* Statement from Mayor Lori Lightfoot…
I strongly support a gaming bill that directs a new casino and dollars to the city of Chicago. However, I oppose the inclusion of a provision that would open up sports wagering in venues like Soldier Field. Such a proposal has the potential to undermine the viability of any Chicago-based casino through the diversion of customers and revenue from a casino. Because the impact of sports wagering in stadiums has not been fully vetted or analyzed, I cannot support the bill in its current form and urge the deletion of this stadium-betting provision.
Essentially what’s she’s saying here is that Soldier Field and United Center sports betting could eat into Chicago casino profits.
I’m hearing that the sports betting provision could be stripped out of the gaming bill this weekend. Stay tuned.