UPDATE x1: Since this story was published, a member of the Ogle County Board notified Illinois Review that although their board voted to ban video gambling last July, they're also being asked to reconsider lifting the ban. The Ogle County Board vote was lopsided, with 21 for and 3 against the ban. This time around the vote is likely to be much closer this time.
"I voted for the ban last time, and I'll vote for it again this time," said board member Zach Oltmanns.
Oltmanns said the board's economic liaison Greg Sparrow from Rochelle has heard from six of the 13 establishments affected by the Ogle County ban. They are asking the board to reconsider.
LOMBARD - Gambling interests are going into communities with a ban on video gambling to ask local officials to revisit the issue and overturn the ban. Illinois Churches in Action - a group that fights gambling expansion - says that when residents speak out, elected officials take note and will keep bans in place.
This week, Lombard's village board voted to keep video gambling out of their jurisdiction. The mayor of Lombard reported the Village received two petitions with nearly 300 signatures against lifting the ban on video gambling. The Village Board said Lombard should continue to maintain and grow its economy without the need to add video gambling, the Mayor said in a press release.
The Village of Lombard's decision partners with other nearby suburban communities such as Woodridge, Rolling Meadows, Barrington and Crystal Lake. Each town discussed the topic of video gaming within the last year and decided to maintain the ban.
But in August, the Lisle Village Board will consider the possibility of overturning the ban on video gambling. The Hilton Lisle-Naperville hotel wants to have video gambling "as an additional amenity" for guests. The Village Board is looking for feedback from residents about video gaming.
In Batavia, the VFW Hall in Batavia has asked the city council to overturn the ban on video gambling. The council will discuss the matter at a joint committee-of-the-whole meeting, but no date has been set.
VFW Halls are tapping more and more into video gambling and pushing their local city councils to lift video gaming bans. In Huntley, video gambling revenues mostly go toward fixing up the legion hall.
The Carpentersville VFW is a closed club, which means the only people with access to the machines are the 120 members from the VFW and another 100 members from its ladies auxiliary. That was not enough people for five machines, so three were removed. As one veteran noted, what the VFW really needs are newer, younger members.