Thank you Governor Pritzker for supporting small businesses across Illinois
Since video gaming was legalized…
It has helped to invigorate more than 6,000 bars, restaurants, VFWs, and American Legions, and create 700 new small businesses across the state. These local small businesses employ over 30,000 Illinoisans and the video gaming industry has hired more than 2,000 employees in sales, maintenance and delivery. These Illinois small businesses grow and reinvest in Illinois, unlike big corporate casinos who send their profits out-of-state. Learn more with our fact sheet.
Bet on Main Street Coalition Applauds Illinois Legislature, Gov. Pritzker for
Listening to Concerns of Illinois Small Businesses and Veterans’ Organizations that Offer Video Gaming
Springfield, IL – Following the Illinois General Assembly’s completion of their legislative work, the Bet on Main Street Coalition applauded lawmakers and Gov. J.B. Pritzker for listening to Illinois small businesses and veterans’ organizations that offer video gaming. After an initial proposal that would significantly raise taxes on small businesses and veterans’ organizations, lawmakers adjusted the policy to make certain Illinois main streets would remain vibrant.
Following the policy’s passage by the Illinois General Assembly, the Bet on Main Street Coalition released the following statement:
“In April, the Bet on Main Street Coalition launched with a simple message for leaders in Springfield: Stand with the locally-owned small businesses and community organizations that have thrived as part of the video gaming industry. The Governor and General Assembly not only listened, they acted.
“This policy is a win for Main Street and the state as a whole. Since the beginning of this endeavor we acknowledged the difficult budgetary choices lawmakers had to make. The budget helps bring much-needed fiscal stability to the state while investing in critical programs that benefit Main Street communities including infrastructure, education, job training and more.
“And most importantly to Bet on Main Street members, it allows small businesses and veterans’ organizations to continue creating jobs, reinvesting in their businesses and making local charitable contributions.
“We want to thank the thousands of employees, small business owners, veterans’ organizations and others who called their legislators, attended events and made their voices heard. Their voices were clearly heard and their efforts helped make this budget a reality.”