Voters in Godfrey may have the final say on whether video gambling will be allowed in the village. The Godfrey Village Board chose not to enact an ordinance opposing video gambling last fall, so the practice became legal due to the inaction. Numerous impassioned pleas by Godfrey residents combined with large crowds at the Village Board meetings in which video gambling was discussed did not lead to a reversal of the village's position, but now a petition might.
Opponents gathered what they believe is plenty of signatures to place a question on the April ballot asking Godfrey residents if the village should allow video gambling. Among those that spoke in opposition to the practice last fall was Godfrey resident and congregant with Emmanuel Free Methodist Church, Paul Millitzer.
Bar owner Don Diserns echoed the thoughts of many who support video gambling.
If there are no challenges to the petition by 5:00 tonight, the signatures will be sent to the county clerk's office in Edwardsville, and the question will be asked of Godfrey voters in April.