Joliet enacts one-year moratorium to limit number of new video gambling licenses

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Bars, restaurants and other liquor license holders in Joliet won’t be able to seek new video gambling licenses for at least a year, unless they operate in the northwest part of the city.

The city council on Tuesday approved a one-year moratorium on licenses for any new video gambling machines for such businesses east of Illinois Highway 59, but the city will allow new licenses west of Highway 59 to help spur business development in that area.

The temporary ban is part of efforts to stave off new licenses until the city can develop a long-term strategy on video gambling. Last year, council members approved increases to the licensing fees, but that didn’t slow the requests, officials said.

“We’re still getting a lot of requests,” Joliet’s interim corporation counsel Chris Regis said. “Based on the sheer numbers, the market is saturated with them.”

via Breaking News – Chicago Tribune https://ift.tt/1LjWE0R

December 5, 2018 at 06:19PM

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