As the governor signed a gambling expansion recently, the next Illinois casino may open either in Danville or Terre Haute as officials work towards it.
US.- Though some officials dismissed the race concept, Danville seems ahead of Terre Haute in the Illinois casino expansion. According to Danville’s casino steering committee, their city is in the lead.
“As far as the timing perspective, I think so,” said Vicki Haugen, president and chief executive officer of Vermilion Advantage. She explained that the requirement for Vigo County voters to approve a referendum before casino plans can move forward delays them.
Around six operators voiced interest in a Danville casino, Haugen said. She refused to identify them and declined to categorise them by size or experience. However, she said: “The real big guys, the Harrah’s [and] the Bally’s” will focus on Chicago, which is in line for a downtown casino.
Terre Haute casino referendum
Vigo County voters will voice their opinion in a ballot during the municipal election.
“We’ve had so many jobs taken away, and it will be great to have something here locally again that will employ a lot of people and put money back in some folks pockets,” Vigo County Chief Deputy Clerk Leanna Moore says.
Lawmakers have already passed the bill and Governor Eric Holcomb signed it. That allows a gambling expansion in the state after a decade of the same offering, but voters must approve it.