Peoria Public Radio Staff
Wed April 16, 2014
Il lawmakers hold hearing on gambling
A full day of hearings began with talk of a casino in Downtown Chicago. Kim Goluska represents a pro-casino coalition that includes the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Federation of Labor.
"Chicago is an incredible prize for the gaming industry. It's an incredible market. Companies that are not expanding elsewhere would certainly want to expand in Chicago," says Goluska.
Goluska says his group favors a location in the heart of downtown where it would be an economic boost to the existing entertainment and shopping district. He floats one hypothetical that has the casino on the top three floors of Macy's, so people have to pass through the old State Street Marshal Field's on the way in and out.
"What we're illustrating there is that this is not about putting neon and glitz on State Street. It's about filling the retail stores with people who have money to spend."
In addition to Chicago, lawmakers are discussing new casinos for the south suburbs, Lake County, Rockford, and Danville.