Video Gaming

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March 22, 2019

At last night’s Village Board Meeting, two ordinances regarding video gaming were considered on first reading, and were initially approved by the Village Board. The ordinances were read on separate action and Village Board members provided comments and feedback. As both ordinances were approved on first reading only, they will both be brought before the Board for second/final consideration on April 4, 2019.

One ordinance proposes amending the Lombard Village Code to allow video gaming for 12 months, with certain conditions and restrictions. Authority to conduct video gaming granted under the ordinance would automatically expire at the end on July 1, 2020. Without further Board action at or before this time, video gaming would no longer be allowed in Lombard. In order for video gaming to continue beyond this time, the Village Board would need to affirmatively pass legislation to approve or continue video gaming. The automatic sunset provision of this ordinance will allow residents, business owners, and the Village to observe how video gaming impacts Lombard, before making a decision continue gaming or allow the right to gaming to sunset.

The second ordinance proposes that a non-binding advisory public question concerning video gaming to be placed on the ballot for the general primary election to be held on March 17, 2020. The purpose of having a referendum placed on the March 17, 2020 ballot, would allow residents the opportunity to cast a vote as to whether or not they believe video gaming should be permitted in Lombard. These results would provide useful information for the Village Board to consider.

Residents wishing to provide feedback may email videogaming@villageoflombard.org. For more information including videos of meetings and FAQs, visit www.villageoflombard.org/videogaming.

History of 2018 Video Gaming Discussion

Press Release: September 21, 2018

 (scroll down for Village Board videos and FAQ) 

Village of Lombard responds to requests from business owners and residents to reconsider ban on video gaming

LOMBARD, Illinois — At the Village Board of Trustees meeting on August 16, several Lombard business owners voiced concerns that the Village’s video gaming ban negatively affects their businesses. Additionally, a petition was presented with 140 resident signatures in support of video gaming in Lombard. In response to the requests of business owners and residents, the Village Board announced on September 20 that video gaming will be discussed with resident committee members at upcoming meetings.

Video gaming will be discussed at the Finance and Administration Committee on October 22, the Public Safety and Transportation Committee on November 7, the Community Relations Committee on November 12 or December 10 (to be determined), and the Economic & Community Development Committee on  November 12 or December 10 (to be determined). The discussions will be limited to each committee’s purview and will help to gauge community interest in the potential implementation of video gaming. Committee recommendations will be provided to the Village Board for consideration. No formal date or timeline for consideration of this matter has been established.

In addition to consideration from a business responsive perspective, video gaming will also be considered from a budgetary standpoint. The Village continues to face a long term budget deficit due to unfunded State mandates and exploring alternative revenue options is in line with Lombard’s Long Range Plan.

For a FAQ, updates and information visit www.villageoflombard.org/videogaming. Contact Communications Coordinator Avis Meade at (630)620-5718 or meadea@villageoflombard.org with questions.

Board Meeting Videos

August 16, 2018: Public Participation (At minute 7:20) 

September 20, 2018, Village Board Comments: At Minute 21:30

 

 

Video of Special Village Board Workshop from January 24, 2019



Video of Special Village Board Workshop from March 7, 2019



Video of Board Meeting: March 21, 2019 (Minute 24) 



Video Gaming Frequently Asked Questions: Updated March 8, 2019

1. What is Lombard’s History when it comes to video gaming?
In 2010 and in 2014 this matter was brought to the Village Board for consideration. The Village took public comment and heard concerns from residents in the community.  At such time, the majority of public comments reflected opposition to the concept and the Village Board voted not to proceed with video gaming. Currently, video gaming is prohibited in the Village of Lombard.

2. Is video gaming allowed in Illinois?
Yes. The Video Gaming Act was enacted in July 2009, authorizing the placement of up to five Video Gaming Terminals (VGTs) in licensed Retail Establishments, Truck Stops, Veteran and Fraternal Establishments. The VGTs are all connected to and monitored by a Central Communications System.

3. What is a Video Gaming Terminal? 
A “Video Gaming Terminal” (“VGT”) is an electronic video gaming machine that plays or simulates the play of a video game authorized by the Board upon the insertion of cash. Authorized video games include, but are not limited to, video poker, line up, and blackjack. The VGT must utilize a video display and microprocessors in which the player may receive free games or credits that can be redeemed for cash. VGT does not include a Terminal that directly dispenses coins, cash, or tokens or is for amusement purposes only.

