Posted Online: Oct. 09, 2012, 7:25 pm

Woodhull attorney to draw up video gambling ordinance

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By Sherrie Taylor, correspondent@qconline.com

The Woodhull Village Board on Monday instructed the village attorney to draw up an ordinance on video gaming for consideration at the November meeting.

The Pilot truck stop has requested permission to have video gaming machines, which now are permitted in Illinois.

Anita Bedell, executive director of the Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems, asked the board to reject video gaming. "No game is more addictive," she said.



She provided statistics and information on the economic and social costs of gambling and said Chicago and 200 communities have ordinances in place or have passed ordinances banning video gaming.

"The cost is seven times the amount of the revenue, and this gambling would be in your neighborhood, open every day," she said. Ms. Bedell said Woodhull would get a nickel for every $1 lost in the video gaming machines.

"Residents would have to lose $200 for the village to get $10," she said.

Mayor Dave Holmes said, "Once the ordinance is ready, we'll (the board) decide whether to go forward with this or not."

In other business, the board approved an increase in salary for trustees to be elected next year. Trustees will get $75 per meeting, $50 for special meetings, and the mayor's salary was increased to $5,000 annually.

Previously, trustees were paid $50 for regular meetings, $30 for special meetings, and the Mayor was paid $3,500 annually.

The increases will go into effect after the spring election and only for those elected. Other officials will not receive the increase until, and if, they are re-elected.

Mayor Dave Holmes said he will seek re-election, as did Jason Carlson. Trustees Dick Wilson, Troy Nimrick and Lloyd Carlson were undecided.

Petitions are available from the village clerk during her office hours.