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Gambling Companies Sue Over Splitting Profits


Two companies that own video gambling parlors have sued the Illinois Gaming Board to challenge rules that require them split profits with the companies that operate the gambling machines.
The lawsuit argues that the nearly 6,000 parlors in the state could reinvest more in their businesses if they weren't required to divide their profits.
The lawsuit was filed in Cook County by the owners of the Dotty's Cafe, Stella's Place and Shelby's gambling-parlor chains.
The two companies argue that gambling parlors and the terminal operators should be free to negotiate their own profit-sharing deals and that establishments should be allowed to buy, install and maintain their own machines.
The Illinois Gaming Board declined to comment on the lawsuit.