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Video gaming machines OK'd for Lake in the Hills' Alfredo's Pizza & Catering

Alfredo’s Pizza & Catering, 4560 W. Algonquin Road, was authorized by the Lake in the Hills Village Board on Tuesday to operate four video gaming machines in its restaurant.

Under Lake in Hills’ municipal code, the square footage of an establishment with three gaming machines must be between 2,250 to 2,624 square feet, an establishment with four machines must be between 2,625 to 2,999 square feet and an establishment with five machines must be 3,000 square feet or more.

As a 2,093-square-foot space, Alfredo’s Pizza is only allowed to operate two machines under the municipal code. But in a letter to the Village Board, Alfredo’s Pizza president Mihir Patel said informal customer surveys indicate that two gaming machines would not be enough to satisfy customer demand.

Lake in the Hills Village President Russ Ruzanski said the board granted a similar measure for Dino’s Pizza and Pasta, 6 Miller Road, which also was only big enough to allow for two gaming machines.

“There was no sense to go further than what was granted for Dino’s,” Ruzanski said.

Therefore, the board voted, 6-0, to waive the square footage requirements and grant licenses for four machines.

License fees for each machine will be $500 annually.

A 30% tax also will be imposed on the net terminal income and collected by the Illinois Gaming Board. One-sixth of this tax will be collected and deposited into the Local Government Video Gaming Distributive Fund.

This money is then distributed proportionately based on generated revenue to municipalities that have not prohibited video gaming.

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