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Oak Lawn Gyro Place Gets Liquor License, Wants Video Gambling

Two Oak Lawn trustees voted against granting a liquor license to Big Pappa's but the gyro place won out.

Sandra DiGangi, owner of Big Pappa's in Oak Lawn. Big Pappa's got a liquor license and now wants gambling machines. Credit: Joseph Hosey
Sandra DiGangi, owner of Big Pappa's in Oak Lawn. Big Pappa's got a liquor license and now wants gambling machines. Credit: Joseph Hosey

The Oak Lawn Village Board granted a liquor license to Big Pappa's gyro place despite warnings from two trustees that there could be too many gambling machines in town.

"I’ve had a concern where we’re going to limit liquor licenses and poker machines," Trustee Terry Vorderer said during Tuesday's night's board meeting.

Vorderer (Dist. 4) wondered aloud what would happen if a "nail place" requested a liquor license.

Video gaming terminals are allowed in "licensed establishments where liquor is served for consumption on the premises," as well as in fraternal and veterans' establishments and licensed truck stops, according to the state gaming board. Even with a liquor license, a business must get the green light from the gaming board to install video gambling machines.

Along with Vorderer, Trustee Mike Carberry (Dist. 6) also complained about the prospect of more gambling machines appearing in Oak Lawn. Vorderer and Carberry both voted against granting a liquor license to Big Pappa's. The measure still passed 3-2.

Trustee Carol Quinlan (Dist. 5) pointed out that allowing machines into liquor-serving establishments is not against the law.

"The bottom line is its legal," she said. "It’s an OK thing to do."

Quinlan also noted that the board has discussed the issue before.

"I think we’ve been talking about this since the spring," she said.

Sandra DiGangi, owner of Big Pappa's addressed the board before the vote. DiGangi spoke of her love for Oak Lawn, said she only wants to serve beer and wine, and told of her intention to bring video gambling to the 10806 S. Cicero Avenue gyro place.

Before casting his vote on the losing side, Vorderer speculated about video gambling's unstoppable incursion if Big Pappa's got a liquor license.

"If we passed this one I don’t think we can stop anyone," he said, then pondered what would happen if White Castle requested a liquor license.

"I want to see them here," Vorderer said of the gambling machines. "They do draw revenue, but we do have to draw the line."

