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Lightfoot Creates Casino Community Council After Neighbors Push To Negotiate With Bally’s

The committee comes after neighbors slammed the process under which the $1.7 billion casino was approved and as neighbors push to help shape the casino campus.

West Loop

City Receives Bally’s $40 Million Upfront Payment For Chicago’s 1st Casino

The money, which was a major factor in making Bally's the frontrunner among three finalists, will support the city's pension costs.

Citywide

Chicago Casino Approved By City Council After Screaming Match Between Mayor, Alderman

After a heated vote, the $1.7 billion casino planned for the Tribune Publishing site now goes to the state's gaming board for final approval. Here's what it will look like.

Citywide

Chicago Casino Set For Final City Vote Wednesday After Committee OKs Bally’s Plan

The key vote came just weeks after Lightfoot announced Bally's was her top pick. The full City Council will vote on the controversial plan Wednesday.

Citywide

Despite Delay, Bally’s River West Casino Proposal Primed For City Council Vote Next Week

Alderpeople must "do some studying this weekend" after last-minute updates. A vote is planned Monday, sending the proposal to the full City Council on Wednesday.

Citywide

Neighbors Slam Bally’s River West Casino Plan Once Again As City Closes In On Finalizing Deal

Residents said Thursday's town hall read like the riverfront Bally's casino is a "done deal." “We are connected to you — or we will be connected to you if we are successful,” Bally's Chairman Soo Kim said.

Citywide

Fast-Tracked Chicago Casino Is The Parking Meter Deal All Over Again, Ald. Says As He Vows To Fight It

Ald. Brendan Reilly wants City Council to pump the brakes. "The last time we were given less than two weeks to vet and approve a deal, it blew up on our faces and it was called the parking meter deal."

Citywide

Lightfoot Set To Announce Casino Pick As Critics Question The Selection Process

The mayor is widely expected to choose the Bally’s River West proposal over the loud objections of neighbors and some aldermen.

Citywide

Labor Unions Slam Chicago’s Casino Plans, Demand A Living Wage For Workers

None of the three casino finalists have signed a labor agreement with the city's powerful unions, leaders said. City officials also revealed they're trying to get more up-front cash from a casino to help with the 2023 budget.

Citywide

Neighbors Worry Rivers Casino Planned For The 78 Will Lead To Gambling Addictions, Is Too Close To Schools

The development team faced an uphill battle winning over residents, as the area's alderman has already said he can't support a casino at the site and a survey found neighbors also overwhelming oppose the plan.

South Loop

Chicago Casino Finalists Include Rivers At South Loop’s 78, Hard Rock Near Soldier Field And Bally’s In River West

City officials said Tuesday there will be three community meetings held for residents to discuss each of the proposals 6-8 p.m. April 5-7.

South Loop

South Side Aldermen Balk At Lightfoot’s Suggested Sites For Chicago’s Casino

The idea that a casino be built in Bronzeville is "appalling and offensive," Ald. Sophia King says. "It would be like putting a casino in Harlem.”

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Legal Pot, Gambling, Bonds And Law Changes: Rahm Emanuel Makes His Case For Solving Pension Crisis (FULL TEXT)

"These are not things that just make a difference today, or tomorrow, but for generations," Emanuel said.

Downtown