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Say NO to Gambling Licenses in Riverside, Illinois (UPDATED)

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Do YOU want Video Gambling in Riverside?

Your village trustees think you do!

The Board will AGAIN consider a pro-gambling ordinance at the next Village Board meeting Thursday, Nov. 2. 

President Sells and current trustees Ballerine, Lumsden, and Sedivy were in support of gambling licenses in 2015, when community push back stalled the idea. And because President Sells agreed to re-open the conversation earlier this year, it does seem as if the intention is to bring gambling to Riverside.

Gambling addiction is a threat to public health and safety and should not be encouraged by Riverside business owners or village leaders. Tell President Sells and the Village Board you don't want gambling in Riverside! Sign this petition and forward to your friends and neighbors!


Why Video Gambling is WRONG for Riverside:

Video gambling does NOT align with Riverside’s Central Business Plan, which focuses on ways to improve our business district. The plan emphasizes the historic nature of Riverside, the connection to nature in our town via the tree canopy and proximity to the river, and the desire of residents to maintain a family-centric community. 

Video gambling is NOT a priority to our business community. Video gambling is being considered at the request of 1 business in town, no more. The majority of our businesses are not eligible for video gambling and have not come out in support of it. In fact, some business owners are actually opposed to video gambling in our community. 

Video gambling is NOT necessary to sustain a business, part 1. Two years ago, Chew Chew and Mollie’s argued that they needed video gambling to supplement their business or they might need to leave Riverside and go somewhere else. Today, both are still in business; one has even opened a new storefront in Riverside. Additionally, we now have a new restaurant in town that draws customers from out of town.

Video gambling is NOT necessary to sustain a business, part 2. You might hear talk of creating "a level playing field” or giving “our existing businesses and prospective businesses competitive equality with surrounding communities.” These statements make the assumption that every eligible restaurant and bar within gambling communities has video gambling. This is simply not true. In Brookfield, 53% of gambling-eligible businesses do NOT have it. In North Riverside, 50% of gambling-eligible businesses do NOT have it. These businesses are operating SUCCESSFULLY in gambling communities WITHOUT video gambling machines.

Video gambling does NOT fit into the vision of Riverside. Our village is an amazing family-friendly community with a rich history, beautiful landscapes and riverfront, within easy commute to one of the best cities in the world. We are a community of neighbors and friends, where our children ride their bikes to the local candy shop for ice cream, or stop by Riverside Garage for a “Mystery Soda.” Businesses that thrive in our community are places we want to take our children,  places we want to share with out-of-town family & friends and places that help define Riverside as a wonderful place to live.

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