SANDWICH – Three Sandwich businesses will have to wait to learn whether they can install video gaming machines.
DeRailed, Old Tyme Inn and Sandwich Moose Lodge have applied to the Illinois Gaming Board for video gaming machines, although a city ordinance prohibits the machines. The City Council discussed the issue at its Monday night meeting, but no vote was taken.
Sandwich City Clerk Denise Ii said the council tabled the issue. More discussion is planned for a future agenda, but Ii said no date has been set for a council vote on lifting the local prohibition.
Lawmakers approved video gaming at bars, restaurants and veteran and fraternal lodges in 2009 to raise money for billions of dollars in infrastructure improvements, but the state could not issue machines until regulations were in place.
After years of delays, the state began accepting applications in April. Businesses in Waterman, Genoa, DeKalb and Sycamore also have applied to the gaming board for machines.
– Shaw Media