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  • Mike Mitlevic, left, of Fox Lake and Rob Jones of Long Lake, play video gambling games at J's Sports Bar in Fox Lake. Village officials said the first year of video gambling generated more than $93,000 for the village.

    Suburbs near Wisconsin cash in on video gamblingJan 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Fox Lake collected more than $93,000 in video gambling revenue in the first year the machines operated, according to figures released by the state. The village ranks among the top two in the suburbs. “I feel like we hit the jackpot. It's really been a boon for us,” Mayor Donnie Schmit said. One expert said Fox Lake is one of several communities that may be benefitting from their proximity to Wisconsin.

  • Island Lake talking gambling Dec 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    Video gambling machines are banned in Island Lake, but village officials may reconsider their stance on the controversial issue.

  • Gambling on Island Lake agenda Dec 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Island Lake trustees will once again discuss video gambling when they gather Thursday night. The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at village hall, 3720 Greenleaf Ave. Divided on the issue, the board has resisted calls from some business owners to legalize the installation of gambling machines in town.

  • Rivers Casino in Des Plaines is facing complaints of unfair labor practices by the UNITE HERE Local 1 union. Casino management denies the claim and says most of their workers do not want to join a union.

    Union alleges unfair labor practices at Des Plaines casino Nov 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    A service employees union has filed unfair labor practice complaints against Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, claiming casino management is trying to block workers from unionizing. Casino management denies the claims and says most workers do not want to join a union. “We take great pride in our team and respect the rights of our team members to choose,” spokesman Dennis Culloton said in a statement. “So far, the overwhelming majority of our team members have consistently chosen to remain independent. That is their choice and their right.”

  • Bartlett says no to video gambling in Town Center Nov 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    After multiple discussions, the Bartlett village board unanimously rejected a proposal Tuesday for a new video gambling bar in the Bartlett Town Center. The owners of Elsie's Place wanted to open a location with 11 seats and five video gambling stations. “Bartlett is not going to be a little Las Vegas as long as I'm here,” one trustee said.

  • Elk Grove Village golf course closer to video gamblingNov 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    The publicly owned Fox Run Golf Links in Elk Grove Village is a step closer to getting video gambling machines. On Thursday night, the Elk Grove Park District board voted 5-0 to approve a three-year contract with Gold Rush Amusements to be the district’s video gambling vendor.

  • The lounger area at Stella's, a new bar with video gambling that opened in Hoffman Estates Thursday.

    Stella's video gambling bar opens first location in Hoffman Estates Nov 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    Stella's, a new bar that offers beer and wine, a menu of small plates and video gambling, opened the first of several approved locations in the Chicago area Thursday. Located at 1171 Barrington Road in the Hoffman Village Shopping Center, near Golf and Barrington Roads, the Hoffman Estates Stella's will be open to its full hours on Saturday.

  •  Five video gambling terminals could be coming to the Fox Run Golf Links clubhouse in Elk Grove Village if approved by the Illinois Gaming Board. If the licenses are granted, Fox Run would be the first publicly-owned course to allow video gambling.

    Video gambling at Elk Grove golf course edges closer Oct 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    Fox Run Golf Links in Elk Grove Village could become one of the first publicly owned golf courses in the state to have video gambling machines if approved by the Illinois Gaming Board. Officials with the Elk Grove Park District, which has operated the golf course at 333 Plum Grove Road since 1983, have been looking into that possibility for more than a year as a way to raise additional revenue.

  • Barrington to retain video gambling banOct 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    Concerned by how video gambling is regulated by state law, Barrington village board members Monday said they’d be most comfortable standing by their current ban of it for the time being. Most trustees said they’d be willing to revisit the issue, at the request of several village businesses, if state officials looked into and closed perceived loopholes in the existing law.

  •  This is an artist’s rendering of the Menominee Nation’s proposed casino at the site of the former Dairyland Greyhound Dog Track in Kenosha, Wis.

