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12/13/2019

article Lightfoot: Illinois lawmakers seeking ‘tinsel on the Christmas tree’ perks killed Chicago casino compromise
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers were only five voters away from reaching a deal to build a Chicago casino, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said this week in a discussion about her...

12/12/2019

article After big first-year wins, Pritzker looks to health care, Chicago casino — and dumping Trump
(Illinois) -- Hoping for another productive legislative session, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday vowed to tackle pensions, early child education, criminal justice reform...

12/11/2019

article Illinois Governor Remains Optimistic Regarding Chicago Casino Resort, Hopes Bill Will Pass in 2020
(Illinois) -- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) admits there’s been some hiccups in bringing the Chicago integrated casino resort closer to reality, but the first-...
article Syverson’s backing of Rockford casino pick draws questions
(Illinois) -- State Senator Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) went all in for a casino project that would directly benefit his business partner and top campaign donors.

11/30/2019

article Big Obstacles Remain Before Chicago Gets Long-Awaited Casino
(Illinois) -- After years of pushing a Las Vegas-style casino to boost tourism and much-needed revenue, Chicago’s leaders seemingly hit the jackpot when Illinois...
article FBI files reveal powerful New York mob figure’s Chicago ties
(Chicago) -- Meyer Lansky was a powerful New York underworld figure involved in the mob’s efforts to create a nationwide network of gangsters and control casino...

11/19/2019

article How and why a casino or racino might — or might never — come to the south suburbs
(Illinois) -- People really don’t appreciate the mystery that is Illinois. I mean, this stuff is better than space aliens building Egyptian pyramids. Take the...

11/18/2019

article Casino issue unsettled by veto session
(Illinois) -- Illinois state legislators passed bills concerning ethics, pensions and marijuana during veto session but failed to approve a comprehensive fix for a...
article Frustrated over lack of casino support, Chicago lawmakers revolted, putting state infrastructure money in peril
(Illinois) -- In a show of frustration over the lack of support for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s proposed changes that would have allowed a casino there, Chicago...

11/16/2019

article Chicago Mega Casino Delayed As Illinois Fails To Vote On Tax Fix
(Illinois) -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot required the Illinois legislature to cut the 72 percent effective tax rate on the planned Chicago mega-casino, which was part...

11/15/2019

article Chicago casino bill fails in Springfield
(Illinois) -- The Illinois House adjourned Thursday afternoon, ending any hope Mayor Lightfoot had of getting the Chicago casino bill passed this fall veto session.
article Exorbitant Chicago Casino Tax Remains, as Illinois General Assembly Adjourns for 2019
(Illinois) -- The Chicago casino tax structure that has been deemed excessive by an independent gaming industry firm that conducted a feasibility study on the project...
article Is The Casino Plan Going to Work In Chicago? The Mayor is Desperate
(Illinois) -- When a new casino plan for Chicago was unveiled, many were eager to have it see the light. However, legal issues jumped in and messed up the plan, and now...
article Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she was ‘quite close’ to getting her Springfield wish list, but she’s now batting .000 in the General Assembly
(Illinois) -- As lawmakers ended their work for the year providing none of Chicago’s requested financial assistance, Mayor Lori Lightfoot pleaded for patience and...

11/14/2019

article Chicago casino plan craps out in waning hours of veto session
(Illinois) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s efforts to get a full house of state lawmakers to agree to lighter taxes on a Chicago casino went bust on Thursday in the...
article Frustrated over lack of casino support, Chicago lawmakers revolt on different bill
(Illinois) -- In a show of frustration over the lack of support for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's proposed changes that would have allowed a casino there, Chicago...
article Lawmakers adjourn with no Chicago casino action
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers adjourned the fall veto session Thursday without voting on a bill to clear the way for development of a Chicago casino, despite last-...
article Lightfoot tamps down expectations with clock running out on fall veto session
(Chicago) -- With the clock running out on the fall veto session, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday likened attempts to pass her ambitious legislative agenda to “...
article Lightfoot's casino plan is dead for now
(Illinois) -- She ran out of time. Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s drive to revive plans for the proposed Chicago casino by restructuring the tax load on the gambling...

