by Martha Quetsch
Darlene Marcusson, executive director of Lazarus House homeless shelter in St. Charles, spoke out against allowing video gambling in Elburn during Monday’s Village Board meeting.
â€œI have concerns about putting in video gambling here,â€ said Marcusson, who lives in Elburn.
She cited the risk of gambling addiction.
â€œI have worked with many people in the addictions field. Wonderful human beings can end up with a big problem,â€ Marcusson said. â€œOf all the addictions, and that includes ones as horrible as heroin, gambling has the highest suicide rate of all â€¦ I don’t think that is want we want in our town.â€
Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law July 13 allowing video gambling in Illinois for establishments with liquor licenses, with up to five gaming machines in each.
Mary Baumstark, 123 S. First St., Elburn, also attended the Village Board meeting to object to video gambling in Elburn.
â€œI don’t feel that it is a good fit in our community,â€ Baumstark said.
She added that the state â€œtaking out the smoking and putting in the gamblingâ€ in restaurants and bars is â€œbizarre.â€
Kane County Board member Drew Frasz was at the Village Board meeting to hear the discussion on video gambling Monday. He is a member of a recently formed county task force studying how video gambling could affect the county and its businesses.