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McGuire co-sponsors video gaming for veterans organizations

mcguire75x75SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) is co-sponsoring Senate Bill 2371, which would allow video gaming at veterans organizations and was approved by the Senate on April 11.

The bill clarifies the intent of the Video Gaming Act so that non-profit organizations such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will be eligible to obtain a video gaming license. The Gaming Board until now has maintained that the law prohibited such organizations from hosting video gaming.

"I can't imagine our area not having Legion posts and VFW halls," McGuire said. "They support services to our veterans and keep alive the memories of those who gave their lives to keep us free. Video gaming will help keep their doors open."

McGuire was contacted in January by leaders of local veterans organizations whose applications for video gaming licenses had been stalled. He learned that Senate colleagues in Danville, Peoria and Decatur had constituents facing the same problems. SB 2371 was developed as a result.

The bill passed the Senate 43-6 and now moves to the House. Should the bill pass the House, it will need the governor's signature to become law.

Sen. Michael E. Hastings

hastings 150
19th Legislative District

Years served: 2012 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Appropriations II; Financial Institutions; Insurance; Judiciary (Vice-Chairperson); State Government & Veterans Affairs; Committee of the Whole.

Biography: Born October 6th, 1980, in Orland Hills; B.S. in Leadership and Management, Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, M.S., Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; former US Army Captain; Bronze Star recipient; former trustee and vice president for High School District 230.