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Aldermen Approve Video Gambling Changes; Keep City Ward Map in Committee

Aldermen Approve Video Gambling Changes; Keep City Ward Map in Committee

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Springfield aldermen hope a new ordinance will help them control the proliferation of video gambling in the city.

They approved a measure to require all business that want a license to derive 60 percent of their sales from food and drinks.

“These locations are popping up all across the city, I’m amazed at what’s happening,” said Jobe. “This isn’t about revenue, this is just about bringing some stability to the whole process.”

At issue, most aldermen say, is that some businesses want to operate video gaming terminals without being a full bar or restaurant, which they say goes against the intent of the state legislation making this possible.

The ordinance was also amended to limit the number of gaming terminals per business to five, which is in line with state code.

The ordinance goes into effect May 31st, a date chosen to benefit two businesses whose liquor licenses and zoning changes will be granted by then. Two other amendments offered by Ward 5 Alderman Sam Cahnman failed, they were designed to grandfather several other businesses that are seeking liquor licenses and zoning variance requests but won’t be approved by then.

Meanwhile, passage of the redrawn city ward map is on hold for at least another two weeks as Ward 4 Alderman Frank Lesko wanted more time for analysis.

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