Shall video gaming be allowed in Sugar Grove?

By on April 5, 2013

Sugar Grove—An advisory referendum on the April 9 General Election ballot will ask Sugar Grove residents to vote on whether to allow video gambling machines in the village.

The Village Board on Jan. 10 voted 4-2 to approve temporary use of video gaming machines in Sugar Grove, with the understanding that the issue would appear on the April 9 ballot in the form of a non-binding referendum.

If the referendum fails to pass, the license for use of the machines will be revoked.

“The people on both sides of the (video gaming) issue are very passionate, but most of the people do not seem to have an interest one way or the other in video gaming,” Village President Sean Michels told the Elburn Herald last month. “I believe the public will decide if gaming is popular or not by whether they visit the establishments that have gaming. (Otherwise), they avoid those places that have gaming.”

Michels said he does not condone video gaming, but is in favor of video gaming to help local businesses survive.

The Elburn Village Board in late March passed an ordinance allowing video gaming machines in Elburn establishments that serve liquor.