11/13/2019

article Chicago casino bill appears stalled
(Illinois) -- Two major issues that lawmakers were expected to deal with during the fall veto session regarding a Chicago casino and the upcoming legalization of adult...
article Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Springfield Visit Unsuccessful, Casino Tax Rate Revamp Stalls
(Illinois) -- Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot went to the Illinois Springfield capital this week in hopes of convincing state lawmakers to support a new, reduced...
article Clock ticking for Mayor Lightfoot to gain support on Chicago casino ‘compromise’
(Illinois) -- The clock is ticking for Mayor Lori Lightfoot to convince enough lawmakers that lowering the state tax rate on a Chicago casino would still make a winning...

11/12/2019

article Lightfoot lobbies Springfield for Chicago casino, with rare visit to Democratic caucus
(Illinois) -- With Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s legislative wish list still up in the air, the mayor took questions from a packed House Democratic caucus Tuesday...
article Mayor Lightfoot Tells State Lawmakers City Needs Casino To Fill Budget Hole
(Illinois) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot showed her hand in Springfield Tuesday, telling state lawmakers the city needs a casino to help solve its massive budget hole. As CBS...

11/11/2019

article Mayor Lightfoot heads to Springfield to push agenda — including Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot has vowed that she needs Springfield’s help to erase the city’s $838 million shortfall — and she’ll make that...
article Mayor Lori Lightfoot will head to Springfield to urge Illinois lawmakers for help landing a Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot is heading to Springfield on Tuesday in hopes of eking out a deal to make a proposed Chicago casino more attractive to potential...

11/10/2019

article Smart money is on ethics, pension fix action during veto session — but no big bets placed on Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- Ethics reform and a pension consolidation plan will take center stage in Springfield this week during the final days of the fall veto session — while...

10/30/2019

article Illinois lawmakers eyeing tax rate changes to make Chicago casino financially viable
(Illinois) -- Illinois legislators are working to revise a casino expansion law after an independent analysis concluded the taxes and fees to be imposed on a Chicago...

10/29/2019

article Bribery, wires, ethics take center stage in veto session — while Chicago casino waits in the wings
(Illinois) -- For all the talk of a quiet veto session, Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday were abuzz with rumblings about a wired senator and a state representative hit with...
article Double shot of bad news for Lightfoot's Springfield agenda
(Illinois) -- Though the mayor says she's not worried, a federal indictment may hinder her hopes to revive plans for a Chicago casino, and progressives vow to block...

10/22/2019

article Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Lobbies Illinois Legislature for State-City-Owned Casino
(Illinois) -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has called on lawmakers in Springfield to reopen the debate on a law enacted in late June that authorizes a major casino in...

10/21/2019

article Chicago Mayor pushes for city-state owned casino, or lower tax rates for privates
(Illinois) -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is pushing two options for a Chicago casino. One calls for a casino owned by both the city and the state, the other calls for...

10/18/2019

article Downstate ‘Little Egypt’ casino plan fields dreams — while up north, Chicago struggles to keep its bid from going south
(Illinois) -- Up in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is scrambling to salvage plans for a megacasino. North and south of Illinois’ big-city economic engine, a host of...

10/16/2019

article Plans for a casino in South Chicago axed over mob connections
(Illinois) -- Chicago can’t seem to catch a break as it tries to get into the casino scene. Five sites chosen as potential candidates to house a gambling house...
article Springfield hostile to Lightfoot's new Chicago casino plan
(Illinois) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot's new plan to revive a proposed Chicago casino by having it jointly owned by a city-state commission is in danger of floundering...

10/14/2019

article Lightfoot floats casino, real estate transfer tax plans with Chicago delegation ahead of fall veto session
(Illinois) -- Mayor wants effective tax rate on a Chicago casino cut from 72% to 45%, with casino license jointly owned by the city and state. She also wants a graduated...

10/1/2019

article Chicago teams suggest a rulebook for sports betting
(Chicago) -- Chicago's five major pro sports franchises want in on sports betting, and they're letting state gambling officials know what they think of the...

9/18/2019

article Lawmakers look to rework gaming law for financially feasible Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- The betting line on a Chicago casino just got a little better. A leading state lawmaker said he believes the gaming law can be reworked to make it...
article Regulators call for law change to make Chicago casino viable
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board is calling on lawmakers to change state law to make a Chicago casino viable. A Union Gaming Analytics' study released last...
article State gaming board urges changes in law authorizing Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board said Monday that state lawmakers need to change a law they enacted earlier this year if they ever hope to see a casino developed...
article ‘Law change needed’ for Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board has said that lawmakers in the US state need to change a law they enacted earlier this year if they ever hope to see a casino...

