Bally casino Chicago reportedly frontrunner for final location, but Mayor Lightfoot pushes back saying committee’s work isn’t done – What We Know!

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

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

The almost $2 billion proposed undertaking situated at Chicago and Halsted is the frontrunner for the town’s on line casino in line with reviews from the Chicago Solar-Occasions, Chicago Tribune and Crain’s. All cite sources saying an announcement may come quickly.

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However Lightfoot pushed again on these sources.

“The reporting at present upfront of even the analysis committee assembly and making a advice to me, that’s 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 Exhausting Rock On line casino that might be close to Soldier Discipline.

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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 feel it’s honest to say the residents of the north facet will really feel betrayed by this mayor,” mentioned 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins.

“We’ve tried to be as clear as we probably might be with plenty of rounds of engagement,” Lightfoot mentioned.

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Throughout the road from the proposed Bally’s web site is a park with a playground that’s well-liked with households. Many neighbors are upset on the concept a on line casino may quickly be there.

“It is a very residential neighborhood, and you place a on line casino in it, and hastily you’re going to get all of the visitors and all of the noise,” mentioned Jeff Tremendous, River North resident.

“It is a household neighborhood. We’ve 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 alternative is made that bid should nonetheless be permitted by the town council. And with all three proposals going through aldermanic opposition, that might be a contentious battle.

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