The issue of video gambling in Godfrey continues to be an issue for some in the community. A group of gambling opponents had hoped the advisory referrendum would have put a halt to the practice, but with less than 30 votes between the two sides, the common thought was there was no overwhelming sentiment in either direction, so gambling continued. It now appears a compromise of sorts has been reached that satisfies at least one of the more outspoken opponents of gaming in the village.
Pastor Don Long of the Godfrey First United Methodist Church is also a member of the Park & Recreation Committee and suggested all proceeds receives from gaming be designated for Park & Recreation programs.
The Godfrey Village Board agreed. According to statistics on the state's gaming board website, Godfrey has received $23,000 through October, and is on pace to receive just shy of $30,000 for the year, according to Long.