Should OF Allow Video Gambling in Bars?
Removing language that dates back nearly 28 years from the city code that prevents video gambling might be a boost for the local economy, according to the City. Three votes at Tuesday's City Council meeting could open up discussion on the issue.
A series of votes on Tuesday could open up discussion on how to handle video gambling in Oak Forest bars.
Three measures on the agenda for Tuesday's City Council meeting, if approved, would remove language from the city code that prevents the use of video poker and other electronic forms of gambling at establishments with liquor licenses. Removing the language would bring Oak Forest's local ordinances in line with the State of Illinois standards regarding video gambling.
Officials believe lifting the ban would help promote businesses and the local economy, according to city documents.
The intention with pushing forward removing the prohibitive language, which has been in the city code since July 1985, is to create the ability for the City Council to address the issue.
Several Oak Forest businesses who have applied for the annual license have been told their application requests don't line up with local code.
Frankfort, Orland Park, Mokena, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights and New Lenox are among local Illinois cities that have bans in place.
About 300 Illinois municipalities have opted out of the state's Video Gaming Act, which outlines the licensing and use of video gambling devices. It was approved in 2009.