Companies Interested In Building Chicago Casino Largely Prefer Downtown LocationWhile a Chicago casino is still a few years away from reality, companies that have expressed interest in building and operating the city’s first gambling facility have told the mayor's office they overwhelmingly favor building it downtown.
State Budget That Depends On Federal Help, Other Pieces Of Legislation Now Await Gov. Pritzker's SignatureIllinois state lawmakers were back home in their districts for the holiday Monday, after a whirlwind of a special session in Springfield. Two of the winners after votes were cast were the City of Chicago and state restaurant and bar owners.
Illinois Legislators Pass $40 Billion State Budget, Chicago Casino MeasureIllinois state lawmakers this weekend approved an approximately $40 billion state budget that largely maintains spending, along with a plan to push forward a Chicago casino, during an extraordinary special session held amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Big Obstacles Remain Before Chicago Gets Long-Awaited CasinoThe city must convince state lawmakers to vote on a plan that officials say makes the casino more profitable as well as choose a location, which already has sparked disputes.
State House Adjourns Without Considering Mayor Lightfoot's Chicago Casino ProposalThe Illinois state House of Representatives adjourned on Thursday without considering Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s call for a Chicago casino.
Mayor Lightfoot Tells State Lawmakers City Needs Casino To Fill Budget HoleMayor Lori Lightfoot showed her hand in Springfield Tuesday, telling state lawmakers the city needs a casino to help solve its massive budget hole.
Lightfoot Headed To Springfield To Lobby For Her Agenda; Changes To Chicago Casino And Real Estate Transfer TaxThe mayor is expected to meet with Gov. JB Pritzker and legislative leaders in an effort to pass her legislative agenda during veto session this week.
Mayor Lightfoot Identifies Five Sites For Chicago CasinoAccording to the city, an "open and thorough community engagement process to solicit meaningful feedback on preferred areas" will take place. It will start first with an online survey, then a series of neighborhood town halls to get feedback.
Gambling Bill Passes Illinois Senate, Pritzker Expected To Sign Into LawIllinois will soon have sports betting and Chicago will have a casino, thanks to the State Senate which approved a gambling measure 46-10.
Rauner Willing To Back Chicago Casino, But Only With Grand Bargain On BudgetGov. Bruce Rauner said he might sign legislation allowing for a casino in Chicago and some other places in Illinois.
Senate To Consider New Chicago Casino PlanChicago would get a city-owned casino and be allowed to keep all revenue for seven years to help make ballooning pension payments, and new casinos would be added throughout the state under legislation expected to be introduced Thursday in the Illinois Senate.
Emanuel Says Progress On City Financial Matters Being Made In SpringfieldMayor Rahm Emanuel says in Springfield, there’s progress being made on financial matters important to Chicago right now, though most of it has been behind the scenes, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Tourism Experts Testify On Potential Chicago CasinoA future Chicago casino could generate much-needed revenue and draw crowds to city hotels and restaurants, tourism experts testified Monday during a gambling expansion hearing that comes as state legislators stare down a budget deadline and fresh concerns about finding new funding sources.
Rauner Open To Chicago Casino As Lawmakers Weigh Gambling ExpansionUnlike his predecessor, Gov. Bruce Rauner isn’t slamming the door on a proposed casino for Chicago. At the same time, Rauner has reservations about expanding casino gaming in Illinois.
Gambling Supporters Propose Casino In Thompson CenterIts known for being too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, but some gambling supporters have proposed to put a casino in the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago.