A state gambling association says over-saturation of casinos in the Chicago area proves pending gambling expansion ideas should be re-worked.
Tom Swoik, head of the Illinois Casino and Gaming Association, says revenues at Elgin, Aurora and Joliet casinos have been down for the first 10 months Rivers Casino in Des Plaines has been open.
“While they are bringing in more revenue and more revenue to the state, and the overall state numbers have gone up, it’s been at a cost to existing casinos. So it’s not all new money coming in,” he says.
Swoik says his organization isn’t against other casinos, such as those proposed in Danville, Rockford and the Waukegan area, but he wants to scrap slot machines at race tracks and a casino in the suburbs south of Chicago. He says allowing more gambling at race tracks like Arlington, Balmoral and others would be like adding up to seven new casinos in the Chicago area.