Regulators shut down video gambling machines across Illinois due to COVID-19 Mitchell Armentrout, Chicago Sun-Times · March 16, 2020 at 7:33 pm State regulators Monday ordered all video gambling machines shut down across Illinois until the end of March, bringing the gaming industry to a full stop a day after officials shuttered Illinois casinos in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Most of the slots already would have gone dark under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s unprecedented order shutting down all bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery orders. But the order from the Illinois Gaming Board ensures all 35,483 machines set up at 7,307 establishments across the state are blacked out for two weeks, including those at gas stations and VFW halls. “The public health of patrons, video gaming industry employees, Gaming Board staff, and all others is of paramount importance,” the board said in a statement.