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Bally's Submits Application For Downtown Chicago Casino License

Bally's has submitted its application for a casino license to the Illinois Gaming Board. The company wants to build a $1.7 billion venue in the River West neighborhood of Chicago. If approved, Bally’s would operate a temporary casino at Medinah Temple in River North while the permanent venue is built on the former Tribune Publishing plant grounds. Baly”s was approved by the Chicago City Council on May 25. The city hopes the Bly“s casino will generate $800 million in annual revenue at full maturity and generate an estimated $200 million tax revenue for the city.
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Daywatch: Application filed for Chicago’s first casino

Bally's filed its application with the Illinois Gaming Board to build Chicago's first casino. The company needs to win the license approval from the state, finalize its proposal with city's planning department and get its casino opened on an ambitious timeline. New guidance will allow the current monkeypox vaccine stock to inoculate five times more people per vial.
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Will schools see revenue flow to them from Waukegan casino?

Waukegan's temporary American Place casino is scheduled to open this fall. Waukeson's Unit School District 60 students begin the 2022-23 school year on August 11. The temporary casino will have 1,000 slot machines and 50 table games. It will be staffed by at least 260 dealers. Mayor Ann Taylor wants to know what the winning casino bidder plans to do for the schools within the city limits. The permanent casino's construction will take 3-5 years. Warren Township High School district 121 and Woodland Grade SchoolDistrict 50 will eventually receive property tax revenue from the casinos.
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Illinois Casino, VGT Revenues Take Hit In June

Illinois Gaming Board reports $327.4 million in revenue from casino gaming and video gaming terminals in June. There were 745,546 admissions across the state's 11 revenues, nearly 50,000 fewer compared to May. The state collected $86.2 million from the two wagering disciplines.
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Illinois Casino, VGT Revenues Take Hit In June
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Illinois Casino Revenue Slips To $116.6 Million For May

Illinois Gaming Board reports $116.6 million in casino gaming revenue for May. Table games revenue ticked higher to more than $30 million for the first time in 2022. Slots and EGD revenue was 6.8% less than in the previous month. The state collected $22.7 million and local municipalities received $6. 6 million.
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Illinois Casino Revenue Slips To $116.6 Million For May
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Wind Creek Breaks Ground For Suburban Cook County Casino In Illinois

Wind Creek broke ground for a new casino in Cook County, Illinois. The project is expected to be completed in September 2023. Hard Rock is the only other operator currently operating a casino. Illinois lost $331 million annually in gaming revenue to Indiana.  Hard Rock has been operating in Rockford since November. Bally's applied for Chicago's downtown casino license. It was rejected. Governor Pritzker signed a gaming expansion bill in June 2019. He signed it with sports betting. Wind Creek estimated creating 600 new construction jobs and generating $155 million in revenue by 2025.
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Yuck! The Worst & Most Disgusting Behavior as Told by Casino Dealers

The worst and most disgusting behavior of casino dealers were revealed by PokerNews. The stories are from their own personal experience. Some of the stories contain actions and behaviors that some people might find offensive. No names nor locations are being reported to respect the privacy of those who shared. In the old days of WSOP at Binion’s Horseshoe, Sarge Ferris was dealt to by a group of men in suits. They took all his cash off the table and left him with a suitcase full of cash.
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Chicago City Council Approves Bally's $1.7bn Casino Plan

Chicago City Council approved Bally's $1.7bn casino plan 41-7 on Wednesday. The final step is for the Illinois Gaming Board to approve the casino. Alderman Brendan Reilly questioned the revenue projections of the project.
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Chicago City Council approves Bally’s $1.7 billion casino in River West

Chicago City Council approves Bally’s $1.7 billion casino in River West. The vote followed a frenzied week of casino votes at City Hall. Mayor Lori Lightfoot thanks labor leaders for helping her deliver a Chicago casino after decades of "futility". . The Illinois Gaming Board must approve the deal. It was a schedule without precedent for a City council. it was on Monday, recessed, and then the Bly”s plan was muscled through.
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Chicago City Council approves Bally’s $1.7 billion casino in River West

Who's left out of the casino?

