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Ho-Chunk reveals casino plans (ILLINOIS) -- Officials from the Ho-Chunk Nation unveiled plans for a billion-dollar casino, hotel and entertainment complex before the Hoffman Estates Village Board on Monday, but said numerous caveats mean any real progress on the project is years away.

Hoffman residents hear plans for casino (ILLINOIS) -- About 50 residents turned up Monday night to hear Ho-Chunk Nation officials pitch their casino plan to the Hoffman Estates village board, but few came away with all their questions answered.

Doubts cast on tribal casino
(ILLINOIS) -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich Friday stopped just short of completely rejecting tribal casinos like the one the Ho-Chunk Nation wants to build in Hoffman Estates.

Ho-Chunk wants to expand in Chicago suburb (ILLINOIS) -- The Ho-Chunk Nation is looking to expand its gambling and entertainment operations into Illinois.

Power to veto Ho-Chunk plan rests with governor (ILLINOIS) -- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has the power to stop the Ho-Chunk Nation from building a casino in Hoffman Estates, an attorney with the federal Department of the Interior said Thursday.

For Chicago's Daley, His Kind Of Town Would Include A Casino (CHICAGO) -- At numerous breakfasts and luncheons at home and abroad, Mayor Richard M. Daley has tirelessly pitched this city as ''world class.''

Gambling expansion still in the cards: Daley (ILLINOIS) -- Mayor Daley and one of the Legislature’s top gambling proponents said today they are not deterred by Gov. Blagojevich’s vow to block any state budget that includes gambling expansion

How Chicago casino could alter the game (ILLINOIS) -- There are precious few things both sides of the casino debate can agree to, but here's one: Both Illinois as a whole and especially Chicago are under-served gambling markets ripe for casino expansion.

Casinos run by government? (ILLINOIS) -- Mayor Daley doesn't just want a casino in Chicago. He wants a piece of the action.

Ill. Panel OKs Part of Gambling Package (ILLINOIS) -- The first piece of a massive gambling expansion plan cleared its initial legislative hurdle Thursday, the day after Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he was open to the concept that he had campaigned against last year.

Daley 'reviewing' idea of city-owned casino (CHICAGO) -- Mayor Daley is finally showing his hand in his bid for a Chicago casino.

Raising the stakes (ILLINOIS) -- A massive gambling package that would expand gaming throughout the state was presented Wednesday as a means of balancing Illinois' budget.

Racetracks ask state for slots (ILLINOIS) -- The state's horse track owners have put aside their contentious past and coalesced behind a plan to allow slot machines at racetracks and significantly boost the number of gambling machines at casinos.

Tribe eyes land to build casino (ILLINOIS) -- Rumors regarding the building of a casino in Hoffman Estates swept up village residents, business people and politicians last week.

Guv won't rule out casino in Chicago (ILLINOIS) -- Gov. Blagojevich said Friday he would not rule out expanding gambling in Illinois, including an 11th license that Mayor Daley has been considering for the city

The States Take the Bet (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Maryland Gov.-elect Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who wants to legalize slot machines at racetracks to help close the state's projected $1.2 billion deficit, isn't the only governor or legislator willing to turn to gambling -- again.

Tribe aims for casino deal (ILLINOIS) -- Representatives for Gary, Ind., and the Miami Indian Tribe of Oklahoma continue to negotiate for the placement of a land-based casino in that city.

Trump gears up for casino bid in Crestwood (ILLINOIS) -- Donald Trump is expected to fly a cadre of high-stakes lobbyists to Illinois early next month to win him a license to run a casino in Crestwood.

Daley's casino suggestion brings more fodder to gov's race (ILLINOIS) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Ryan said he would fight Mayor Richard Daley's suggestion of a modified state gambling permit to open a casino in Chicago.

Daley enthusiastic on casino (CHICAGO) -- Calling gambling "part and parcel of American life," Mayor Daley sounded Tuesday as if he had already made up his mind to pursue a government-owned Chicago casino because of the windfall profits it could reap for the city and state.

