Peoria City Council Discussing New Ordinance Involving Video Gambling

Published 06/24 2014 04:52PM

Updated 06/24 2014 04:53PM

PEORIA – Peoria City Council is discussing a possible new ordinance for businesses that want to offer alcohol and video gambling.


Mayor Jim Ardis said a potential new business on University Street called Dottys is what prompted the discussion.


Dottys is a video gambling café, also offering wine and beer.


Mayor Ardis said there is a lot of interest in this kind of operation, and the city wants to get ahead of the curve.


Ardis explained. “Really, we just don't want the community to be negatively impacted by a proliferation of these. So that's what the discussion will revolve around and we'll try to establish if we move this forward, we'll try to establish reasonable guidelines and reasonable distances between these kinds of operations and how many can be in what areas."


One guideline under consideration is having an establishment open for one year before it can apply for its video gambling license.


Mayor Ardis said nothing official will be voted on Tuesday night.

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