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Mokena Village Board Approves Video Gaming

Mokena anticipates an additional $50,000 in revenue from its video gaming ordinance.

The Mokena village board Monday amended their rules and regulations to authorize video gaming. The vote was 4-1.

A community that has long withstood the lure of sin tax dollars from gambling paid heed to an econonomic crunch and approved the ordiance, according to an Oct. 9 story in the Chicago Tribune. Village coffers are expected to grow about $50,000 a year.

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.

Mayor Joseph Werner, the Chicago Tribune reported, said, "All of our deciions weighed whether there wa a value or a negative." 

The discussion was initiated in August when representatives from the Mokena VFW approached the board with the idea of installing video gaming equipment.   

Eric B. October 12, 2012 at 02:29 PM
This is a great article but I'm not sure what you are trying to point out. I'm pretty sure everyone agrees that gambling can become a problem if there is no support network to monitor a person's gambling habits. All this article does is try to generalize upper/middle/lower class gambling styles and why each class is more susceptible to compulsive gambling. Since we are talking about video gambling, this article means nothing to Mokena. I would tend to believe that we are a mostly middle class neighborhood. According to your article, middle class people like games of skill, which rules out putting money into some machine. Likewise, let's be honest about this. There are about 5 places in Mokena that I can think of off the top of my head that would actually install video gaming machines. Are you really that worried that 5 places is going to hurt our town? And furthermore, I'm pretty sure our middle class down doesn't frequent those bars anyways.
Carolyn October 12, 2012 at 05:49 PM
People are more likely to become addicted to gambling when they live close to a gambling location that offers the crack cocaine of gambling - video gambling.
Will County Resident October 12, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Sorry Eric, I didn't know you were the one in control of everyone's lives. Please, go ahead, tell us what else we can and cannot do, master. It's none of your business if someone wants to spend money gambling, end of story. You do not get a say in what people choose to do that doesn't harm you.
Will County Resident October 12, 2012 at 07:37 PM
More people are likely to have their freedom restricted when they live near people like you, who can't stop worrying about everyone else and mind your own business.
Carolyn October 12, 2012 at 07:58 PM
More people would like to live in a town that is free from video gambling. This is why we didn't have the opportunity to vote on a referendum to decide for or against video gambing in bars and restaurants. When taxpayers have to pay for the many social problems that come with video gambling addiction, it does become our business.

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