Community members express concerns over video gambling

Published: Jul. 10, 2019 at 9:42 PM CDT
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There were no poker faces at Wednesday night's 'Betting on Rockford' forum. Everyone shared their opinion over video gambling in the stateline.

"It's an addictive behavior that's a false promise," says John Alan Boryk, an attendee. "It promises something for nothing, and people can get addicted."

Just over a dozen people opened up about their concerns. Many agreed video gambling caters to addiction, and believe it's something state representatives should care about.

"Rockford has the second largest number of video gambling machines in the state," says Logan Jaffe, who facilitated the conversations. "And then we know that there is a future here to be decided about what gambling means to people in Rockford."

That future could include a casino on the Stateline.

People split into groups at the event, and discussed what they would like to see in the city instead. Many mentioned neighborhood parks and other outdoor ammenities.

Nearly eveyone agreed with a statement that asked if they believe the government should address gambling addiction issues. ""They're putting their last dollar in the machine on their way out," said one Rockford resident.