Proposal for Chicago Casino Gets Boost from Emanuel and Quinn
(Chicago Sun Times) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he’s all for the idea of a Chicago casino, provided certain “conditions” are met, including municipal ownership long-demanded by former Mayor Richard M. Daley. “We have gambling, or casinos rather, in Chicago. It happens to be in Hammond, Ind. We’re losing that revenue. We can’t continue to do that,” the new mayor said. Emanuel’s push comes as the Legislature’s spring term faces an end-of-month adjournment deadline with a laundry list of major items still unresolved, including a budget, new legislative maps, and workers compensation and state pension reforms. While countless other casino expansions have collapsed over the years, Emanuel has an ally in Gov. Quinn, who is supportive of the new mayor’s effort to land a city casino, an aide said Thursday.