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Another Video Gambling Proposal Prompts Maywood Residents to Create Petition

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A screenshot of a petition against a proposed video gambling bistro at 406 Lake Street, launched on June 21. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || @village_free || UPDATED: 4:40 p.m.

A group of residents in Maywood are so incensed that another video gambling and liquor establishment is seeking to setup shop in the village that they’ve launched an online petition campaign on the website gopetition.com to voice their opposition to the proposal. Created on Tuesday, the petition has already garnered more than 30 signatures.

Lucky Brew LLC, a video gambling establishment seeking to move to 406 Lake Street — next door to the new dance studio going up for Maywood Fine Arts and a few blocks away from the public library — will appear before the village’s liquor commission at a June 28 hearing.

They’ll be requesting that the recommending body sign off on a Class M Liquor License, which would allow Lucky Brew to sell alcohol. After the liquor commission votes on a recommendation, the matter will go before the village board, which has final authority to approve or deny the licensing request.

Although the liquor commission, which is chaired by the mayor, is only an advisory body with no voting authority, the commission members’ votes often weigh heavily in final decisions made by the Board of Trustees.

Lucky Brew’s proposed hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Monday through Sunday. Residents have taken particular exception to its proximity to a facility that services children.

“This is an inappropriate location for such an establishment as it increases the risk of aggravated crime, public drunkenness, and theft to Maywood’s Children and Families,” notes the petition, which was created by Maywood resident Wayne Beals.

Lucky Brew’s proposal comes months after the village board voted 4 to 3 to approve a Class M Liquor License for Lacey’s Place, a proposed video gambling bistro seeking to locate at 611 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Mayor Edwenna Perkins and Trustees Michael Rogers, Isiah Brandon and Henderson Yarbrough voted in favor of the proposal while Trustees Antoinette Dorris, Melvin Lightford and Ron Rivers voted against it.

Weeks after the approval, Yarbrough reconsidered his vote and may even have reversed it if his motion to allow such an action to take place had not failed.

The Lacey’s Place proposal is far from a sure thing, however, since the owners are stuck in a lease dispute with the landlord of the building into which they’re seeking to move.

The liquor commission hearing for Lucky Brew’s Class M Liquor License is set for Tuesday, June 28, 6:30 p.m., at council chambers, 125 S. 5th Avenue, Maywood. VFP  

A previous version of this article had the incorrect date of the commission hearing, which will take place on June 28; instead of June 29. This article has since been updated.

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