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Gillespie Council legalizes gambling despite uproar

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City will receive 5% of the net income and $25 per machine, per year

Countless business owners and concerned citizens speak out to voice their opinion for and against gambling in the city limits of Gillespie.

After moving the a regular scheduled meeting into the Gillespie Civic Center due to the large turnout on Monday, August 13, the Gillespie council approved amending Chapter 17, Article 3, Section 17-51, on allowing gambling in the city limits. The first ordinance was passed 6-1 after the motion came from Frank Barrett. The second ordinance, which amended Chapter 17, Article 3, Section 17-48, which would proclaim gambling “lawful” in the City of Gillespie, of Macoupin County.

“To make any bet or to buy or sell any tickets in any gambling game except those authorized purser to the Illinois Video Gaming Act. All establishments operating any device purser to the Illinois Video Gaming Act within the City of Gillespie is required to register with the City Clerk and pay an annual fee of $25,” Mayor Hicks read.

The second ordinance was also carried out 6-1 which declared gambling legal in the city limits. Now that the gambling is legal, there will be not be any change or difference. The video gambling, which takes place in establishments with liquor licenses, will now be regulated and legal. “It will just be regulated, by the state.” The video gambling machines will be controlled to pay out 80% of the money taken in. 5% of the net income is distributed to the City of Gillespie while 25% will go to the State of Illinois. The remaining 70% will be split 35% and 35% between business owners and operators, who really own the machine.

“Personally, I have no feeling any way,” Mayor Hicks added. “I will do everything in my power to make sure this is done correctly by establishments, on a personal note.” The State of Illinois has estimated that video gambling will generate approximately $375 million per year.

Numerous business owners supported the gambling as many of them spoke up. Drew Whitlock, representing Chief’s II, noted the video gambling law was approved in 2009 to help with a construction program, schools, roads, and bridges. “It benefits Gillespie, the State of Illinois, and local businesses,” Whitlock added. The VFW added to Whitlock’s statement. “Out of 19 posts, Gillespie is the only one that has not approved it yet. It’s not like we are keeping the money for ourselves. We give to Post Prom, we donate to city functions, and we help the city out. It isn’t about making money.”

Roy Sherman, of Gillespie Superbowl, added that there will be no kids allowed as the machines are required to be in a closed room. “It is sole regulated,” Sherman explained. “Any felons or gambling addicts cannot use the machines.” Dave Link, of Lumpy’s, agreed with Sherman. He added that gambling is in Gillespie now. “The scratch off tickets is gambling as well as the roulette wheel at Black Diamond Days and 50/50 tickets sold by organizations. Now that the city can get some money out of them, we have people opposed.”

A gentleman from the VFW in support of gambling shows his stance by wearing a Las Vegas, Nevada tee shirt. The council prepares notes in the background.

On the opposing side, many others voiced their opinions. Wendel Baugh said he stands opposed to the law while Richard Hill, of the Trinity Baptist Church, spoke on his behalf although “most of my congregation feel the same way.” Hill went on to say that he has seen the negative aspects of the gambling. He explained to the council that the community as a whole should make the decision and not the council. “The smokescreen gambling in the gaming industry” constantly wants more. They will come back and want more Hill advised, as he referred to the casino industry near the Mississippi River.

Jerry Rosentreter, who has resided in Gillespie for 12 years, explained he was in the gaming industry in Las Vegas, Nevada for 9 years. “We have given up 500,000 dollars by moving up to Gillespie,” Rosentreter started. He went on to say that there are more important things than money as he said he was “speaking to sound the trumpet to warn the residents of Gillespie.” Rosentreter highlighted gambling will raise the crime rate in the city.

Della McFarland said other local businesses will lose “a dollar from every dollar put into the machine.” Della noted that all the businesses in town will lose patrons because most people have a set income. The machines will take money from the community. Wendel Baugh added to McFarland’s statement. Baugh noted that the people in attendance that are advocates for the machines are gamblers themselves. “You guys are exceptions to the rules,” Baugh told the business owners. “You guys are exceptions to the rules.”

