WBEZ | Lake Villa http://www.wbez.org/tags/lake-villa Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Lake County reconsiders 4-year-old ban on video gambling http://www.wbez.org/news/lake-county-reconsiders-4-year-old-ban-video-gambling-108330 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Lake Co. Ban_130807_AYC.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Lake County officials today reconsidered a four-year-old ban on video gambling.</p><p>The ban has drawn criticism because many bars abut Waukegan, North Chicago and Lake Villa, where video gambling is allowed.</p><p>In 2009, County Board Member Diane Hewitt was on the majority side of the 18-4 vote that banned video gambling in unincorporated areas.</p><p>But Hewitt said she will vote for it this time because she thinks all businesses should have a fair shot at the possible revenue generated by video gambling.</p><p>&ldquo;There is no reason why some establishments are allowed to have video gaming, and use that as an added draw or income for their businesses, and others maybe just across the streets cannot,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>She said the board needs to fix the situation because local businesses are suffering from a decision that might now be outdated.</p><p><br />If approved, businesses with liquor licenses could have up to five machines, and would be subject to a 30% tax on revenue.</p><p>The board will make a final decision on Tuesday, Aug. 13.</p><p><em>Aimee Chen is a WBEZ business reporting intern. Follow her at @AimeeYuyiChen.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/lake-county-reconsiders-4-year-old-ban-video-gambling-108330 Strike cancels classes in northern Illinois district http://www.wbez.org/news/strike-cancels-classes-northern-illinois-district-104954 <p><p>GRAYSLAKE, Ill. &mdash; Thousands of students in northern Illinois won&#39;t be in school after teachers went out on strike.</p><p>The strike beginning Wednesday involves about 4,000 elementary and middle school students in Community Consolidated School District 46, which serves Grayslake, Round Lake, Lake Villa and several other communities in suburban Chicago.</p><p>Superintendent Ellen Correll says negotiators failed to reach an agreement Tuesday. Jim Pergander of the Lake County Federation of Teachers says the talks stalled over pay.</p><p>District 46 teachers currently earn an average of $57,000 per year.</p></p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 09:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/strike-cancels-classes-northern-illinois-district-104954