9/17/2019

article Poker-faced regulators call on lawmakers to change gambling law to make Chicago casino a winning bet
(Illinois) -- After a consultant’s report dampened hopes earlier this summer on the prospects of a Chicago casino, Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined a chorus of casino...

9/16/2019

article Why a Casino Can’t Fund Chicago’s Pensions
(Illinois) -- When my grandmother found out I was playing the horses, she called me up to try to teach me a lesson. I can still hear her bellowing into the phone:...
article Gaming Board urges changes in law authorizing Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board said Monday that state lawmakers need to change a law they enacted earlier this year if they ever hope to see a casino developed...
article Regulators call for law change to make Chicago casino viable
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board is calling on lawmakers to change state law to make a Chicago casino viable. A Union Gaming Analytics' study released last...
article Without offering specifics, Illinois Gaming Board tells lawmakers to consider changing terms of Chicago casino license
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board wants lawmakers to consider changing the terms of the license for the long-proposed Chicago casino after a consultant last month...

9/12/2019

article Is hope of casino jackpot a sucker bet? State’s gambling tax revenue booming, but it’s not from casinos
(Illinois) -- Statewide gambling tax revenue is at an all-time high, but the percentage of those funds coming from casinos keeps trending lower and lower.
article State revenue from casinos continues to drop as Illinois prepares for massive gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- As Illinois embarks on a massive gambling expansion of up to six new casinos and the addition of slot machines and table games at horse tracks, revenue...

9/6/2019

article Chicago is a tourism mecca? Take a closer look
(Illinois) -- Like an unusually early spring robin, the headlines have appeared every January for most of the past decade: “Chicago sets new tourism record with...

8/23/2019

article Even With Sports Betting, Proposed Chicago Casino Sites Would Make Negative Dollars
(Illinois) -- Maybe Illinois shouldn’t have rushed into expanded gambling, including sports betting, so quickly? Chicago’s long-awaited casino is still in...

8/22/2019

article Who needs a casino deal more: Lightfoot or Pritzker?
(Illinois) -- Who more badly needs the proposed Chicago casino and the taxes and other revenues it would spin off: Mayor Lori Lightfoot or Gov. J.B. Pritzker? Or is it...

8/21/2019

article Chicago casino not feasible, study says
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board has determined that, at least as things currently stand, the idea of building Chicago's first-ever casino is just not...
article COLUMN: Forget development on the south or west side: the privately owned Chicago casino is likely going downtown
(Illinois) -- Here's how the casino business usually works: the suckers have to walk through an actual door and spend a few hours in a more or less cheesy facility...

8/19/2019

article Chicago casino’s future may depend on who’s willing to take less cash
(Illinois) -- After years of failed efforts, a Chicago casino seemed within reach this spring when Illinois lawmakers approved massive gambling expansion. But after a...

8/18/2019

article Five takeaways from the Chicago casino feasibility study
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers are likely to rewrite their new statute authorizing a Chicago casino after a feasibility study released last week concluded that no city...
article Taxes will ground Chicago casino, but taking a flier on airport slots could pay off, study finds
(Illinois) -- Despite issuing a dismal financial forecast that has put a potential Chicago casino on standby, a state-hired consultant determined slot machines at O...

8/16/2019

article How a Video Gambling Company Helped Bankroll Local Politicians
(Illinois) -- If you don’t know by now, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a massive gambling expansion bill in June that paves the way for six new casinos to be...
article Chicago comes up snake eyes
(Illinois) -- The casino that supposedly was going to help fill Chicago's yawning budget gap now appears to be dead on arrival. Why? Because apparently no one...

8/15/2019

article Consultant’s Report Questions Economics of Chicago Casino Plan
(Illinois) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot has signaled that Springfield lawmakers may have to go back to the drawing board on a Chicago casino after a consultant’s report...
article Report finds 'onerous' taxes would sink Chicago casino plans
(Illinois) -- A new report said existing plans for building a casino in Chicago were “not financially feasible,” a setback for one source of funding for...

