Voters to hold cards in video gambling debate

July 22, 2012 by  
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COAL CITY — Members of the Coal City village board during their meeting Monday night approved an ordinance to temporarily prohibit video gambling in village establishments.

In a 4-2 vote, the board approved an ordinance prohibiting video gambling in village establishments that were permitted under state law to have video gambling terminals, such as bars, restaurants and veterans and fraternal organizations with liquor licenses. the vote was made on the condition that the issue will be put before the public in a non-binding referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Trustees Dave Togliatti, Ross Bradley and Irv DeWald, along with Mayor Neal Nelson, voted for the ordinance, while Georgette Vota and Terry Halliday voted against it. Trustee Justin Wren was not present.

DeWald said he didn’t feel strongly for or against the ordinance, but felt that Coal City residents should make the decision.

“If the town says that they want it, then fine and dandy, I’m all for it,” he said. “If they don’t want it, fine and dandy, I’m all against it.”

Nelson said he does not support video gambling in the village, but wanted to seek a compromise in the decision by having a referendum, a move backed by Togliatti and Bradley.

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