4. Does Lombard have restrictions against the use of VGTs? 
Yes. Lombard currently restricts the use of VGTs. In DuPage County, a municipality may pass an ordinance prohibiting video gaming within the corporate limits of the municipality. Additionally, the county board may also pass an ordinance prohibiting video gaming within the unincorporated areas of the county.

5. Why is the Village once again discussing video gaming?
At a Village Board meeting on August 16, 2018, several local business and restaurant owners spoke during public comment, requesting that the Village reconsider its ban on video gaming. Their concern was that Lombard restaurants are losing customers and revenue to neighboring communities that do offer video gaming. Consequently, the Village Board of Trustees has requested that the topic of video gaming be discussed by a number of resident committees in the coming months. View a video of that Board Meeting at: www.villageoflombard.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=4&clip_id=621

6. How is the Village going to be revisiting this topic?
Following the request of business owners to reconsider the ban, the Board of Trustees requested initial review by several resident committees. Each committee, consisting of Lombard residents, discussed the topic as it pertains to their purview.

The topic was on the agendas for the:

7. Is the Village going to allow video gaming? 
In October 2018, the Village gathered information from interested business owners and the community, in order to gauge interest in the implementation of video gaming.  As of January 25, 2019, the topic had moved through committees with a recommendation for Village Board discussion.

8. Is there a timeline established for any decisions regarding video gaming? 
The Village Board held a workshop on January 24, 2018 to discuss the topic. Additional workshops and discussion have been requested. (Please see question 23.) Only after all discussion would the item would appear on a Village Board agenda. There is no formal timeline for discussion.

9. How many DuPage County Municipalities have restrictions against video gaming?
At the present time, 16 DuPage County municipalities, including unincorporated DuPage County, DO NOT currently permit video gaming and 16 municipalities DO allow video gaming. IF Lombard implemented video gaming, those numbers would switch from 15 municipalities that do NOT, and 17 municipalities that DO allow video gaming.

video gaming map dupage county

10. How many communities have approved video gaming since it was approved in Illinois?  
968 governing bodies in Illinois have approved video gaming to some extent.

11. Is there a limit on how much you can win or bet on a video gaming terminal? 
Yes.  The Video Gaming Act sets forth both maximum wagers and maximum earnings.   The maximum wager per hand is capped at $2.00 and the maximum cash award for a single hand is $500.00.  Additionally, the value of credits are limited to 5¢, 10¢, or 25¢.

12. How would video gaming work?
Illinois’ Video Gaming Act authorized the placement of up to 5 video gaming terminals in licensed retail establishments, fraternal and veteran’s establishments with a liquor license, where permitted by local ordinance.

13. How are funds collected by video gaming distributed?
Video gambling revenues, after payouts to winners, are taxed at a flat 30% rate, with 25% going to the State and the other 5% going to the local municipality. The remaining 70% of revenue is divided equally between the establishments and terminal operators. 

14. If video gaming was allowed in Lombard, what would the estimated income be for the Village?
There are 16 municipalities in DuPage County that allow video gaming. The average revenue from video gaming for those municipalities was $97,958 in 2015, $130,962 in 2016, $159,458 in 2017, and $183,013 for the past trailing 12 months (September 2017 – August 2018). The potential new revenue generated by the implementation of video gaming depends on how many businesses participate, and how many machines each business chooses to put in their establishment. Based upon preliminary phone calls to business owners the Village estimates potential implementation of approximately 40-50 gaming terminals.  It is estimated that the implementation of video gaming would generate approximately $131,720 - $164,650 in revenue to the Village, if there are no restrictions on the type of establishments that allow video gaming.  

15. How would funds raised from Video Gaming be spent by the Village of Lombard?
The Village would utilize its portion of income (5%) to fund core services, including Police, Fire, Public Works, Community Development and long term financial planning.

16. What types of establishments are eligible for video gaming terminals?   
Licensed establishments include licensed retail establishments where alcoholic liquor is drawn, poured, mixed, or otherwise served for consumption on premises, licensed truck stops and fraternal establishments

17. What are the hours of operation for video gaming terminals?
Video gaming terminals may only be played during the legal hours of operation allowed for the consumption of alcoholic beverages at the licensed premises.  