8/14/2019

article Chicago Casino Proposal Unprofitable, Uninvestable, Says Feasibility Study
(Illinois) -- Chicago’s first casino would struggle to make money because it would be the most highly taxed gaming operation in America, according to a feasibility...
article Study Says Chicago Casino Would Not Be Profitable
(Illinois) -- "If you build it, they will come" might work for a baseball diamond in a cornfield, but apparently not for a Chicago-based casino, according to a...
article High taxes could kill any Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- Place your bets on where a Chicago casino will land. The former Michael Reese hospital site would produce the most revenue, but neither it or nor any of...
article Op-Ed: The house can't win in Chicago. What does it mean for the rest of Illinois?
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers and Chicago officials have proven that they can make lucrative industries into surefire losers. In the casino business, the house always...
article OP/ED: A consultant disses Lightfoot’s casino sites. Now what?
(Illinois) -- So a consultant has branded five casino sites floated by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, all on the South and West Sides, as out-of-the-way losers.

8/13/2019

article Downtown casino shuffle: A few aces in the hole, some wild cards — but no Trump card
(Illinois) -- Illinois’ first-year governor and Chicago’s first-year mayor backed an historic state gambling expansion in the last legislative session while...
article Feasibility study casts doubts on Chicago casino location, profitability
(Illinois) -- A feasibility study released by the Illinois Gaming Board concluded that Chicago’s plan to build its first-ever casino will struggle to attract...
article Feasibility Study: Chicago Casino Likely Can’t Be Financed Under State’s Current Structure
(Illinois) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday agreed with a new feasibility study, saying the state statute that authorized casino gambling in Chicago would make it...
article High taxes could kill any Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- The former Michael Reese hospital site would produce the most revenue, but neither it or nor any of the other four sites Mayor Lori Lightfoot has suggested...
article Illinois Gaming Study Finds No Chicago Casino Site Feasible
(Illinois) -- Faced with the pressing question of just where exactly the city of Chicago should place the proposed new mega-casino made possible by Illinois passing a...
article Lightfoot Expresses Concerns Laws May Dampen Casino Profits
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board says it will release a study on the feasibility of locating a gambling casino in Chicago. The views of Las Vegas-based Union...
article No dice on 5 Chicago casino sites or ‘onerous’ taxes, study finds — but mayor, gov not leaving the table
(Illinois) -- The first roll in a bid to finally bring a casino to Chicago has come up snake eyes. Financing for any one of five proposed casino sites studied on the...
article Proposed Chicago casino unattractive to investors because of ‘onerous’ taxes; South and West side sites wouldn’t draw tourists
(Illinois) -- Prospects for a Chicago casino took a hit Tuesday after a study found that the state-approved proposal would not be viable because of “very onerous...
article Chicago casino feasibility study finds 'onerous' tax structure would impede profits
(Illinois) -- A study on where to build a new Chicago casino determined that none of the five locations under consideration would be financially feasible because of high...
article Column: Pols playing their hand like it’s Go Fish, not High Stakes Poker
(Illinois) -- Gee whiz, how did they screw that up? Chicago tries for decades to get a casino, and when the stars finally align with a supportive governor, mayor and...
article Editorial: Rescuing a Chicago casino from Springfield’s greedy tax grab
(Illinois) -- We’ve long contended that locating a casino in Chicago makes sense. Legal gambling tends to generate lots of tax revenue, which the city and state need.
article Here's what else we can we glean from today’s casino report
(Illinois) -- Today, a new analysis by an outside consultant retained by the Illinois Gaming Board to review Chicago's options under state law found the five floated...
article Proposed Chicago casino unattractive to investors because of ‘onerous’ taxes; South and West side sites wouldn’t draw tourists, says a state-hired consultant
(Illinois) -- A proposed Chicago casino could fail to attract investors because the tax structure approved by legislators is “very onerous” and the five...
article Rivers Casino to begin construction of $60 million hotel on North Shore
(Illinois) -- Rivers Casino announced Tuesday the start of construction on its long anticipated Landing Hotel that will connect to the casino on the city’s North...

