Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Algonquin Postpones Video Gambling Six Months Plus
Swayed by appeals from local bars that they might go under without video gambling, the Board on a 5-2 vote agreed to draft an ordinance allowing but regulating video gaming terminals in Algonquin. Tuesday Village President John Schmitt told fellow Board members staff wasn't sure what to regulate, however, since the State's long-delayed system control system still isn't operational. Schmitt, mentioning "bar fights" suggested, since no one knows what to expect, delaying the new ordinance for a year, to see what happens.
The rest of the Board was agreeable until Trustee Bob Smith voted "No. Not a year." Lake in the Hills and Huntley village boards have already OK'ed video gaming in their communities and Smith argued customers would migrate there. "For a business to lose a year in this market could kill them," he said.
So how long would Smith be willing to wait, asked Schmitt?
"I would say 30 to 60 days," he replied.
"It's going to take 30 to 60 days for the State to even catch up," scoffed Schmitt.
How about six months, suggested Trustee Jerry Glogowski?
How about six months from whenever the Gaming Board finally gets the video gambling system running, whenever that is countered Schmitt?
That sounded like a reasonable compromise to the rest so that's how long Algonquin will wait before taking up video gambling again.