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Crime Commission Against Rosemont Casino Bid

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The Chicago Crime Commission says the village of Rosemont shouldn’t get Illinois’ tenth casino license.

A Chicago watchdog group is rallying against a suburban casino bid. Rosemont is one of three cities that could end up with the new casino. A casino group in Rosemont previously held the license, but was stripped of it amid allegations of mob ties and dishonesty.

The Chicago Crime Commission’s J.R. Davis says concerns haven’t gone away.

DAVIS: The things that have dogged Rosemont over the years didn’t just spring up overnight. The public at large I think hasn’t gotten the confidence in Rosemont. They just haven’t yet earned the trust.

Davis says the Illinois Gaming Board should investigate those allegations. Rosemont’s bid was submitted by a company called Trilliant Gaming Illinois. In a written statement, the company says it welcomes the scrutiny and plans to put safeguards in place to ensure transparency. That includes banning village employees from working at the proposed casino.

I’m Tasha Flournoy, Chicago Public Radio.

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