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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Request to limit gambling machines in Eldorado

  • Eldorado City Council heard a request from the American Legion to limit the number of liquor licenses and video gambling machines in the city.
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  • Eldorado City Council heard a request from the American Legion to limit the number of liquor licenses and video gambling machines in the city.
    American Legion Post Commander Danny Seagraves said he understands a new bar may be coming to town that may wish to offer video gambling, but he is afraid too many such licenses in town would limit the ability of the American Legion and Eldorado Veterans of Foreign Wars to raise money.
    "Not a meeting goes by that somebody isn't asking for money," Seagraves said.
    He asked council to cut back on the number of licenses issued.
    "Is there a way to revise the bylaws to say there are only so many licenses issued?" he said.
    Mayor Rocky James said he understands the American Legion and VFW contribute much to the town, but he intends to issue licenses fairly. Currently there are two liquor licenses and two electronic gambling available, attorney C. Mart Watson said.
    "We're not out to rustle them in here, but we've got to be fair to all of them," James said.
    James said the main reason the council agreed to offer gambling machine licenses was so the veteran clubs could raise more money.
    Calm Town & Country Days
    Police Chief Shannon Deuel said Town & Country Days last week was calm.
    Rowdy crowds and fights at the veterans' clubs at night that for a while an unfortunate tradition of the festival appear to be a thing of the past. The city has been meeting with the clubs for the past several years to work out security issues and it appears problems are diffused before police become involved.
    Commissioners commended the city crews for working together to clean up after the festival Saturday night so that the streets are clean by Sunday morning.
    During the meeting:
    Deuel warns the community a rash of car break-ins is continuing, all involving vehicles unlocked and some with keys inside. A van was stolen, located and returned over the weekend, he said.
    City worker Billy Bradley said the public has commented to him about the improved look since the Baker Building has been torn down.
    Water Superintendent Tom Hosman said in the next couple months there will be a project of installing larger water lines in the area of Alexander Street, Hillcrest Road and Bourland Road.
    Council set Trick or Treat Night and the popular downtown trunk or treat for Thursday Oct. 31.

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