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.
Forest Park resident
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