The City of East Peoria is requiring all video gaming machine holders to register. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports:
The East Peoria City Council unanimously approved the measure that requires registration and a $25 per machine fee. Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus says he supports the measure, but the city will need to revisit how it regulates video gaming. “I question the best interest of it being in the city, particularly because we have the Par-a-dice [Casino] that does a good job of monitoring, that does a good job of community support,” Mingus says. Other commissioners say the registration also provides the city an idea of how many video gaming machines there are within its boundaries. The East Peoria City Council also gave preliminary approval to a new three year contract with its telecommunications workers, and approved a new 10 year franchise agreement with ComCast and iTV3. City officials says it will likely be a couple of years before iTV3 is able to serve the entire city.