Not just an off-track betting parlor.
Slot machines all over town.
That’s what the 5-1-1 vote last night in favor of allowing five slot machines in every bar and restaurant that wants them.
Andy Glab was the only alderman voting against the proposal.
Victor Santi abstained, surprising a friend of McHenry County Blog in attendance.
Let me share the observer’s reaction at the abstention and the approval vote by the others:
“Santi abstained after voicing an opinion which seemed to indicate that he felt MORE public input was needed in a forum setting …. Then his abstention totally floored me.
“ONE off-track betting location is manageable in terms of the negative influences, BUT the potential of 200 video gaming machines in 40 different establishments with liquor licenses pursuant to revenue generation (marshaled & regulated by SPRINGFIELD …) causes me to recoil with many concerns …
“Learning that Crystal Lake & Woodstock have essentially said ‘no’ leaves me wondering out loud …. Where’s McHenry going ?? …. ALSO, two reps from the VFW and American Legion spoke in solid support of the idea … puzzling for me …”
The others voted in favor.
It’ll be pretty much just like the old days, except the Mob won’t be taking a cut.
Replacing the private sector will be the public sector.
Guys won’t be on the top floor of the hotel next to the Fox River bridge watching for lawmen.
And weekly pay-offs will not be going to the two local judges who got them in the 1950’s.
Instead, state and local government will get a cut, as will those who provide the slot machines.
There won’t be raids by the Sheriff’s Department as occurred in Algonquin when I was in college in the early 1960’s. I remember reading the slot machines were full when seized, but empty when destroyed.
No accounting for the missing money.
At least local officials won’t be getting a cut personally.