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August 31, 2009

SPRINGFIELD, IL - The new Illinois' video gambling law legalizes video poker at bars and veterans halls and could also turn some truck stops into mini casinos. The law applies to all truck stops that are at least three acres, have a convenience store and provide a separate island for fueling diesel trucks.

The games could bring in a windfall of cash for cities located at the crossroads of major interstate highways such as Effingham, Mount Vernon and Troy, Illlinois.

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores has five locations in Illinois:
Williamsville, Ina, Utica, Roscoe and LeRoy. The company said in a
statement: "If there are new laws regarding video gambling in Illinois, Love's will determine interest level, if any, in offering that option at those locations, and will conduct any research and applicable licensing requirements at that time."

The Dixie Travel Plaza in McLean serves truckers on I-55. Manager Tina Kletz said the company is studying the new law to see if it could be a source of new revenue.

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