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Gambling machines spark debate in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on February 16, 2016

Despite a healthy debate, the La Salle City Council doesn’t appear willing to say no more video gaming machines.

Alderman Jerry Reynolds initially proposed preventing any more machines from opening in La Salle but later pulled his motion since one alderman and the city attorney were absent last night. Reynolds who actually works at a gaming parlor in downtown La Salle said there’s only so much gambling money to go around and more competition could deplete the gambling income of existing businesses.

Alderman John “Doc” Lavieri said competition is good while fellow aldermen Boo Herndon and Diz Demes seem to say the problem if there is one lies with the stand alone gaming parlors that have filled many empty storefronts in the Illinois Valley.

La Salle has 23 places with video gaming right now and three of those places are gaming parlors. One more parlor and two gas stations want to also get into the video gaming mix but the city doesn’t have the needed state liquor licenses available right now.

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