Three south suburbs bid on state’s final casino license

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Three suburbs with predominantly Black residents are among seven bidders vying for the state’s 10th and last casino license, with the hopes that more economic development would follow.

Three suburbs with predominantly Black residents are among seven bidders vying for the state’s 10th and last casino license, with the hopes that more economic development would follow. South suburban Harvey, Calumet City and Country Club Hills hope to be among the three finalists selected today when the Illinois Gaming Board meets to narrow the list down. According to the 2000 Census Bureau, Harvey’s population is 79.6 percent Black; Calumet City, 52.9 percent and Country Club Hills, 81.9 percent. The Riverboat Gambling Act was enacted February 1990, making Illinois the second state in the nation to legalize riverboat gambling. On September 11, 1991, the first riverboat casino began operation in Alton. The Riverboat Gambling Act created the Illinois Gaming Board. The five-member board, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate, administers a regulatory and tax collection system for riverboat casino gambling in Illinois. The Board also assures the integrity of riverboat gambling through the regulatory oversight of casino operations, and the licensing of suppliers and employees of riverboat gambling operations. ______ Copyright 2008 Chicago Defender. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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