Police support video gaming

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To the Citizens of Forest Park,

This letter is to inform you the Forest Park Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #24 is endorsing a "NO" vote on the upcoming election (November 2018) question of: "Shall the Village of Forest Park Prohibit Video Gaming?"

The FOP Lodge #24 Officers would like the citizens of Forest Park to know that there has been absolutely no evidence that Video Gaming has brought an increase of crime to Forest Park. Officers have rarely been called for service to any liquor establishment that currently has Video Gaming to handle problems specifically dealing with the gaming machines.

The FOP Lodge #24 Officers would like the citizens of Forest Park to know that they have seen a reduction of foot traffic during night hours before and after Video Gaming was allowed in Forest Park for the past several years. Without Video Gaming, there is concern that currently open liquor establishments will close, causing empty store fronts on Madison Street, along with a reduction of Revenue to Forest Park, which could result in increased crime.

The FOP Lodge #24 Officers are endorsing Video Gaming in Forest Park because it brings in essential revenue to the Village of Forest Park which is used to pay village employee salaries, along with the village's portion of pension payment requirements.  Forest Park Citizens overwhelming voted "YES" to a poll question in relation to using Video Gaming proceeds to support Police/Fire Pensions in the last election.

The FOP Lodge #24 Officers encourage all citizens of Forest Park to vote "NO" in November to retain Video Gaming, in order for the Village to benefit from the revenue gained from the gaming machines.

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #24 Members

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Julieta Cristina Aguilera-Rodr%uFFFDguez from Forest Park  

Posted: October 25th, 2018 10:17 AM

It is unfortunate that unions whose members provide services to our Village choose to confuse personal opinions on gambling with the institutional role they hold towards residents. And yes, the wording that exaggerates the relatively small amount of money and the hypothetical earmarking of it is deceptive as best. Please let me pay the $20 and have it all go to making sure we support and protect the important jobs that keep us safe. I think gambling is a bad bet which will moreover be soon obsolete with online gambling, and it is not the community building medium we have worked for over the past decade.

Jerry Webster  

Posted: October 24th, 2018 1:38 PM

Well, I just read why the Fire Fighters think we should have VG and I have to wonder if any one knows how to do math? The amount of money the village gets is going to do much of anything, for pensions, equipment, raises or much of anything else.

Geoff Binns-Calvey  

Posted: October 24th, 2018 10:24 AM

Although, in a non- binding referendum, Forest Park citizens voted that video gambling income should be used to fund police pensions, Village Hall did not follow through and make it so. Money from video gambling does not specifically fund police pensions, although many people believe it does. Some of our hard-working officers may be among those people.

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