Which Operators Will Gaming Officials In Illinois Choose?
Although there were some problems with building and running another casino in Chicago, the rest of the state is well prepared to expand its casino offer by building more gambling houses. One of the places that were chosen for building a casino is Danville, and many casino operators were immediately interested in obtaining a license in order to start working on that project.
The problem is that the gaming officials of the state of Illinois narrowed down their choices to only two operators. They are expected to make a decision about the winner any time soon.
Danville Mayor Rickey Williams, Jr. stated that they had selected the two candidates who were most likely to get a license. The winner should have been chosen a week ago, but there were too many things that were not settled for that to happen.
The Council will meet on Sept. 17, and they should announce the final winner then. Williams stated that both of the two candidates were “strong but in different ways.”
Much To Do
There are still a lot of things to do before the officials make their final move and make their choice definite. Danville is still very busy as it is running complete background checks of the candidates in order to find out whether there were some financial or regulatory problems that are related to them.
However, one of the most important reasons why there are still two candidates for obtaining the license is that the city wants to negotiate with them. The population of Danville, as well as the residents of that entire area, should have benefits from the casino that is planned in the area.
Therefore, they want to make sure that the regulator which is chosen is eager enough to help the locals and improve the overall life in Danville. It’s not uncommon for local places to strike a deal with casino operators, and these operators are almost always eager to help develop the local economy and take part in improving society.
In other words, it is no wonder that the town of Danville is trying to negotiate the best possible deal with the two operators.
If all goes well, the casino will create approximately 600 full-time jobs, as well as a couple of part-time positions. According to some calculations by the gaming officials, the facility would be able to generate approximately $7 million in tax revenue.
When you take a look at it, Danville, which is a city of just about 33,000 residents, will have huge benefits just from the tax. If all goes as planned, and no obstacles are on the way, the casino could open its doors before 2021 comes to an end.
One Decision Made
One of the things that both the two operators and the gaming officials agreed on pretty quicky is the place on which the casino will be built. The venue will be located in an area which is close to the state of Indiana and is located right off Interstate 74. Apart from being located in the industrial park of Danville, there will be easy access to the casino via a couple of exit ramps.
As both of the casinos made the same choice, the Planning and Zoning Commission of Danville will vote next month on whether the leaders of the city should start rezoning the area in order to make room for gambling operations.
Everyone eagerly waits for the officials to at least say the names of the two operators and then finally make their final decision so that the construction process can start.