Illinois casino resort closer to regulatory approval

Elite Casino Resorts plans to develop a casino in Carterville.
Elite Casino Resorts plans to develop a casino in Carterville.

The Illinois Gaming Board has granted a determination of “preliminary suitability” for Walker’s Bluff Casino & Resort in Carterville.

US.- Elite Casino Resorts has moved a step closer to gaining a licence for its new Walker’s Bluff Casino & Resort after the Illinois Gaming Board voted to grant a determination of “preliminary suitability” for the project.

The company’s planned $150m development would include 650 slots, 20 table games, a sportsbook, a hotel, an events centre and several restaurants. However, the company still needs to sign a project-labour agreement for the construction, which is expected soon.

Elite’s Mo Hyder said: “We are very excited to bring a beautiful resort to Southern Illinois and we’re certainly going to build something that the entire community is going to be very proud of.

“It’s going to be an economic engine that’s definitely going to create jobs and, of course, an opportunity to engage a lot of businesses in the local area.

“Our goal is to start as expeditiously as possible in the interest of all parties involved. So we will follow the gaming board’s guidance on what their specific requirements are in terms of what they need for us to submit to them and when and what approvals are necessary in order to get the process started.”

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