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West Dundee to allow video gaming

Updated: March 9, 2013 6:14AM

WEST DUNDEE — The village is following in the footsteps of some neighboring towns by overturning a ban on video gambling.

East Dundee officials had made the decision last fall to allow video gambling. West Dundee voted 5-1 in favor of it this week, with Trustee Norm Osth casting the lone vote against the measure.

The terminals are allowed in establishments that serve alcohol, so West Dundee Village Manager Joseph Cavallaro said about 22 businesses in the village are eligible for video gambling.

He said the issue of overturning the village’s ban was initiated by six West Dundee liquor license holders.

“We had a petition submitted around the first of December by the six to reconsider the village’s prohibition that was adopted in 2009,” Cavallaro said.

After board members deliberated the issue in January, they decided to have village staff put together an ordinance that would permit video gambling.

“We’re just trying to level the playing field,” Village President Larry Keller said. “With the other communities adopting video gambling, it’s putting some of our bars at unfair disadvantage.”

Other nearby municipalities that already have made it legal for video gambling in their establishments include Carpentersville, Gilberts, Pingree Grove, Lake in the Hills, South Elgin, Huntley and Hoffman Estates, along with unincorporated Kane County.

Under the state’s Video Gaming Act, the gaming vendor and the host establishment each get 35 percent of profits, with the state getting 25 percent and the local municipality 5 percent.

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