18. In addition to hours of operation, what are some of the State’s restrictions when it comes to video gaming?
Per State law, the following restrictions apply to operation of video gaming terminals:

  •  Location
    Video gaming terminals may not be operated within 1,000 feet of a horse racing or riverboat gambling facility or within 100 feet of a school or place of worship.
  • Number of Machines
    No more than five machines are allowed on any premises
  • Location of Machines
    Video gaming machines must be located in an area that is restricted to persons aged 21 or older, and in view of at least one employee.
  • Age Restriction
    No one age 20 years old or younger is permitted to play at a video gaming terminal.

19. How are video gaming terminals restricted or supervised within establishments with video gaming?  
All video gaming terminals must be located in areas restricted to persons over 21 years of age. Licensed video gaming locations that restrict admittance to patrons 21 years of age or older, are not required to have a separate restricted area.  In locations where separation from minors is required, a physical barrier to the gaming area is required and may consist of a short partition, gate, rope or other means of separation and shall not visually obscure the entrance to the gaming area from an employee of the licensed video gaming location who is over 21.   The Video Gaming Act requires that video gaming terminals must be within the view of at least one owner, manager, or employee of the establishment who is over 21 and shall be present during all hours of terminal operation.  While locations may utilized closed circuit TV to monitor the entrance to the area in addition to an employee, closed circuit TV may not be utilized in lieu of an employee. Licensed video gaming establishments must also prevent access to or play of terminals by any persons who are visibly intoxicated.      

20. Would the Village be able to add additional restrictions? 
Yes. The Village Board of Trustees may choose to adopt its own local restrictions regarding video gaming including but not limited to:

  • Gaming Revenue Limitations: Limiting the percentage of income received from video gaming to a certain percentage of the overall income of the establishment.
  • License Waiting Periods:  Ensuring interested locations are established businesses capable of operations without reliance on video gaming. 
  • Security and Public Safety Requirements: Surveillance requirements including burglar alarms and additional safety measures in place. 
  • Promotional Signage Restrictions: Restricting video gaming signage. 

21. Is there feedback available from other municipalities who have allowed Video Gaming?
Yes. Since the adoption of video gaming, the Police Departments of nearby towns reported no major issues identified as a result of video gaming. Also, with regard to licensing of terminal vendors, this responsibility would not fall under the Village; the Illinois Video Gaming Board is responsible for performing all background checks and licensing video gaming terminal towers.  

22. As a business owner or resident, when would I be able to provide feedback regarding the topic of video gaming? 
Public comment was provided at the committee meetings listed in question 6, and at the Village Board Workshops on January 24 and March 7.  All Village meetings provide an opportunity for public comment. View all upcoming meeting dates at www.villageoflombard.org/villagecalendar. Anyone who would like to submit their feedback regarding this topic may also choose to contact the Village at videogaming@villageoflombard.org

23.  What is the current (as of March 22) status of the issue?

At last night’s Village Board Meeting, two ordinances regarding video gaming were considered on first reading, and were initially approved by the Village Board. The ordinances were read on separate action and Village Board members provided comments and feedback. As both ordinances were approved on first reading only, they will both be brought before the Board for second/final consideration on April 4, 2019.

One ordinance proposes amending the Lombard Village Code to allow video gaming for 12 months, with certain conditions and restrictions. Authority to conduct video gaming granted under the ordinance would automatically expire at the end on July 1, 2020. Without further Board action at or before this time, video gaming would no longer be allowed in Lombard. In order for video gaming to continue beyond this time, the Village Board would need to affirmatively pass legislation to approve or continue video gaming. The automatic sunset provision of this ordinance will allow residents, business owners, and the Village to observe how video gaming impacts Lombard, before making a decision continue gaming or allow the right to gaming to sunset.

The second ordinance proposes that a non-binding advisory public question concerning video gaming to be placed on the ballot for the general primary election to be held on March 17, 2020. The purpose of having a referendum placed on the March 17, 2020 ballot, would allow residents the opportunity to cast a vote as to whether or not they believe video gaming should be permitted in Lombard. These results would provide useful information for the Village Board to consider.

Residents wishing to provide feedback may email videogaming@villageoflombard.org. For more information including videos of meetings and FAQs, visit www.villageoflombard.org/videogaming.





Past Updates


From March 8, 2019
On Thursday, March 7, the Lombard Village Board held a workshop on video gaming to discuss two draft ordinances  that had been previously proposed at a workshop on January 24. One ordinance would have lifted the ban on video gaming and the other ordinance would have required a referendum vote to permit video gaming.

