Dolton reconsiders, approves video poker for local taverns

2012-09-19T23:00:00Z Dolton reconsiders, approves video poker for local tavernsGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
September 19, 2012 11:00 pm  • 

DOLTON | The Village Board that recently voted against permitting video poker machines in local taverns and restaurants has reconsidered that action.

According to village spokeswoman TaQuoya Kennedy, trustees on Monday cast a 4-1 vote in favor of permitting local businesses that serve “pourable liquor” to apply to the Illinois Gaming Board for state licenses to have the video poker machines, which would pay out actual prizes. Proceeds would be taxed by the state, with a share given back to municipalities.

Dolton officials have been told their share could be about $100,000 annually.

The Village Board previously had voted 4-2 against the idea.

Kennedy said Trustee Denise Harris asked for a reconsideration, which she was permitted to do since she was one of the previous opponents.

Trustees previously had been concerned about law enforcement and regulation of the gambling machines. But Kennedy said those concerns were “satisfied,” resulting in the new vote.

“At the village, we appreciate the opportunity to help create more revenue for local businesses and the Dolton community,” Kennedy said in a statement. “In addition to video gaming, (Village President Ronnie Lewis) has made a commitment to continue to seek more revenue sources to help offset rising costs for our residents and local business owners.”

Harris, along with trustees Sabrina Smith, James T. Jefferson and Lewis, were the four who voted in favor of the idea. Trustee Cathern Bendell voted against it. Trustees Deborah Green and Riley Rogers were not present for Monday’s vote.

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