House Supports Representative Chad Hays’ Measure to Allow Video Gaming at Craft Distilleries

A bill sponsored by State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) which would pave the way for video gaming at the Tilton Rumshine Distillery received wide bipartisan support in the Illinois House on Wednesday.

HB 4325 would add distilleries to the list of locations where video gaming is allowed in Illinois. “In Vermilion County, we have a distillery that operates under a specialized license that allows them to only serve and sell liquor they distill on site,” said Hays. “When the owners redesigned the interior of the building last year, a video gaming space was set aside. Unfortunately, since their specific niche was not accounted for in the video gaming law their application for machines was rejected.”

Today, licensed establishments that pour and serve alcohol on the premises can apply for a license to host up to five video gaming terminals, and Hays believes it was an oversight that distilleries were not included in the initial video gaming bill. “These are law-abiding business owners who only want to be given the same consideration as everyone else,” Hays said. “By closing this loophole we are allowing all of these types of establishments to be treated equally.”

HB 4325 will now move to the Senate for consideration.