Video gambling fees going up in Dixon, Sterling

The name stayed with the video gambling business and now, there are two Charley’s Video Gaming parlors.

Ibarra said there are three entities that work in the business together – the business housing the terminals, whether it is a restaurant, bar or café; the company that owns and operates the terminals; and the state.

Through August – the most recent available data – the state has collected almost $1 billion, and another nearly $200 million in video gambling tax has been distributed to municipalities. Illinois has collected $8.1 million from DeKalb County video gambling.

Cities in the area are raising fees for video gambling terminals after changes to state law.

State legislation effective Dec. 17 allows nonhome-rule municipalities to establish an annual fee of $250 per video gaming terminal rather than the previous cap of $25 per year.

The Dixon and Sterling city councils have both recently approved upping fees from $25 to $250 per terminal. The Rock Falls Council will likely take up the measure soon after the ordinance goes through committee.

Dixon had 168 video gambling terminals across 30 locations in 2021, which generated $436,059 in local gambling revenue since January 2021, according to data from the Illinois Gaming Board.

Sterling had 167 gambling terminals across 30 locations and has brought in $388,709 across the year. There are 146 gambling terminals at 26 locations in Rock Falls with 2021 city revenue totaling $372,790.

According to December gaming reports, Dixon had 158 terminals in 28 establishments and Sterling had 156 terminals in 28 locations.

Based on that information, the fee increases would mean bringing an additional $39,500 in Dixon, $39,000 in Sterling and $36,500 in Rock Falls if the council approves the increase.

In December alone, video gambling terminal net income was $770,406 in Dixon, $665,779 in Sterling and $649,648 in Rock Falls.

Businesses must have a liquor license, specifically a pour license, in order to have video gambling. Restaurants, bars, video gambling parlors and other qualifying businesses can then house up to six terminals.


Rachel Rodgers

Rachel Rodgers

Rachel Rodgers joined Sauk Valley Media in 2016 covering local government in Dixon and Lee County.