Our View: Thumbs down
Thumbs down: The village of Elburn is going down a road that many Illinois communities recently have – it is considering whether to allow video gaming.
We recognize that video gaming is no longer out of the mainstream in western Kane County – there are gaming machines at Blackberry Bar and Grill just south of Elburn, and the village of Sugar Grove recently authorized video gaming.
Nonetheless, Elburn should think twice before copycatting what remains a dubious idea.
It is debatable how much video gaming machines help a business, but what is clear is that gambling often leads to addiction and generally preys upon people who can least afford to take financial hits.
Additionally, as Kane County Board member Drew Frasz accurately noted, money spent by gamblers does not create wealth as much as it redistributes it since that money would otherwise likely be spent elsewhere.
The topic in Elburn is expected to be revisited next week at a Committee of the Whole meeting.
Although some towns have OK’d video gambling based – in part – on the fact that neighboring communities have allowed it, we hope the trend goes the other way and that the practice in western Kane County stops at Elburn’s borders.