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Bally's, Hard Rock, Rush Street pitch 5 Chicago casino bids to public; Mayor weighs financial viabil

Bally's, Rush Street Gaming and Hard Rock International presented five competing bids for a permanent Chicago casino to the public during a marathon meeting Thursday, attended by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who said she wants the winner to be financially viable, architecturally stunning and be guided by the principles of inclusion and equity.

The major casino developers made their pitches in the first round of public presentations to win Lightfoot’s backing to take on a project that has been sought for decades.


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