VOTE: Should Clarendon Hills Ban Video Gambling?
It seems an ordinance is on the way that will prohibit video poker and other gambling machines in the village. Is that the right move?
As Patch reported Tuesday morning, an ordinance that would prohibit owners of local bars and restaurants from installing video gambling machines appears to have the support of the Clarendon Hills Village Board based on a discussion trustees had Monday night.
"I think we’re a family town and gambling isn’t a good fit for a family town," trustee Paul Pedersen said.
Tracy’s Tavern owner Jack Tracy is currently in the process of getting two machines at his bar, and said having the machines would help his business.
"This to me … is a return of what the state took away from us when they passed the [smoking ban]," Tracy said. "This is more about revenue to me than gambling."
The village can't regulate machines beyond allowing them completely or banning them completely. If Tracy's has the right to install them, so do Talley's and Scapa downtown. However, machines would have to be put in a spot where only 21-year-olds are allowed, which would be difficult for the downtown restaurants.
Hinsdale and Westmont both have video gambling bans, and Willowbrook is considering one. (Westmont, however, is talking about lifting its ban.)
According to estimates provided by village staff, 10 machines in the village would bring in about $12,500 of tax revenue each year.
With a vote likely coming on Aug. 20, Patch wants to know what you think.
Would allowing video gambling machines go against the character of Clarendon Hills? Do you think not banning them would lead to all eligible businesses getting them? Should the village be after every tax dollar it can get?
Vote in our poll below and explain your opinion in the comments!