Video Gaming Information

April 5, 2019

At the Village Board Meeting on April 4, 2019, Village Trustees voted to approve two separate ordinances pertaining to video gaming in Lombard.

The first ordinance officially approved placement of a non-binding, advisory public question concerning video gaming on the ballot for the general primary election to be held on March 17, 2020. This non-binding referendum will allow residents the opportunity to cast a vote as to whether or not they believe video gaming should be permitted in Lombard. This ordinance was passed with a 5-1 vote.

The second ordinance amends the Lombard Village Code to allow video gaming, with certain conditions and restrictions. Authority to conduct video gaming granted under the ordinance will automatically expire on July 1, 2020. Without further Board action at or before this time, video gaming would no longer be allowed in Lombard. In order for video gaming to continue beyond July 1, 2020, the Village Board would need to affirmatively pass legislation to approve or continue video gaming. The automatic sunset provision of this ordinance will allow residents, business owners, and the Village time and opportunity to observe how video gaming impacts Lombard, before making a decision to continue video gaming, or allow the rights to video gaming to sunset. This ordinance passed with a 4-3 vote.

As a result of the ordinance approvals, the existing local ban on video gaming has been lifted and video gaming will be allowed in Lombard through June 30, 2020.

The Village Board may take action before July 1, 2020 to extend video gaming. However, absent such legislation to extend, authority for video gaming will automatically terminate on June 30, 2020. The Village Board may, at any time, bring any topic, including video gaming, up for discussion including a motion to call for a vote.

View Ordinances:

Board Meeting Videos

Video Gaming Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Lombard’s History when it comes to video gaming?
In 2010 and in 2014 this matter was brought to the Village Board for consideration. The Village took public comment and heard concerns from residents in the community.  At such time, the majority of public comments reflected opposition to the concept and the Village Board voted not to proceed with video gaming.

2. Is video gaming allowed in Illinois?
Yes. The Video Gaming Act was enacted in July 2009, authorizing the placement of up to five Video Gaming Terminals (VGTs) in licensed Retail Establishments, Truck Stops, Veteran and Fraternal Establishments. The VGTs are all connected to and monitored by a Central Communications System.

3. What is a Video Gaming Terminal? 
A “Video Gaming Terminal” (“VGT”) is an electronic video gaming machine that plays or simulates the play of a video game authorized by the Board upon the insertion of cash. Authorized video games include, but are not limited to, video poker, line up, and blackjack. The VGT must utilize a video display and microprocessors in which the player may receive free games or credits that can be redeemed for cash. VGT does not include a Terminal that directly dispenses coins, cash, or tokens or is for amusement purposes only.

4. Does Lombard have restrictions against the use of VGTs? 
At the Village Board Meeting on April 4, 2019, Village Trustees voted to approve two separate ordinances pertaining to video gaming in Lombard.

The first ordinance officially approved placement of a non-binding, advisory public question concerning video gaming on the ballot for the general primary election to be held on March 17, 2020. This non-binding referendum will allow residents the opportunity to cast a vote as to whether or not they believe video gaming should be permitted in Lombard. This ordinance was passed with a 5-1 vote.

The second ordinance amends the Lombard Village Code to allow video gaming, with certain conditions and restrictions. Authority to conduct video gaming granted under the ordinance will automatically expire on July 1, 2020. Without further Board action at or before this time, video gaming would no longer be allowed in Lombard. In order for video gaming to continue beyond July 1, 2020, the Village Board would need to affirmatively pass legislation to approve or continue video gaming. The automatic sunset provision of this ordinance will allow residents, business owners, and the Village time and opportunity to observe how video gaming impacts Lombard, before making a decision to continue video gaming, or allow the rights to video gaming to sunset. This ordinance passed with a 4-3 vote.

As a result of the ordinance approvals, the existing local ban on video gaming has been lifted and video gaming will be allowed in Lombard through June 30, 2020.

5. Why did the Village reconsider Lombard's video gaming ban?
At a Village Board meeting on August 16, 2018, several local business and restaurant owners spoke during public comment, requesting that the Village reconsider its ban on video gaming. Their concern was that Lombard restaurants are losing customers and revenue to neighboring communities that do offer video gaming. Consequently, the Village Board of Trustees requested that the topic of video gaming be discussed by a number of resident committees. View a video of that Board Meeting at: www.villageoflombard.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=4&clip_id=621. 

6. How did the Village revisit this topic?
Following the request of business owners to reconsider the ban, the Board of Trustees requested initial review by several resident committees. Each committee, consisting of Lombard residents, discussed the topic as it pertains to their purview.

