- Freeport murder suspect Damon Dixson taken into custody in Rockford
- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
- Renewable Fuel Standard delay ‘a mixed blessing,’ Bustos says
- Rockford delegation presents inaugural ‘Rockford Award’ to Norwegian Air
- Education in Illinois making slow progress, according to report
- Illinois GOP Congressional delegation: Obama’s immigration plan undermines rule of law
- Suspect, 17, charged in Halloween hit-and-run in Roscoe
- Saint Anthony College of Nursing president to retire
- Man found guilty in deadly August 2013 crash at Mulford and Garrett Lane
- ‘The Price is Right Live!’ at Coronado March 1; tickets on sale Nov. 21
Committee resists city ban on video gambling
News and notes from the Jan. 4 Rockford City Council meeting
By Stuart R. Wahlin
The Rockford City Council’s Codes and Regulations Committee voted 4-1 Jan. 4 against a proposed ban of video gambling machines within the city limits.
Dec. 21, Ald. Pat Curran (R-2) introduced a resolution whereby the city would opt out of the Illinois Video Gambling Act, which is to be one of several funding sources for a $31 billion state capital plan passed in July.
Video gaming machines, commonly found in taverns and private clubs, are nothing new in Illinois, but have been permitted solely for entertainment purposes prior to the new gambling act. Payouts are often discreetly issued to players from bar owners, however, and the state wants in on the action as a means to support roads and other infrastructure.
Because the state has been without a capital plan for more than a decade, all on the committee, with the exception of Chairman Frank Beach (R-10), voted against Curran’s resolution.
Under the capital plan, approximately $400 million is earmarked for Winnebago County. After years of lobbying for local projects and passage of the plan, most aldermen seem in agreement that now is not the time to be picky about funding sources.
Others argue gambling is not a responsible way for the state to pay its obligations, and that the social cost is simply too high.
The Rev. Dr. J. Michael Solberg, senior pastor of Second Congregational United Church of Christ, urged aldermen during public comments to resist video gambling in Rockford.
Aldermen Nancy Johnson (D-8), Ann Thompson-Kelly (D-7), Doug Mark (R-3) and Bill Robertson (I-14) voted against the ban.
Although defeated at the committee level, the resolution will move ahead to the floor later this month for a vote by the full council.
Aldermen gave final approval to amending an intergovernmental agreement among the city, the state and the Greater Rockford Airport Authority. The amendment allows manufacturer Wanxiang America, Inc., to place solar panels within a flood plain on airport property as part of a solar farm project.
υ Awarding a heating, ventilation and Air-conditioning (HVAC) contract to Miller Engineering in the amount of $15,459 for cooling tower repairs at the Coronado Theatre.
υ Approving an agreement with Kentucky Data Link, of Evansville, Ind., for the installation of fiber optic lines along public rights-of-way for Rockford Public School District 205 facilities.
υ Awarding an agreement to Sears, of Crystal Lake, for delivery and removal of refrigeration units.
Aldermen convened in closed session to discuss “employment of specific employees and litigation.”
From the Jan. 6-12, 2010 issue