Hickory Hills council: no more video gaming cafes

  • Written by Sharon L. Filkins


The Hickory Hills City Council has determined that the city has enough video game cafes.

During a brief discussion at last Thursday’s city council meeting on new business, Mayor Mike Howley questioned the board as to their thoughts on adding another café and liquor license to the existing roster of 10

Howley said he had recently received a request for an additional café and liquor license.

“At this time, we do not have any remaining licenses and I am not inclined to prepare an ordinance to create one, especially after what we have recently gone through,” he said.

His comment was a reference to the on-again, off-again matter of a liquor license for Sonny’s Café, which is currently licensed but has not yet opened.

“If Sonny’s does not open we would have a vacant license which could be considered, but that is an ‘iffy’ maybe,” said Howley.

“We have enough of them, we don’t need anymore,” said Ald. Debbie Ferrero (2nd Ward).

Her sentiments were echoed by the entire council.

On another matter, Ald. Brian Fonte (3rd Ward) who chairs the Health and Environmental Control/Recycling commission, asked for additional time to review proposals he has received from various electronic recycling companies.

On July 7, the council heard a presentation on “At the Door Recycling,” presented by Waste Management, the company that currently has a contract with the city for refuse collection. Fonte said he is waiting for additional information on the proposals.

An approval was granted to Police Chief Al Vodicka, who presented a request to fill a vacancy created in the department after an officer recently retired. He requested permission to promote an officer from the ranks to fill the vacancy and to then hire a new officer to fill that position.

A business license was approved for Jeffrey Adams, who is opening Distribution Warehouse at 9905 S. 78th Ave. He will distribute books and art materials to stores such as Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree, Kmart, Jewel-Osco, Walmart and Hallmark, as well as schools.

Omar Almosalam received a business license for his FruteX, Inc., 9831 S. 78th Ave. He buys candy wholesale in bulk and re-packages it for resale at 99 cents for the Chicago area.

City Clerk Dee Catizone announced that the Secretary of State Mobile Driver Services facility will be at City Hall, 8652 W. 95th St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Services provided will include a driver’s license renewal, state ID cards, duplicate licenses, corrected licenses, vision screening with DL renewals and vehicle renewal sticker for license plates. Any Illinois resident can attend. The mobile facility does not offer a road test.