When Illinois’ video gaming industry went live in 2012, the extra bodies that began filling small taverns, American Legion and VFW halls eventually made up for the business that had slowed when the state banned smoking in nearly all establishments early in 2008.

But video gaming owners and operators this week will mobilize against Gov. JB Pritzker’s proposed increase to Illinois’ 30 percent tax on video gaming terminals, descending on Springfield Wednesday to lobby lawmakers ahead of a Thursday hearing on the tax hike, which Pritzker’s administration is hoping to net $89 million more for the state next year.

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