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Posted on: March 8, 2019

Lombard Village President proposes compromise option for video gaming debate

Village Board Update

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 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 2020 ballot.   

The two ordinances will be placed on the upcoming Village Board Meeting agenda for first reading, on March 21, 2019. 

“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 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. 

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