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If New York City Gets Las Vegas-Style Casinos, What Else Will It Get?

New York City could get a new Las Vegas-style casino. The state lawmakers approved up to three casinos in the New York area in April. New Yorkers and tourists visit the city every year. A new casino in NewYork could transform the national gambling landscape. However, the economic benefits of casinos fade over time. The Encore Boston Harbor casino opened in June 2019. It was one of the first Las Las-Vegas-like resort casinos built in a major urban area. In Massachusetts, a Wynn Resorts casino was approved and opened near Boston. Last year, Resort World had the most gambling revenue of any casino property outside Nevada.
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Bally’s To Close On $200M Casino Site Purchase

Bally's is on track to close its deal to buy the Freedom Center printing plant site for its Chicago casino by Thanksgiving. The entertainment company is set to pay $200 million for the 30-acre River West property. Bally’s will sell the property and then lease it back to raise money for $1.7 billion casino proposal. Tribune Publishing has agreed to extend its lease of the printing facility with Nexstar to a by 10 years from its current June 2023 expiration. Baly's owns and operates 15 casinos across 10 states. It will open a temporary casino facility at Medinah Temple in River North around June 2022, with the permanent casino expected to open before 2026.
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Illinois: Bally's Secures $500M Sale Leaseback From Chicago Investor
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Illinois Gaming Regulators Approve Danville Casino Plan

The Illinois Gaming Board approved the Golden Nugget Danville Casino plan unanimously. The casino is expected to have 500 slot machines, 14 table games, two restaurants and a sports book. It's 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 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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Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot Announces Shortlisted Candidates for City’s Sole Casino License

Bally’s Corporation at the Tribune Site, Hard Rock at ONE Central Site and Rivers 78 at 78 Site have been named finalists to develop a world-class casino-resort and entertainment experience in Chicago. The City Council will choose a final proposal to submit as the developer and operator of the Chicago casino for approval by City council. The casino will generate approximately $400 million a year in gaming and other revenues for the City and State of Illinois.
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City shortlists three bids for new casino

Bally's Corporation proposes a $1.74 billion casino and hotel on the current Tribune Publishing Plant. The plan expects the casino to offer 3,400 slots and 173 games, while the hotel tower will deliver 500 hotel keys. Other amenities include a 3-000-seat theater, Immerse Agency exhibition experience, sports museum, extension of Riverwalk, outdoor park, an outdoor music venue, amenity terrace featuring a large pool spa, fitness center and sun deck.
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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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City Receives Bally's $40M Upfront Payment For Chicago's 1st Casino

Bally's has paid $40 million to the city as part of its pitch for the $1.7 billion riverfront casino and resort. The money will support the City's pension costs and generate $200 million in yearly tax revenue. Mayor Lori Lightfoot signed an extensive community host agreement for Bally’s last week. Baly's casino at Tribune Publishing, 700 W. Chicago Ave., will include 3,400 slots, 173 table games, 500 hotel rooms, a 3.000-seat entertainment venue, six restaurants, and a food hall.
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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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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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Suburban Chicago Casinos Nearing Construction

Full House Resorts finalized an agreement with Waukegan to open a temporary casino. The temporary facility will be open by September. It will stay open while the permanent facility is under construction. After the temporary agreement, Full House has an option to purchase the land for $30 million. Bally’s in River West is on track to be operated by Fullhouse. Governor JB Pritzker signed a 2019 bill into law that created paths to new casinos across the state. A $1.7 billion proposal for a Baly”s casino in Chicago was approved by the City Council last week.
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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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Chicago Mayor denies reports of Bally's selected as casino license winner

Bally's River West proposal is a finalist for Chicago's first casino. The proposal would be located at the Chicago Tribune printing site. It is one of three bids for the project. A special committee has not yet finished its work. Bally’s has offered to pay $25 million upfront to the city. The other bidders have not offered up any money. All three proposals met opposition from local residents. They are concerned about the cost and the location. There are concerns about all the proposals.
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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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Chicago’s 3 Proposed Casino Sites Continue to Draw Opposition From Some Residents, Special Meeting Planned