The city council approved a plan to offer Chicago's sole casino license to Bally's Corporation. Brian Hopkins, Anthony Beale, Ed Burke, Ray Lopez, Byron Sigcho-Lopez, Brendan Reilly, and Michele Smith voted against the proposal. Sophia King recused herself from the vote. The proposal will now go to the Illinois Gaming Board for approval. If approved, the new casino-resort and entertainment complex will be constructed at the Chicago Tribune’s Publishing Center in the River West neighborhood. Construction is expected to be completed in 2025. Baly's plans to operate a temporary casino at Medinah Temple in River North neighborhood in meantime.
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Illinois Casino Revenue Surges To $122 Million For April

Illinois venues in play posted a 15.9% increase in April revenue to $122.4 million. The state received $21 million in tax receipts from casino gaming in the first four months of the year. Bally's was selected as the city's preferred operator on May 5. Chicago City Council could vote on the proposal next week. The Special Committee on Chicago Casino is meeting on Friday. It is expected to delay the vote until Wednesday.
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Illinois Casino Revenue Surges To $122 Million For April

Column: Chicago rushes to approve casino deal while south suburbs hit jackpot with trusted partner

Chicago is in a hurry to approve a $1.7 billion casino deal. Chicago CFO testified that the city loses $1000 million per day in revenue without a functioning casino. Joliet has had a double casino payday for nearly three decades. In northwest Indiana, officials in Gary and Lake County have reacted to recent developments in Chicago. The first casino in Illinois opened May 4, 1993. It was called the Empress. Now it's owned by Hollywood Casino. They also own the naming rights to Tinley Park’s outdoor amphitheater. In Gary, the officials reacted by delaying the casino approval.
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Column: Chicago rushes to approve casino deal while south suburbs hit jackpot with trusted partner

Labor groups join aldermen in critique of casino plans over lack of living wage guarantees

None of the casino applicants has agreed to negotiate with unions, labor leaders say. Robert Reiter Jr., president of Chicago Federation of Labor, wants aldermen to approve any proposal until a labor agreement for operations is in place. Unite Here Local 1, the Chicago union representing hospitality workers, and its president, Karen Kent, also want a unionized labor force. Bally's has engaged with the CFL and is working toward an agreement. The three active proposals have had community hearings and each has drawn heavy criticism from neighbors. A parade of alders wants to reach a so-called "labor peace agreement" they hope will result in higher casino wages.
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Labor groups join aldermen in critique of casino plans over lack of living wage guarantees

Off The Record: Casino Choice In Chicago Could Have Big Effect On Des Plaines

Des Plaines is considering a casino in Chicago. The city is about to choose a preferred operator. One of the bidders is a company controlled by Neil Bluhm, who developed Rivers Casino in Des Plaine. Rivers has been a success since it opened in 2011. Desplaines gets about $10 million a year from the casino. Most of that money goes to the state and 10 South suburbs. Elgin and Aurora casinos saw their income take a hit when Rivers opened. Chicago will probably open a temporary casino and divert money away from Rivers. In two to three years Des plaines will feel the financial pinch created by the opening of a Chicago casino, according to a consultant.
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Illinois Casino And VGT Revenue Bounce Back Strongly In March

Illinois Casino and VGT Revenue Bounced Back Strongly In March. Casino revenue in the state of Illinois reached nine figures for the first time in 2022. The state collected $17.6 million in tax receipts for March and $39 million for three months. Sports wagering in Illinois has generated $101.8 million and $15.2 million so far this year.
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Illinois Casino And VGT Revenue Bounce Back Strongly In March

Hammered by Complaints, Push for Chicago Casino Faces Bumpy Final Stretch

None of the Chicago casino finalists rolled double sixes at community meetings staged by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Less than a third of time was reserved for Chicagoans to question the development teams directly. Many residents are deeply concerned about traffic, crime, property values and quality of life. The finalists must address those concerns and prove their casino will boost businesses owned by Black and Latino Chicagoers. None of alderpeople in the wards that would house the finalists for the casino has endorsed the proposal. Mayor Light foot is running for re-election. If she wins, she will have to find 26 votes for any of her proposals.
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Hammered by Complaints, Push for Chicago Casino Faces Bumpy Final Stretch

