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Video gambling terminals have been showing up in unusual places since they were legalized in Illinois.

Among them are Laundromats, floral shops and gas stations. They're also the main attraction in new chains of storefront cafes and bistros aimed at attracting female customers.

The proliferation of video gambling has raised some second thoughts among original sponsors and city officials. Cities like Peoria are looking at how they can limit their growth.

State Rep. Lou Lang was one of the sponsors of the state's video-gambling bill in 2009. He says the state never intended to turn florists and Laundromats into gambling businesses and such growth needs a second look.

Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson says that town enacted food-service and space requirements to ensure such businesses are more than "mini-casinos."

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