by Dave Noble, City Editor
CITY HALL, ELMHURST – After city council members voted last November to uphold the local ban on video gambling, a Public Affairs & Safety Committee member claims to have found a loophole in the local ordinance that will allow gaming machines to be installed this summer aboard the town’s Explore Elmhurst Express trolley.
“(Aldermen) wouldn’t vote to allow gambling machines in bars and restaurants, but they can’t stop this idea,” stated the committee member, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “It might not help the VFW or the Elmhurst bars that are struggling, but it’s hard to beat a 100% municipal share for the city.”
Paid for by Elmhurst’s Convention and Tourism Fund, all revenue from video gambling on the trolley would presumably go straight into city coffers. While the committee member admitted there were a few bugs to work out, issues like machine maintenance, change dispensers and additional entertainment on the trolley for children would all be addressed before the terminals are installed.
“We need something that appeals to kids,” continued the source, who expects many adults with children to spend hours at a time gambling while traveling around town. “Maybe we can put in one of those ‘claw’ games where kids try to win a stuffed animal. Or Skee-Ball.”
Explore Elmhurst Express runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from July through September, with pick-up and drop-off locations at the City Centre, museums campus, and business districts on Spring Road and at York & Vallette.