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  • Stella’s Place casino cafe wins approval in Lake Zurich Mar 3, 2015 4:16 PM
    Lake Zurich trustees have approved a special liquor license for a casino cafe planned for the village's far south side. As part of package of approvals granted with one vote, the village board’s thumbs-up Monday night will allow Stella’s Place to serve alcohol in space between Walgreens and a cleaners at Courtyard of Lake Zurich, on the southwest corner of Rand and Cuba roads.

     
  • What does Rahm’s rough week mean for suburban casino expansion? Feb 27, 2015 5:30 AM
    Will Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's tough election campaign affect the chances of a new bill filed Thursday in Springfield to add casinos in Chicago and the suburbs? Emanuel backs a Chicago casino, and some wonder if his allies in the legislature will be looking to give the mayor a victory to tout to constituents.

     
  • Casino cafe geared for women seeking liquor license to open in Lake Zurich Feb 27, 2015 4:48 PM
    Lake Zurich trustees will be asked to approve a special liquor license for a gambling cafe on the village’s far south end that would be geared toward women. Stella’s Pace would operate between Walgreens and a cleaners at Courtyard of Lake Zurich, on the southwest corner of Rand and Cuba roads.

     
  • Des Plaines’ Rep. Moylan aims to prevent Chicago casino Feb 18, 2015 4:43 PM
    State Rep. Marty Moylan filed legislation Wednesday that would prevent a downtown Chicago casino from being built, in an attempt to protect the share of revenue the city of Des Plaines gets from Rivers Casino.

     
  • Long Grove village board hopefuls disagree on keeping video gambling Feb 12, 2015 6:40 PM
    Six village board candidates split into two campaign camps have different takes on the merits of video gambling in downtown Long Grove. One side says the revenue from betting is critical to restaurants, while the other says residents should decide whether the village permantely allows video gambling after a trial run expires this April. “Whether it degrades or somehow cheapens our Long Grove brand is something the jury’s still out on,” says challenger Michael Sarlitto.

     
  • Coffee shop-looking cafe casinos taking hold in suburbs Feb 9, 2015 5:35 AM
    The birth of video gambling in Illinois two years ago also spawned "cafe casinos" that have the look and feel of a coffee shop, but represent a growing share of the gambling income in the state. The quaint-looking venues with names like Dotty's and Betty's are a big business taking hold in the suburbs.

     
  • Des Plaines using casino money to help solve flooding Feb 7, 2015 11:51 AM
    Des Plaines plans this year to use its share of tax revenues from Rivers Casino to pay for infrastructure for a new city water source, replacement of a large water main under River Road and drainage improvements citywide. The city plans to spend $12.3 million worth of gambling revenues on those projects in 2015, officials said this week. “Des Plaines was developed a long time ago. Those pipes just aren't big enough anymore,” City Manager Mike Bartholomew said.

     
  • Long Grove trustee hopefuls debate role in revitalizing downtown Feb 5, 2015 5:30 AM
    Six candidates for three seats on the Long Grove village board agree the downtown is far from the popular shopping and tourist destination it used to be. But they disagree on how the village can solve the problem. "The downtown was Long Grove, and it's an embarrassment to hear people talk about how it looks right now," said Bill Jacob, who is running on one of two slates in the April election.

     
  • Elk Grove resident wins $1 million in lottery on New Year’s Eve Jan 21, 2015 1:30 PM
    Elk Grove Village resident Eric Fisher has won $1 million in the Illinois Lottery, officials announced Wednesday. “My children cheered nonstop when I told them we’d won a million dollars,” Eric Fisher told Illinois Lottery staff when he presented his winning $300,000,000 Cash Spectacular instant ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Des Plaines.

