Illinois Suburb Trustees Vote On A Lesser Law For Video Gambling

On Tuesday, trustees of Schaumburg, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, suggested replacing the village’s outright ban on video gambling for the previous seven years with a set of lower laws by a 4-2 vote.

This could mean the new rules could be fully adopted by the village board during it’s follow on meeting Tuesday 25th September.At its meeting next Tuesday, Sept. 24th.

Trustees Marge Connelly and Mark Madej, had both voted against the proposal, both raising concerns about the allowance of so-called gambling shops where the machines would be the main company and whatever food and drinks they might serve secondary.

Connelly said she discovered such companies predatory on gambling addicts and wanted them out of account. Madej said their grant seemed to contradict the assumption that overturning the gambling ban was a way to help current Schaumburg restaurants and hotels compete with those already having video poker in nearby cities.

Resident Matt Steward, who lost out in his run for mayor in April, said he was standing by his platform to uphold Schaumburg’s ban, adding that he had met many members of the community on the campaign trail who were proud of it.

But Mayor Tom Dailly and Trustee George Dunham replied that residents of Schaumburg are already playing outside the city. Dunham challenged anyone in a neighbouring town to find a part of Schaumburg where a resident would have to travel over a mile to play.

For the therapy of gambling addiction among citizens, the village intends to allocate up to half of its $500 annual wage per games machine. It will also invest all collected tax revenue in an arts and entertainment fund.

The suggested laws would allow current liquor licensed hotels and restaurants to have up to six after Jan. 1. New companies would have to wait until 1 January 2021.

Among the gambling shops that might pop up, those provided by any Schaumburg resident would also be permitted on Jan. 1, 2021, while those operated by non-residents would have to wait until 2022 if they did not apply for a waiver depending on their status in other cities.

New restaurants would have to be a minimum of 2,500 square metres from any other casino permit owner.