Rivers Casino Crowds Already Too Big

DES PLAINES, Ill. (CBS) — On only its first day of being open to the public, the Chicago area’s newest casino was proving to be a little bit too popular.

The Rivers Casino opened at River Road and Devon Avenue in Des Plaines on Monday, and shortly after Jim Belushi cut the ribbon at its grand opening, the casino was packed to capacity.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports

The crowds caused traffic jams on the expressways.

Officials are now asking gamblers to hold off their visits just for a couple of days until the crowds subside.

Still, Des Plaines city officials are thrilled that they now have a casino in their town.

“When you hear Rivers Casino, you’ll hear Des Plaines, and when you hear Des Plaines, you’ll hear Rivers Casino!” Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylin said at the ribbon-cutting Monday.

And as WBBM Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports, the lead investor in the casino says there’s more to it than black ink for himself and investors.

Real estate magnate Neil Bluhm says his four latest casinos together mean 4,000 permanent jobs across the country, in a down economy.

“It’s a lot of jobs in this recession, and I feel good about it. I’m not Mother Teresa, but I also want to feel that whatever we’re doing is beneficial to society, as well as profitable to us and the other investors and bond holders,” he said. “But I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t have some benefits.”

The casino features 1,050 slots, 48 gaming tables and 1,000 full time jobs.

  • haw-haw

    The hope of getting something for nothing – i.e. improbable casino winnings – is always irresistable to the lazy and the unemployed. The village is so giddy about all these fools soon to be parted from their money, that the officials aren’t even trying to hide it.

    • George

      Are you some kind of idiot? You talk like gambling is some kind of scam to steal peoples money. It’s nothing but simple entertainment. To me it’s a waste of money paying to ride a ride at the carnival, but alot of people enjoy it. Entertainment is a good thing and that is all gambling is.

      • haw-haw

        Are you some kind of a moron? Did I say “stealing”? Why bother “stealing” when morons like yourself gladly pay to entertain their hopes and greed? I wish I had the connections to enter and stay in casino business so that I could fleece my customers under the pretense of entertaining them.


    Everyone thinks Rosemont is corrupt, however little do they know that Des Plaines is the biggest corrupt town in Illinois with all the corrupt cops, village employees and the mayor..

  • J-Truth

    If you make accusations, better have solid evidence.

  • Disgusted

    Comparing opening a casino to the good deeds that Mother Teresa is exhalted for is beyond comprehension.

  • jack

    Reality check – it’s new and clean and it’s hotter than [bleep] outside – where would you hang out…

    Just wait and see if the crowds come in September…

    • Scott

      Great observation!

  • Scott

    I work in the office complex adjacent to the casino and it took me 15 min to make a left turn out of the complex onto Devon avenue headed East. Whew, what a mess…as I traveled south on River road there were many groups of sad looking ragged peope walking quickly in the unbearable heat to get to the casino. Good luck Desplaines…you will have your hands full keeping the peace.

  • genie

    only in illinis.i, called casino and i asked about parking,the rep. said it s $10.00 to park.why is it only us? we are corrupt, every where there is a casino parking
    ven in detroit.won’t be going!!!

  • Fool

    Genie; Get you facts straight before you make false comments… Valet is $10.00; self parking is free… Oh, one las thing, learn yourself some English writting skills loser….

  • Emma

    Geez! This is really super crowded! Well I tried playing too (but not here) I think I’ll develop Agoraphobia! hehe That’s why I just stayed home at play at williamhillcasino.com :)

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