
Sec. 58. Location of terminals. Video gaming terminals must be located in an area restricted to persons over 21 years of age the entrance to which is within the view of at least one employee, who is over 21 years of age, of the establishment in which they are located. The placement of video gaming terminals in licensed establishments, licensed truck stop establishments, licensed fraternal establishments, and licensed veterans establishments shall be subject to the rules promulgated by the Board pursuant to the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
(Source: P.A. 96 34, eff. 7 13 09; 96 37, eff. 7 13 09.)

(230 ILCS 40/60)
Sec. 60. Imposition and distribution of tax.
(a) A tax of 30% is imposed on net terminal income and shall be collected by the Board.
(b) Of the tax collected under this Section, five sixths shall be deposited into the Capital Projects Fund and one sixth shall be deposited into the Local Government Video Gaming Distributive Fund.
(c) Revenues generated from the play of video gaming terminals shall be deposited by the terminal operator, who is responsible for tax payments, in a specially created, separate bank account maintained by the video gaming terminal operator to allow for electronic fund transfers of moneys for tax payment.
(d) Each licensed establishment, licensed truck stop establishment, licensed fraternal establishment, and licensed veterans establishment shall maintain an adequate video gaming fund, with the amount to be determined by the Board.
(e) The State's percentage of net terminal income shall be reported and remitted to the Board within 15 days after the 15th day of each month and within 15 days after the end of each month by the video terminal operator. A video terminal operator who falsely reports or fails to report the amount due required by this Section is guilty of a Class 4 felony and is subject to termination of his or her license by the Board. Each video terminal operator shall keep a record of net terminal income in such form as the Board may require. All payments not remitted when due shall be paid together with a penalty assessment on the unpaid balance at a rate of 1.5% per month.
(Source: P.A. 96 34, eff. 7 13 09; 96 37, eff. 7 13 09.)

(230 ILCS 40/65)
Sec. 65. Fees. A no home rule unit of government may not impose any fee for the operation of a video gaming terminal in excess of $25 per year.
(Source: P.A. 96 34, eff. 7 13 09.)

(230 ILCS 40/70)
Sec. 70. Referendum. Upon the filing in the office of the clerk, at least 90 days before an election in any municipality or county, as the case may be, of a petition directed to such clerk, containing the signatures of not less than 25% of the legal voters of that municipality or county, the clerk shall certify such proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition at such election to the voters of such municipality or county. The proposition shall be in the following form:

Shall video gaming YES
be prohibited in
.................? NO

If a majority of the voters voting upon such last mentioned proposition in any municipality or county vote "YES", such video gaming shall be prohibited in such municipality or county. The petition mentioned in this Section shall be a public document and shall be subject to inspection by the public.
(Source: P.A. 96 34, eff. 7 13 09.)

(230 ILCS 40/75)
Sec. 75. Revenue sharing; Local Government Video Gaming Distributive Fund.
(a) As soon as may be after the first day of each month, the Department of Revenue shall allocate among those municipalities and counties of this State that have not prohibited video gaming pursuant to Section 27 or Section 70 the amount available in the Local Government Video Gaming Distributive Fund, a special fund in the State Treasury, as provided in Section 60. The Department shall then certify such allocations to the State Comptroller, who shall pay over to those eligible municipalities and counties the respective amounts allocated to them. The amount of such funds allocable to each such municipality and county shall be in proportion to the tax revenue generated from video gaming within the eligible municipality or county compared to the tax revenue generated from video gaming Statewide.
(b) The amounts allocated and paid to a municipality or county of this State pursuant to the provisions of this Section may be used for any general corporate purpose authorized for that municipality or county.
(c) Upon determination by the Department that an amount has been paid pursuant to this Section in excess of the amount to which the county or municipality receiving such payment was entitled, the county or municipality shall, upon demand by the Department, repay such amount. If such repayment is not made within a reasonable time, the Department shall withhold from future payments an amount equal to such overpayment. The Department shall redistribute the amount of such payment to the county or municipality entitled thereto.
(Source: P.A. 96 34, eff. 7 13 09.)

(230 ILCS 40/78)
Sec. 78. Authority of the Illinois Gaming Board.
(a) The Board shall have jurisdiction over and shall supervise all gaming operations governed by this Act. The Board shall have all powers necessary and proper to fully and effectively execute the provisions of this Act, including, but not limited to, the following:
(1) To investigate applicants and determine the
eligibility of applicants for licenses and to select among competing applicants the applicants who best serve the interests of the citizens of Illinois.

(2) To have jurisdiction and supervision over all
video gaming operations in this State and all persons in establishments where video gaming operations are conducted.

(3) To adopt rules for the purpose of administering
the provisions of this Act and to prescribe rules, regulations, and conditions under which all video gaming in the State shall be conducted. Such rules and regulations are to provide for the prevention of practices detrimental to the public interest and for the best interests of video gaming, including rules and regulations regarding the inspection of such establishments and the review of any permits or licenses necessary to operate an establishment under any laws or regulations applicable to establishments and to impose penalties for violations of this Act and its rules.

(b) Within 60 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, the Board shall adopt emergency rules to administer this Act in accordance with Section 5 45 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. For the purposes of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, the General Assembly finds that the adoption of rules to implement this Act is deemed an emergency and necessary to the public interest, safety, and welfare.
(Source: P.A. 96 38, eff. 7 13 09.)

(230 ILCS 40/80)
Sec. 80. Applicability of Illinois Riverboat Gambling Act. The provisions of the Illinois Riverboat Gambling Act, and all rules promulgated there under, shall apply to the Video Gaming Act, except where there is a conflict between the 2 Acts. All provisions of the Uniform Penalty and Interest Act shall apply, as far as practicable, to the subject matter of this Act to the same extent as if such provisions were included herein.
(Source: P.A. 96 37, eff. 7 13 09.)

(230 ILCS 40/85)
Sec. 85. Severability. The provisions of the Video Gaming Act are severable pursuant to Section 1.31 of the Statute on Statutes.
(Source: P.A. 96 37, eff. 7 13 09; P.A. 96 38, eff. 7 13 09.)

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