Monday, August 27, 2012
Villages To Receive Jobs Money But Gaming Apps Lag
Algonquin's on the list to receive $132,374. Lake in the Hills is slated to get $126,785 and Huntley's supposed to receive $110,847 in the latest distribution. How much work the money finances this year is open to question, though. LITH Village manager Jerry Sagona said although the money will be received during this fiscal year's budget the expenditure will carry over to be spent next year.
Meanwhile, communities throughout Illinois are still wrestling with whether to allow video gambling inside their city limits or "opt out". While Huntley OK'ed it, for example, Algonquin is merely leaning that way while Village staff drafts a possible new ordinance. McHenry County opted all its unincorporated areas out after the measure was passed three years ago.
Video gambling machines would generally be OK anywhere that sells alcoholic drinks but, according to the latest report last week from the Illinois Gaming Board, there hasn't been a rush of applicants. In McHenry County only 43 businesses have asked to put in the terminals, most in McHenry, Marengo and Johnsburg. Only four applications have been received from Huntley--the American Legion, Village Inn, Sammy's and Offie's--and only one's showed up from Algonquin--Tavern on the Bridge.
A limited rollout this month of the system to operate the terminals, originally billed as including 250 operators, actually involves 5 to 15 so far, according to the area gaming machine grapevine. The Gaming Board hasn't released any information about it yet.