Group shows support for video gaming

April 26, 2010 2:23:05 PM PDT
Hundreds of people who could benefit from bringing video poker to Chicago rallied inside City Hall Monday.

Supporters include labor leaders, business groups, and members of the hospitality industry. They contend bringing video gaming to town would lead to more jobs and help the city pay its bills.

Advocates of the plan insist the games would help rebuild the state's economy.

"In order to create jobs and lay the foundation for long term economic growth, the city council needs to take up action to allow the deployment of the new state managed video gaming system to Chicago," said Jerry Roper, president, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

People who oppose video gaming explain their concerns stem from the potential involvement of organized crime and the possibility that people could become gambling addicts.


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