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posted: 3/16/2013 5:00 AM

Allow video gambling in Mundelein

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Recently the village board voted on allowing local bars and restaurants to install video gambling machines, the idea being that the bars and restaurants would make more of a profit with these machines installed.

With the upcoming election on three open spots on the board, the candidates were asked if they agreed with the legalization or not. The reasoning for legalizing it was if other places can do it why not local bars and restaurants. Also, why not have people spend money on these machines; it can only help out the profits.

Those that opposed this say that the influence that the machines will bring with is not needed for the community. The candidates that oppose it also say that video gambling machines need to be strictly regulated.

If these places want to bring in extra revenue then why should they be denied that? The government shouldn't be allowed to deny business owners the right to put the gambling machines in. They are mainly being out into bars and restaurants, and are only for adult use. There is no harm in allowing this to happen, only good can come from this.

Mundelein does not need any more businesses closing down, and if it takes a few extra machines to keep them thriving, then why not> However, I do believe that the computers need to be regulated just like in casinos. If these computers can help out the Mundelein economy then they should be allowed.

Alexander Johnson


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