Residents to determine Chicago casino location

Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants residents to decide the new location of the casino in Chicago and what type of activities it should offer.

US.- The Illinois gambling expansion has revolutionised the state. Among other towns, a new casino will arrive in Chicago, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants to know where to locate it.

Lightfoot wants residents to decide the location of the new casino. Furthermore, she wants them to suggest what type of activities they believe the property should offer. The Mayor sent out a survey containing 11 questions to residents in order to discuss the new Chicago casino.

“To learn more about what Chicagoans want to see in a new casino, today we are launching a survey that will give our residents a voice in informing how this development can drive the maximum benefit for all communities.

“While the prospect of a new casino holds tremendous potential for generating new revenues and stimulating economic opportunity for Chicago, we are committed to a transparent process for ensuring all voices can be heard as the City moves forward on this historic project.”

The approved legislation

The gaming industry continues to expand. After waiting for nearly a month, Illinois joined the sports betting market as Governor JB Pritzker signed the respective bill.

The piece of legislation cleared the General Assembly earlier in June. Senate Bill 690 passed the high chamber on a 46-10 vote and was awaiting the governor’s signature.

“Together we passed the largest, most robust capital plan in this state’s history,” Pritzker said.

The bill authorises six new casinos in downtown Chicago, Williamson County, Rockford, Waukegan, Danville and South Suburbs. Moreover, those facilities, as well as race tracks and sports venues with more than 17,000 seats will also be eligible to buy Illinois sports betting licences.

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