Illinois candidate opposes Chicago casino (CHICAGO) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Ryan said he would fight Mayor Richard Daley's suggestion of a modified state gambling permit to open a casino in Chicago.

Chicago casino plan is gaining steam (CHICAGO) -- The president of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Monday asked interested city and statewide business organizations to plan strategy to get a gambling casino for Chicago.

Daley may reverse course on city casino (CHICAGO) -- Three months after declaring that casino gambling is "not the right thing to do" for Chicago, Mayor Daley might be ready to roll the dice after all.

Board aims for quick sale of casino license (ILLINOIS) -- Illinois gambling officials approved a deal Thursday that bars Emerald Casino's owners from doing gambling business in the state and puts its license up for sale, setting the stage for a bidding war

WMS shares soar on slot machine software fix (ILLINOIS) -- Shares of slot machine maker WMS Industries Inc., hit hard for the past year after a software glitch hurt profits, soared 17 percent on Tuesday after the company said Mississippi has allowed it to start submitting applications for new games again.

Slot glitches roil Illinois officials IGT, Alliance Gaming say problems shouldn't affect Nevada gamblers (ILLINOIS) -- Glitches in International Game Technology and Bally Gaming slot machines shouldn't affect Nevada bettors, Gaming Control Board Chairman Dennis Neilander said Friday.

Nevada, Illinois differ on slot problem (NEVADA) -- The discovery of an obscure flaw involving IGT and Bally slot machines led to two very different reactions by gambling regulators in Nevada and Illinois.

Argosy abandons ships, will build barge (ILLINOIS) --
Reversing a course it set just a few weeks ago, Argosy Gaming Co. said Tuesday it would build a barge-based casino in Joliet, albeit a smaller and cheaper version of its original model.

Casino scramble in high gear Towns assembling proposals in bid to snag license (ILLINOIS) -- With hopes of getting a casino license, hundreds of millions of dollars a year in revenue and millions more in local taxes, the race is on in communities from Waukegan to Calumet City to put together a proposal that will win over state regulators.

Gaming Board questions Rock Island casino move (ILLINOIS) -- Illinois Gaming Board members raised concerns Tuesday about Casino Rock Island's plans to move inland from the Mississippi River under a provision slipped in a budget bill the Legislature approved at the end of its spring session.

Subpoenas listed in Illinois gaming probe Industry officials frustrated with treatment by state (ILLINOIS) -- Casino industry representatives said they are frustrated and surprised by an announcement that Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan's office has subpoenaed top casino executives who met in Chicago recently to discuss the state's steep tax hike on gaming revenues.

Panel OKs additional slot machines on land (ILLINOIS) -- In a move gambling critics say will lead to Las Vegas-style casinos in Illinois, a key state Senate panel Tuesday approved letting four Chicago area riverboat casinos begin setting up slot machines in their restaurants and other spots not actually on the riverboats.

Gaming board rejects bid (ILLINOIS) -- The Illinois Gaming Board on Tuesday rejected the latest deal by the promoters of a proposed Rosemont casino, despite their effort to sweeten the state's take in it by $30 million.

Rosemont Casino Appeals Case Opens; Emerald Sale Still Looms (ILLINOIS) -- Political deal-making and a courtroom drama are coming alongside each other this week in the Emerald Casino affair. 

Illinois Fiscal Woes Bring Talk of Racetrack Slots (ILLINOIS) -- The latest unlikely solution for a huge Illinois state budget crisis: Slot machines at racetracks.

Illinois officials talking more about letting casinos expand (ILLINOIS) -- State lawmakers are talking more and more seriously about the possibility of expanding gambling in Illinois to help fill the state's massive budget deficit.

Judge refuses to delay casino hearing (ILLINOIS) -- A hearing on the future of the 10th casino license in Illinois will proceed May 20, a judge ruled Thursday--provided a settlement isn't reached before that point.

Stephens wants casino mediator (ILLINOIS) -- A lawyer for Emerald Casino Inc. said Wednesday there is still hope that the company and state gambling regulators can settle their dispute over a stalled casino in Rosemont, despite the northwest suburb's mayor saying it's time a federal mediator steps in

Casino owners sweeten offer to state (ILLINOIS) -- The embattled owners of a partially built casino in Rosemont are offering the state $300 million--nearly double their initial proposal--to end the legal logjam that threatens to stall the project for several more years.

