Six casino developers are in the race for a Waukegan Casino in Illinois. The city’s director of planning and economic development confirmed that they have received proposals from six prospective developers.
Earlier in June, Gov. J.B Pritzker signed a massive gambling expansion bill which allowed for six different casinos in the state. The new casinos were approved for Waukegan, Chicago, Rockford, Danville, Williamson County and Cook county.
While the details of the companies vying for the project has not been revealed, two companies have themselves declared that they are in the race.
According to the reports the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, which operates a casino in Milwaukee; and Warner Gaming, which has teamed up with Tap Room Gaming owner are in the race for a Waukegan casino.
In a press release, CEO and General Manager of the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Rodney Ferguson said: “Having successfully operated in this gaming market for several decades, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is a natural fit to develop this project and create the entertainment destination that Waukegan is seeking.”
The name of the shortlisted developer would be announced by August 26.
The city of Rockford where another casino is to be developed has extended the deadline for casino operators and developers to submit their proposal.
Gambling operators and companies interested in developing the Rockford casino can now submit their proposals by Friday, August 30 at 2 p.m. Earlier the deadline to submit a proposal was Friday, August 16.