CAMPTON HILLS – The Campton Hills Village Board will hold a special meeting on Jan. 11 to decide if the board should put an advisory referendum on the April 2 ballot asking residents whether video gambling should be allowed in Campton Hills.
The last day for government bodies to put a referendum on the ballot is Jan. 14. The meeting will be at 9 a.m. at Campton Hills Village Hall, 40W270 LaFox Road, Suite B.
The village banned video gambling in December 2009. In 2012, a majority of residents voting in an advisory referendum rejected lifting the village's ban on video gambling. Results showed that 69.85 percent of those who voted were against the idea, while 25.33 percent were in favor.
Restaurant owners in Campton Hills are imploring village officials to lift the ban on video gambling so they can compete on a level playing field with establishments in communities where video gambling is allowed.
"We need to have fair play," Old Towne Pub and Eatery general manager Kim Weiss said, in addressing officials at the Jan. 2 Campton Hills Village Board meeting. "And I know that it will help the community financially. It will bring people in and I think it will also keep people that live here from going elsewhere."