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New Fox Lake rules may be way to control video gambling

FOX LAKE – The Fox Lake Village Board on Tuesday approved definitions of bars and restaurants where there were none before and may be able to use them to limit the businesses that can install video gaming machines.

Under state law, if a municipality authorizes video gaming, any establishment with a liquor license, plus truck stops and fraternal organizations, can install up to five machines.

Defining the types of businesses that can apply for liquor licenses might be a way around officials’ concerns about video gaming, Village Attorney Howard Teegen said.

In its next meetings, the Plan Commission will take on establishing subcategories of businesses that can apply for liquor licenses, said Plan Commission Chairman David Gauger.

Fox Lake stopped issuing liquor licenses in October after the village was approached by businesses that intended to make gaming machines the center of their business plan.

As it stands now, the village can’t implement controls over the gaming because it’s regulated by the state, said Trustee Kevin Burt, who serves as a liaison to the Plan Commission.

“Once they have a liquor license, we have no say at all,” he said.

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