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Gambling statistics: LaSalle County is No. 3 in the state

County stays prominent in ‘video gaming’ rankings

LaSalle County moved up a spot in the rankings for top earning counties in Illinois for video gaming.

The Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability recently released its Wagering in Illinois 2019 update, which places LaSalle County in the No. 3 spot of Net Terminal Income per capita.

That means there was $321 of income earned from machines in LaSalle County for every one person in the county.

The county finished behind Effingham and Macon counties, respectively.

The time frame covers the past fiscal year, June 1, 2018, to May 31, 2019.

Last year, LaSalle County had the No. 4 ranking but surpassed Washington County this year, according to the report. LaSalle County was ranked fourth in 2017 and 2016 as well.

Bureau County ranked 35th in net terminal income per capita this year, up from 39th in 2018. Putnam County was in the No. 70 spot, up from No. 71 in 2018.

As for overall earnings, LaSalle County was just outside of the top 10 at No. 11, earning $36.6 million in fiscal year 2019. On the other end of the spectrum, Putnam County was in the bottom 10, sitting at No. 93 of 102 counties, earning a total of $900,000. The lowest was Hardin County with $200,000.

Who has the most machines?

While LaSalle climbed the rankings in revenue, it dropped in machines per capita. But that does not mean there are fewer. They are just expanding at a slower rate than other counties.

LaSalle County ranked No. 4 with 0.93 percent of machines per capita, or about one per every 100 people.

Last year, the county held the No. 2 ranking, but with a lower percentage at 0.89 percent. This year LaSalle County sits behind Christian and Jo Daviess counties and last year’s No. 1 Washington County, which remained on top.

Bureau County came in at the No. 8 spot just behind Marshall County, and Putnam County ranked in at No. 15. Bureau County moved up from 13th place last year, and Putnam County moved up from No. 34.

As for the overall number of machines, LaSalle County ranked eight with 1,056 machines, Bureau County ranked 31st with 276 machines, and Putnam County was just outside the bottom 10 at No. 90 with 43 machines.

Note: No local community topped the report’s ranking of the top 25 earning cities for video gambling. Rockford came out on top, earning $35.2 million in fiscal year 2019. However, Ottawa did fall into the top 25 for cities with the most machines. Ottawa ranked 18th with 188 machines, which is one place up from last year. Springfield had the most machines last year with 641 in total.

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