The topic was on the agendas for the:

  • Finance and Administration Committee on October 22
  • Public Safety and Transportation Committee on  November 7
  • Community Relations Committee on November 12
  • Economic & Community Development Committee on December 10

7. What was the timeline for discussion of this topic? 
In October 2018, the Village gathered information from interested business owners and the community, in order to gauge interest in the implementation of video gaming.  As of January 25, 2019, the topic had moved through committees with a recommendation for Village Board discussion.

8.  What additional steps were taken in discussing video gaming before a decision was made?
The Village Board held workshops on January 24, 2018 and March 7, 2019 to discuss the topic.  Only after all discussions did the item appear on a Village Board agenda. 

9. How many DuPage County Municipalities have restrictions against video gaming?
At the present time, 16 DuPage County municipalities, including unincorporated DuPage County, DO NOT currently permit video gaming and 16 municipalities DO allow video gaming. IF Lombard implemented video gaming, those numbers would switch from 15 municipalities that do NOT, and 17 municipalities that DO allow video gaming.

10. How many communities have approved video gaming since it was approved in Illinois?  
There are 968 governing bodies in Illinois have approved video gaming to some extent.

11. Is there a limit on how much you can win or bet on a video gaming terminal? 
Yes.  The Video Gaming Act sets forth both maximum wagers and maximum earnings.   The maximum wager per hand is capped at $2.00 and the maximum cash award for a single hand is $500.00.  Additionally, the value of credits are limited to 5¢, 10¢, or 25¢.

12. How would video gaming work?
Illinois’ Video Gaming Act authorized the placement of up to 5 video gaming terminals in licensed retail establishments, fraternal and veteran’s establishments with a liquor license, where permitted by local ordinance.

13. How are funds collected by video gaming distributed?
Video gambling revenues, after payouts to winners, are taxed at a flat 30% rate, with 25% going to the State and the other 5% going to the local municipality. The remaining 70% of revenue is divided equally between the establishments and terminal operators. 

14. Since video gaming is now allowed in Lombard, what is the estimated income be for the Village?
There are 16 municipalities in DuPage County that allow video gaming. The average revenue from video gaming for those municipalities was $97,958 in 2015, $130,962 in 2016, $159,458 in 2017, and $183,013 for the past trailing 12 months (September 2017 – August 2018). The potential new revenue generated by the implementation of video gaming depends on how many businesses participate, and how many machines each business chooses to put in their establishment. Based upon preliminary phone calls to business owners the Village estimates potential implementation of approximately 40-50 gaming terminals.  It is estimated that the implementation of video gaming would generate approximately $131,720 - $164,650 in revenue to the Village, if there are no restrictions on the type of establishments that allow video gaming.  

15. How would funds raised from Video Gaming be spent by the Village of Lombard?
The Village would utilize its portion of income (5%) to fund core services, including Police, Fire, Public Works, Community Development and long term financial planning.

16. What types of establishments are eligible for video gaming terminals?   
Licensed establishments include licensed retail establishments where alcoholic liquor is drawn, poured, mixed, or otherwise served for consumption on premises, licensed truck stops and fraternal establishments. 

17. What are the hours of operation for video gaming terminals? 
Video gaming terminals may only be played during the legal hours of operation allowed for the consumption of alcoholic beverages at the licensed premises.  

18. In addition to hours of operation, what are some of the State’s restrictions when it comes to video gaming?

Per State law, the following restrictions apply to operation of video gaming terminals:

 Location

  • Video gaming terminals may not be operated within 1,000 feet of a horse racing or riverboat gambling facility or within 100 feet of a school or place of worship.

Number of Machines

  • No more than five machines are allowed on any premises

Location of Machines

  • Video gaming machines must be located in an area that is restricted to persons aged 21 or older, and in view of at least one employee.

Age Restriction

  • No one age 20 years old or younger is permitted to play at a video gaming terminal.

19. How are video gaming terminals restricted or supervised within establishments with video gaming?  
All video gaming terminals must be located in areas restricted to persons over 21 years of age. Licensed video gaming locations that restrict admittance to patrons 21 years of age or older, are not required to have a separate restricted area.  In locations where separation from minors is required, a physical barrier to the gaming area is required and may consist of a short partition, gate, rope or other means of separation and shall not visually obscure the entrance to the gaming area from an employee of the licensed video gaming location who is over 21.   The Video Gaming Act requires that video gaming terminals must be within the view of at least one owner, manager, or employee of the establishment who is over 21 and shall be present during all hours of terminal operation.  While locations may utilized closed circuit TV to monitor the entrance to the area in addition to an employee, closed circuit TV may not be utilized in lieu of an employee. Licensed video gaming establishments must also prevent access to or play of terminals by any persons who are visibly intoxicated.      

