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Arlington Hts. Board to reaffirm on slots
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Published: 1/8/2008 12:18 AM

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Arlington Heights village trustees will reaffirm their position against slots at Arlington Park at the next village board meeting. Trustee Tom Stengren brought up the idea at Monday's meeting.

About 20 people who are against the slots attended the meeting with four people asking trustees to contact state legislators and urge them to not support slots at Arlington Park racetrack. House Speaker Michael Madigan recently backed a massive gambling expansion plan intended to bail out the Chicago area's transit system.

The plan includes a provision to put video poker and thousands of slot machines at horse tracks, specifically Arlington Park. The plan also supersedes the village's authority.

Arlington Heights village officials are on record as opposing slots at the track, via a 1987 nonbinding resolution.

"It's been a long time and memories are short," Stengren said. "I think it's time to reaffirm our resolution."

The next village board meeting will be at 8 p.m. on Jan. 22 at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road.