A recent discussion on whether or not video gaming should be allowed in Godfrey is taking on added significance, as the practice will soon be going live across the state. State regulators are testing a centralized computer system for video poker in at least seven communities, with plans to soon take it statewide. At a recent Godfrey Village Board Meeting, where the possibility of further limiting or possibly prohibiting the practice, several people spoke passionately on both sides of the issue.
One of those against it is Godfrey resident Paul Millitzer.
Don Diserens, owner of Alton Sports Tap and head of the Illinois Licensed Beverage Association, says people will find a way to gamble, whether they admit it or not.
Video gaming is expected to generate millions of dollars in new revenue for state construction programs, although more than 300 communities have said they don’t want it in their areas. The gaming board says nearly 600 towns do want the machines at their local bars and restaurants. Godfrey has recently reduced the number of liquor licenses in the village, but there are six establishments that have applied for the gaming license at this point.