Lightfoot Promises To Go Slow On Chicago Casino

Rob Hart
June 03, 2019 - 7:57 pm

Related: Illinois Gambling Expansion Goes To Governor

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants to take a cautious approach to a casino in Chicago, once an Illinois gambling-expansion measure becomes law.

A day after lawmakers sent a gambling package to Gov. Pritzker, who’s expected to sign it, Lightfoot said her city would conduct a feasibility study on a Chicago casino.

The study of the casino's economic impact would determine the size of the project.

“The economics are going to drive what the Request for Proposal is,” the mayor said at an unrelated event Monday. “So, we’ve got to take this step by step.”

Lightfoot declined to speculate on where a Chicago casino would be built.

The gambling bill before Pritzker is much broader than just a Chicago casino. It also gives the green light to slot machines at O’Hare and Midway, too. Lightfoot said the airports will not become “gambling dens.”