Chicago casino finalists: Rush Street closes public meetings round defending new neighborhood's project

Rush Street Gaming is the only finalist for the city's sole casino license. The company is a joint venture between Neil Bluhm’s Rush Street and Chicago megadeveloper. It is proposing to build a brand-new “neighborhood from the ground up” around the casino. South Loop residents are concerned about the development. The 78 Community Advisory Council wants the selection process to be slowed down. They are worried about increased traffic, the potential for more crime and the threat of gambling addiction. 78% of 400 people opposed the previous casino plans.
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Chicago casino finalists: Rush Street closes public meetings round defending new neighborhood's project

Bally's Makes Its Pitch For Chicago Casino At Tribune Site

Bally's is one of three finalists for the downtown casino license. Bally’s Chairman Soo Kim made a presentation to Chicago-area residents Wednesday evening. Hard Rock made its pitch Tuesday evening at Harold Washington Library. Rush Street will discuss its Rivers 78 proposal in the South Loop area on Thursday evening, too. The city is projecting annual tax revenue of approximately $200 million from the casino. The money would be earmarked to address funding shortfalls in Chicago”s fire and police pension plans. Illinois could also receive approximately $248.7 million in taxes generated through all 11 of the state‘s venues in 2021.
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Bally's Makes Its Pitch For Chicago Casino At Tribune Site

Hard Rock Hears Public Comments On Proposed Chicago Casino

The first in a series of meetings between the public and casino operators hoping to win Chicago’s sole casino license began Tuesday. Hard Rock One Central tried to convince the audience that its casino project was not tied to a larger development needing $6.5 billion in state financing.
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Hard Rock Hears Public Comments On Proposed Chicago Casino

Residents Weigh In on Finalists for Billion-Dollar Chicago Casino Project

Residents are taking part in public meetings for Bally's Tribune, Hard Rock Chicago and Rivers 78. The finalists will be evaluated by city officials and a winning bid will then be chosen. The Chicago City Council and the Illinois Gaming Board will have to sign off on the chosen bid. City officials expect the casino site to generate approximately $400 million in revenue per year. It will also support the tourism industry and economic development initiatives. Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office announced that three bidders advanced to the next stage in the competition for a license.
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Residents Weigh In on Finalists for Billion-Dollar Chicago Casino Project

Hard Rock’s temporary casino in Rockford set to open in October

The temporary casino in Rockford will open in October 2021. The location at Giovanni's Restaurant and Convention Center is undergoing an $8 million renovation. It will hold over 600 slot machines, the Midway Bar sports bar and the Rock River Bar and Grill restaurant. Hard Rock International's $310 million casino project will create 1,200 permanent jobs and another 1.000 during construction. Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a gaming expansion bill into law on June 28, 2019.
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Hard Rock’s temporary casino in Rockford set to open in October

Beloit casino project took key step forward in 2021

The Ho-Chunk Nation's Beloit casino and resort project took key administrative steps forward last year. Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issued a concurrent decision aligning with the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs on March 24, 2021. The tribe conducted initial work at the casino site in October of last. The city manager is "thrilled" to see the project take a key step forward. It was approved in March of 2020. A contractor for the tribe did geotechnical soil borings around the site. They are critical to understanding the soil structure below the property.
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Bally's, Hard Rock, Rush Street finalists for Chicago casino license; two McCormick Place bids out after concerns

Bally's Corporation, Hard Rock Chicago and Rivers 78 are the three finalists for the sole casino license in Chicago. The city will choose a final developer and operator of the Chicago casino for approval by City Council. Chicago first declared intentions to develop a casino more than 30 years ago. It is expected to open in 2035.   Hard Rock's proposal also included plans for a temporary casino in MPEA’s North Building. MP EAA had expressed concerns about contiguous connections between convention and casino space. They had also expressed concern about the potential for locating a temporarily casino facility within a hotel or an alternate location.
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Bally's, Hard Rock, Rush Street finalists for Chicago casino license; two McCormick Place bids out after concerns

