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May 20, 2005

Casino Rock Island on the move?

The bill clearing the way for the Casino Rock Island to move to a site near the I-280 bridge finally moved out of the Illinois House Thursday. On to the Senate now, where the son of the "father of riverboat gambling" will try to steer it to passage.
Sen. Mike Jacobs says it's not a sure thing. But the bill provides for no "expansion" of gambling -- just gives boats the possibility of moving within a city or to a site within five miles of the city, if both the city and the state gaming board say OK. That might keep it from getting caught up in no-more-gambling politics.
Here's the bill status report. Was referred to Senate Rules Committee Friday.
If this project happens, competition gets much sharper for IOC's Rhythm City casino in Davenport.

Posted by jcb at May 20, 2005 11:30 PM