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OakLawnBill February 14, 2014 at 04:52 PM
When someone says something as stupid as Vorderer, I immediately dismiss all the following drivel that spews from his addled pie hole.
roul February 15, 2014 at 09:04 AM
If the food was any good they wouldn't need beer or gambling..to make money
Larry Murray February 15, 2014 at 05:27 PM
Wow that's one gassy evening of gambling! Gyros, beers and video poker! UURRP!!!!
Bob Laird February 16, 2014 at 02:07 AM
I'm thinking "Pottersville"
comic relief February 16, 2014 at 08:43 AM
Nothing better than eating a gyro and playing some poker... just wait until you don't have to have a liquor license to have video poker machines in your business!... that's right around the corner
comic relief February 16, 2014 at 08:47 AM
Sandy is a sweet lady, she would make an excellent cocktail waitress!
OakLawnGuy February 16, 2014 at 09:42 AM
The former Board did a lot of talking about limiting gaming in the Village and did nothing. Now this Board does the same thing. It's clear where their preferences lie, so if you're against this it's up to you to let them know it.
ols February 16, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Next the mayor is gonna request a liquor license for her eye doctor business!!!!
p franeke February 16, 2014 at 10:46 AM
OLG: Did you watch the meeting? They are working with our Senator for a legislative solution to allow them to limit gaming. That's not just talk. It sounds like it's a good strategy to a complicated problem.
Oak Lawn Readerr February 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM
The only person who benefits is the owner. This owner happens to be in bed with our mayor and her party.
p franeke February 16, 2014 at 11:11 AM
Readerr: Maybe the few thousand needy people she feeds for FREE every year might disagree with you on who benefits from giving this business something that will help them survive tough times.
Oak Lawn Readerr February 16, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Her donations do not warrant a liquor license being granted.
OakLawnGuy February 16, 2014 at 12:44 PM
PF, I did see that but Kelly Burke had been involved last year as well. The way the ordinance is written, individual municipalities can write certain limits in as well and Oak Lawn has done nothing on that. Now Jedi's building an outlier for more gaming that is essentially a tiny little casino. The only ray of light is perhaps they can limit the machines as liquor licenses expire. And, mind you, this is NO slam at Pappa's, They're just doing business and following the law.
andy skoundrianos February 16, 2014 at 04:18 PM
If you get liquor license you can get gambling license That.s the way the stupid state made the law. It has to be changed to allow more local control to get a gambling license. OAK Lawn is starting to be little Las Vegas, very troubling
OakLawnGuy February 16, 2014 at 06:26 PM
Liquor and gaming, bad combo. Do they have ATMs nearby too?
Oak Lawn Gal February 16, 2014 at 08:02 PM
It's a recipe for bad things down the road imo. It won't be long before someone goes to one of these businesses, has some drinks, starts losing at video gambling and gets violent. Not sure the cut the village gets from the profits will be worth it.
Billy Bulldozer February 16, 2014 at 08:30 PM
At the Oak Lawn businesses I've seen them in, there are ATM's "conveniently" located near the gambling machines. It's probably the best bet you'll get is that the ATM's come with high user fees and that just adds to the problem. Gee, let's lose a bunch of money in a gambling machine and let's also get hit with a high fee for withdrawing $40.00 from the ATM that we're going to lose in the gambling machine.
Joe Kocur February 16, 2014 at 09:31 PM
Only drunks play those stupid machines. That's why you need a liquor license! Than give the penny less drunk a gyro for the walk!
Allen G February 16, 2014 at 09:32 PM
These things are big business in southern states where there is massive poverty. I'm actually not surprised they're starting to show up more in Southern California.
Ron Williams February 16, 2014 at 09:36 PM
When I was a kid, I grew up on the rough side of Blue Island, I thought Oaklawn was the cream of the crop where the educated people and nice families lived. I have lived in Oaklawn 20 years now, and in the past 7 to 10 yars I have watched our town deteriorate and loose class over and over again, my home has lost value, the empty store fronts are increasing, and the village is attracting low class cash for gold and gambling venues, I am looking to get out ASAP and believe me there are plenty others that are going to exit too if they do not straighten things up soon.Dr./Mayor Bury I remember you telling a story about be uprooted from your childhood neighborhood because of bad conditions, is Oaklawn far behind?
Billy Bulldozer February 16, 2014 at 09:52 PM
Ron you hit the nail right on the head. Oak Lawn is getting the dregs roll into and out of this town on a daily basis, whether it's: disruptions at the Chuck-E-Cheese; shoplifters at the Home Depot, Target or K-Mart; speeders doing at least 20 mph over the posted limits while on the phone; the amount of time it has taken to get 111th & Cicero moving; the increased home burglaries, and just the general crap. Not to mention the bangers that come to Christ hospital and then create havoc there. Sad state of Oak Lawn, really sad.
Jim Sheahan February 17, 2014 at 07:21 AM
It's funny that Andy is troubled by video gaming. He contributes little to the state or federal coffers, but questions the manner in which revenue is raised. Is your "disability" check on time every month, Andy? I think they should pass a law that only taxpayers get to comment on government issues.
Jon Gurrister February 17, 2014 at 10:43 AM
Maybe you should put yet another "cash for gold" store in Oak Lawn.......yeah that's the ticket and maybe take the rest of the condos by eminent domain and give them all to the section 8 hoolies...and you squabble over a liquor license?
OakLawnGuy February 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM
BTW, how many freakin' liquor outlets does this town have? I mean, do you need beer available at every eatery?
Billy Bulldozer February 17, 2014 at 11:23 AM
How else are they going to get their video gambling machines OLG?
Ron Williams February 17, 2014 at 11:36 AM
Jim S.,I do not care if you Agree or dis-agree with some one, do it on their merits and facts. I am disabled, I live in a wheel chair, have one leg, poor vision, a heart condition and brittle diabetes. I am disabled, live in Oak Lawn and pay taxes like every one else, I have a voice and an opinion. It was childish and offensive to read your comment and think you owe the readership an apology.
andy skoundrianos February 17, 2014 at 11:36 AM
" Mark " and " Jim " is that the best comments you can come up with?? Took you a couple days to come up with those pearls of wisdom huh
Jerry February 17, 2014 at 09:23 PM
I don't have a dog in this fight, but what happened to Patch's policy against personal attacks? Mark and Jim's comments were simply uncalled for.
OakLawnGuy February 18, 2014 at 06:51 AM
The comments have been unmonitored for a long time.
OakLawnGuy February 18, 2014 at 08:33 AM
How about this? Quit poking Andy and referring to peanut galleries and tearing into ethnic groups and leave out references to Davey Boy and Failin' and the Mayor's weight and laughing because you left Oak Lawn, and contact your officials and the Manager and let them all know what you're unhappy about, what you're happy about and what your issues are. Doesn't take a lunch mom or comment monitor to do that, yknow.

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