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Village to hold workshop on potential video gaming ban

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:53 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:57 p.m. CDT
Stella's Place in Villa Park operates five video-gaming machines. The village of Lombard is reconsidering joining its neighbors by lifting its ban on video gaming. (David Good - dgood@shawmedia.com)

LOMBARD – The Lombard Village Board of Trustees will hold a special workshop Thursday night prior to its regular meeting to discuss specific policy issues related to the current video gaming ban.

If the video gaming ban is lifted, the village is looking to establish a registration fee for terminals and also set an evaluation period that would include tracking revenue generated and any potential police calls stemming from the legalized gambling, Lombard Village Manager Scott Niehaus said Wednesday afternoon.

The first reading of an ordinance to lift the ban was slated for an initial vote during Thursday's meeting.

For several months, the Lombard Village Board has been debating whether or not to lift a ban on video gambling.

Lombard Village President Keith Giagnorio broke a 3-to-3 vote during a May 1 meeting, casting a vote in favor of the motion to direct village staff to draft an ordinance repealing the existing ban.

Trustees Bill Ware (District 6), Mike Fugiel (District 2) and Reid Foltyniewicz (District 3) voted in favor of the motion, while trustees Peter Breen (District 4), Laura Fitzpatrick (District 5) and Dan Whittington (District 1) voted against it.

State lawmakers in 2009 approved a law allowing gambling terminals, leaving municipalities with the option to ban gaming, a move Lombard chose to pursue in 2010.

Municipalities that approve and apply for video gambling would have to abide by local and state requirements, including background checks on business owners and a limit of five terminals per establishment.

Check back Thursday night for complete coverage of the meeting.

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