Off-Track Betting Parlor Receives Go-Ahead from Bolingbrook Village Board

The parlor is expected to open this spring at McQ's Sports Bar & Dome in Bolingbrook.

The Bolingbrook village board voted unanimously Tuesday night to give the go-ahead for an off-track betting parlor to open at McQ's Sports Bar & Dome this spring. 

The board approved ordinances for a special use permit for the OTB parlor and an amendment to the village's zoning code. The location still needs to acquire a license from the Illinois Racing Board before it can open. 

McQ's Owner James McWethy said he hopes to open the facility this spring in time for the Kentucky Derby, though no official opening date has been set. 

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McWethy acquired the previously-named Ditka Sports Dome last March and renovated the location. The OTB parlor will be a "perfect compliment" to his facility, he said. 

He had small concerns about the dingy stereoyptes of OTB parlors, but those went away when he visited other locations in Illinois. 

"The concerns people have are unfounded," McWethy said. "If those concers were valid, we would not be doing it...These are all very classy places -- very nice restaurants and sports bars...

I would not want to be involved in anything not first-class." 

"A difficult decision" 

Mayor Roger Claar said the vote was a difficult decision for him and the village trustees.

"Some people ask why we would want that kind of revenue," Claar said. "I don't see it that way. Fifteen years ago I may have." 

Claar said he had been approached for two or three other off-track betting establishments in Bolingbrook over the last 15 to 20 years. He turned down those requests. 

His opinion of OTB parlors changed when he visited an OTB in Oak Brook and found a "first-rate establishment." 

"If we don't get revenue this way, the other way is to raise taxes," Claar said. "We need to find the resources we can." 

Jeff Kras of Hawthorne Race Course, Inc., said an OTB parlor opened in Glendale Heights last spring has taken in $10 million in wagering and provided $200,000 in increased tax revenue, which is evenly split between Glendale Heights and its county. 

Kras said the Bolingbrook location, having similar demographics, could expect similar results in its first year. 

Expect an "upscale sports lounge" 

Jeff Kras of Hawthorne Race Course, Inc., said the Hawthorne Race Course OTB's are "upscale sports lounges" with high-back leather chairs and hi-def TV's. 

"We treat our operations as first-class operations," Kras said. If you haven't been to an OTB, you would be "pleasantly surprised" by what you saw, he said. 

Kras said OTB demographics are middle-aged, middle class professionals. He said horse racing differs from casinos and other types of gambling because it's a "thinking man's sport."  

McWethy agreed that the locations he saw had a "very nice clientele." 

Patrons will need to be 21+ to enter the parlor. Like other places of gambling, gambling addiction services will be provided to those thought to be in need of them. 

Kras said he would work with Bolingbrook police for security and traffic concerns, especially on big race days. 

The parlor is expected to create four full-time jobs. 

