Liquor salesman, 71, fends off attackers in Englewood - with tequila bottle 

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 11:54:46 AM
Source: Sun Times
March 22, 2012
The gang of five young muggers probably thought they'd picked a soft target in 71-year-old Willie Whitehead.
But the veteran liquor salesman was armed and ready to fight - with a 750ml bottle of Rancho Alegre tequila.
He didn't spill a drop. But all five attackers were arrested within minutes Wednesday afternoon after Whitehead bravely defended himself, police say.
"I told them, 'Come on with it!,'" Whitehead recalled Thursday, mimicking how he had brandished the fiery Mexican booze above his head after being attacked at the corner of 59th and Halsted around 1:30 p.m.
"I told them, 'I'll hit you with it,'" he added with a chuckle.
The would-be muggers - aged 18, 17, 16, 14 and 11 - had ripped his suit jacket and unsuccessfully tried to snatch his phone and briefcase moments after he completed a sales visit to an Englewood liquor store, police say.
Whitehead said he was briefly surprised by the attack, but that as soon as he held the bottle above his head the muggers "stood down - they were just young."
He managed to get to his car and call police, who arrested Jesse Jackson, 18, Demetrius Shields, 17, and three juveniles, who were all charged with attempted robbery from an elderly victim. Shields and Jackson were Thursday ordered held on bail of $75,000 by Judge Donald Panarese.
Whitehead, who lives on the Southeast Side, said it was the involvement of the 11-year-old that troubled him most. "I've been thinking about him a lot," he said. "He's a baby but I can already see the end he's going to come to ... he's got no discipline and no God."
Whitehead added that he doesn't consider himself a hero, "just blessed." He also escaped unhurt when two gunmen robbed him of his valuables in his garage last year, he said.
He was widowed three years ago but says he "won't consider retirement until I'm 80," and was back at work Thursday. He even sold the bottle of Rancho Alegre he'd used to defend himself.
"It's good stuff," he said.
Still, he wasn't tempted to take a swig after his triumph Wednesday.
"I've got gout," he said. "It wouldn't do me any good."
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Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois Announces Establishment of New Wine Education Class 

Thursday, March 22, 2012 5:45:14 PM
Source: Business Wire
Mar 15th
Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois (SWS-IL), a division of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., today announced the establishment of a new wine curriculum designed exclusively for beverage and hospitality professionals entitled From Grapes to Glass.
The purpose of this class is to introduce students to the fundamentals of wine-its production, marketing and enjoyment. From Grapes to Glass focuses on key facets of wine acumen, including: grape growing, winemaking, tasting, varietals, vintages, appellations, and wine sales and service.
Will Conniff, Executive Vice President/General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois, Kentucky and Minnesota, said, "It is with great enthusiasm that we launch this wine curriculum to our trade partners. This class creates a solid foundation for a lifetime of wine learning. We could not be more excited about providing this topflight training resource to our customers."
Serafin Alvarado, Master Sommelier and SWS-IL's Director of Wine Education, commented, "From Grapes to Glass allows hospitality professionals to immerse themselves in the fundamentals of wine. This course provides industry professionals with an opportunity to advance their careers by providing a comprehensive understanding of wine along with core service skills."
According to Brian Orlik, SWS-IL's Director of Education and Trade Relations, "From Grapes to Glass provides an excellent baseline for the wine service professional. Our goal for this course was to combine theory and application in an effort to put students in the best position for success while serving tableside."
From Grapes to Glass is a five week program designed exclusively for beverage and hospitality professionals. The inaugural class begins on April 2, 2012 at Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois' Direct Warehouse Sales facility located at 250 N. Artesian in Chicago. Enrollment fee for this program is $150 and includes a text book and wines sampled in class. Participants must be 21 years of age and seating is limited.
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CTA falls off wagon on alcohol ads 

Thursday, March 22, 2012 5:42:53 PM
Source: Chicago Tribune
By Jon Hilkevitch
March 14, 2012
The CTA today ended its 15-year-old ban on accepting advertising for alcoholic beverages in a move projected to generate an extra $3.2 million to the transit agency on its existing ad contract.
