Tilton’s Rumshine Distillery One Step Closer to Offering Video Gaming to Patrons

Video gaming would soon be allowed at a small Vermilion County distillery if a bill sponsored by State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catilin) is approved in the General Assembly.

HB 4325, which received unanimous approval on Thursday by the House Executive Committee, would amend Illinois’ Video Gaming Act to add distilleries to the list of locations where video gaming is permissible. “This bill is very narrow in scope, and was filed as a direct result of the Rumshine Distillery and Bar’s inability to offer video gaming to its patrons,” said Hays. “I believe it was more of an oversight than anything else that craft distilleries were not included in the definition of licensed establishments where video gaming is allowed.”

Under current law, licensed establishments that pour and serve alcohol for consumption on the premises have a right to apply for a license to serve as the host location for up to five video gaming terminals that would be operated by a separately licensed terminal operator. “HB 4325 simply closes that inadvertent loophole and clarifies the right of a licensed craft distiller to apply for a video gaming location license.”

The Rumshine Distillery and Bar opened in Tilton, IL in 2013 as Vermilion County’s first craft distillery where a variety of liquors distilled on site are served and sold. With the approval of the Executive Committee, Hays’ bill now moves to the House Floor for a full debate and vote.