     
  • $270 million Mega Millions ticket sold in Glendale Heights Jan 18, 2015 9:42 AM
    The ticket for the biggest prize in Illinois lottery history — $270 million— was sold this week at a Glendale Heights convenience store, officials said Saturday. The winner, who has yet to come forward, purchased their winning Mega Millions Quick Pick ticket at Bucky's Express, 1202 Bloomingdale Road. The retailer will receive a $500,000 bonus for selling a winning ticket.

     
  • Des Plaines mayor seeks to improve city’s brand in 2015 Jan 15, 2015 7:05 PM
    Development of a Des Plaines marketing and branding plan is one of Mayor Matt Bogusz's goals for 2015. “We as a city and as a city-chamber partnership have not done a good enough job telling our story and communicating to the world around us,” said Bogusz, in a speech to the chamber of commerce Thursday. “We need to refresh and realign our brand.”

     
  • Gaming Board chief on job status: ‘I have no idea’ Jan 14, 2015 2:52 PM
    The flurry of changes Gov. Bruce Rauner is making to state government is causing some confusion about who’s in and who’s out. Asked Wednesday morning if he is still chairman of the Gaming Board, which regulates casinos and video gambling in Illinois, Aaron Jaffe said: “I have no idea.”

     
  • Palatine puts video gambling on April ballot Jan 13, 2015 5:12 AM
    Palatine residents will have an opportunity to let village officials know how they feel about video gambling. The village council on Monday voted to place an advisory referendum question on the April 7 ballot. The question will read: “Should the Village of Palatine consider video gaming (as defined by the Illinois Video Gaming Act) at restaurants and bars that hold a liquor license?”

     
  • What to do with gambling revenue in Island Lake? Jan 9, 2015 5:30 AM
    As Island Lake officials await their first installment of video gambling revenue, trustees and residents on Thursday discussed what to do with the cash.

     
  • Supporters of Kenosha casino rally for jobs Dec 18, 2014 12:16 PM
    Hundreds of supporters of a new casino in Kenosha rallied for jobs at the former greyhound dog track. Local and state officials were among those who showed up to support the proposed Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Wednesday night. The rally was held at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha. Officials estimate the casino could generate more than 10,000 jobs. Supporters of the Menominee Indian tribe’s plan say the $800 million hotel and casino would have a huge economic impact on the area. There’s strong opposition to the project as well. The Potawatomi tribe is concerned it will draw business away from its Milwaukee casino.

     
  • Rauner’s team reviewing options after lottery deal Dec 10, 2014 4:15 PM
    State officials’ handling of an Illinois Lottery agreement has become the latest bump in the handoff between gubernatorial administrations. Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner’s legal team said Wednesday it is weighing options to fight a contract termination deal signed by Gov. Pat Quinn that the Republican alleges hurts taxpayers.

     
  • Community sentiment outweighs support for video gambling in Libertyville Dec 10, 2014 3:41 PM
    Libertyville trustees have decided not to lift a ban on video gambling, saying the impact on the community overall would outweigh the benefit to some businesses. "There's no compelling reason at this point to have it in Libertyville," said Trustee Donna Johnson.

     
  • Illinois ends contract with Northstar Lottery Dec 9, 2014 8:34 PM
    A state contract with the private vendor that ran the Illinois Lottery has been formally terminated — and Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner isn’t happy with the terms the current governor negotiated.

     
  • Grand Victoria awarded $27 million in lawsuit Dec 9, 2014 7:13 PM
    A jury awarded four suburban casinos more than $80 million in a federal lawsuit that dates back to disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s time in office. Under the order, the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin was awarded about $27 million in total damages and the Hollywood Casino in Aurora was awarded about $18.4 million.

     
  • Video gambling’s spread raising cash, eyebrows Nov 28, 2014 7:35 PM
    Since video gambling began in Illinois two years ago, the slot-like terminals have been showing up in places lawmakers never imagined — floral shops, laundromats, liquor stores and gas stations. They’re also now the main attraction at dozens of storefront bistros and cafes geared toward women. Video gambling has become big business for the state, but it’s also raised some second thoughts in the process.

     
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