SPRINGFIELD – Veterans establishments across Illinois would be allowed to apply for video gaming licenses under a measure from Senator Terry Link that passed out of the Senate today.

“Our service members and veterans have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Link (D-Vernon Hills). “I strongly believe that their service should warrant them special permission to allow video gaming in their facilities if they so choose.”

Senate Bill 3166 allows the Illinois Gaming Board to issue video gaming licenses to licensed veterans establishments within cities or counties which have otherwise prohibited video gaming.

“Allowing veterans’ establishments special permission to have video gaming machines in their facilities is just one more way we can show our support and gratitude for their service to our country,” Link said.

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Gurnee Park District

Senator Link and Gurnee Parks Department representatives during Parks Day 2018

Buffalo Grove Park District

Senator Link and Buffalo Grove Parks Department representatives at Parks Day 2018

Waukegan Park District

Senator Link and Waukegan Park District representatives at Parks Day 2018

 Vernon Hills Park District

Senator Link and Vernon Hills Park District representatives at Parks Day 2018

Mundelein Park & Recreation District

Senator Link and Mundelein Park District representatives at Parks Day 2018

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SPRINGFIELD – A measure from Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) that will make Illinois a leader in wireless technology advancements and create 100,000 new Illinois jobs was signed into law today.

“As technology continues to advance and smartphone data use continues to increase, it's important that we have the infrastructure in place to support those advancements,” Link said. “This measure will help ensure a smooth transition to 5G and allow Illinois to stay at the forefront of new wireless technology.”

Over seven years, full 5G deployment and small cell projects will:
•    Create nearly 100,000 new jobs in Illinois
•    Include $8.9 billion in network investments
•    Allow Illinoisans to contact 9-1-1 via text, and eventually video
•    Provide consumers with faster download speeds and improved call quality
•    Help attract new businesses to the state

“Illinois businesses rely on fast wireless networks to stay connected to their employees and customers,” Link said. “Updating our network technology will help bring new employers to the state.”

5G wireless technology utilizes small cell transmitters on existing utility poles in communities throughout the state, which have been overseen by a patchwork of local regulations. Senate Bill 1451 cuts the red tape and streamlines the process so consumers can gain access to the fastest technology possible.

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