According to the Regional News Aug. 21, the Palos Heights City Council [may once again] consider removing the ban on Video Gambling in Palos Heights. Alderman [Michael] McGrogan purports that the city of Palos Heights would reap $35,000 to $42,000 a year from one bar alone. The city is allowed five percent of the money lost in the machines.
That money would come from local residents. With so many video gambling places all around in other suburbs, we could not expect Video Gamblers to come from a distance to gamble here. Hence, the money would come from the pockets of our citizens, who might otherwise have spent that money at Ace or Cleo or Noral. In order for the city to receive $42,000 from one bar, local residents will have to lose $700,000 to $840,000 there every year. This is a terrible way to raise revenue.
Still worse is the locating of this most addictive kind of gambling where it is convenient in neighborhood restaurants and bars. Young people could ride bikes to these familiar businesses with no danger of being carded, like they would be in regular casinos.
Letters protesting lifting the ban on video gambling were presented Sept. 2 and Sept. 4 to the City Council and the mayor from clergy of l2 Palos Heights churches.
Please join THE protest.