    Wisconsin governor delays decision on Kenosha casino Oct 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    Gov. Scott Walker decided Friday to delay his announcement on whether he will approve the Menominee Nation’s plans for a new $800 million casino in Kenosha. The Menominee have been pushing for years to open an off-reservation casino in Kenosha, saying it will help pull their people out of poverty. The U.S. Department of the Interior gave the tribe the go-ahead in August, but federal law grants Walker the final say.

  • Mount Prospect gas station sells winning lottery ticket Oct 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    A Mount Prospect gas station sold a grand-prize winning ticket for the Wednesday evening Lucky Day Lotto drawing, meaning someone in the area could be $150,000 richer.

  • Sponsor reviving talks on gambling expansion Oct 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    The sponsor of a bill that would add five new casinos in Illinois, including one in Lake County, and allow slot machines at both major Chicago airports says he plans to revive talks on the measure next week in hopes of coming up with a deal.

  • Dotty's Cafe offers video gambling in what company officials say is a country kitchen atmosphere more inviting to women than sports bars.

    Video gambling cafes geared to women attract criticismOct 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Two cafe chains with video gambling and geared toward women -- Dotty's Cafe and Stella's Place -- are making inroads in the suburbs like Wauconda, Streamwood and Waukegan, but not without attracting some criticism, like in Mundelein. "These places designed for women are of great concern ... because women are more likely to gamble for escape," one critic says.

  • Dotty's Cafe wants to build two restaurants with video gambling in Mundelein. Dotty's tries to appeal to women with a country kitchen charm, unlike sports bars.

    Mundelein says no to gambling cafes geared to women Oct 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Mundelein's liquor control commission has rejected creating licenses for a video gambling cafe chain geared toward women. Dotty's Cafe had wanted two liquor licenses and permission to have five video gambling terminals in spaces at 350 Townline Road and 743 Diamond Lake Road. Mayor Steve Lentz, who is the village's liquor commissioner, broke the tie among trustees.

  • The Streamwood village board approved a proposal for Dotty's, a new restaurant with video gambling, to move into a space vacated by Bo Mei Chinese Restaurant at 229 E. Irving Park Road.

    Video gambling restaurant approved in Streamwood Oct 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Streamwood village board has unanimously approved a proposal for a new restaurant with video gambling. The eatery, named Dotty's, will be at 229 E. Irving Park Road that was recently vacated by Bo Mei Chinese Restaurant, a long-standing, family-run business. Dotty's chief executive officer Dan Fischer said described the restaurant as a “50's-style country kitchen” that serves a full breakfast, lunch and dinner with a self-imposed four-drink maximum.

  • Wheeling board split on third gambling cafeOct 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Wheeling village board seems poised, if divided, to approve a third site for a company whose cafes are based around video gambling, despite objections from neighbors. Laredo Hospitality wants to open a third Wheeling cafe called Stellas's Place at Lexington Commons, 1081 Lake Cook Road.

  • What if Barrington allowed a one-year tryout of video gambling in local establishments? Mayor Karen Darch wants to hear more about the idea.

    Barrington hears idea of trying video gambling out for a year Sep 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Village President Karen Darch said letters and emails she’s received on video gambling have been balanced, and she is hoping to receive more in the weeks ahead. She is uncertain the village will get all the feedback it needs for a Oct. 14, in part because she wants to investigate further an idea to try out video gambling for a year.

  •  Barrington leaders are expected to hear more public input and resume discussions tonight on whether to reverse the village board’s nearly four-year-old ban on video gambling in the community.

    Barrington resumes talks tonight on video gambling Sep 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    Barrington leaders are expected to hear more public input and resume discussions tonight on whether to reverse the village board’s nearly four-year-old ban on video gambling in the community. Village trustees have been rethinking the ban since August, when local businesses, including McGonigal’s Pub and The Blue Heron Cafe & Lounge, appeared before the board saying the ban was causing them to lose business to competitors in towns that allow video gambling.

  • BILL ZARS/ There is debate in Bartlett about the big number of video gambling businesses that want to come to town.

    Bartlett officials worried about growth in video gamingSep 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Bartlett village board heard more details about two proposed video gambling bars this week, and the response from some board members and residents was not positive. Five existing businesses in the village have already been granted a state license for video gambling, and two new video gambling bars are building out and waiting for their license.

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