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Chicago Mayor Says Casino Bidder Could Be Picked This Year

  • Request for proposals for sole city license to come next month
  • Legislature lowered the tax rate last year to sweeten the pot
Lori Lightfoot
Lori Lightfoot

Photographer: Kamil Krzacynski/AFP/Getty Images

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she hopes a winning bidder for the city’s sole casino license is chosen by the end of this year.

The city will put out a request for proposals in early April and the state’s gaming board will decide the winner with input from local officials over the following months. The timeline of the request for proposals will be released in the coming weeks. The mayor said she hopes to work with regulators on a expedited approval process that could see the casino opened by 2025 at the latest. Lightfoot has considered a casino as an option to raise cash since she took office.