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Des Plaines Gets 10th Casino License

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The state’s last casino is going to be built in suburban Des Plaines. The Illinois Gaming Board made that decision today.

The board voted 3 to 1 in favor a of a $125 million bid by Midwest Gaming Entertainment. The bid promises an additional $10 million for the state over the next 30 years. The company chairman Neil Bluhm says Des Plaines is the best location for the casino and his company’s bid was the most lucrative option for the state.

BLUHM: We’re going to develop a bigger mixed use project and we certainly are going to generate over time the highest tax revenues for the state.

Bluhm says Des Plaines also plans to share 40 percent of the annual gaming tax revenue to the neediest communities in Cook County. Midwest beat out competitors looking to build in Rosemont or Waukegan. Several board members said they couldn’t vote for Rosemont because of past allegations that the village had mob ties.

I’m Tasha Flournoy, Chicago Public Radio.

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