Maple Park says yes to video gaming

By on August 9, 2013

MAPLE PARK—John Peloso, owner of HD Rockers in Maple Park, on Tuesday implored the Maple Park Village Board to approve an item allowing for video gaming devices in the village.

Peloso left the meeting a happy man.

The board voted 6-0 to permit video gaming in Maple Park in accordance with the Illinois Video Gaming Act.

“We need (video gaming machines) to remain competitive with the other bars in the area,” Peloso said during the meeting’s public comment portion. “The Winner’s Circle is, what, half a mile or a mile away? They have gaming machines. Blackberry Inn, they have gaming machines. The reason I know this is because the owners of those places come in (to HD Rockers) and they talk to me, and they’ve all suggested that I ask (the Village Board) to let us have (video gaming machines) to remain competitive.”

Per a village document, devices which are authorized in accordance with the Video Gaming Act, 230 ILCS 40/1, are “expressly permitted.” Maple Park’s decision to move forward with video gaming machines comes just five months after Elburn reversed its ban on gaming devices in establishments that serve liquor. Video gaming is also permitted in Sugar Grove, as the topic of electronic gaming machines appeared on the village’s April election ballot. Sugar Grove residents voted 633 to 588 in favor of the video gaming measure.

Now that Maple Park’s video gaming ordinance has been approved, businesses within the village can apply for a state of Illinois video gambling license.

According to Maple Park Village President Kathy Curtis, Peloso appeared before the Village Board on June 4 and asked that it consider allowing video gaming machines in village establishments.

Based on this request, Village Attorney Kevin Buick drafted a sample ordinance for the board’s consideration.,” Curtis said. “At the July 22 Committee of the Whole, the board did carefully consider public comment on the matter and weighed its option.”

As a result, it’s “game on” for Maple Park establishments.

One Comment

  1. antigambler

    August 9, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Illinois is on a death spiral. We cannot gamble ourselves to prosperity. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Towns and counties are overturning gambling bans one after another like dominoes. Legalizing a harmful activity does not remove the harm. It only accelerates it.