20. Will the Village be able to add additional restrictions? 
Yes. The Village Board of Trustees adopted its own local restrictions regarding video gaming including but not limited to:

  • Gaming Revenue Limitations: Limiting the percentage of income received from video gaming to a certain percentage of the overall income of the establishment.
  • License Waiting Periods:  Ensuring interested locations are established businesses capable of operations without reliance on video gaming. 
  • Security and Public Safety Requirements: Surveillance requirements including burglar alarms and additional safety measures in place. 
  • Promotional Signage Restrictions: Restricting video gaming signage. 

21. Is there feedback available from other municipalities who have allowed Video Gaming?
Yes. Since the adoption of video gaming, the Police Departments of nearby towns reported no major issues identified as a result of video gaming. Also, with regard to licensing of terminal vendors, this responsibility would not fall under the Village; the Illinois Video Gaming Board is responsible for performing all background checks and licensing video gaming terminal towers.  

22. When did business owners have the opportunity to provide feedback or public comment on the topic? 
Public comment was provided at the committee meetings listed in question 6, and at the Village Board Workshops on January 24 and March 7.  All Village meetings provided an opportunity for public comment. Additionally, people who wished to submit their feedback regarding this topic were able to email videogaming@villageoflombard.org. 

23.  What is the current (as of April, 2019) status of the issue?
At the Village Board Meeting on April 4, 2019, Village Trustees voted to approve two separate ordinances pertaining to video gaming in Lombard.

The first ordinance officially approved placement of a non-binding, advisory public question concerning video gaming on the ballot for the general primary election to be held on March 17, 2020. This non-binding referendum will allow residents the opportunity to cast a vote as to whether or not they believe video gaming should be permitted in Lombard. This ordinance was passed with a 5-1 vote.

The second ordinance amends the Lombard Village Code to allow video gaming, with certain conditions and restrictions. Authority to conduct video gaming granted under the ordinance will automatically expire on July 1, 2020. Without further Board action at or before this time, video gaming would no longer be allowed in Lombard. In order for video gaming to continue beyond July 1, 2020, the Village Board would need to affirmatively pass legislation to approve or continue video gaming. The automatic sunset provision of this ordinance will allow residents, business owners, and the Village time and opportunity to observe how video gaming impacts Lombard, before making a decision to continue video gaming, or allow the rights to video gaming to sunset. This ordinance passed with a 4-3 vote.

As a result of the ordinance approvals, the existing local ban on video gaming has been lifted and video gaming will be allowed in Lombard through June 30, 2020.

The Village Board may take action before July 1, 2020 to extend video gaming. However, absent such legislation to extend, authority for video gaming will automatically terminate on June 30, 2020. The Village Board may, at any time, bring any topic, including video gaming, up for discussion including a motion to call for a vote.

View Ordinances:

  • Ordinance 7646: Referendum Concerning Video Gaming
  • Ordinance 7647: Video Gaming and Liquor Licenses

Past Updates

From March 8, 2019

On Thursday, March 7, the Lombard Village Board held a workshop on video gaming to discuss two draft ordinances  that had been previously proposed at a workshop on January 24. One ordinance would have lifted the ban on video gaming and the other ordinance would have required a referendum vote to permit video gaming.

As there was no consensus in selecting one ordinance, Village President Keith Giagnorio introduced a compromise that would include the mutual consideration of two ordinances. The first ordinance would permit video gaming with a sunset provision, whereupon, without further board action, video gaming would automatically terminate on June 30, 2020. The second ordinance would place a non-binding, advisory referendum regarding video gaming on the March  17, 2020 ballot.

The first ordinance would permit video gaming with a sunset provision, whereupon, without further board action, video gaming would automatically terminate on June 30, 2020. The second ordinance would place a non-binding, advisory referendum regarding video gaming on the March 2020 ballot.   

The two ordinances will be placed on the upcoming Village Board Meeting agenda for first reading, on March 21, 2019. Once the draft ordinances become available, they will be shared publicly, at villageoflombard.org/videogaming and on the Village’s social media pages.

  • View: Ordinance regarding video gaming and liquor licenses for establishments with video gaming
  • View: Ordinance providing for an advisory public question concern video gaming 

“Coming here today, we had some trustees who want a straight vote on the issue of video gaming and some who want a referendum, so I’m put in the middle to make the choice,” said President Giagnorio. “When you’re sitting here, you have to come up with a plan and ask yourself what is best for the entire Village, including residents and business owners. I thought long and hard about it and I feel this is a fair way to go.” Giagnorio continued and stated that the proposed compromise, takes into consideration the following:

the current Village Board, which has spent the last six months reviewing and becoming educated on the topic, would be able to consider and vote on the matter in the short term;

the time and effort put forth by the Village’s committees and their recommendation to pursue video gaming would be recognized;

  • citizens that have requested a referendum would receive one;
  • voters would have an opportunity to witness and observe the impacts of video gaming in the community prior to voting in the non-binding, advisory referendum;
  • business owners would be given the option to allow video gaming sooner than if they had waited for a referendum on the March 17, 2020 ballot.