8/12/2019

article Chicago Casino Study to Be Released Tuesday
(Illinois) -- Where to put a Chicago casino? Chicagoans will have some more insight on that soon. A $120,000 feasibility study evaluating five potential sites proposed...
article Will Illinois law allow a proposed Chicago casino to make enough money? Mayor Lori Lightfoot isn’t sure
(Illinois) -- With word on the odds of success for potential Chicago casino sites due this week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday she isn’t sure whether a gambling...

8/9/2019

article Where will Chicago's first casino land? Here's how the 5 proposed sites compare.
(Illinois) -- Which of five casino sites floated by Mayor Lori Lightfoot offers the best chance to reap a promised economic windfall? A state-hired consultant has until...

7/29/2019

article Column: Let’s cut to the chase: A Chicago casino must be near downtown
(Illinois) -- The city of Chicago agreed to pay around $120,000 for a feasibility study to determine the best location for its first casino. The study is due in two...
article Common Leads Proposal to Build Massive Movie Studio Complex in Chicago
(Illinois) -- During a rousing speech at the BET Awards in June, movie magnate Tyler Perry stressed the importance of becoming our own gatekeepers. “When I built...

7/26/2019

article A Chicago casino is getting built, share your thoughts on a city survey
(Illinois) -- After floating the five potential sites for Chicago’s first casino, Mayor Lori Lightfoot released a survey on Friday asking residents about an ideal...
article Lightfoot seeks public input on site for Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday followed through on her promise to give everyday people a voice in the high-stakes process of choosing the site for a...
article Mayor Lightfoot Launches Survey To Get Feedback On Future Casino
(Illinois) -- A week after Mayor Lightfoot released her preferences for the location of a Chicago casino, she is asking people what they think. When the mayor announced...
article Chicago is counting on a casino windfall, but Indiana gambling rivals are renovating, expanding
(Indiana) -- As Chicago considers five possible locations for a casino, an Indiana gambling facility just across the state line is making expansion plans of its own.

7/25/2019

article Mayor Lightfoot ‘Concerned’ About Feasibility of Chicago Casino
(Illinois) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she will seek public input on possible locations for a Chicago casino in a survey her office plans to release Friday. “This...

7/24/2019

article Aldermen Weigh in on Chicago Casino Locations, City Labor Law
(Illinois) -- It’s a question that’s likely to be asked a lot over the next several months: Where should a Chicago casino go? There might not be an easy...
article Chairs still empty at Gaming Board a month after Pritzker raised the stakes on gambling
(Illinois) -- Pulling together the votes for a colossal gambling expansion in Illinois that includes a massive Chicago casino — that was supposed to be the long...

7/23/2019

article Without great shows and dining, Chicago’s casino could be dealt a losing hand
(Illinois) -- Downtown? South Side? Close to tourist hotspots or designed to be a tool of urban regeneration? Fevered debate is underway about the most desirable...

7/20/2019

article Hedging her bet: Lightfoot says casino could rise Downtown after all
(Illinois) -- A day after saying the city will study five potential sites on the South and West sides for Chicago’s first casino, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said it...

7/19/2019

article Chicago’s first casino still might end up downtown, says Lightfoot
(Illinois) -- Despite releasing a shortlist of five South and West sides sites for Chicago’s first-ever casino earlier in the week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said her...
article Chicago’s first casino still might end up downtown, says Lightfoot
(Illinois) -- Despite releasing a shortlist of five South and West sides sites for Chicago’s first-ever casino earlier in the week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said her...
article Hedging her bet: Lightfoot says casino could rise Downtown after all
(Illinois) -- A day after saying the city will study five potential sites on the South and West sides for Chicago’s first casino, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said it...
article Lightfoot's about to make a bad bet
(Illinois) -- The new mayor has tipped her hand as to where she'd like to place a casino in Chicago—and unfortunately for the city, it's possible she's...

7/18/2019

article CITY OF CHICAGO: Mayor Lightfoot Announces Next Steps Forward in the Creation of a New Chicago Casino
(Illinois) -- City of Chicago issued the following announcement on July 17. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced the first steps toward the development of a new...
article Lightfoot names five sites, all on South and West sides, as possible casino locations
(Illinois) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot is floating five sites, all on the city’s South and West sides, as possible locations for a Chicago casino, her office said Wednesday.
article Other sites still possible for Chicago casino, Lightfoot says — even downtown
(Illinois) -- Don’t get “fixated” on five South and West Side sites for a Chicago casino because the list is “not definitive,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday,...
article Aldermen say they’re surprised by Lightfoot’s casino site picks
(Illinois) -- Chicago aldermen reacted with surprise Wednesday to the five possible casino sites floated by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, but quickly turned to weighing the...

