Bally’s casino reportedly Chicago’s frontrunner, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot pushes back

Bally’s casino reportedly Chicago’s frontrunner, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot pushes back

CHICAGO (TOC) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot pushed again on studies from a number of information shops that the Bally’s proposal on the Tribune printing web site will probably be Chicago’s first on line casino.

Lightfoot mentioned the committee tasked with evaluating all three on line casino bids has not but accomplished its work.

The almost $2 billion proposed venture situated at Chicago and Halsted is the frontrunner for the town’s on line casino in response to studies from the Chicago Solar-Instances, Chicago Tribune and Crain’s. All cite sources saying an announcement might come quickly.

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However Lightfoot pushed again on these sources.

“The reporting immediately upfront of even the analysis committee assembly and making a advice to me, that is simply not correct,” she mentioned Tuesday.The committee is led by Alderman Tom Tunney, and is tasked with vetting all three proposals for the Bally’s Tribune web site, Rivers 78 within the South Loop, and a Arduous Rock On line casino that may be close to Soldier Subject.

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The committee has solely met as soon as.

“If it finally ends up being Bally’s, and it finally ends up as the results of a corrupt, secretive course of, I believe it is honest to say the residents of the north aspect will really feel betrayed by this mayor,” mentioned 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins.

“We have tried to be as clear as we probably may very well be with numerous rounds of engagement,” Lightfoot mentioned.SEE MORE | Chicago on line casino might worsen drawback playing, Chinatown leaders fear

Throughout the road from the proposed Bally’s web site is a park with a playground that’s in style with households. Many neighbors are upset on the thought a on line casino might quickly be there.

“It is a very residential neighborhood, and you set a on line casino in it, and abruptly you are going to get all of the site visitors and all of the noise,” mentioned Jeff Advantageous, River North resident.

“It is a household neighborhood. We have raised each of our children right here on this neighborhood, and that is our park, and that is our group,” mentioned Reema Patel, River North resident.

After a selection is made that bid should nonetheless be accredited by the town council. And with all three proposals dealing with aldermanic opposition, that may very well be a contentious battle.

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