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.
New Life For Chicago Casino DealThere is an agreement in the works to bring a casino to the City of Chicago, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
Senate Approves New Gambling Expansion PlanA refined plan to add more casinos and slot machines in Illinois -- clarified to quell concerns over who would control a Chicago casino -- was approved by the Illinois Senate on Wednesday, a proposal supporters believe is their best chance yet to expand gambling in the state.
Senate Working To Improve Odds For Gambling ExpansionSen. President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, plans to strip language that would legalize Internet gambling from the bill, after it had become clear that the governor and some legislators who supported previous gambling bills had concerns that could derail passage of the larger package.