The CTA board approved an ordinance amending the agency's advertising guidelines. It will allow advertising for beer, wine and liquor on CTA rail cars and at certain rail stations that are not near schools and other locations, officials said.
The ban on booze ads on CTA buses will continue, officials said.
"We are doing this in a very responsible way," CTA President Forrest Claypool said.
He noted the CTA started 2012 with a $277 million budget deficit, and service cuts and fare increases are still a possibility this summer if negotiations with CTA unions over proposed work rule changes do not lead to up to $80 million in savings.
"We need every single dollar we can get to meet the needs" of the agency and its customers, Claypool said, referring to dropping the ban on alcohol ads that has been in place since 1997.
In another change, political ads and public service announcements by non-profit groups and government agencies will be required to disclose who is sponsoring or paying for the ads, to make it clear CTA is not endorsing any political candidate or viewpoint, officials said.
Language was also added to the CTA ordinance to make it clear the transit agency prohibits ads promoting infidelity, escort services and sexually oriented products or businesses, officials said.
The alcohol ads will be restricted mainly to the downtown area, officials said.
CTA bus shelters operated by JC Decaux under a separate contract with the city of Chicago have carried alcohol ads for years and are not affected by the CTA ordinance.
Titan Worldwide is the CTA's advertising broker. New advertising revenue for the CTA based on introducing alcohol ads is guaranteed at $3.2 million on the remainder of the current three-year contract, officials said.
Titan's total minimum annual guarantee for all advertisements is $57.5 million.
Alcohol ads will not be allowed in rail stations where reduced-fare student riders exceed 7.5 percent of the total ridership, the ordinance said.
The boundaries where alcohol ads will be permitted are Montrose Avenue on the north, Roosevelt Road on the south, Ashland Avenue on the west and Lake Michigan on the east, plus the Sox/35th Red Line station and the 35th/Bronzeville/IIT station on the Green Line, the CTA said.
Alcohol ads on the exteriors of CTA trains will also be limited to 15 pairs of cars, officials said.
The ads will be required to contain a statement on the legal drinking age in Illinois and warnings about the potential dangers of alcohol consumption.
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Gas prices hurt restaurant sales, traffic in February 

Monday, March 19, 2012 6:02:53 PM
Report: Source: NRN
By Charlie Duerr
March 9, 2012
Rising gas prices contributed to a weakening in restaurant industry same-store sales and guest traffic in February, according to the latest Restaurant Industry Snapshot from Black Box Intelligence.
The monthly report is garnered from the tracking of 73 distinct restaurant brands and more than 12,000 units that are clients of Black Box Intelligence, a financial and market data sister company to People Report, the Dallas-based workforce data, analytics and consulting firm. The Restaurant Industry Snapshot also includes the Restaurant Industry Willingness to Spend Index from Consumer Edge Research, which is a monthly household survey of over 2,500 consumers.
February's report found that industry same-stores increased 2.5 percent - with both food and alcohol sales up for the month. Guest traffic, however, fell 0.10 percent. Both metrics were down from what started as a strong February, according to Wallace Doolin, chairman and founder of Black Box Intelligence, and former chairman or chief executive at restaurant chains including T.G.I. Friday's and Buca di Beppo.
"The story for the first half of February was strong comps driven by weather rollover for 2011, while the second half of the month produced some concerns regarding the recent spike in gas prices at the pump and how that is hurting the restaurant consumers wallet, " Doolin said.
This also resulted in a decline in the Restaurant Industry Willingness to Spend Index, which had been at 8-month high in January, the report found.
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On-Premise Channel Looks To Continue Recovery In 2012 

Monday, March 19, 2012 5:24:25 PM
With the first quarter of 2012 nearly complete, bar and restaurant operators, as well as suppliers and distributors, are expressing confidence that this year will see an on-premise growth curve that hasn’t been witnessed since the downturn began. “The on-premise market is growing,” says Matt Davenport, vice president of sales for Campari America. “It’s been three years since we could say that with confidence. The current numbers point to sustained month-over-month growth for the past nine months. We have to look back to late 2007 to see that type of growth for the industry.”
