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Gov. Rauner halts payment of video gambling profits

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (KFVS/AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office says the state doesn't have the authority to distribute video gambling profits to municipalities across the state without a state budget.

The Republican governor and Democrats in the state Legislature have been at a budget impasse for weeks. His office announced Monday that municipalities hosting video gambling in bars and restaurants won't get their cut until the state budget is in place.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/1D8xdQr ) reports that some local governments reap thousands of dollars each month from the machines, while other towns have rejected video gambling.

For Murphysboro, Illinois it’s roughly $4,500 a month.

And while the mayor says it's a considerable amount of money, he believes the decision won’t have a large impact on the community.

“We certainly hope there will be a budget completed sometime in the near future," Mayor Will Stephens said. "And we assume that those back payments will be paid at that time, so I guess in the end term it could affect us some in a cash flow manner but I don’t think it puts us in any position to lay off employees or anything of that nature.”

The video gaming profit goes into Murphysboro’s general fund. Stephens says it’s budgeted throughout the city’s departments, it’s not earmarked for any specific use.

A spokeswoman for Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger says attorneys in her office are looking into the video gambling issue.

Information from: Daily Herald, http://www.dailyherald.com

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