Illinois passed a law in 2009 which would allow video gambling in bars, truck stops, veterans halls, etc and now many local municipalities are struggling with whether or not to opt out or give their businesses the okay. All of a sudden any number of metro east city councils are debating this and last night Collinsville voted unanimously to send the question to the November ballot as an advisory referendum.
It seems a tough issue for most cities, they are intrigued by the taxable income and the arguments by bar owners that the profits would help their businesses. But, they are also being lobbied by those opposed to gambling which include many church leaders and people who deal with the bad effects of gambling on families.
Some cities like Swansea just went ahead and voted not to allow video gambling while others like Collinsville and possibly Edwardsville will be getting voter advice during the election. A tough decision for sure.