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Sandwich donates gambling funds to charity

Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:00 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, May 1, 2014 1:48 p.m. CST

SANDWICH – More than $25,000 of video gaming revenue earned by the city of Sandwich will go to charity.

During their meeting Monday night, council members awarded $2,500 to three local agencies with more money to be given to other agencies later.

“This money came from the community,” Sandwich Mayor Rick Olson said. “We thought instead of taking it and putting it into the general fund, it would be money better spent in the community.”

State law allows licensed liquor-serving establishments, licensed truck stops, and licensed fraternal and veterans establishments to host up to five licensed video gaming terminals.

Twenty-five percent of a terminal’s income goes to the state, five percent is funneled to the municipality where the terminal is located, and three-fourths of a percent is directed to the gaming company that operates the network for the terminals.

According to reports from the Illinois Gaming Authority, the Sandwich brought in about $25,000 in video gambling revenue in 2013.

The city on Monday gave $500 to the Tri-County Kiwanis Club’s “Fruit of the Room” project that provides fruit to local students; $1,000 to Sandwich Township to provide assistance to residents; and $1,000 to the Sandwich Education Foundation to help pay for teacher projects.

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