DANVILLE – As local officials wait for Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker to sign the bill with a casino license for Danville, Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. says he will have a presentation on the casino procurement process at the July 2 city council meeting.
At tonight’s city council Public Services Committee meeting, aldermen are expected to discuss amending Chapter 118 of city codes for video gaming licensing.
Also under the gambling expansion bill that Pritzker has said he will sign, the bill increases the maximum number of video gaming machines from five to six per licensed business.
According to the group Illinois Policy, this could bring the total number of video gaming machines in the state to more than 7,000. Maximum bets placed on each machine will increase from $2 to $4. The bill also hikes the state’s 30 percent tax on video gaming by 3 percent, effective July 1. The resulting 33 percent tax would go up another 1 percent July 1, 2020. Revenue from those tax hikes would go toward funding Pritzker’s capital plan.
In May in Danville, video gaming brought in $25,140 to the city. There were 108 machines in 24 establishments.
In other business, the committee tonight will consider amending Chapter 96 of city code pertaining to intoxicating liquor.
The sentence being added is “For any license issued under this chapter that allows for video gaming on the licensed premises, the revenue the license holder may generate from video gaming shall not exceed 49 percent of the license holder’s total gross revenue.”
Also tonight, committee members will consider:
• Confirming approval of a simulcast radio system. According to the resolution, the Danville Public Building Commission (DPBC) operates, maintains and provides capital improvements for the 911 Communications Center and county-wide radio system in accordance with a lease agreement with the city. A radio conversion project to digital that was initially listed at $100,000 on the bond issue project list was amended to $161,316 but now needs to be amended to $279,039.
“On June 17, 2019, DPBC held a Danville Public Building Commission board meeting to authorize the installation of a simulcast radio system at 12 sites within the county and five sites within the city by Supreme Radio Communications,” the resolution states.
• Approving an agreement with the Illinois Housing Development Authority for funding the demolition of targeted properties through the abandoned property program. The city has focused past demolition programs in the East Main Street corridor area. IHDA has awarded the city $33,400 through the fourth round of the program for additional demolitions and greening of properties in the targeted area.
• Approving an agreement between Azavar Government Solutions and the city. Azavar will provide franchise fee revenue and contract compliance reviews on a contingency-payment model. Azavar would act as the city's designee in reviewing the city's cable television franchise agreement with Comcast. The city entered into the cable agreement with Comcast on Nov. 2, 20120 for a period of 10 years.
The Danville City Council's Public Services Committee meets at 6 tonight at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St.