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Poplar Grove forum lets residents talk about video gambling

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Another Rockford area community may bet on video gambling soon.

But before that happens, Poplar Grove decision- makers want to hear from the public.  

In fact no one against the idea spoke.  But there were still plenty of questions.

"Can you give us some scenarios of what you would expect to see if you were to do this?"

Expectations are hard to judge.  Consequences, at least for one Poplar Grove hot spot are far easier.

"I've already spoke about customer's have mentioned they're going to other places," said Michelle Burke.

Michelle Burke manages Mortimer's Roadhouse.  Her customers are ready to pull some electronic slots.

"Many of our customers are actually looking to play the games and just another form of entertainment in the bar," said Burke.

She says its too bad they're going elsewhere to do it.  Neighboring villages and cities are popping up all around the region allowing video-gambling in bars and restaurants.  Burke is losing business.

"It was disappointing because they were customers that do come frequently and to know that they're going to bars or taverns other than ours when they could be sitting there with us, is disheartening."

Brass Ring Gaming Sales Manager Chris Stutsman helped board members understand how, financially, the gaming system works.

"Everything takes some kind of financial help to get things done whether its fixing up roads, putting another officer on the street, beautifying your parks.  People don't do it for free and you need some kind of revenue to make that happen.  And that's where some of the communities are going to benefit," said Stutsman.

Once the village's administration committee comes up with a resolution they'll pass that along to the full village board on February 11th.

We'll know then if video gambling consoles will be seen in Poplar Grove.

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