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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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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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