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Godfrey Trustees are again considering a gaming ordinance that would allow convenience stores to place the machines in their businesses. A similar ordinance was defeated about a year ago, but a new push for the terminals has led to trustees ask an attorney to draft an ordinance that could lead to more machines in the village.
Highland City Attorney Michael McGinley addressed the board, sharing some of the experience his city went through when they considered the topic:
Click here for McGinley's comments
The question led to a split vote. Trustees Jeff Weber, Nathan Schrumpf and Mark Stewart voted against creating an ordinance to allow the gambling expansion, while trustees Virginia Woulfe-Beile, Ben Allen and Karen MacAtee voted in favor. Mayor Mike McCormick broke the tie, voting in favor. Some opposed have questioned if they are opening the village up to an influx of gaming at various businesses, going against what a previous board had apparently promised to limit to just a handful of locations.