Video gambling machines are not yet legal in Poplar Grove, but that may change. Village officials are turning to the community for their input.
John Neitzel, Poplar Grove Village President, says a number of residents have voiced their opinions during open meetings. He thinks they need to be offered even more discussion time.
"As much public input as we received in our last few board meeting as well as our committee meetings, we felt it would be best to serve the community to allow more input other that what we had there so that everybody's input can be heard."
So, the village created two meetings specifically for this topic. The first of these public forums will be held on January 14th at 6 p.m. The second will be on January 28th at 5:30. Both will take place at the Poplar Grove Village Hall.
"I think it's an important part of the process to, as elected officials we're making a decision, but we're elected from our residents and we need to seek the input of our residents and not make a decision in a vacuum."
Neitzel expects to hear arguments both for and against video gaming at the public forum meetings.
"Some of the establishments that would be having the machines they're obviously in favor of it because of potential revenue that they would have. But equally we have some residents that look at some of the negatives that may come to our community as a result of this."
The feedback gathered at the two meetings will go to the administration board, who will then make a recommendation to the full board on whether or not to adopt video gambling.
You can already find video gambling machines in a growing number of communities in our area, including Loves Park, Machesney park, and in Belvidere.
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