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Downstate ‘Little Egypt’ casino plan fields dreams

With the Friday approval of a casino planned for a southern Illinois winery, Chicago is the only authorized city left without a bid.

Up in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is scrambling to salvage plans for a megacasino.

North and south of Illinois’ big-city economic engine, a host of developers are fighting to claim gambling dens in coveted suburban markets.


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The massive gaming expansion bill Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law in June 2019 was notable on two fronts: It legalized sports wagering in the Land of Lincoln and provided six locations with

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