Village of Woodridge Votes Against Gambling Machines
The village of Woodridge in Illinois has voted to keep a ban on video gambling. The village’s Mayor Gina Cunningham broke a 3-3 tie vote in favor of keeping the ban.The board had been considering repealing the ban for several months after local business owners claimed that customers were going further afield in order to gamble.
Before voting in favor of the ban Cunningham pointed out that not all nearby suburbs allow video gambling.
At a meeting in April those in favor of video gambling asked the village attorney to draft an ordinance that would limit the number of gaming licenses and asking for a try-out period before a final decision was made.
Village officials have said that there are 20 businesses interested in obtaining video gambling machines and the official Magin Martinez suggested trying 8-10 licenses to begin with. Each license would cost $500 with an annual fee of $250 per machine.
However, the trustees Anne Banks, Pamela Beavers and Tim Goodwin voted in favor of the ban. Banks told the board, “It has been said that video gaming can be viewed as entertainment, but others may see it as a quick fix to supplementing income. I realize that everyone has choices, but in this current economy, (some choices) are based on need and desperation.”