Posted Online: April 22, 2012, 7:48 pm

R.I. council will look at amending rules for video gaming

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By Bill Mayeroff, bmayeroff@qconline.com

The Rock Island City Council tonight will decide whether to amend the city code to allow video gambling in businesses with a liquor license, if the state implements a Video Gaming Act passed in 2009.

The city code currently prohibits gambling devices or paraphernalia in any business with a liquor license. The ordinance to be presented to the council would amend the code to say that the city's prohibition does not extend to gambling devices permitted under state law.

The council also will vote on two separate ordinances related to a plot of land at 606 24th St. One ordinance would allow the city to buy the land from Rock Island County at a cost of $4,750. The second would allow the city to sell the land to the Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation (GROWTH) at a cost of $5,500.

Renaissance Rock Island president Brian Hollenback said the county took possession of the lot because the former owner was delinquent on taxes. He said GROWTH eventually will tear the house down, if the ordinance passes.

The city council meeting will be at 6:45 p.m. in the council chambers on the third floor of city hall, 1528 3rd Ave.