7/17/2019

article 5 sites in Chicago be studied for casino feasibility
(Illinois) -- Five sites in Chicago will be reviewed as possible locations for a casino. Mayor Lori Lightfoot made the announcement Wednesday, saying a consultant will...
article Here are the five sites Lori Lightfoot wants to study for the city casino
(Illinois) -- The city of Chicago today released a list of five sites it wants to get a close financial look at as the possible location for the city’s new casino...
article Mayor Lightfoot Identifies Five Sites For Chicago Casino
(Illinois) -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said five sites are being looked at for a possible casino in Chicago. An “economic feasibility study” is being...
article Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office narrows locations for Chicago's first casino
(Illinois) -- Talks of a Chicago casino have been up in the air for years, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office took a big step toward development Wednesday. The mayor...
article Potential Chicago casino sites aren't far from Northwest Indiana
(Illinois) -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has identified five potential city casino sites, including two very close to Northwest Indiana, for a consultant to evaluate...
article South, West sides are focus as Lightfoot lists possible sites for Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday pinpointed five South and West side sites for a Chicago casino, but one — in historic Bronzeville — was...

7/15/2019

article Consulting firm to evaluate Chicago casino feasibility
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board has selected a consulting firm to conduct a feasibility study for a casino in Chicago. The Gaming Board announced last week that...
article Union Gaming chosen to review Chicago casino feasibility
(Illinois) -- Whether or not Chicago, Illinois gets a casino resort could ultimately be determined by what Union Gaming (UG). The Las Vegas-based investment bank and...
article Union Gaming Picked to Conduct Chicago Casino Feasibility Review
(Illinois) -- Las Vegas-based Union Gaming has been selected by the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) to conduct a feasibility study for an integrated casino resort in...

7/12/2019

article State looks to Las Vegas to figure out what’s in the cards for Chicago casino
(Las Vegas) -- The Illinois Gaming Board has selected a Las Vegas firm to study the feasibility of a casino in Chicago, taking the first step toward bringing a long-...
article The best — and worst — places to put a Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- The best place in Chicago to put a casino? Michigan Avenue and Lake Street, which is a short distance from Millennium Park, the Riverwalk and the Randolph...

7/11/2019

article Another view: Stack the deck against organized crime at planned Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- It’s going to be a busy summer for Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the City Council if they hope to build a firewall against the influence of organized...
article State blows first deadline in Chicago casino timeline: ‘Working through the process’
(Illinois) -- Less than two weeks after Illinois’ massive gambling expansion was signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, state officials have stumbled out of the...

7/4/2019

article Chicago Casino Will be Open at the Beginning of New Year
(Illinois) -- Casino games lovers of Chicago would be able to spend their time up to midnight in a casino by the new year. They will be able to play on slot machines by...
article EDITORIAL: Stack the deck against organized crime at planned Chicago casino
(Illinois) -- It’s going to be a busy summer for Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the City Council if they hope to build a firewall against the influence of organized...

7/2/2019

article Clock begins ticking on potential Chicago casino -- possibly a year away
(Illinois) -- Chicagoans will be able to take a pull on legal marijuana joints at the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1, 2020. When will they be able to pull the lever on a...

7/1/2019

article Clock begins ticking on potential Chicago casino — possibly a year away
(Illinois) -- Chicagoans will be able to take a pull on legal marijuana joints at the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1, 2020. When will they be able to pull the lever on a...

6/28/2019

article Illinois' biggest casino boss says a Chicago resort is a tough sell
(Illinois) -- Tim Wilmott, chief executive officer of Penn National Gaming Inc., said a high tax rate and other conditions laid down by Illinois legislators could make a...

6/27/2019

article Illinois's Biggest Casino Boss Says a Chicago Resort Is a Tough Sell
(Illinois) -- Tim Wilmott, chief executive officer of Penn National Gaming Inc., said a high tax rate and other conditions laid down by Illinois legislators could make a...

