Burr Ridge to debate legalized gambling

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Some Burr Ridge Village Board members are open to the possibility of legalizing gambling machines, asking the village administrator to gather more information after nine local businesses signed a petition in favor of such gaming.

As the village faces deficits within some of its budgets, some board members said they would be open to this stream of revenue.

Gene Halleran, the owner of County Wine Merchant said he closed his store early to appear before the board April 9.

“These are small restaurants looking for another revenue source,” said Halleran of the signees. “This is something that would help us as business owners.”

John Bittner presented the petition and said he believes the machines could bring in revenue to the village and some businesses.

“This is what the state did to generate revenue,” he said. “If it doesn’t hurt us but benefit us, why shouldn’t we do it?”

Bittner said residents now leave Burr Ridge to go gamble and he claimed restaurants are getting an additional $50,000 to $70,000 per year with the machines.

Bittner said later he doesn’t expect “to get a dime out of it” and he’s not a restaurateur. He said he believes it’s best for the village.

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April 16, 2018 at 05:06PM

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