* Coming a bit late to this. The Southern Illinoisan…
Walker’s Bluff Casino & Resort in Carterville is a step closer to reality.
The Illinois Gaming Board voted Wednesday to grant a determination of “preliminary suitability” for the project, a crucial step forward in the licensing process.
It comes as Walker’s Bluff officials and organized labor expressed confidence that a project-labor agreement for construction of the $150 million complex could be signed soon, a necessity due to legislation signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday.
The proposed facility, which would be built and operated by Iowa-based Elite Casino Resorts, would include a casino with 650 slots and 20 table games, a sportsbook, a 116-room hotel that includes a pool and spa, an events center for weddings and meetings and several restaurants.
* Rockford Register Star…
Hard Rock Casino Rockford took a major step forward Wednesday when the Illinois Gaming Board said it could seek construction approvals, accepted a list of 51 investors including three executives and granted a supplier license to the casino’s landlord.
Those significant steps come 20 months after Rockford City Council chose Hard Rock from among three finalists seeking to build a casino.
“Now that the owner of the proposed temporary site and the proposed permanent site for the casino in Rockford has been licensed, that project can move forward with requesting approval to commence construction on the temporary and permanent facility,” Illinois Gaming Board Administrator Marcus Fruchter said.
* Danville Commercial News…
Wednesday’s Illinois Gaming Board agenda didn’t include any items regarding Danville’s casino license application.
Illinois Gaming Board Administrator Marcus Fruchter gave a brief update on the new casino license applicants’ processes.
The board doesn’t comment on the status of pending applications. The board continues processing, vetting and investigating new casino applicants, including the applicant from the City of Danville.
Fruchter said of the 2019 gambling expansion legislation that included a Danville casino license, the board had spent seven months working on Danville’s first applicant.
The first casino applicant selected by Danville withdrew its application on July 30, 2020, after it was determined to be “deficient and incomplete,” Fruchter said. Danville then selected a second applicant and that applicant submitted its application to the IGB on Nov. 23, 2020.