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Over the past several weeks I have spoken to many people regarding the upcoming vote on video gambling.  I let them know that I plan to Vote “Yes” to “Prohibit” video gambling in Forest Park.  Inevitably the conversation goes to money and their belief is that the Village makes a lot of money from video gambling.   At that point I ask if they know how the money is distributed and the answer has always been “No.”  Then I point out that the distribution of all money is mandated by Illinois statute and here is how it shakes out.  If I go out now and gamble and lose $100, this is how my loss is distributed. 

$35.00 (35%) goes to the bar owner(s)

$35.00 (35%) goes to the terminal operator, the company that provided the gambling machines

$25.00 (25%) goes to the State of Illinois

$5.00 (5%) goes to the Village of Forest Park

Yes, you read that correctly, only $5.00 out of every $100.00 lost by a gambler is guaranteed to stay in Forest Park.  

Please think about this when you vote on this important question.   

Vote “Yes” to Prohibit video gambling.

Gloria Backman

Forest Park resident

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