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A. Prohibition. It is unlawful for any person to play for money or other valuable thing at any game with cards, dice, chips or checks, or at billiards or pool, or with any other article, instrument or thing whatever which may be used for the purpose of playing or betting upon or winning or losing money or anything of value, or to bet on games others may be playing, or to participate in any wager or lottery, subject to the following exceptions:
1. Qualified not-for-profit organizations duly licensed by the Illinois Department of Revenue may conduct bingo or charitable games in accordance with 230 ILCS 25/1, et seq. and 230 ILCS 30/1, et seq., respectively;
2. Religious, charitable, veterans' or educational organizations duly licensed by the Village may conduct raffles in accordance with the provisions of 230 ILCS 15/0.01, et seq.; and
3. Nonprofit organizations formed for the sole purpose of providing financial assistance to an identified individual or group of individuals suffering extreme financial hardship as the result of an illness, disability, accident or disaster.
An application for a license to conduct a raffle shall be made to the Village Manager on forms provided by the Village, accompanied by a license fee set from time to time by resolution of the Council. A license shall be valid for one raffle, but may be renewed by qualifying organizations during the same fiscal year without a fee. In determining whether to issue or renew a license, the Village Manager shall be reasonably satisfied that the provisions of the authorizing state statute, this code and any rules and regulations approved by the Council have been or will be satisfied or, where permitted, have been properly waived.
B. Gambling Places and Devices. It is unlawful for any person to keep a place for gambling or to procure or permit any persons to frequent or to come together to play for money or other valuable thing at any game in any place used or occupied by himself or herself or his or her agent. It is also unlawful for any person to possess or use any table, device or paraphernalia or other apparatus for playing at any game or sport for money or any valuable thing with the intent to use such table, device or paraphernalia for gambling.
C. Seizure of Gaming Devices. Any member of the Police Department may seize any instrument, device or thing used for the purpose of gaming or gambling, and all instruments, devices or things shall be demolished or destroyed under the supervision of the Chief of Police upon the order of a court of competent jurisdiction.
D. Any person who violates this section shall be subject to a fine of not less than one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) nor more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00).
(MC-1-2014, Amended, 2/18/2014; MC-208-98 § 2, 1998; prior code § 45.12)