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Chicago Casino on Brink of Becoming A Reality As Zoning Vote Heads to Full City Council

Chicagos' first casino is on the brink of becoming a reality.


After approval from City Council's Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards Tuesday, a vote to approve a $1.7 billion Bally's casino now heads to a full city council vote, expected to take Wednesday.


During Tuesday's committee meeting, Ald. Walter Burnett Jr., whose 27th Ward includes the casino site near Chicago Avenue and Halsted Street, chose to praise the project rather than “raise a lot of hell” that he threatened Monday if he didn’t see written agreements Bally’s had made with labor unions by Tuesday.


At the meeting, Burnett said he has seen some documents and been given a commitment from Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration about minority hiring. After Burnett spoke, the committee endorsed the casino zoning on a 10-4 vote.


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