Illinois’ Long Grove Village Board Voice Concerns Over Recent Video/Gambling Permit

Some representatives of the Illinois’ Long Grove village board have voiced concern about video gambling machines that are permitted in town bars and restaurants as a permit has been approved for another institution.

Members of the board decided to hold an unofficial workshop to discuss video gambling and obtain feedback from residents on the problem. After former village president Angie Underwood broke a 3-3 board vote, video gambling was endorsed in Long Grove in 2015.

Trustee Rita O’Connor, who is one of those voicing video gambling issues, said she’d like to find out if it’s a problem for resident. Opponents said the terminals don’t grasp the rural charm of Long Grove, while backers argue that income helps companies.

“Pro or con, I’d just be interested,” O’Connor said.

The village council recently endorsed the sixth video gambling liquor permit at 132 Old McHenry Road in downtown Long Grove for the new Chit Chat Room by a 4-2 vote. That agenda item resulted the board to discuss video gambling in general before giving the permit to the Chit Chat Room, which in the former Un-Wined will feature craft cocktails, speciality beer and tiny dishes.

Trustee Michael Sarlitto and O’Connor voted against Chit Chat Room’s video gambling liquor license said: “I just don’t think video gaming is in harmony with our (comprehensive) plan or with our family-friendly Long Grove historic culture and everything else.”

Trustee Bobbie O’Reilly, who voted for the recent permit for video gambling, said the devices at village companies are not evident. “We don’t have signs,” O’Reilly said. “It’s kind of not secret exactly, but it isn’t broadcast.”

State records indicate that Long Grove has five video gambling liquor licensed establishments and a combined 21 terminals. Between January and July, the village’s share of the machine tax was $14,450 and the state’s cut was $73,486, according to the latest study from the Illinois Gaming Board.

In groups that enable video gambling, bars, restaurants, truck stops and fraternal organisations can have up to five slots under state law authorised in 2009.

Five percent of net income goes to a municipality and 25 percent to the state, with the remaining divided by the terminal operator and institution.

O’Connor said that arcade and other games could be a feasible alternative to video gambling machines for Long Grove bars and restaurants. She said she had a nice time visiting Chicago’s Emporium Logan Square, a bar with craft beer and skee ball, air hockey, pinball and arcade games.

These arcade bar kinds “are very, very interesting and compelling when you walk in the door,” she said.

Long Grove Village Attorney Victor Filippini said state law restricts what can be placed on video gambling liquor licenses that controls towns.

He added, however, that the village could probably create different categories of licenses, such as one of limited duration. Filippini said that Long Grove has time to address this issue as annual liquor licenses are renewed at the beginning of the May 1 fiscal year.