LITH Gets First Video Gaming Machines
Meanwhile, the village of Algonquin has adopted a wait-and-see approach and will decide in six months whether to OK video gambling for its businesses.
Moretti's in Lake in the Hills powered up five video gambling machines last week, which were among the first in operation in the area, according to the Elgin Courier News.
The five machines turned on Tuesday at Moretti's, 220 N. Randall Road, allow bets between 1 cent and $2 and can reward up to $500, according to the article.
Meanwhile, the village of Algonquin will wait six months to see how the gaming machines work out in neighboring communities before deciding whether to OK it in Algonquin, village board president John Schmitt said during a Tuesday meeting.
"Bringing gambling into a community is not an everyday thing for us," Schmitt said. "We are going to wait and see."
The Illinois Gaming Board recently adopted administrative rules for the operation and regulation of terminals, allowing cities and villages to move ahead with video gaming.
Under the state statute, video gaming terminals are allowed in any licensed retail establishment where liquor is served for consumption on the premises, a fraternal establishment, veteran's establishment or a truck stop.
Under Algonquin's current ordinance, video gaming is currently not permitted.
Ken Fishleigh, owner of Nero's Pizza and Pub in Algonquin, told the village board Tuesday he fears residents will bypass his business in favor of bars and restaurant that have video gambling in neighboring towns.
“You are ignoring our businesses. You are hurting us,” Fishleigh said. “Everyone has approved (video gambling) around us…so in the time being, everyone is going to those other establishments to play. If we lose customers, it is your fault.”
Schmitt told Fishleigh the village's decision should not be blamed on a business' success or failure.
"I don’t think you can blame the village for your business doing well or not doing well. The villlage’s responsibility is to make sure the residents of this village are well taken care of," Schmitt said. "Six months is not the end of the world … we want to wait and see if that is going to work for our community."
While the village of Huntley recently approved video gaming machines, the city of Crystal Lake adopted an opt-out ordinance that removes the city from partaking in the gambling liberties awarded through the Illinois Video Gaming Act. East Dundee recently reversed a previous decision and voted to allow video gaming, according to the Elgin Courier-News.
The village of Algonquin during an August meeting voted 5-2 in favor of directing staff to draft an ordinance to allow video gambling. In a subsequent meeting, the village board decided to adopt its current wait-and-see approach.
During the August meeting, trustees opposed to video gaming machines said it could draw the wrong kind of crowds to businesses in Algonquin.
"I don't think we will be able to control this the way we should," Dianis said.