Rivers Casino has announced to host an informational Vendor Forum for businesses in the Waukegan City to help them learn how they can become a Vendor with the gambling operator’s proposed casino in the city.
The informational vendor forum is scheduled to start from 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at Lakehurst Banquets, 300 Lakehurst Road in Waukegan.
“We have a track record of spending locally and supporting the growth and development of area businesses,” said Neil Bluhm, chairman of Rush Street Gaming.
“If Rivers Waukegan is the winning bidder, we will adopt a Waukegan First policy to vendor purchases. Our vendor forum is the first important step to creating opportunities for local businesses.”
Rivers casino has proposed a 1,625 gaming-seat Casino Waukegan and has said that the new venue would be creating 60 percent more jobs, generate $5 million more in annual local share gaming tax revenue and $1 million more in annual local admissions taxes than the lowest bidder under consideration by city officials.
Earlier in August, Churchill Downs and Rush Street Gaming who jointly own and operate the popular Rivers casino Des Plaines, confirmed that they are vying for a casino license in Waukegan, Illinois.
In their proposal, the gambling operators had said that their casino project would create over 1,200 permanent jobs and 900 temporary construction jobs. The casinos would also contribute to the local economy to the tune of $150 million annually.
Illinois is poised to have six different casinos at Waukegan, Chicago, Rockford, Danville, Williamson County, and Cook County after state Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a massive gambling expansion bill earlier this year.