In other new business, the council decided to table the proposed change in the water rate which affect both the inside corporate city limits customers and satellite customers. The first thousand gallon minimum fee is $12.81 and the next 50,000 and above will be $6.30 per thousand. “This is a substantial increase,” alderman Jim Alderson noted.

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“Almost a 64% increase for the minimum 1,000 gallon increase. For the average 4,000 gallon, it is a 29% increase. It is just too high; we can reduce the minimum rate for the customers and leave the $6.30 for the 50,000 and above. I would like us to lower the minimum rate to $10.79 which is $3 increase per month and a 38% increase.” Without the proper second, the motion died. It will then go back to the committee and be brought up again next month. The proposed increase would take place in October 1, 2013, when the rates are subject to renewal.

Chief of Police Jared DePoppe noted that 26 ordinances were handled last month with all but 2 of them officer initiated. “Some are pending if you do not see them on the list,” DePoppe added. “We had to issue a few tickets.” The police department collected over $500 in ordinance fees and around $500 in towing and impound fees for the city.

DePoppe went on to add that he is in need of a dispatcher. The council approved a recommendation last month for the chief, but that fell through. He also added that a part time dispatcher is going to be having knee surgery later in the month, so he would like to recommend an applicant for the part time position fairly soon and then accept applicants for the full time position due to “a training process.” The council gave Steve Kluthe, police chairman, the power to act on hiring a part time dispatcher with authority to post the full time vacancy.

The council then approved to put an electricity aggregation choice on the ballot for residents of Gillespie. The voters will then have the power to allow or disallow the City of Gillespie to get a better electrical rate for the citizens. The council approved the motion 7-0.

Lastly, the mayor appointed Kelly Hatlee to the library board after the council voted 7-0.

 

 

 

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Progressive Club to celebrate 90th anniversary

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The Wilsonville Progressive Club will celebrate and host a 90 year Anniversary Party on Saturday, May 11. The party will include a catered dinner, a live band, and fireworks.

Doors will open at 2 pm with a catered dinner being served at 4 pm.  The Shane Kessinger Experience (live band) will play at 5 pm, and a grand fireworks display will be held at dusk.

The Progressive Club was originally established in 1934 by the Progressive Miners and was located on the northwest side of Wilsonville’s main street. The Club moved to their new building in January of 1949 and today this is still the current location at 212 Wilson Street in Wilsonville.

Wilsonville was founded in 1917 when Superior Coal Co. Mine No. 4 was sunk and this was the most modern mine in the Superior field. At that time, the little settlement which grew up around the mine was called Wilson. One day a worker paused and asked, “What are we going to name this town?” President Wilson was in office, thus the town was then and there named Wilson until 1919 when it was incorporated and the name expanded to Wilsonville.

The Wilsonville Progressive Club is operated and maintained by an elected panel of trustees and loyal members.  The Club is open to the public and membership is always welcome.  The large outdoor covered pavilion and manicured grassy side lot offer an attractive and convenient venue for any event along with inside facilities. 

If you are interested in renting for any kind of event, call 217-835-3122 during open hours which are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 4 pm to close, and Sunday doors open at 2 pm.  Every Sunday afternoon at 4 pm is the Queen of Hearts drawing and the Club is on Facebook as well.

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Gillespie Police Report: April 14-20, 2024

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SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Oak Street in reference to a dog bite.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street to pick up a found item.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Chestnut Street in reference to a burglary.

An officer was out in the 200 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to a motorist assist.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Schmidt Street in reference to a 911 call.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South 1st Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

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An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Broadway Street in reference to a medical call.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Illinois Street in Benld in reference to illegal burning.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South 5th Street in Benld in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Horizon Street in reference to a 911 call.

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2024

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a male in reference to a theft in the 100 block of South Main Street in Benld.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Osie Street in reference to a violation of an order of protection.

