Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Village board votes against allowing gambling machines.
The Lake Zurich Village board voted unanimously against allowing video gaming machines at village businesses, Monday night. The vote came after some residents argued against allowing gambling machines during public comment, arguing that there wasn't much to gain from video gaming, but much to lose. Trustees said they didn't want the village to be an experiment for gaming, they would rather see how it works out in other villages which have voted to allow video gaming. Trustee Rich Sustich said everyone who invests on Wall Street is gambling, so he didn't have an issue with the concept, however, he was concerned about the management of video gaming operations and what impact it might have on the community. "Should we be at the forefront and…
Monday, September 17, 2012
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The Lake Zurich Village Board will consider and is expected to vote on whether or not to allow video gaming in the village, tonight. The trustees meet at 7 p.m. And here's some other information you may need today. Is there information you'd like to get every day that we haven't included here? Let Lake Zurich Editor Claudia Lenart know, and we'll try our best to include it!
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Lake Zurich board of trustees expected to vote on ordinance allowing video gaming at Sept. 17 meeting.
Lake Zurich village trustees discussed whether or not to allow video gaming in the village, at Tuesday's village board meeting. The board is expected to vote on a final draft of an ordinance that would repeal the prohibition on video gaming in the village, at its Sept. 17 meeting. Video gaming machines are lottery-type terminals, such as poker games. The only trustee who spoke against video gaming was Trustee Dana Rzeznik. Rzeznik pointed out that only a handful of suburbs have approved video gaming-- including nearby Wauconda. "I don't believe it goes well with the nature of Lake Zurich," Rzeznik said. Trustee Tom Poynton said he would like to see financial issues solved by another method, other than gambling, however he doesn't believe…
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Residents express concerns over bringing legalized gambling into town, while gaming providers tout benefits for business and new revenue for the state and village.
Is video gaming to be or not to be in the village of Lake Zurich? That was the question posed to the board of trustees at the Monday night meeting. Resident Mike Gillford stated his concerns to the board about problems that could be created if video gaming were approved. “I think the disadvantages outweigh the advantages; this type of thing can cause addictive behavior and cause financial burden, strained relationships and even lead to crimes,” said Gillford, who has been a Lake Zurich resident for 17 years. The revenue created by video gaming would be divided amongst the establishment that houses the devices, the companies that sell and maintain them, the state of Illlinois and the village. Seventy percent is split between …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Illinois Gaming Board recently gave the green light for video gaming, along with rules to monitor its use; the devices have been prohibited throughout the state since November 2009.
The village board, along with newly sworn in Village Administrator Jason Slowinski, heard a second appeal at the May 7 board meeting to consider allowing video gaming at select establishments in Lake Zurich. Those locations, per new rules created by the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB), would include businesses that hold valid liquor licenses where alcohol is poured and consumed, and at fraternal and veterans organizations such as the Lions Club and the American Legion. Video gaming machines are lottery-type terminals, such as poker games. Truck stops also are eligible for video gaming devices, according to IGB code, though none exist in Lake Zurich. The question was first proposed by Commander John Barrington of the American Legion Post #964, …