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Posted on: April 5, 2019

Video Gaming Second Reading and Vote: April 4, 2019

Village Board Update

At last night’s Village Board Meeting, Village Trustees voted to approve two separate ordinances pertaining to video gaming in Lombard.

The first ordinance officially approved placement of a non-binding, advisory public question concerning video gaming on the ballot for the general primary election to be held on March 17, 2020. This non-binding referendum will allow residents the opportunity to cast a vote as to whether or not they believe video gaming should be permitted in Lombard. This ordinance was passed with a 5-1 vote.

The second ordinance amends the Lombard Village Code to allow video gaming, with certain conditions and restrictions. Authority to conduct video gaming granted under the ordinance will automatically expire 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 July 1, 2020, 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 time and opportunity to observe how video gaming impacts Lombard, before making a decision to continue video gaming, or allow the rights to video gaming to sunset. This ordinance passed with a 4-3 vote.

As a result of the ordinance approvals, the existing local ban on video gaming has been lifted and video gaming will be allowed in Lombard through June 30, 2020.

The Village Board may take action before July 1, 2020 to extend video gaming. However, absent such legislation to extend, authority for video gaming will automatically terminate on June 30, 2020. The Village Board may, at any time, bring any topic, including video gaming, up for discussion including a motion to call for a vote.

For more information visit www.villageoflombard.org/videogaming


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