As there was no consensus in selecting one ordinance, Village President Keith Giagnorio introduced a compromise that would include the mutual consideration of two ordinances. The first ordinance would permit video gaming with a sunset provision, whereupon, without further board action, video gaming would automatically terminate on June 30, 2020. The second ordinance would place a non-binding, advisory referendum regarding video gaming on the March  17, 2020 ballot.

The first ordinance would permit video gaming with a sunset provision, whereupon, without further board action, video gaming would automatically terminate on June 30, 2020. The second ordinance would place a non-binding, advisory referendum regarding video gaming on the March 2020 ballot.   

The two ordinances will be placed on the upcoming Village Board Meeting agenda for first reading, on March 21, 2019. Once the draft ordinances become available, they will be shared publicly, at villageoflombard.org/videogaming and on the Village’s social media pages.

“Coming here today, we had some trustees who want a straight vote on the issue of video gaming and some who want a referendum, so I’m put in the middle to make the choice,” said President Giagnorio. “When you’re sitting here, you have to come up with a plan and ask yourself what is best for the entire Village, including residents and business owners. I thought long and hard about it and I feel this is a fair way to go.” Giagnorio continued and stated that the proposed compromise, takes into consideration the following:

  • the current Village Board, which has spent the last six months reviewing and becoming educated on the topic, would be able to consider and vote on the matter in the short term;
  • the time and effort put forth by the Village’s committees and their recommendation to pursue video gaming would be recognized;
  • citizens that have requested a referendum would receive one;
  • voters would have an opportunity to witness and observe the impacts of video gaming in the community prior to voting in the non-binding, advisory referendum;
  • business owners would be given the option to allow video gaming sooner than if they had waited for a referendum on the March 17, 2020 ballot.

The question to consider overturning Lombard’s video gaming ban was originally brought before the Village Board by restaurant owners during public comment at the Board of Trustees meeting on August 16, 2018. The topic was then discussed and approved by the Village’s four standing advisory committees, consisting of community members. Throughout the process, the Village received comments in favor and against video gaming from business owners and residents.

Anyone who would like to submit their feedback regarding this topic may also choose to contact the Village at videogaming@villageoflombard.org. For a more information about the history of video gaming in Lombard, an updated FAQ, and videos of meetings, visit villageoflombard.org/videogaming.


Below is more information regarding the March 7th Workshop:

What was proposed at the March 7th video gaming workshop?
On Thursday, March 7, the Lombard Village Board held a workshop on video gaming to discuss two ordinances that had been previously proposed at a workshop on January 24. One ordinance would lift the ban on video gaming and the other ordinance would require a referendum vote to permit video gaming.

What was the result of the workshop?
As there was no consensus in selecting one ordinance, Village President Keith Giagnorio introduced a compromise that would include the mutual consideration of two ordinances.

What are the two ordinances that will be considered?
One ordinance would allow video gaming for 12-months, with a sunset provision, whereupon, without further board action, video gaming would automatically terminate in 2020. The other ordinance would place a non-binding, advisory referendum regarding video gaming on the March 17, 2020 ballot.

If approved, what would the ordinance allowing video gaming for 12 months, with a sunset provision, mean for Lombard?
If approved, this ordinance would allow video gaming in Lombard for 12 months. The proposed purpose of this ordinance is to allow residents, business owners, and the Village to observe how video gaming impacts Lombard, before making the decision to either uphold or remove Lombard’s video gaming ban. During this time, a referendum would be placed on the March 17, 2020 ballot to provide feedback from residents.

What happens at the end of the 12-month time period?
The ordinance to allow video gaming expires at the end of the 12-month period. At that point in time, video gaming would no longer be allowed in Lombard. The Board could either choose to allow this to occur, or they could affirmatively pass legislation to approve video gaming in order for it to continue.

Would a future decision about video gaming only be considered at the end of the 12-month period?
No. At any upcoming Village Board Meeting, a Village Trustee could move to have the topic of video gaming placed on an upcoming agenda for a vote.

What is the purpose of the second ordinance that would call for a non-binding, advisory referendum?
If approved, the purpose of having a referendum placed on the March 17, 2020 ballot, would allow residents the opportunity to cast a vote as to whether or not they believe video gaming should be permitted in Lombard. These results would provide useful information for the Village Board to consider.

What are the next known actions?
The two ordinances will be placed on the upcoming Village Board Meeting agenda for first reading, on March 21, 2019. No final action will be taken until the second reading of the ordinances, at a subsequent Village Board Meeting. Once the draft ordinances become available, they will be shared publicly, at villageoflombard.org/videogaming and on the Village’s social media pages.