Waukegan checks in casino poker game — opts to let state board sort out three competing bids

The aldermen voted 6 to 3 to send proposals from Full House Resorts and North Point Casino to the Illinois Gaming Board. They voted 5 to 4 to advance the Rivers Casino Waukegan bid.

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Two lowest ranked Waukegan casino bidders slam hands dealt them by consultant ahead of key ...

"Four remaining developers are jockeying for position as Waukegan city officials prepare to lay their chips behind preferred proposals for the north suburb’s long-sought Lake County casino. With aldermen in Waukegan poised to vote Thursday on advancing at least one of those bids to the Illinois Gaming Board for final consideration, an independent consultant’s ranking of the competing plans has two major casino developers up in arms ahead of the crucial city council decision."

In third place (of four) the consultant "ranked the venture by Churchill Downs Inc. and Rush Street Gaming, the group that already runs Illinois’ most lucrative gambling den: Rivers Casino in Des Plaines. That ranking irked billionaire Chicago real estate mogul and Rush Street chairman Neil Bluhm, who complained in a letter to city officials that the report had ignored their latest revised offer submitted earlier this month."

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Raci-NO? State reins in land sale amid controversy, busting Tinley Park casino-racetrack plans

Days after Rick Heidner’s name popped up in a federal search warrant — and his business dealings reportedly were tied to mob figures — Gov. J.B. Pritzker held up plans to sell the land earmarked for Heidner’s racino. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration announced Tuesday it won’t sell state-owned land in Tinley Park, throwing plans for a southwest suburban “racino” off the track. The quick move comes just days after the name of one of the project’s partners appeared in a search warrant for the office of a state senator facing federal scrutiny — and after a published report linked that same partner to a banking family with reputed mob ties.

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