The city of Chicago is holding a special meeting Monday to discuss the location of the city's first casino. The three locations are Bally’s Corporation, Hard Rock and Rivers 78. Some residents are against the proposed Rivers78 casino in the South Loop. Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the projected tax revenue is between $175-195 million depending on the site.
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Chicago’s 3 Proposed Casino Sites Continue to Draw Opposition From Some Residents, Special Meeting Planned
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Chicago Chinatown Residents Protest New Casino Proposal

Chicago Chinatown residents are protesting the proposed site for Rush Street Gaming’s $1.62bn project. Dr. Hong Liu of the Midwest Asian Health Association and Dr Kim Tee, Commissioner at the State of Illinois Hospital Licensing Board, are among the protesters.
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Chicago Casino Plans Rejected By All 3 Alderpeople Who Represent Potential Sites

Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) is the latest alderperson to reject Bally's plan to open a casino at the Tribune Publishing site in his ward. He follows Alds. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th), Pat Dowell (3rd) and Byron Sutter (4th). They represent potential sites. Rivers and Hard Rock are also interested in the project. Baly's, Rivers, and Hrains were the three finalists chosen last month to host Chicago’s first casino. The neighbors living near the prime riverfront site have largely rejected Bly's proposal.
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Chicago Casino Plans Rejected By All 3 Alderpeople Who Represent Potential Sites
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Ald. Pat Dowell Says She 'Cannot Support' Hard Rock Casino Proposal Near Soldier Field

Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) is against Hard Rock International's plan to open a casino near Soldier Field. She cites neighbors' fears of crime and overcrowding. The proposal is one of three remaining for a city-backed casino. It is competing with Rivers Casino and The 78 campus on the Near South Side and Bally's proposal to build a resort in River West. City leaders plan on tapping revenue from the casino to fund Chicago's ailing pension obligations. Mayor Lori Lightfoot's administration nixed two McCormick Place proposals.
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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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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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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
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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
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Bally’s, Rush Street, Hard Rock on Chicago Casino Shortlist

Bally’s, Rush Street and Hard Rock are on the shortlist for Chicago's first integrated casino-resort. The mayor has selected three plans from the five bids. She will choose her preferred winner by early summer. It will still need approval from City Council and the Illinois Gaming Control Board.
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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

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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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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The best choice for the Chicago casino is The 78

The higher the tax rate, the less the incentive for the operators to invest in the amenities. Illinois casinos have ringed Chicago since the early 1990s. Chicago wants to play this tricky game, lest it be left behind. The best choice for The 78 is The Ritz-Carlton.
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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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Bronzeville Leaders Did Not Want A Casino At Michael Reese Development

Bronzeville leaders are opposed to a casino at the Michael Reese development. The development is part of the Bronzville Lakefront project. The community is worried about crime and gambling addiction. It's contradictory that the city agreed to the development of a marshalling yard and now wants to put a casinos in the same spot. A casino is a good revenue generator for the area. it's also good for improving the quality of life. the community hopes to accomplish with the project, which received the City Council backing in July.
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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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City hears 5 bids from 3 bidders for new casino

Three groups are pitching a total of five proposals for a new Chicago casino. Mayor Lori Lightfoot will choose one of them and present it to the City Council. The winner will be financially viable, architecturally stunning and guided by the principles of inclusion and equity. A new casino is expected to generate around $200 million a year for the city. The money will go to underfunded police and fire pensions.
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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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Casino Rama postpones concerts slated for January, February

Concerts scheduled for January and February 2022 have been postponed due to the Omicron strain of the COVID virus and the Ontario government’s newly imposed capacity restrictions. Tickets to these shows will be honoured when the concerts are rescheduled.
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Bidders Show Off Five Casino Proposals For Chicago

The city has five proposals on the table from three companies. Mayor Lori Lightfoot hopes to approve one of the plans early next year and have it open by 2025. The new casino is expected to bring in $200 million every year.
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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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Here's What Chicago's Casino Could Look Like

The five finalist casino proposals for Chicago are being proposed for the Chicago Tribune printing site, the old Michael Reese site near McCormick Place, at the One Central development near Solider Field and in the The 78 megadevelopment along the south branch of the the Illinois River. The Rivers Chicago at McCormack proposal is proposed by billionaire Neil Bluhm.
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Lightfoot’s Office Unveils Five Bids For A Chicago Casino; Public Meeting On Proposals Set For Dec. 16