On-premise research and consulting firm Technomic Inc. forecasts that alcohol sales in restaurants and bars will increase 2.4% this year, led by wine with a 3.5% jump and spirits and beer with 2.3% and 2.2% increases, respectively. “Across the on-premise market, we’ve seen a remarkable recovery following a prolonged period of negative trends,” says Southern Wine & Spirits president and COO Wayne Chaplin. “Our on-premise business in January was the strongest we’ve seen since before the recession, and February remained strong as well. While the economy continues to have its challenges, we’re cautiously optimistic that solid on-premise growth should continue for the foreseeable future.”
Bob Krall, channel director for the on-premise at Brown-Forman, attributes some of the recent growth to increasing drinks prices in restaurants and bars. But he adds that on-premise spirits volume has risen over the last year, pointing to whisk(e)y, Tequila and vodka as strong performers. “Restaurants in all segments are showing a renewed emphasis on beverage alcohol to help offset overall pressure on bottom line growth,” Krall says. “They’re looking for incremental drinking occasions, or they’re revamping happy hour-type specials.”
The upscale Ruth’s Chris Steak House chain, which operates more than 130 restaurants in nine countries, is a prime example. “We’ve seen seven consecutive quarters of comparable sales growth and eight consecutive quarters of consumer traffic gains,” says Helen Mackey, director of beverage strategy for Ruth’s Chris Steak House. “Beverage alcohol sales have been key to that success, especially wine by the glass and spirits due to cocktails.” In recent days, Ruth’s Chris unveiled Sizzle, Swizzle and Swirl, a happy hour program featuring handcrafted cocktails, premium wines, select beers and new bar food offerings, at nearly 40 of its U.S. locations.
On the other end of the dining spectrum, fast casual concepts are also posting gains, and many restaurant industry analysts believe this segment will reap the most profits this year. Technomic predicts that the fast casual sector’s growth will outpace that of the entire restaurant industry for the next five years, forecasting a compound annual growth rate of 8%. Brands like Chipotle, Wing Stop, Pei Wei Asian Diner and Noodles & Co. offer beer and wine at select locations.
While the upper and lower ends of the restaurant industry have been showing growth, the middle ground—comprised primarily of casual dining venues—has been slower to recover. “The middle seems to be getting squeezed,” says Dale Stratton, vice president of strategic insights for Constellation Wines U.S. “The core consumer for the casual dining channel is facing the most uncertainty in terms of the economy. Many have shifted to the quick-service channel or are choosing to do more cooking at home.”
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American Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance - Due 3/15/12! 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 2:43:42 PM
Cornerstone Processing Solutions, Inc.
American Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance - Due 3/15/12!
Effective March 15, 2012, all ATMs must be compliant with American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards. Most of these requirements for ATMs enhance communication and accessibility, such as audio/voice guidance, visual/screen visibility/display, raised key surfaces (Braille), and location/height of ATM. All models currently offered at CPS are ADA Complaint.
If you are a current ATM owner, please contact Cornerstone to replace or upgrade your terminal to meet the ADA compliance requirements; the complete listing of ADA standards is available at Newer ATM models may need a Braille sticker for compliance, while others may need to be upgraded with audio guidance. Older models may need to be replaced if upgrades are not available. Non-compliant ATMs could be assessed a civil penalty of up to $55,000 for the first offense after the 2012 deadline. 
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Congress closes 'strip club loophole' 

Tuesday, March 06, 2012 10:18:17 AM
Source: Stateline
By Pamela M. Prah
Feb 28th
States are now required to prevent welfare recipients from using ATM machines in casinos, liquor stores and strip clubs to spend or access their benefits. The new policy was tucked in the payroll tax cut bill that Congress passed earlier this month, which also extended the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or welfare block grant through the end of the fiscal year.
The needy generally get welfare payments and other public assistance on debit cards known as Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, rather than checks. States now will have to adopt policies to block welfare benefits from being used in any EBT transaction in liquor stores, casinos, gaming estalishments or adult entertainment or risk losing federal funds. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will spell out exactly what kind of policies states must implement.
Supporters of the new requirements point to several news accounts as evidence that too many welfare recipients were accessing and using their welfare benefits at "questionable locations." A 2010 Los Angeles Times investigation, for example, found that $1.8 million in TANF funds were withdrawn in casinos and $12,000 was accessed in strip clubs.
