A Springfield alderman says he’s a believer in the free market… but also thinks there’s a place for government to step in to make sure that long-term local businesses are protected from being hurt by small, start-up storefront gaming parlors.
Alderman Cory Jobe says established bars and restaurants have made a significant investment in the community. He wants limits on city gaming licenses so that in the future, a business that gets its revenue primarily from gaming terminals could not get a license.
Appearing live on 970 WMAY's "Bishop On Air," Jobe says in addition to Alderman Frank Edwards, two more aldermen… Gail Simpson and Doris Turner… have signed on as co-sponsors. But in a separate interview for the 970 WMAY News Feed, Mayor Mike Houston says he's asked city lawyers to draft an alternate proposal that Houston says would be less restrictive. However, the mayor says that draft is still in progress, and he declined to elaborate.