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June 19, 2012

Hoopeston council changes gambling ordinance

HOOPESTON — City council members Tuesday narrowly approved an ordinance to amend the city’s gambling code.

Five aldermen voted yes, one no, one abstained and one was absent.

"This (ordinance) will allow gambling so establishments can legally pay out," said city attorney Scott Perkins.

The state recently enacted legislation, the Video Gaming Act, which allows gaming terminals to legally operate in Illinois. The Illinois Gaming Board has the responsibility of implementing and regulating all gaming in the state.

"Most of the establishments already have the video games," noted Alderman Ed Lotz after he made the motion to approve the amended ordinance.

Previously, payouts were considered illegal and the establishments could be convicted of gambling.

In other council business:

Perkins stated municipal fines for ordinance violations still outstanding as of July 1 and not paid will be registered with the circuit court in Danville for further prosecution.

Council members unanimously approved the fifth payment for the water main project in the amount of $129,976.72 to Cross Construction and $1,500 to J.R. Cummings & Associates for overseeing the grant for the project.

Learned a civic information meeting will begin at 7 p.m. June 29 to discuss community problems, ideas for the city or to air a gripe. The meeting is open to the public.

Learned the ICI Model Train organization donated money from its March train show to the city to replace the mulch around the new playground area. All of the money the organization earns comes back into the city as a donation, said Alderman Carl Ankenbrand.

Learned that the Keep America Beautiful organization of Hoopeston plans a fundraising raffle entitled Pride In Our Town to raise money for Christmas decorations for the city. About $3,000 in prizes will be awarded July 3 during the Fourth of July celebration, including a chest freezer filled with pork, beef and turkey as the grand prize; a Makita two-piece 18-volt combination drill set as first prize, and a 32-inch Coby HD/LED screen TV as second prize. Other prizes include a month of free Friday night dining out for four, two $100 gas cards and many other prizes. Tickets are $5 each.

What’s next

City council members will meet at 7 p.m. July 2 at City Hall, 301 W. Main St. The change of date is in response to the Fourth of July celebration on July 3.

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