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Danville’s Collins Tower Owners Turn Down Casino Venue, Outgoing Mayor Still Eager

Illinois is one of the states on the verge of a long-anticipated gambling expansion which has the potential to bring more to the field and elevate the player experience. As part of it, the addition of new casino venues is also considered and Danville is one of the locations which could welcome a brand new gambling venue if everything goes according to plan.

The rumor mill never seems to stop and right now the community is busy making guesses where a potential casino venue would fit best within the borders of the city. One of the considered buildings for quite some time has been Collins Tower which has been known for many years as Bresee Tower. If lawmakers make up their mind and provide the region with the mandatory permit for gambling operation, the community considers it an appropriate location.

Danville Could Benefit from a Casino Venue

However, this June saw the official finalizing of the Bresee Tower purchase by Chris and Jeri Collins, ultimately renaming the location and marking the beginning of a new era for the city landmark. According to their position recently issued in the public, they have no intention of introducing a casino venue. For the time being, all plans are kept in secret, but they are expected to be revealed in the upcoming weeks.

Jeri Collins still remains confident that the introduction of a casino venue to the area would be beneficial for all businesses in the city as well as for their own future plans for development. The year 2020 is eyed as a potential deadline for the project and at that point, Collins Tower would be able to welcome its visitors with brand new offerings available.

In the meantime, City Mayor Scott Eisenhauer once again made it clear that a casino venue is more than welcome in the city and he would put an effort to attract casino developer to the area if the expansion receives a green light. Even though by the time of actual casino conversation he would most probably no longer be part of the office, he stated that his support has not ceased.

Lawmakers Have the Last Say

According to him, a new casino venue in the region would improve the job market and provide many locals with a new workplace. Revenue generated by its operation is also going propel ahead the city. Acting Danville Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. who was selected just recently is going to oversee the project.

He stated that further revision would be needed before he decides whether or not to pursue casino plans. What is known for sure is that a potential casino developer would have to pick another site for facility construction. The expansion is going to result in several important changes introduced on a state level. For starters, as many as six new casinos would join the 10 already existing ones.

The new gambling venues are expected to set foot not only in Chicago but also in Danville, Williamson County in southern Illinois, Rockford, the south suburbs of the state, as well as in Lake County. Furthermore, the proposed piece of legislation has been seeking to virtually transform Illinois’ horse race tracks into casino venues, with the south suburbs of the state being aimed at adding a new track as well as slots gaming options at Midway and O’Hare airports.

Under the bill, local restaurants and taverns which offer video gaming would be given the chance to add an extra terminal. This added boost to the local gaming field is projected to have a positive impact on the economy since reinvestment in the community is also eyed by both lawmakers and residents.

 Author: Harrison Young

Harrison Young is an experienced writer, who started his career almost 8 years ago. Prior to joining our team at CasinoGamesPro, he worked as an editor for a small magazine.