Commission: 'Sweepstakes' games should be outlawed

The Chicago Crime Commission is backing legislation that would outlaw "sweepstakes" machines that the group says are illegal video gambling devices.

The commission plans a Sunday news conference to announce support for a measure sponsored by Chicago Democratic Sen. Tony Munoz. The group says the machines are unregulated, inviting to organized crime and that no money goes to state or local treasuries.

Munoz says that owners of the machines are not required to undergo criminal background checks.

Crime Commission executive vice president Art Bilek says the machines skirt the law by offering coupons that can be redeemed with cash for online prizes. They also offer wagering credits to play electronic sweepstakes games, which resemble casino-style slots. The points can be redeemed for cash.