The Times' series of articles prompted then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to issue an executive order requiring welfare recipients to promise to use cash benefits only to "meet the basic subsistence needs" of their families and ordering state officials to crack down on welfare fraud.
In Georgia, Fox 5 in Atlanta found that $150,000 in TANF cash was accessed in liquor stores, bars and nightclubs, and a probe in Michigan discovered that more than $87,000 in TANF cash had been withdrawn from a Detroit casino over a 12-month period These were among several examples that U.S. Representative Dave Camp, chairman of the U.S. Ways and Means Committee, listed to demonstrate the need for the change.
"In plain language, welfare benefits could no longer be accessed at any of these facilities," Republican U.S. Congressman Geoff Davis of Kentucky said.
Advocates for the low-income say the new restrictions are unnecessary and stigmatize struggling families. "The idea that TANF recipients are using their cash benefits on gambling sprees or drinking them away may make for sensational headlines but is not based on facts," the Washington, D.C.,-based Center for Law and Social Policy, an advocacy group, said in a statement. A parent may withdraw funds to pay rent at an ATM located in a liquor store simply because it is the lowest-cost or most convenient ATM, the group says.
States that fail to employ policies within two years could face a 5 percent cut in their annual TANF funding. For states like California, that could mean losing $183 million from its $3.7 billion annual share or Wyoming could lose $925,000 of its $18.5 million share, according to a state-by-state analysis from the Federal Funds Information for States.
In addition to possibly losing federal money, states are concerned with the costs associated with the new requirements. This includes identifying the ATMs in question and keeping updated lists, says FFIS, which provides fiscal information to state leaders. Given the fluid nature of ATMs, this could be a challenge.
FFIS said a few states have studied the use of welfare electronic benefits at bars and casinos and found a very small percentage (less than 0.1 percent) of TANF transactions occurred at these locations. "This means that states could incur substantial costs to address an issue that does not appear to be a widespread problem," FFIS said in a February brief.
Congress also has asked the Government Accountability Office to look into whether the TANF program is vulnerable to fraud, waste and abuse. As part of this work, GAO is surveying 10 states and looking into the location of where welfare benefits are accessed and type of retailers, FFIS said. The report is expected this May or June.
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Arthur Wirtz III Honored with 2012 Leadership Award 

Thursday, March 01, 2012 2:08:40 PM
Arthur Wirtz III Honored with 2012 Leadership Award - Chosen among all Wirtz Beverage employees for performance excellence
Source: Respublica
Feb 29th
Wirtz Beverage Group announced today the winner of its Arthur M. Wirtz Leadership Award. Vice President of Operations for Wirtz Beverage Illinois and grandson of the award's namesake, Arthur Wirtz III, was chosen among a distinguished group of nominees from each of the company's state affiliates. The award is given annually to one employee in recognition of their outstanding work ethic, leadership and performance achievements.
"Each year, we proudly recognize our colleagues who exemplify what it means to be a role model. These individuals work every day to exceed expectations and they truly are stand outs in our company," said Rocky Wirtz, Wirtz Beverage Group President. "The 2012 nominees come as no surprise to those who know them and it is them and others like them who really are cornerstone to our success."
This year's winner, Art Wirtz, was one of 4 nominees among Wirtz Beverage Group's employees in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada and Wisconsin. Each demonstrated noteworthy achievements this past year. Ultimately, Art was selected as the winner for his standout role within the company's Illinois affiliate.
"Art has worked in every department and in nearly every role for the company, however, his efforts in 2011 went above-and-beyond," said Wirtz. "There is no question to anyone that works with Art whether in the warehouse or front office that he puts every effort into helping this company succeed. He was charged with considerable responsibilities and achieved remarkable success. As a result, Wirtz Beverage Illinois experienced one of its most significant and successful years."
Serving as Vice President of Operations at Wirtz Beverage Illinois, Art is responsible for the integral functions of Warehouse, Delivery, Information Technology, Customer Service and Security. This past year alone, he oversaw the successful integration of Bacardi USA to Illinois, led the planning and construction of a new 600,000 square foot office, warehouse and training center, and directed the company's technology transformation to a new innovative ERP system. All this while continuing to deliver 10 million cases to customers throughout the state, the most significant and successful year for the company to date.
