Godfrey trustees have defeated a gambling expansion proposal. While the Queen of Hearts game has gotten a lot of attention area-wide in recent months, any notion of expanding video gaming to convenience stores is dead for now with the defeat of a new ordinance that would have allowed it with certain restrictions.

Eppel's Pantry, MotoMart, and QT have all asked about placing terminals in their stores. Godfrey Trustee Jeff Weber said his opinion has not changed.

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The rules were suspended to give first and second reading last night, as the measure fell by a near unanimous vote. The lone vote in favor of allowing the change came from Trustee Karen McAtee. An ordinance allowing for a Queen of Hearts raffle received first reading, with second and final reading planned for the October 2nd meeting. The Alton Wood River Sportsman's Club currently holds a Queen of Hearts raffle for members only, but would like to be able to open it up so more people could play.

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