URBANA — Urbana would halt expansion of video gambling if Mayor Diane Marlin convinces the city council to go along with the idea.
In a memo to the council ahead of tonight's meeting, Marlin — who doubles as the city liquor commissioner — said it would be "in the best interest of the community" to stop issuing Class G-1 liquor licenses. Those allow gambling terminals at businesses.
The call comes one week after a divided council paved the way for a grocery store to add machines to bolster its narrow profit margins.
Marlin said city code and state law did not anticipate the rapid expansion of video gambling to places like grocery and liquor stores. She wants the moratorium so the city can embark on a monthslong effort to revise its liquor code.