Forest Park votes to ban video gambling in history-making referendum

Voters in Forest Park have chosen to ban video gambling following a hard-fought campaign.

About 52 percent of those who cast ballots in the near west suburb voted yes to prohibit video gambling machines. It’s believed to be the first time an Illinois community that welcomed video gambling reversed that policy through a binding ballot question.

Two opposing groups formed around the issue, with backers of the ban saying video gambling wasn’t a good fit for the community. Those against the ban said it was a good source of tax revenue and has existed with few issues since the Village Council voted to allow it in 2016.

Video poker machines have proliferated in the Chicago area since Illinois legalized them six years ago, but local communities can opt in or out.

via Google Alert – illinois gambling

November 7, 2018 at 02:33PM


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