Moline puts cap on video gaming licenses
Only 30 licenses for video gaming establishments will be allowed in Moline after several residents requested tighter city regulation.
The Moline City Council adopted an ordinance Nov. 7 to limit the number of video gaming establishments within the city following the concerns from residents about gambling, a posting on the city's website said. The new ordinance will not affect existing establishments, the posting said.
Establishments with existing licenses can continue if they are in compliance with state and local laws while applications for gaming licenses that were pending when the ordinance was approved will be allowed to follow through with the application process.
“The city of Moline has license and permit requirements to protect both the business operator and the consumer,” a note on licensing reads on the website.
According to the state's website, most types of gambling are prohibited in Illinois but some games with mere chance winning, like horse racing, is allowed with the correct licenses.
Gambling laws differ from state to state and usually if it is allowed, there would be strict zoning regulations to separate gaming establishments from residential areas and schools, the website said.