The city of Waukegan has forwarded three of the four casino proposals it had shortlisted to the Illinois Gaming Control Board for consideration. The city council voted the three proposals, however, it left out the one presented by Potawatomi Casino Waukegan.
The city council voted 6 to 3 to send the proposals of North Point Casino and Full House Resort to the Illinois Gaming Board for further consideration. Rivers Casino Waukegan was voted 5 to fours and has been recommended to the state gambling regulator.
Sam Cunningham, Mayor of Waukegan, said that though they did not come up with any specific problems with the Potawatomi’s casino proposal the operator’s bid was evaluated and assessed as the last choice by consultancy firm which reviewed the potential developers played a role into the aldermen vote.
The city’s director of planning and economic development had earlier confirmed that they have received proposals from six prospective developers, however, the voting was narrowed down to four gambling operators.
Earlier in June, Gov. J.B Pritzker signed a massive gambling expansion bill that allowed for six different casinos in the state. The new casinos were approved for Waukegan, Chicago, Rockford, Danville, Williamson County, and Cook county.