6/26/2019

article Lightfoot’s safest bet: Saying no to all casino-related campaign donors
(Illinois) -- What the no-nonsense answer should be: Not a nickel. What the question is: How much in campaign contributions should Mayor Lori Lightfoot consider...

6/24/2019

article Mayor Lori Lightfoot Scrutinized for Ties to Those Who May Benefit from Chicago Gambling Expansion
(Illinois) -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is facing questions about potential conflicts when it comes to gambling expansion in the Windy City given her friends,...

6/21/2019

article Casino owner, others with gambling-industry ties helped Lori Lightfoot become mayor
(Illinois) -- With legal gambling set to explode across Illinois, Mayor Lori Lightfoot will be among the government officials who’ll have a strong say in how that...

6/20/2019

article Put the Casino on the East Side
(Illinois) -- Thirty years ago, when the Illinois General Assembly voted to allow riverboat gambling, the idea was to help faded river towns bypassed by modern...

6/15/2019

article Why sports betting is a gamble for Chicago's pro teams
(Illinois) -- Sports betting in Illinois could be a gold mine for Chicago's pro sports teams. It's also a big gamble for them. As the pending statewide...

6/12/2019

article Despite Mayor Lightfoot’s campaign promise, Chicago’s casino will be owned by a private investor after all
(Illinois) -- A funny thing happened on the way to state legislative approval for Chicago's very own casino last week. For decades political leaders, lusting after...
article How to make a Chicago casino a social asset — not a public pariah
(Illinois) -- When it comes to a casino in Chicago, the question used to be “If?” Would it ever be built? Now the question is “Where?” But all...

6/9/2019

article Gaming board revamp plan ahead of massive gambling expansion
(Illinois) -- There are more questions than answers when it comes to where a Chicago casino will land — and a revamped Illinois Gaming Board will be wading into...

6/7/2019

article Chicago casino is a risky roll of the dice for Pritzker, Lightfoot
(Illinois) -- Officials from Chicago to Springfield have been in party mode since the big gravy boat set sail—the big gravy boat being legislative passage of a...
article Where should Chicago build its first casino?
(Illinois) -- A Chicago casino has been in discussion for years and now the plan is finally moving forward amid a flurry of new legislation including everything from a $...
article Why Lightfoot should go all in on a downtown casino
(Illinois) -- For decades, certain enthusiastic civic boosters—most notably the late lamented CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Jerry Roper, who one hopes...

6/5/2019

article How Lori Lightfoot got Chicago that elusive casino
(Illinois) -- Casinos were on former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Springfield wish list for years, and they were Rahm Emanuel’s top legislative priority...

6/4/2019

article A tough bet for Lightfoot: Where to put Chicago's casino? Possibilities range from former Reese hospital to public housing sites
(Illinois) -- A Chicago casino gives Mayor Lori Lightfoot her first chance to shepherd a major construction and economic development project from start to finish, but...
article Place Your Bets: Where Should the Chicago Casino Be Built?
(Illinois) -- Chicago is finally set to get a much-anticipated casino. And it’s not just any casino, but one that could rival Las Vegas mega-casinos in size and...
article Where should a Chicago casino go?
(Illinois) -- Up next, [Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot] said, will be a study to figure out where the casino should go. “I’m not going to get into speculation...

6/3/2019

article Chicago Will Get a Casino as Part of Illinois Gambling Expansion
(Illinois) -- Illinois legislators approved a giant gambling-expansion bill that allows sports betting and as many as six new casinos, including one in Chicago, one of...
article How Illinois’s landmark legislative session will impact Chicago
(Illinois) -- Illinois lawmakers had a long list of items on the agenda for the spring session, including legalizing recreational marijuana and a massive $45 billion...
article Lightfoot decision to drop demand for city-owned casino helped deliver winning hand
(Illinois) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday she tried for the city-owned casino her predecessors favored, but ultimately agreed to a privately-owned facility more...
article Lightfoot Promises To Go Slow On Chicago Casino
(Illinois) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants to take a cautious approach to a casino in Chicago, once an Illinois gambling-expansion measure becomes law. A day after...
article Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Chicago casino: Big win, up next a study to decide where to put it
(Illinois) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot didn’t get the city-owned Chicago casino she said she would have preferred, but on Monday she set a course to move ahead with...

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