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Crystal Lake Pulls Plug on Video Gaming Machines

Council voted Tuesday night 5-1 to adopt opt-out ordinance that prohibits the games in city liquor establishments.

The Crystal Lake City Council has ended its discussion on video gaming machines in local liquor establishments.

By majority vote, council members adopted an opt-out ordinance that removes the city from partaking in the gambling liberties awarded through the Illinois Video Gaming Act.

Councilwoman Ellen Brady Mueller voted against what amounts to a ban on gaming machines in Crystal Lake restaurants and bars. Councilwoman Cathy Ferguson was not presesnt.

The remaining council members didn't see the benefits of allowing the games, which would have been permitted at 55 establishments currently holding on-premise liquor licenses.

"If we have to eventually depend as a community on gambling then I think we're going to lose in the long run," Councilman Ralph Dawson said.

Chris Hesch, owner of Awesome Hand Gaming in Rolling Meadows, told the council banning the games would in the short term serve as a disadvantage to Crystal Lake businesses. Ultimately, he said the city would take a beating, too.

"You won't be attracting businesses to Crystal Lake," Hesch said. "A business owner will take a look and go elsewhere."

Although the state is only in the process of licensing the companies that will lease the machines, Hesch said he has already lined up customers in Harvard, Marengo, Lake in the Hills, Johnsburg and McHenry.

The state of Illinois adopted the Illinois Video Gaming Act in 2009 permitting video gaming terminals in liquor establishments. While using the games, players make cash wagers and play electronic casino-style games such as video poker.

Communities that choose to opt-out of the ordinance won't receive any tax or licensing revenues generated by them.

Michael Salvaggio June 06, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Why should the city want the machines, they make enough revenue off of the poor real estate owners in the form of taxes!
PAUL VRAME June 07, 2012 at 09:04 AM
GAMING IS HELPFULL BY MAKING UP THE MONEY BARS ARE LOSING ON DRINKS. SOME MONEY COMING IN ON TAXES IS BETTER THAN NONE.PEOPLE CAN PLAY MORE THAN DRINK THESE DAYS DUE TO GAS PRICIES THE COST OF A DRINK AND LESS DANGEROUS THAN A DRUNK DRIVER. CAN ENJOY PLAY MORE BECAUE GAMING IN A FRIENDLY CHALLENANGE. NOT WHO HAS BIGGER BEER MUSCELS.WHEN DRINKINKING IS ENVOLED.SINCE THERE IS NO GAMBELING LIKE DARTS AND POOL. YOU CAN EVEN PLAY TOGETHER WITH YOUR CHILD! NOW DARTS HIT PEOPLE CAUSE OF DRINKING SAME WITH POOL SOME OF THESE GAMES YOUR CHALLENGER IS SOMEWHERE IN AMERICA LEGUES . I GUESS THE BOARD OF CRYSTAL LAKE RATHER HAVE DUI'S DRUNKEN BRAWLS AND DOMESTIC VIOLANCE THAN VILLAGE SAFETY. THEY HAVE DARTS THAT CAN POKE YOU AND STICK ,POOL BALLS CAN BE THROWN BEAT PEOLE UP WITH STICKS AND CANT STAND NORAMALLY. NOW THE GAMING GAMES YOU PLAY PEOPLE OVER THE US FOR POINTS THE GAME IS BOLTED DOWN NOW FOR THE GRAND FINALE TWICE A YEAR CRYSTAL LAKE THROS THE BIGGEST NON-GAMLING GAMING EXPO FOR PRIZE'S ALL AGE GROUPS PEOPLE WILL COME FROM ALL OVER SPENDING MONEY IN OUR TOWN FOR OUR FAMIELS IN SPRING WE HAVE A BIG FLING TO DO ALL THE YEARS SO PEOPLE GET RANKED FOR THE YEAR THEN COME LATE FALL FOR CASH A PRIZE'S WE HAVE THE BIG GRANDADDY FOR THE YEAR'S NUMBER ONE IN EACH AGE GROUP AND ONE BIG HAND CHOSEN GROUP OF ALL AGES FOR THE BIG BELT CALL ME IF YOU LIKE THE IDEA TO HAPPEN A LOYAL CITIZEN OF CRYTAL LAKE AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PAUL VRAME

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