Godfrey voters in April said no to an advisory referendum on the question of whether video gaming should be permitted in the village. The vote total was 1,163 no, and 1,135 yes. Although the no votes outnumbered the yes votes, the practice continues in Godfrey, as none of the trustees who originally supported video gaming have placed the issue back on a board meeting agenda.
And it will likely remain that way. Godfre Trustee Mark Stewart says it wasn't necessarily the low voter turnout that influenced his decision not to re-think the issue, but the small margin of those "for" versus "against."
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Trustee Jeff Weber has a similar view, but concedes opponents of video gaming presented a passionate argument.
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By a 4-3 vote with Mayor Mike McCormick breaking the tie, the Godfrey Village Board chose not to enact an ordinance opposing video gambling last fall, so the practice became legal due to the inaction. Trustee Eldon "Twirp" Williams also supported allowing the gaming. Community supporters of video gambling - mainly bar owners - say the games bring in added revenue to their businesses. Opponents have cited the financial and moral ramifications as their motivation.