Lightfoot’s Office Unveils Five Bids For A Chicago Casino; Public Meeting On Proposals Set For Dec. 16. Mayor Lori Lightfoot is counting on the estimated $200 million in annual tax revenue from a Chicago casino to shore up the city's underfunded police and firefighter pension funds. If the City Council approves the plan chosen by the mayor, the project would need to go to the Illinois Gaming Board to get a license. The selected developer could set up a temporary casino while building a permanent facility.
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City Hall releases details of casino proposals

City Hall releases details of casino proposals. Bally’s, Hard Rock, and Rivers Casino have submitted summary proposals for the downtown casino. The proposals differ in their locations, dollar commitments and in how quickly they could be up and running. The Rivers Chicago McCormick proposes to use 2,900 existing Chicago hotel rooms and build 250 more. Mayor's office is confident all five proposals will generate $200 million annually.
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Live entertainment returning to Casino Rama in January

Russell Peters, Air Supply, Gordon Lightfoot and The Price is Right Live will perform at Casino Rama in January. The first concert at the casino will feature Air supply. Gordon lightfoot will play on January 21, 2022. Tickets range from $73.45 to $107.35. The Irish Rovers, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Beach Boys, Michael Bolton, Martina McBride, Melissa Etheridge, Ice Cube, Ringo Starr and others are booked at casino through next year. Exclusive advanced ticket purchase for Facebook fans and My Club Rewards members begins Nov. 18 at noon on www.ticketmaster.ca for new shows only.
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More states considering casino gambling expansion

American Gaming Association reports a quarterly record for July, August and September. AGA reports $38.67 billion in revenue through the first nine months of the year. The industry is on pace to smash its annual record of $43.65 billion set in 2019. States that offer some form of gaming generate tax revenue to help solve a multitude of problems. Nevada casinos collected $3.683 billion for the third quarter of 2020. The total won in Nevada in the quarter was 26.5 percent of nationwide third-quarter amount.
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Only in Chicago does a debate about one casino turn into a fight over six

Chicago is debating the location and operator of its first casino within city limits. The City Council is expected to approve an ordinance soon. Sportsbooks are gambling just like casinos. Wrigleyville will have one of the largest sportsbooks in America. The pot shop known as Sunnyside Lakeview will move into the former John Barleycorn’s bar at 3524 N. Clark St. where it says it can serve 2,000 customers a day. It will be operating until midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends. There are plans to build a 22,00-square-foot facility astride Wrijley Field.
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Mayor Lightfoot To Review Five Proposals For Chicago Casino Development

Mayor Lori Lightfoot will review five casino proposals from three gaming operators. The big boys in Vegas did not submit a proposal to develop a Chicago casino after Senate Bill 690 was passed. Two operators submitted proposals for two different locations while one operator is fixed on just one location. City Hall executives will recommend the best proposal.
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Chicago has five competing casino bids. Here’s what’s proposed.

Lori Lightfoot is looking at five proposals from three firms vying to run Chicago's casino. She wants to get a finalist to recommend to the Gaming Board by the first quarter of next year. The city needs the casino revenue to help plug its pension funding holes. The Illinois Gaming board will decide whether to award a license to a developer of a Chicago casino, which is one of the most consequential decisions Light foot will face as mayor.
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Chicago Mayor Lightfoot reviews casino gambling location options

There are five bids for the development of a Chicago casino. The most intriguing one is from Chicago real estate developer Neil Bluhm. He proposes to turn over the Lakeside Center at the east end of the McCormick Place campus to be renovated. The Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority doesn't have the $400 million needed to repair and upgrade the half-century-old structure. It's not about money for city per se, but about location, wider economic development potential and public reaction. There's also the question of whether the Chicago Bears will continue to call Soldier Field home.
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Lightfoot sets aggressive timetable for forging ahead on Chicago casino

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is excited about the five bids for a downtown Chicago casino. She wants to send a final list to the Illinois Gaming Board in the first quarter of next year. The revenue from the casino will help fund the police and fire pensions. The sites recommended by the development groups are McCormick Place Lakeside Center, the truck marshaling yards adjacent to McCormack Place, The 78, and the Chicago Tribune's Near North Side publishing plant. Bally's Corporation, Hard Rock International and two groups with proposals spearheaded by Neil Bluhm's Rush Street Gaming are the other potential partners.
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