Rhonda January 10, 2013 at 04:11 PM
....ohhh,,,I smell anger...delve away, Jackie Chan.
tom January 10, 2013 at 04:23 PM
That's true. I think that sometimes people forget that court records are public information. Anyone with access to the internet can access them.
Rhonda January 10, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Are you quoting the bible now, Jimmy Jam? How about this quote - Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgement you make, you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Looks like you need to look in the mirror, Sunshine.
Rhonda January 10, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Welcome back Bob Cat! What happened to the "rise above it" message you were preaching last week? ...can't help yourself..just got to get in the last word... Can't walk away can you?
jaskie1505 January 10, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Love the bible quote Rhonda, please follow it.
Rhonda January 10, 2013 at 04:30 PM
...and you do the same Wacko Jacko.
tom January 10, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Rhonda, Why do you always resort to name calling when someone disagrees with you? It's an honest question. I'm trying to understand why before I cast my votes.
jaskie1505 January 10, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Tom, apparently Rhonda is caught between a rock and a hard place, or she's eating crow from her own bible quotes. Time to move on to a new topic on the Patch. This one is dead. It's a done deal, and the village will get some good revenue from it. I applaud the mayor and the trustees for being open minded enough to look at alternative ways to make money.
Rhonda January 10, 2013 at 04:39 PM
...see ya later chumps.
Lisa January 10, 2013 at 05:21 PM
I can't take it. Rhonda, stop toying with these clowns and come clean. You are not running for office. Maybe they can calm down now. It is clever how you drew Jaskie, John and Tom into angry outburst. Tom: who's arrest records? It's public that the Mayor and attorney has a dui. Are you saying Rhonda does? I think you are mistaken, and out right lying. Is your name really Tom? Bob Jonus: Your comment about Rhonda's children was out of line. I agree you need to be careful. I am disturbed by your writings. Jaskie: I am losing a lot of respect for you. Your intense animosity against rhonda has drawn you into unprofessional behavior. Rhonda: please tell us if you are running or not. I think you have a lot of good things to share. Clear the air pls. DOO: Where did you go? I miss your comments.
Lisa January 10, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Rhonda just showed the readers of the Bolingbrook Patch once again her true demeanor. She is bitter, abusive, delusional, clueless and has a disdain for most of the residents in Bolingbrook that disagree with her. Look at the history of her posts, it's always the same BS. Nobody in their right mind would vote for a person into any office with the characters she displays.
tom January 10, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Lisa Rhonda stated FACTS. One can be arrested but unless they're convicted, they're not guilty of any crime. Where is the convicted records of these people that she has accused of having DUIs? She also said it was FACT that people in office have an addiction to gambling, are guilty of illegal gambling, are guilty of misusing tax money, participated in shaky shaky (whatever that is)... If these are FACTS, she should be able to provide some proof. Court records are available to the public so it should be that difficult. Since she's said that she's running for office is 2015, the people are paying a lot of attention to what she says now so that when they vote in 2 years, they will have a clear idea what type of person they are voting for. Not sure about DoO but if his comments were removed, it may be because the Patch banned him again. Just like they did with all of his other aliases(Vera, Tom Selleck, Disciple...) I'm sure that Melissa could clarify that for you if you send her an email. I still find it interesting that both you and Rhonda made almost the exact comment at the same time on the article about Roger running for mayor. Coincidence? Maybe. HHMMM, Makes you wonder now doesn't it. If you want to refresh your memory, I can post them for you. There's still in my email notifications from the Patch.
Rhonda January 10, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Tom Cat (aka Lisa #2), get a grip...you're starting to ramble...no one's buying what you're selling.
Rhonda January 10, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Tommy Boy, you are worst than Johnny B., ...tryin to get the last word in...unable to walk away...hang it up, you are losing this fight.
Rhonda January 10, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Hi Tommy, aka Lisa #2...when are you going to use your real name?
Rhonda January 10, 2013 at 07:52 PM
LISA 11:21am: You are correct. I have no plans on running for any office in Bolingbrook. My purpose for running this experiment is to show the readers just how vicious Mayor C & Crew's supporters are. As you can read, they are all very disturbed people. I'm done toying with them. Lisa, don't forget to get out and vote in April. God bless.
Jimmy J January 10, 2013 at 08:25 PM