Chicago Casino Finalists Include Rivers At South Loop's 78, Hard Rock Near Soldier Field And Bally's In River West

The list of potential locations for Chicago's first casino has been narrowed to three. The list includes the 78 megadevelopment, the Tribune Publishing Center and the One Central project site. Other finalists are Rivers At South Loop's 78, Hard Rock Near Soldier Field and Bally's In River West. Residents will have three community meetings to discuss each of the proposals. The final choice will be announced by the end of March. It will aim to get a temporary casino up and running by mid-2023 or 2024, with a final complex ready to open by late 2025 or early 2026.
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Chicago Casino Finalists Include Rivers At South Loop's 78, Hard Rock Near Soldier Field And Bally's In River West

Illinois Casino And VGT Revenue Bounces Back In February

Illinois casino and VGT revenue increased in February. The state received $11.5 million in casino revenue and $58.6 million from VTGT. Sports wagering revenue for February is not available. The COVID-19 pandemic in early 2021 had a negative impact on the state's gaming revenues.
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Illinois Casino And VGT Revenue Bounces Back In February

Illinois gaming regulators approve Danville casino plan

Illinois gaming regulators approve a plan for a new casino in Danville. The planned 41,500-square-foot gaming floor is expected to have 500 slot machines, 14 table games, two restaurants and a sports book. Danvillen is the latest community to get a green light for new gaming under a 2019 law that expanded gambling in Illinois.
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Illinois Gaming Board approves Danville casino

Illinois Gaming Board approves preliminary approval for a new casino to open in Danville. It's the 15th casino approved in Illinois since the state legalized casino gambling in 1990. The biggest jackpot of the gambling expansion is the Chicago casino. Mayor Lori Lightfoot is considering five proposals to run the casino, and she's expected to pick a finalist this spring.  Pritzker is betting on the expanded gambling options and the resulting tax revenue to help fund his $45 billion capital infrastructure improvement plan. Only one of those casinos has started taking bets.
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Illinois Gaming Board approves Danville casino

Danville casino gets preliminary approval from Illinois Gaming Board

Illinois Gaming Board gives preliminary approval for suitability of construction for the new casino in Danville. The casino is projected to be in operation 11 months after the start of the construction and to employ about 300 people. It will include a 41,500-square-foot gaming floor, 500 slot machines, 14 table games, two restaurants, a sports book and 650 surface parking spaces.
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Danville casino gets preliminary approval from Illinois Gaming Board

Danville casino receives preliminary suitability approval

Danville Development LLC's application for a preliminary license for the Golden Nugget Danville Casino has been approved. The construction could start in the next month. It will be a 41,500-square-foot gaming floor with 500 slot machines, 14 table games, two restaurants, a Saltgrass Steakhouse, and a sportsbook. There will also be about 300 jobs. The IGB board still acts on final casino license. 2019 gaming expansion bill included six new casino licenses for Illinois. Danille will get one.
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Danville casino receives preliminary suitability approval

The Illinois Gaming Board will consider a proposal for a Danville casino on March 10

The Illinois Gaming Board will consider a proposal for a Danville casino on March 10. The casino will be built in Danvil’s Eastgate Industrial Park and include 500 slot machines, fourteen table games, two restaurants (Saltgrass Steak House and Golden Nugget). The project is co-managed by Wilmorite Management and Fertitta Entertainment. The application was submitted after a different development team was withdrawn in July 2020. It took the board more than a year to look at the application. Danilville's mayor is excited about the project.
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The Illinois Gaming Board will consider a proposal for a Danville casino on March 10

Full House and Casino Queen Tab Execs For Illinois Casinos

Full House Resorts and DraftKings at Casino Queen have announced management-level hirings for their respective Illinois-based operations. Full House has taken first steps towards constructing a temporary casino in Waukegan. Draft Kings at casino Queen has hired Marc VanderWeele as its new general manager.
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Full House and Casino Queen Tab Execs For Illinois Casinos

