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No Downtown Sites Among Options For Chicago Casino

July 17, 2019 - 3:10 pm

CHICAGO (AP) -- Five sites in Chicago will be reviewed as possible locations for a casino.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot made the announcement Wednesday, saying a consultant will study the economic feasibility of each site. It's possible that a casino won't be placed at any of the sites, which are on the city's South and West sides.

They include a former U.S. Steel site at 80th Street and the lakefront and the former Michael Reese Hospital.

Others options, according to Crain's Chicago Business, are property on a publicly owned golf course at 111th Street and the Bishop Ford Expressway; a former industrial property on a 23-acre site at Roosevelt Road and Kostner Avenue; and about 20 acres owned by the Chicago Housing Authority at Pershing Road and State Street.

Lightfoot supports a casino as a way to raise revenue to improve the city's pension funds and ignite economic development. She calls the pensions funds "severely underfunded."

Casino gambling in Chicago was authorized this year by the General Assembly.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he'd like to see a casino away from downtown.

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