DU QUOIN, IL (KFVS) - The video gaming industry is alive and well in Illinois.
The machine started popping up in various businesses across the state at the beginning of the year.
Now, a Carmi based company is taking the video gaming to a whole new level.
WAAB Enterprises of Illinois, LLC began opening their video gaming locations in Carmi and Harrisburg. They've opened doors in Sesser, Du Quoin and on Wednesday, in Salem.
"Our hopes is to give back to the community," General Manager Ranessa Cunningham said. "We're creating jobs, we're creating revenue for those towns."
The State of Illinois gets 25 percent off each video gaming machine, the municipality that issues the liquor license to the business gets 5 percent and the rest goes to the business owner.
"It's coming at a good time for us," Du Quoin Mayor Rex Duncan said. "We have four or five locations in town between the fraternal organizations and private sector businesses that have the five machines. We're thinking right now there's going to be around $7 to $8-thousand dollars a month coming into the city of Du Quoin."
The Nikki's Place as they are called in each town, hire four to five local people to work each of their locations.
"Somebody from the community that is working at one of our locations helps us get the word out," Cunningham said. "Once our 13 locations that we have planned open, then hopefully we'll expand a little bit more."
Mayor Duncan said the money from the gaming machines will help the city for many years to come.
"As this money starts to flow in our intentions here is to bank that money," Mayor Duncan said. "I'm sure I can find a lot of ways to spend the money. But I think now the best thing for us to do is hold onto it. And then use it as a cash reserve. And then once we have that built up to be able to use the money for infrastructure projects."