McCormick Place officials raise concerns over Chicago casino proposals

The city is choosing a casino developer for its next project. The winner will be announced by early 2022. McCormick Place is not interested in repurposing its facilities for a gambling palace. The winning developer will need approval from the City Council and the Illinois Gaming Board. Chicago's first casino is expected to open within three years. It would be the largest in the state with a capacity of 4,000 gaming positions. Its tax rate is 40% of adjusted gross revenue. it would also carry the highest casino tax in Illinois. the maximum gaming position capacity is twice that of any other casino in state.
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McCormick Place officials raise concerns over Chicago casino proposals

Rockford moves one step closer to permanent casino

The Illinois Gaming Board voted 4-0 to grant a license to 815 Entertainment and Hard Rock for a permanent casino in Rockford. The license gives the company a two-year window to complete construction on the permanent site.
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Rockford moves one step closer to permanent casino

Rockford casino plan gets final license approval

Illinois Gaming Board approves final license for the permanent Hard Rock casino site near Interstate 39/90. Ho-Chunk Nation's Beloit casino-resort proposal is pending with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The temporary facility, Rockford Casino: A Hard Rancher Opening Act, is open for gaming operations. It has over 600 slot machines and electronic table games. In the first 22 days of opening, it brought in over $4.14 million in revenue.
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Rockford casino plan gets final license approval

Rockford casino nets $8.4M in first two months of being open

Rockford's temporary casino has already made $8.4 million in the first two months of being open. The temporary location will be open for up to two years while the permanent location is being built at the former Clock Tower site off E. State St. near the I-90 exit/entrance ramp. In June 2020, the temporary site will begin construction inside the Giovanni's Restaurant and Convention Center.
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Rockford casino nets $8.4M in first two months of being open

Casino proposals in Waukegan, south suburbs win initial state approval

Wind Creek Hospitality has plans for a 64,000-square-foot casino in Homewood and East Hazel Crest. Hard Rock Casino Rockford opened last month. Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort in southern Illinois” received initial approval from state regulators this summer. Chicago will choose a casino operator early next year. The six new casinos are designed to generate revenue for the state to pay for construction projects at public schools, state universities and community colleges. The state s $45 billion “Rebuild Illinois" capital plan is aimed at rebuilding the economy.
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Casino proposals in Waukegan, south suburbs win initial state approval

Plans for a Chicago casino being considered

Hard Rock International, Bally’s Corporation and Rush Street Gaming have submitted five proposals for a casino in downtown Chicago. The mayor's office will consider them and choose a winner before the end of March.
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If A Chicago Casino Opens Near Chinatown, Community Members Say Problem Gamblers Need Support

The bids for four proposed Chicago casinos were announced on Nov. 19. The bids include the Chicago Tribune Publishing Center in the West Loop, two sites at McCormick Place, ONE Central in Bronzeville and The 78 just west of Chinatown. Chinatown community leaders are concerned about the impact of a casino on their community. They say it could exploit already vulnerable populations. The public hearing is planned for Thursday. Mayor Lori Lightfoot will submit one proposal to the Illinois Gaming Board by early 2022. Chicago wants to benefit from the expansion of gambling in 2019.
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Column: Heavy lifting now begins with Waukegan casino licensee named

Full House Resorts won the Waukegan gaming sweepstakes. The company has casinos in Indiana, Colorado, Mississippi Gulf Coast and Nevada. It is not clear why the board selected it over the North Point Casino group. There is a federal lawsuit filed by The Forest County Potawatomi Community. The tribe claims the process was "rigged" by previous city officials to favor the bid backed by Bond. A Cook County judge rejected the tribe's request for a temporary restraining order. He also ruled that the journey is just beginning before ground is broken for the casino.
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Full House Resorts Gets Approval for New Illinois Casino

Full House Resorts has been selected to develop and operate a new casino in Waukegan, Illinois. The company's share price jumped 18%. The permanent casino is set to open in 2024 and will cost $375m. North Point Casino was the other company in the running to get the license.
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Full House Resorts Gets Approval for New Illinois Casino