"There is no single person who had a greater influence on our success last year than Art Wirtz," said Julian Burzynski, SVP Wirtz Beverage Illinois. "Because of his leadership, all of these initiatives were accomplished while maintaining best-in-class market execution and supplier relations. He has been fundamental to ensuring our company's success for the next generation."
Other award nominees for the 2012 Arthur M. Wirtz Leadership Award included:
Eric Anderson (Director of Trade Development, Wirtz Beverage Nevada) -Eric Anderson's in-depth knowledge and expertise of the beverage industry has proven success for Wirtz Beverage Nevada and has led him to advance quickly. During his tenure overseeing the company's Reno sales operation, Eric was instrumental in the acquisition and transition of the Gallo portfolio in Nevada helping to position the brand for peak market performance. In his current role as Director of Trade Development, Eric is charged with leading the company's defining route-to-market strategy. Since stepping into this role, Eric has identified new strategies to advance the company's innovative Trade Development model.
Scott Cairncross (Vice President, Beer Division, Wirtz Beverage Minnesota) - Scott Cairncross has been a member of the Wirtz Beverage team for 28 years. Over his tenure, Scott has become recognized as a preeminent wholesale marketing authority within the marketplace putting this knowledge to use day-in and day-out to help advance the Minnesota portfolio. A skilled manager, Scott has implemented changes within the Marketing and Sales Departments that have led to accelerated revenue and profit growth as well as increased performance accountability. Both well-known and well-respected in the industry, Scott assumes the role of Chairman of the Minnesota Beer Wholesaler Association for 2012.
George Papacristou (Operations Manager, Wirtz Beverage Wisconsin) - George Papacristou contributes years of operational expertise to Wirtz Beverage Wisconsin. Most recently, he played a critical role in planning, budgeting and executing the company's seamless move to its new headquarters in Hartland, WI. The new facility was a massive undertaking of operational planning and coordination. A team player and leader, George oversaw the training and transition of the entire operations team to new systems warehouse, an essential part of its operating function. Committed to maintaining Wirtz's best-in-class reputation with suppliers and customers alike, George worked closely with sales on a OneWirtz approach to ensuring all customer needs were met during the transition.
"We are proud to honor our colleagues among us who stand out with distinction. All of the 2012 nominees are deserving of this recognition," said Wirtz. "Congratulations on a job well-done."
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Government eyes popular malt liquor Four Loko 

Thursday, March 01, 2012 2:05:43 PM
Source: Associated Press
By Jennifer C. Kerr
March 1, 2012
A carbonated brew guzzled on college campuses is the focus of an intense write-in campaign urging federal regulators to take some buzz out of a sweet alcoholic drink sometimes referred to as "blackout in a can."
The Federal Trade Commission is looking at a wave of complaints about the popular fruit-flavored malt liquor Four Loko. Under review: the amount of alcohol in the brightly colored, supersized cans and how they are marketed.
The drink gained national attention in 2010 following the hospitalization of college students in New Jersey and Washington state. Some states banned the drink, worried about the caffeine in Four Loko and its potential to mask how much alcohol one could safely consume. Amid a crackdown by the Food and Drug Administration, the drink's makers removed the caffeine and started selling Four Loko without the energy kick but with plenty of alcohol.
The FTC charges that the drink's creator, Chicago-based Phusion Projects, has implied in ads that its 23.5-ounce can is equal to one or two regular 12-ounce beers. The agency says the can, which contains up to 12 percent alcohol, is really more like four to five beers and shouldn't be consumed in one sitting.
Under a deal the agency brokered late last year with Phusion, new labels would be required on its products with more alcohol than 2-1/2 regular beers, and they would have to state how much alcohol, compared with a regular beer, is in the drink. The can also would have to be redesigned so that it can be resealed and would not necessarily need to be downed in one sitting.
Before a final vote to implement the settlement, the FTC asked the public to offer comments. Sentiment has been overwhelmingly against the deal.
More than 200 opposing comments were received, many saying the deal doesn't go far enough and some wanting a ban on the product -- something the FTC does not have the authority to do. About a dozen comments expressed support for the agreement.
It is rare for the commission to get this many comments on a proposed settlement. In its recent privacy settlement with Facebook, which has 845 million users, the FTC received only 59 comments.