From the Mayor's comment that he might felt differently 15 yrs ago. Does that mean he will continue to look for revenue in more repugnant places in the future? Maybe it shows that his values will continue to decline with age. I don't believe that having more gambling in Bolingbrook is any kind of enhancement. For $200,000 the mayor and the board could look for the elimination of waste in government.
Rhonda January 10, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Very true, Jimmy J. It's important for voters to consider the lifestyle of Mayor Claar and the members serving on the board. If they live a life filled with drinkin, partyin, canoodlin, and gamblin. Then that's the kind of lifestyle they will bring to the community. Do you know how many lives gambling destroys? The $200k in so call tax revenue is not worth the lives destroyed from that kind of activity.
Rhonda January 10, 2013 at 08:44 PM
We know Mayor C fully support this garbage. Voters should ask the Trustees why they voted yes. I am very shocked that Leroy Brown, a highly ethical and religious man voted YES to this. Mike Lawler is a family man, why yes? Swinkunis and Shanks, how could they? They should be able to explain how they are able to reconcile the utter devastation to families that gambling addiction causes with the measly $200k.
Rhonda January 10, 2013 at 08:46 PM
..I see big box massage parlors and strip clubs on the horizon.
tom January 10, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Rhonda, Now that you admit that you lied, how do you expect anyone to believe anything that you have to say?
tom January 10, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Mike and Leroy are both members of the Knights of Columbus. This is a Catholic organization that uses Casino nights and gambling to raise funds for the church. It sounds like gambling addiction has touched a nerve with you. Maybe your family has personal experience with it? If so, I'm sorry but to say that all people that gamble are addicts and unethical is going over the edge.
Rhonda January 10, 2013 at 11:05 PM
The Catholic church is also known to have protected pedophiles. Should we praise them for that as well? The Village of Bolingbrook is a community filled with families that are doing their best to raise children in a clean and safe environment. Opening a gambling joint in the same establishment as children golf is reckless. And yes, as a matter of fact, addiction has touched a nerve because I've seen its devastation first hand. Bringing OTB to Bolingbrook is nothing more than fools gold. I agree with Jimmy J, how about cutting the bloated budget by $200k.
Rhonda January 10, 2013 at 11:23 PM
And Tom (or whatever your name is today), work on your argument. It's weak as hell. Praising Brown & Gang for being outstanding members of the communty simply means you are their cheerleader. Nothing more. The flaw in your argument is that it fails to address the real COST of having a gambling joint anywhere near children. If you want to gamble, go to Joliet or Las Vegas. Don't plant the joint in the middle of a community with families.
Tina Marie Montemagni-Invergo January 21, 2013 at 11:57 AM
Rhonda, there is a bar there and it is hoping for more revenue with the OTB. if you would go there once you would understand that. It is not a children establishment but children are welcome there. Las Vegas has children there also. What are you saying here is judgemental. There are not a lot of homes around this business, I don't see your point. As maybe you stopped drinking, doesn't mean everyone has a problem We are adults here and I was totaly amazed by all the comments here...by you. Name calling, I thought you were a better person then this. I see you are not any ones cheerleader. If you don't gamble don't go there. It is not your call, if you didn't want it then why didn't you go to the meeting? No one did, and yes we need every little bit to help during this harsch economy. Heres a link for you.http://www.arlingtonpark.com/trackside/locations Have a beautiful day!
Lisa January 21, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Hunnh?? Tina Invergo, you are one crazy chick///
Lisa January 21, 2013 at 03:28 PM
You are arguing with an unknown person who uses the screen name Rhonda. I'm willing to bet "Rhonda" is probably some established MAN in the community that knows a lot of stuff that the powers to be doesn't want known. In order to get his message out, he uses the name "Rhonda" to get you clowns on attack, while he continues to post facts. I tend to believe what "Rhonda's" writing. Don't you see the trap?
Rhonda January 21, 2013 at 06:53 PM
TMI (or Tina Invergo), Rhonda S no longer lives in Bolingbrook, and I've taken over her BB Patch account. You might want to re-think your argument. She's not here to defend herself, and you don't know who the hell I am. Care to come up with a better defense as to why having a gambling parlor in the same spot as children learning to play golf is a good idea? Sounds to me like you haven't been there in a while yourself.
tom January 21, 2013 at 07:19 PM
RRS is violating the Terms of Use agreement with the Patch if she is allowing others to post comments with her account. "Your account is for your sole, personal use. You may not allow others to use your account and you may not assign or otherwise transfer your account to any other person or entity. (If another person or entity wants an account, they can easily sign up themselves.)"
Rhonda January 21, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Then go and report it to Melissa, Chimi Changa... ..run with it.


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