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Village Unwilling to Gamble on Video Gaming in Plainfield

Trustees oppose bringing video terminals to Plainfield bars, restaurants.

Starting Aug. 1, state law will make it legal for Illinois businesses to install video gaming machines — but don’t expect to see them in .

Village Administrator Brian Murphy said existing village ordinance prohibits video gambling, and that’s unlikely to change.

Unless trustees vote to change the village’s policy, the ordinance will overrule the new state law, according to Murphy.

“At this point, I don’t think the village board is going to take any action to change that ordinance,” he said.

At a July 9 Committee of the Whole meeting, several trustees spoke up during a discussion of the new law to voice their opposition to bringing gaming terminals to Plainfield establishments.

Trustee Bill Lamb called the practice an “unfair form of taxation.”

“People who can afford the least will spend their money … it’s not a moral issue so much as it is unfair,” he said.

Under the state law, 70 percent of the revenue from video gaming machines would go to the business owner. The remaining 30 percent would be divided, with 1/6 going to the municipality and the rest going to the state.

Trustee Margie Bonuchi was also opposed to allowing video gambling, adding she spoke with business owners who don’t believe the practice will benefit local merchants. They fear customers would spend their money on gaming machines as opposed to buying food and drink, she said.

“This is a bad deal all the way around,” Bonuchi said. “I don’t want it here at all.”

Trustees Jim Racich, Garrett Peck and Dan Rippy also said they opposed video gaming in Plainfield.

According to Murphy, only one Plainfield business, , put in an application to install gaming terminals.

What do you think of the board's position? Should Plainfield allow video gambling?

silentrippy July 20, 2012 at 06:06 PM
@ Tinfoil Hat - I'm not sure if Paul was at the meeting and I'd be curious to his decision. Besides Paul, you should mostly be concerned with the man that sits two seats to the right. I'm not sure Dan Rippy is even capable of saying anything. He rarely makes a comment on anything. If he does, it is usually a legal issue which he could potentially defend clients in court. He should abstain from creating ordinances he could defend in his private job. “I have a pretty good understanding of legislation, how to draft it, and the true effect it can have. And I think that’s going to help me,” Rippy said.
Tinfoil Hat July 20, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Paul, stop trying to deflect your silence on video gaming. I saw the meeting on TV and Trustee Rippy had several great comments on this topic. Where were you? You left the room and then didn't comment when you returned.. Didn't you go on a fishing trip out of state instead of attending interview meetings to hire the village administrator in 2009 as well? Didn't you also vote to raise your own Trustee salary? Who do you represent?
Cowboy July 21, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Someone should tell the bar owner who thinks the customers will put all of thier money in the machine instead of buying food and drinks that it is his choice to have the machines or not. The state law allows a liqour license holder to apply for a gaming license it does not require it. The Patron can decide if he or she wants to play the machine, the owner can decide if he or she wants the machines in thier place or the local government can decide if the owners and patrons are too stupid to make thier own decisions.
Plainfield Ind July 21, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Anytime you ban something like gambling, it will still go on - illegally. This should be allowed in Plainfield.
Carolyn August 09, 2012 at 10:26 PM
What you can bet on is that most people are not interested in wasting their time and money on video gambling. Many people will even refuse to eat in a restaurant that has video gambling. If you want to gamble, go to a casino and let the rest of us enjoy a meal in the local restaurants without being bothered by the gambling industry.

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