Mayor Lightfoot Launches Survey To Get Feedback On Future Casino

Steve Miller
July 26, 2019 - 2:05 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A week after Mayor Lightfoot released her preferences for the location of a Chicago casino, she is asking people what they think.

When the mayor announced last week that she was considering five sites for a casino, her office said it would be asking the people of Chicago to weigh in by means of an on-line survey. 

“To learn more about what Chicagoans want to see in a new casino, today we are launching a survey that will give our residents a voice in informing how this development can drive the maximum benefit for all communities,” said Mayor Lightfoot, in a statement. “While the prospect of a new casino holds tremendous potential for generating new revenues and stimulating economic opportunity for Chicago, we are committed to a transparent process for ensuring all voices can be heard as the City moves forward on this historic project.”

The survey, which launched Friday, does not ask people's opinions about any of five sites Lightfoot was considering, but asks generally where people think the "ideal location" for the casino should be.  Two of the choices are "near downtown" and "far from downtown." It also asks about preferred amenities, how often they would visit a Chicago casino, and more.

One of the 11 questions is: "How interested would you be in working at a casino?"

The Mayor's office also announced that the survey will be available at local library branches for those without easy access to a computer; as well as being offered in several languages including English, Spanish, Polish, Mandarin, Arabic and Hindi.

The mayor's office said initial results will be released in mid-August.

The survey is available now at www.chicago.gov/casinosurvey