Dan Webb: Bars, restaurants should make more off video gambling

A Cicero restaurant brought in more than $845,000 from video gaming machines last year but took home just $295,000 after taxes and handing over 50 percent of profits to video gaming operators - a small profit former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb is trying to recoup.

In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, Webb is representing plaintiffs Illinois Cafe & Services Co. and Laredo Hospitality Ventures, which operate businesses such as Dotty's Cafe, Stella's Place and Shelby's - examples of more than 5,800 local establishments in Illinois licensed to host electronic gaming. The two companies own and operate more than 100 Illinois video gaming parlors in 21 counties.

The suit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court against the Illinois Gaming Board. The Illinois Gaming Machine Operators Association on Tuesday in a statement said the suit was without merit.

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