Bar owners promise never to display gambling signs

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To the Citizens of Forest Park, 

As local businesses owners we are proud to call Forest Park home and we care about how our Village looks as well as the quality of life that it offers. 

There has been a great deal of public debate around the issue of Forest Park allowing for video gaming in local establishments and how that has and will affect the Village. One of the main concerns that has been raised is whether Forest Park will allow unattractive neon signs, flag banners of other signage associated with video gaming. 

It should be noted that Forest Park already has an ordinance that does not allow for gaming signs. We as business owners have followed this ordinance and believe it is good policy. Despite the existence of the ordinance, some residents have continued to express concerns about outdoor gaming signage. Therefore we feel it is appropriate to state our intentions as local business owners: 

We pledge that we will NEVER display neon signs, flag banners or any of the other unsightly video gaming signage that has proved to be a visible blight on other municipalities. We will abide by the spirit of the ordinance that bans video gaming signs regardless of any future legal decisions, and we will remain committed to keeping Forest Park Beautiful! 

Forest Park is a great place to live, work and do business and we intend to keep it that way by upholding our pledge to never introduce gaming signs to Forest Park. 

Healy's West Side; Doc Ryan's Bar & Grill; O'Sullivan's Public House; R Place; Beacon Pub; Slainte; Duffy's; Murphy's; Blueberry Hill; Mugsy's; Big Boss; The Golden Steer owners

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Jerry Webster  

Posted: October 24th, 2018 1:30 PM

Apple and oranges Pam, which is usual for you. It doesn't matter, the people that live here what the right to vote against it because they feel they have the right too. Even the people who like you are for it have the right to have their voices heard. But you don't believe that, you believe that you and people like you should decide what Forest Park has even though you don't live here most of the time.. By the way, did the Fire Fighters pay for their add or some one else?

Pam Fontana  

Posted: October 24th, 2018 10:01 AM

I have a question to all the people grousing about where business owners in Forest Park live. Do you all reside in the city/village/town that employs you? Does your spouse? Your children?

Jerry Webster  

Posted: October 23rd, 2018 7:31 PM

How would you know it's a great place to live, most of you don't live here. A snow ball has a better chance in August than the village does of you guys doing the right thing.

Kate Nolan  

Posted: October 23rd, 2018 5:45 PM

Several of you already violated signage ordinances just during this referendum season alone. And your pledge is unenforceable once any one of you?"or anyone to whom you sell your bar?"decides his business needs the signs to compete. If perhaps you had made a positive case for your position over the past three years, rather than working to block a referendum through any means necessary, your word might carry more weight. As for me, it isn't worth the five cents the village earns off the next dollar one of your patrons loses. Let's vote.

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