Mayor renews push for Waukegan lakefront casino 'Perfectly positioned': Hyde makes case to Gaming Board, legislators (ILLINOIS) -- In an open letter drafted this week to the Illinois Gaming Board and state legislators, Mayor Richard Hyde touts the city as "perfectly positioned" for a riverboat casino and urges the awarding of license to Waukegan.

Rosemont mayor opposes projected casino windfall for Illinois purse subsidy (ILLINOIS) -- A former ally, Rosemont Mayor Don Stephens, has turned into an adversary of the Illinois Thoroughbred and harness tracks and horsemen in their quest to receive the subsidy from a proposed casino in his suburb in accordance with a 1999 law passed by the Illinois Legislature.

Casino wields carrot and stick State given choice: Benefit or litigate (ILLINOIS) -- An Emerald Casino lawyer said Saturday that state officials have two choices concerning the casino proposed for Rosemont: Either accept a settlement entitling the current ownership group to hundreds of millions of dollars, or look forward to years of expensive litigation.

Casino battles aren't finished Suits complicate MGM Mirage bid for Rosemont site (ILLINOIS) -- Two investor groups, including one led by California billionaire Marvin Davis, say they will continue their legal fight for a share of the proposed Rosemont casino, despite a deal brokered by the state's top gambling administrator that would allow a Las Vegas company to buy the rights to the stalled project.

MGM goes under microscope (ILLINOIS) -- The Illinois Gaming Board is prepared to impose an unprecedented level of scrutiny on MGM Mirage Inc. as part of a $615 million deal that would bring riverboat gambling to Rosemont and a $160 million cash infusion to the state budget, sources said Monday.

MGM rolling the dice on Rosemont (ILLINOIS) -- MGM Mirage Inc. would pay more than $600 million to buy out the embattled promoters of a casino in suburban Rosemont, who would then forward about $150 million to the state under a deal brokered by the newly appointed top executive of the Illinois Gaming Board

MGM MIRAGE still trying for new casino in Chicago (ILLINOIS) -- MGM MIRAGE's efforts to place a casino in the heart of metropolitan Chicago may soon be moving forward again.

Two indicted in fraud scheme (ILLINOIS) -- A South Barrington businessman with close ties to Rosemont Mayor Donald E. Stephens and alleged links to organized crime was indicted Thursday on charges that he and a partner siphoned more than $280,000 in insurance premiums, using a restaurant that operated right under Rosemont village board offices as part of the scheme.

Minority investors in casino hire lawyers (ILLINOIS) -- A group of female, black and Hispanic investors, including Walter Payton's widow, former Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle and other well-known minority businesspeople, is retaining two prominent black attorneys to represent it in the fight over a proposed casino in Rosemont.

Harrah’s launches hotel in East Chicago (CHICAGO) -- Set against the backdrop of what has become the ultimate symbol of Northwest Indiana’s faltering economy, the new Harrah’s Casino Hotel stands crisp and beige along Lake Michigan, its presence almost mocking its steel mill neighbors to the west.

Horseshoe Gaming Holding Corporation Responds to Illinois Gaming Board Decision 
(ILLINOIS) Although the Illinois Gaming Board approved the acquisition of Empress Casino Joliet by Horseshoe Gaming last Nov. 30, 1999, the IGB, by its actions today, chose not to renew Empress' owner's license and found Jack Binion, the chairman and chief executive officer of Horseshoe Gaming, "unsuitable."

Authentic Indian Jewelry...Not.' (ILLINOIS)  I've been living in the city too long. I used to wonder how urban Indians survive the constant noise, thick traffic and neighbors living so close you can smell the food they like and hear their favorite music without ever meeting them. Now I'm one of them.

State action could close Joliet casino
(CHICAGO) The Illinois Gaming Board unanimously refused Friday to give Jack Binion a license to own the Empress Casino Joliet, calling the longtime Nevada casino operator "unsuitable."


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