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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

DuPage Becomes First County in Illinois to Ban Video Gambling Machines

The DuPage County Board approved an ordinance on Tuesday that will ban video gambling machines in unincorporated DuPage County, making DuPage the first county in Illinois to enact such a ban.

"I applaud the County Board for approving this ordinance and for protecting our residents from the negative effects of video gambling," said DuPage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom. "Our families should be able to go to dinner without addressing legalized gambling and video gambling machines. The state passed this bill without weighing the consequences, without an implementation plan or budget, and without reliable revenue estimates. The legislation is reckless at best, making it incumbent on County and Municipal governments to stand up and say 'no'."

The new ordinance, which takes effect immediately, was drafted and brought forward by DuPage County Board Member Brien Sheahan (District 2) and will affect 35 establishments in unincorporated DuPage County.

"I brought this initiative forward because I believe video gambling would have an adverse effect on county government and our citizens," said Sheahan. "I want to thank my fellow County Board members for supporting this initiative, which will continue to make DuPage County a great place to live."

Under Section 27 of the Video Gaming Act, which was enacted on July 13, 2009, "a municipality may pass an ordinance prohibiting video gaming within the corporate limits of the municipality. A county board may, for the unincorporated area of the county, pass an ordinance prohibiting video gaming within the unincorporated area of the county."

To view the ordinance, please visit www.dupageco.org.