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The rules contained in this section and the divisions thereunder shall govern qualifications for terminal operators’ licenses issued by the village pursuant to this article.
(A) Issuance of license.
(1) The burden is upon each applicant to demonstrate his or her suitability for licensure. Each video gaming terminal operator owning, maintaining, or placing a video gaming terminal in a licensed video gaming location located in the village shall obtain a video gaming terminal license from the Liquor Commissioner for each video gaming terminal in a licensed video gaming location located in the village
(2) Each person seeking and possessing a license as a video gaming terminal operator shall submit to a background investigation conducted by the Illinois Gaming Board with the assistance of the state police or other law enforcement. The background investigation shall include each beneficiary of a trust, each partner of a partnership, and each director and officer and all stockholders of 5% or more in a parent or subsidiary corporation of a video gaming operator or a licensed video gaming location.
(B) Qualifications for licensure.
(1) Applicant qualifications for terminal operators license. The Liquor Commissioner may not grant any video gaming license until the Liquor Commissioner is satisfied that the applicant is:
(a) A person of good character, honesty and integrity;
(b) A person whose background, including criminal record, reputation and associations, is not injurious to the public health, safety, morals, good order and general welfare of the people of the state or the village;
(c) A person whose background, including criminal record, reputation and associations, does not discredit or tend to discredit the Illinois Gaming Industry, the state or the village;
(d) A person whose background, including criminal record, reputation, habits, social or business associations does not adversely affect public confidence and trust in gaming or pose a threat to the public interests of the state, the village or to the security and integrity of video gaming;
(e) A person who does not create or enhance the dangers of unsuitable, unfair or illegal practices, methods and activities in the conduct of video gaming;
(f) A person who does not present questionable business practices and financial arrangements incidental to the conduct of video gaming activities or otherwise;
(g) A person who, either individually or through employees, demonstrates business ability and experience to establish, operate and maintain a business for the type of license for which application is made;
(h) A person who does not associate with, either socially or in business affairs, or employ persons of notorious or unsavory reputation or who have extensive police records, or who have failed to cooperate with any officially constituted investigatory or administrative body;
(i) A person who has not had a gaming license revoked in any other jurisdiction;
(j) A person who has met the qualifications required in the Video Gaming Act or the regulations promulgated under the Video Gaming Act or this article.
(2) No person may be licensed as a video gaming terminal operator if that person has been found unqualified for licensing by the Illinois Gaming Board.
(3) The Liquor Commissioner shall not grant a license to a person who has facilitated, enabled or participated in the use of coin operated devices for gambling purposes. For the purposes of this division, "facilitated, enabled, or participated in the use of coin operated amusement devices for gambling purposes" means that the person has been convicted of any violation of Chapter 28 of the Illinois Criminal Code, 720 ILCS 5/28-1 et seq. If there is pending legal action against a person for any such violation, then the Liquor Commissioner shall delay the licensure of that person until the legal action is resolved.
(C) Testing requirements for video terminals. Every video gaming terminal offered in the village for play shall first be tested and approved pursuant to the rules of the Illinois Gaming Board, and each video gaming terminal offered in the village for play shall conform to an approved model. Every video gaming terminal offered in the village for play must meet minimum standards set by an independent outside testing laboratory approved by the Illinois Gaming Board.
(Ord. 2020-09-29, passed 9-21-2020)