By Charlie Feldman
Video gaming, once prohibited by a village ordinance eight years ago, is now legal in Glen Carbon. This was approved with only one “no” vote at the Tuesday, October 27 village board meeting.
The board voted to repeal Ordinance No. 2012-27, adopted in 2012, which prohibited video gaming in the village of Glen Carbon.
“I believe the current situations and circumstances support lifting the ban on video gaming here in Glen Carbon,” said Mayor Rob Jackstadt. “Small restaurant and bar owners need potential alternative revenue sources, especially during these uncertain economic times caused by the coronavirus pandemic.”
“A person would have to lose twenty dollars for the village to even get a dollar,” said trustee Mary Beth Williams shortly before casting the only “no” vote. “As the pandemic eases the economy will get better. If the village allows video gaming it will be a loser for years to come.”
“Our small businesses are currently struggling,” Jackstadt said, “and those struggles may not disappear quickly once a COVID-19 vaccine appears.”