The question to consider overturning Lombard’s video gaming ban was originally brought before the Village Board by restaurant owners during public comment at the Board of Trustees meeting on August 16, 2018. The topic was then discussed and approved by the Village’s four standing advisory committees, consisting of community members. Throughout the process, the Village received comments in favor and against video gaming from business owners and residents.

Anyone who would like to submit their feedback regarding this topic may also choose to contact the Village at videogaming@villageoflombard.org. For a more information about the history of video gaming in Lombard, an updated FAQ, and videos of meetings, visit villageoflombard.org/videogaming.


Below is more information regarding the March 7th Workshop:

What was proposed at the March 7th video gaming workshop? 
On Thursday, March 7, the Lombard Village Board held a workshop on video gaming to discuss two ordinances that had been previously proposed at a workshop on January 24. One ordinance would lift the ban on video gaming and the other ordinance would require a referendum vote to permit video gaming.

What was the result of the workshop? 
As there was no consensus in selecting one ordinance, Village President Keith Giagnorio introduced a compromise that would include the mutual consideration of two ordinances.

What are the two ordinances that will be considered?
One ordinance would allow video gaming for 12-months, with a sunset provision, whereupon, without further board action, video gaming would automatically terminate in 2020. The other ordinance would place a non-binding, advisory referendum regarding video gaming on the March 17, 2020 ballot.

If approved, what would the ordinance allowing video gaming for 12 months, with a sunset provision, mean for Lombard?
If approved, this ordinance would allow video gaming in Lombard for 12 months. The proposed purpose of this ordinance is to allow residents, business owners, and the Village to observe how video gaming impacts Lombard, before making the decision to either uphold or remove Lombard’s video gaming ban. During this time, a referendum would be placed on the March 17, 2020 ballot to provide feedback from residents.

What happens at the end of the 12-month time period?
The ordinance to allow video gaming expires at the end of the 12-month period. At that point in time, video gaming would no longer be allowed in Lombard. The Board could either choose to allow this to occur, or they could affirmatively pass legislation to approve video gaming in order for it to continue.

Would a future decision about video gaming only be considered at the end of the 12-month period?
No. At any upcoming Village Board Meeting, a Village Trustee could move to have the topic of video gaming placed on an upcoming agenda for a vote.

What is the purpose of the second ordinance that would call for a non-binding, advisory referendum?
If approved, the purpose of having a referendum placed on the March 17, 2020 ballot, would allow residents the opportunity to cast a vote as to whether or not they believe video gaming should be permitted in Lombard. These results would provide useful information for the Village Board to consider.

What are the next known actions?
The two ordinances will be placed on the upcoming Village Board Meeting agenda for first reading, on March 21, 2019. No final action will be taken until the second reading of the ordinances, at a subsequent Village Board Meeting. Once the draft ordinances become available, they will be shared publicly, at villageoflombard.org/videogaming and on the Village’s social media pages.


March 22, 2019

At last night’s Village Board Meeting, two ordinances regarding video gaming were considered on first reading, and were initially approved by the Village Board. The ordinances were read on separate action and Village Board members provided comments and feedback. As both ordinances were approved on first reading only, they will both be brought before the Board for second/final consideration on April 4, 2019.

One ordinance proposes amending the Lombard Village Code to allow video gaming for 12 months, with certain conditions and restrictions. Authority to conduct video gaming granted under the ordinance would automatically expire at the end on July 1, 2020. Without further Board action at or before this time, video gaming would no longer be allowed in Lombard. In order for video gaming to continue beyond this time, the Village Board would need to affirmatively pass legislation to approve or continue video gaming. The automatic sunset provision of this ordinance will allow residents, business owners, and the Village to observe how video gaming impacts Lombard, before making a decision continue gaming or allow the right to gaming to sunset.

The second ordinance proposes that a non-binding advisory public question concerning video gaming to be placed on the ballot for the general primary election to be held on March 17, 2020. The purpose of having a referendum placed on the March 17, 2020 ballot, would allow residents the opportunity to cast a vote as to whether or not they believe video gaming should be permitted in Lombard. These results would provide useful information for the Village Board to consider.

Residents wishing to provide feedback may email videogaming@villageoflombard.org. For more information including videos of meetings and FAQs, visit www.villageoflombard.org/videogaming.