Morris votes to allow video poker machines
By Sarwat S. Ahmad For The Herald-News May 10, 2012 9:48AM
Updated: June 14, 2012 8:13AM
MORRIS — Morris has amended its ban on gambling and will now allow gambling in the form of video gaming.
A split city council Monday night voted 5-1 to add a provision to the unlawful gambling ordinance that now allows for video gaming, which is in compliance with the Illinois Video Gaming Act that was passed in July of 2009.
Subsequently the council also passed, with a 5-1 vote, an ordinance establishing a fee for video gaming terminals within the city.
Alderman Randy Larson voted against both ordinances. Aldermen Bill Martin and Barry Aldrich were absent.
The gambling ordinance still bans advertisement, ownership, establishment or patronizing of gambling resorts or events. However, the amendment now allows for video gaming terminals and any supplementary equipment.
The second ordinance establishes an annual $25 licensing fee per terminal. Any person who violates the ordinance can be fined up from $100 to $750 for each offense.
Only establishments that are licensed to sell or dispense liquor, such as bars, restaurants and fraternal or veterans organizations, will be allowed to acquire the gaming terminals.