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Gambling license given to Sugar Grove American Legion

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – The Sugar Grove American Legion now has its video gaming license, and three machines could be installed by the end of the week.

Jay Spoden, the president of Sugar Grove-based Tiger Amusements, installs such machines throughout the state, and he said the machines could be active as soon as 14 days after they are installed. He said he expected that three machines would be in place by Friday.

Sugar Grove this year voted to allow video gambling, but there is an advisory referendum about the issue on the ballot in the April 9 election. Village Board members are not obligated to act on the results of the referendum, but some have said they would take the results into consideration. 

Sugar Grove American Legion Post 1271 was granted a license at the March 20 meeting of the Illinois Gaming Board. Cliff Barker, the legion’s chaplain, said legion officials were “in step-by-step mode” as far as the machines going live. 

The legion’s machines would be the first within Sugar Grove. Machines have been up and running for months at the Blackberry Bar and Grill, which is between Sugar Grove and Elburn at 1S731 Route 47. Outside of Sugar Grove’s borders at 9S593 Route 47, Calamity Jane’s Bar & Restaurant also has machines. When reached, Spoden said he was at Calamity Jane’s preparing the machines to go live.

The Elburn Village Board last week voted to allow video gaming machines in the village.

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