Warrenville lifts citywide ban on video games

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Almost 12 years after Warrenville banned video games, city council lifted the ban.

Warrenville City Council on Tuesday voted 5 to 3 to approve an ordinance allowing video games by creating terminal licenses and a new alcohol license classification with local restrictions.

Councilors Jay Anderson, Stuart Aschauer, Clare Barry, Jeff Krischel and Robert Wilson voted in favor of the repeal. Councilors Kathryn Davolos, Leah Goodman and Bill Weidner voted against.

Under the new ordinance, some licensed establishments could have up to six video game machines. But companies must meet several requirements.

For example, establishments with video game machines must serve meals from a commercial kitchen on their premises or have a written agreement with another establishment with a commercial kitchen. Food sales must also constitute at least 20% of an establishment’s annual income.

An exemption has been granted to holders of Class C liquor licenses, of which there is currently only one in the city: the Warrenville VFW Post 8081. Theaters have also been made ineligible for liquor licenses. video game.

The video game liquor license application fee is $ 1,000. Its renewal will cost $ 2,000. Establishments must do business in Warrenville for one year before applying for the new license.

Illinois legalized video gaming in 2009, but cities like Warrenville have been able to pull out.

In a previous interview, Warrenville Mayor David Brummel said several business owners in the city have called for the video game ban to be repealed to help generate more income during tough times. Warrenville staff estimated that the video game could generate revenue of $ 47,900 to $ 61,600 per year for the city.

“It’s been a lot of work,” Alderman Barry said before the vote. “I appreciate the staff all the time, and I’m definitely in favor of it.”

Aldermen Davolos, Goodman and Weidner voiced their opposition before the vote. They spoke of concerns about drug addiction, additional time for municipal law enforcement staff and how video games would affect Warrenville’s image.

“Not all of the cities that are actually contiguous to us do that,” Davalos said. “I never wanted Warrenville to be the town where you are going to play.”

The new ordinance will come into effect later this month.