Nicholas O. Landolt, 36, of Gillespie was arrested on multiple warrants including one out of St. Clair County for possession for methamphetamine, a second one out of Montgomery County for failure to appear for driving while license was revoked, and a third out of Macoupin County for failure to appear for methamphetamine.

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An officer was dispatched to East Walnut Street in reference to a suspicious noise.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Broadway Street in reference to a medical alarm.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a theft in the 200 block of West Oak Street.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to criminal damage to her property.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to identity theft.

An officer spoke with a female in the 100 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to a neighbor dispute.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a violation of an order of protection.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Southern Street in reference to a suspicious person.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to criminal damage to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 900 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of East Walnut Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespass to property. Melissa J. Hughes, 49, of Benld was arrested on a Montgomery County warrant for theft/larceny.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Francis Street in reference to a traffic crash.

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An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a civil issue in the 700 block of Rose Street in Benld.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South 5th Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Pine Street to assist the Department of Children and Family Services.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Broadway Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Central Avenue in Benld in reference to a 911 call.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2024

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to fraud in the 200 block of South Macoupin.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 500 block of East Elm Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

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An officer was dispatched to Route 4 and Staunton Road in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Gillespie Street in reference to unwanted solicitors.

An officer was dispatched to High Street and Gillespie Street in reference to a suspicious noise.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of High Street in reference to unwanted solicitors.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a civil standby.

An officer was flagged down at Elm Street and Clinton Street and spoke with an individual in reference to a civil issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Mt. Olive Road in Eagarville in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a suspicious circumstance.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2024

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 400 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a panic alarm sounding.

An officer was dispatched to the 1300 block of South Second Street in reference to a civil standby.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Osie Street in reference to a dog bite.  Heather L. Kimberlin, 47, of Gillespie was issued a citation for dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Baker Street in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was out with a suspicious vehicle in the alley in the 500 block of Park Avenue.

An officer was dispatched to East Walnut and South Main Street in Benld in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the Veterans Memorial Park in Benld in reference to a suspicious vehicle that had been parked there for a couple of days.

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Gillespie Police Department was requested for traffic control by the Gillespie Fire Department for a fire on Eagarville Road.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of East Walnut Street in reference to a traffic crash.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South Street in Gillespie in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Litchfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to a suspicious person at the storage units. Kathy J. Henderson, 49, of Sawyerville was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for failure to appear for bad checks

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Maple Street and Macoupin Street. Kenny L. Fults, 18, of Belleville was issued a citation for possession of cannabis.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Mt. Olive Road in Eagarville in reference to civil standby.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Burton Street in reference to an animal complaint.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespassing. Timothy J. Dalpozzo, 57, of Benld was arrested for criminal trespassing to residence and a Macoupin County warrant for criminal trespassing to a residence.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at South Street and Chestnut Street and charges are pending crime lab results.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to Macoupin Street and Elm Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Osie Street in reference to a dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 8th Street in Benld in reference to medical assist.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Spruce Street in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Baker Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Street in Benld in reference to a medical call.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to an ordinance issue.

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HSHS St. Francis Hospital offers volunteer opportunities for feens

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LITCHFIELD, Ill. — HSHS St. Francis Hospital is offering service opportunities to area teens this summer through the 2024 Junior Volunteer Program. Applications are being accepted now through May 1.

Applicants must be high school students maintaining at least a “C” average, be a minimum of 14 years of age by June 1 and be willing to volunteer at least two hours per week during the summer program. Junior volunteers will perform a variety of duties in various hospital departments. 

Registration materials are available on the hospital’s website volunteer page at https://www.hshs.org/st-francis/community/volunteer.

All participants in the program will be required to present proof of immunizations for MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), and Varicella (chicken pox). An additional requirement includes attendance at a hospital orientation.

A limited number of positions will be available. For more information, contact HSHS St. Francis Hospital at 217-324-8200.

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