One commenter on Four Loko, Maryann Strauss, wrote the agency, "Please reconsider ... and save all of us a lot of heartache, headaches and money."
Another, Julie Bos of the Van Buren/Cass District Health Department in Michigan, wrote: "In light of the evidence about the dangers of supersized alcopops, especially with underage drinkers, this agreement is unacceptable. Please withdraw this agreement and require much stronger changes from Phusion Products and other alcopop producers to protect public safety and health."
The American Medical Association is also opposed, as is the Beer Institute, an industry lobbying group that says it would be unprecedented in U.S. alcohol-labeling history to compare the alcohol content of one product with the alcohol content of another.
The FTC's Janet Evans says there are limits to the commission's authority.
"If I had a magic wand, this would be a smaller product with less alcohol," Evans, a senior staff attorney, said in an interview. "But I do not have a wand. I operate within my agency's jurisdiction, and the FTC does not have the jurisdiction to ban this product or to force a company to limit its size or potency."
What the commission can do, Evans said, is regulate how alcohol is marketed to prevent deception about alcohol content.
Phusion said it could not comment on the pending settlement. The company has maintained that its packaging does not contain statements or graphics that are misleading or intended to attract underage drinkers. Brightly colored packaging and products with higher alcohol by volume than regular beer have been in the marketplace for years, the company has said.
The settlement with Phusion has also attracted the attention of more than 30 state attorneys general who want a stronger agreement.
Led by attorneys general Douglas Gansler of Maryland and Mark Shurtleff of Utah, the group wrote the FTC to express its concerns about young people and binge drinking. The AGs are asking the commission to limit Four Loko to two servings of alcohol per can -- the equivalent of two regular beers.
As precedent, they cite a 1991 case involving the Canandaigua Wine Co. and its marketing of a high-alcohol wine called Cisco.
The FTC said Cisco's packaging and advertising misrepresented it as a low-alcohol wine cooler, leading to the alcohol poisoning of several consumers. Canandaigua was ordered to stop representing the wine as a low-alcohol, single-serving product.
Evans says that case required changing the product's packaging, but didn't limit the amount of alcohol or the size of the containers. She says states can limit what kinds of malt beverages can be sold within their borders, but no federal agency has that authority.
A final decision from the FTC on the settlement -- whether to approve it or change it -- is expected in the next couple of months.
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Chicago's ban on video poker games costs state, city 

Monday, February 27, 2012 2:15:04 PM
Emanuel continues to push for casino
By Bill Ruthhart, Chicago Tribune reporter
February 27, 2012
If Chicago's ban on video poker remains in place, Illinois would lose $63 million to $118 million per year in potential revenue, state forecasts show.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has lobbied for a Chicago casino but has said little about overturning the city's ban. He opposed legalizing video poker in the city during his campaign.
"The mayor has no plans to revisit the city's ban on video gaming at this time," said Tarrah Cooper, Emanuel's press secretary.
When asked if Gov. Pat Quinn was pushing for Chicago to overturn its ban, his spokeswoman, Brooke Anderson, said: "The governor believes that's up to the people of Chicago."
Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, an author of the video poker law, said if the Legislature granted Chicago a casino, the city could address all aspects of its gambling laws at once. But Lang also said the state's Video Gaming Act allows communities to take 5 percent of the profits the games generate locally.
"The city of Chicago needs revenue, and now that video gaming is legal, I would think Chicago would give it some consideration," Lang said. "I can't say whether the mayor would use video gaming as leverage for a casino or not, but I can say it would make sense for them to want to address all gaming issues at once."
Ald.Patrick O'Connor, 40th, the mayor's council floor leader, said the city has not taken up video poker, "because it took the state so long to get its rules, regulations and policies in place."
O'Connor said the city prefers to have a land-based casino and if the Legislature were to allow one in the city, the council then could "determine whether there is enough gaming for our communities, which I think is a separate question at that point."
According to state projections, Chicago's share of video poker proceeds could be $10 million to $20 millionevery year. O'Connor doubted that would be enough to motivate the city to legalize the games.
"I think every dollar counts," he said, but from the beginning, city officials have "thought the trade-off perhaps wasn't worth the paycheck."
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