The Carthage city council has changed its position on gambling.
Aldermen have overturned a century-old ban on gambling to allow video poker machines. The state now allows these machines.
Mayor Jim Nightingale says the owner of a bar, the Wood Inn, asked for the change.
He says, “We're really not promoting gambling. Right now there's video poker machines in most of the bards and clubs that are licensed by Illinois. But they're supposed to be for amusement only.”