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September 18, 2014, 12:46 pm
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Proposal to Limit Video Gambling in Springfield Gains Support


A Springfield alderman says he’s a supporter of the free market… but also sees a place for government to step in to protect established businesses from unfair competition.

 

And that’s what Alderman Cory Jobe says he’s doing with his proposal to restrict future video gaming licenses.

 

Jobe says video gaming has become an important revenue stream for local bars and restaurants that have made a significant investment in facilities and jobs locally… and he wants to prevent them from being undercut by storefront gaming parlors that operate on a shoestring.

 

Half of the City Council has now publicly expressed support for Jobe’s plan, although some amendments could be introduced when the measure comes up for consideration next week.

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