by BRIAN NADIG
Style slot machines were recently seen at a cell phone store that opened at 4466 N. Milwaukee Ave.
A spokesperson for the city’s Commercial Affairs and Consumer Protection Department said inspectors were unable to enter the business and referred the matter to the police department’s Defect Control Section. from Chicago.
The 16th Police District (Jefferson Park) has also asked Vice Control to look into the matter, according to a district spokesperson.
The city issued a limited business license for Lucky’s Wireless earlier this year to allow the sale of cell phones and accessories, but visible through the store’s windows are eight slot machines.
In Chicago, it’s not uncommon for companies to offer what they call “sweepstakes” machines, which resemble traditional slot machines.
A Nadig Newspapers employee was at the store recently and a worker said residents can play the machines with real money and the store gives out cash winnings or credit for cell phone accessories. The store sent out direct mail to neighborhood residents offering a $10 matchplay.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
The Illinois Gaming Board considers sweepstakes to be a gaming device.
In recent years, raffles can be seen at laundromats, gas stations, convenience stores and other businesses on the Northwest Side, but the gaming commission only enforces gambling laws in municipalities where gambling is legal, often leaving local or county law enforcement to deal with the matter.
In Chicago, gambling-type devices that offer players anything of value are not allowed, and machines that are used solely for entertainment purposes must have a city-issued tax stamp, according to the Department of Taxation. business affairs. Additionally, businesses are limited to three amusement devices unless they have a public place of amusement license, which allows four or more devices.
In many suburbs, slot machines have been legal in bars since 2012. A recently approved bill calling for the expansion of gambling in the state could lead to the opening of a casino in Chicago.