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Chicago Aldermen Tell Casino Bidders: This Is a Union Town

  • City council wants casino bidders to reach deal with labor
  • Bally’s, Hard Rock and Rush Street Gaming are in running

Several Chicago aldermen on Monday sent gaming companies that are bidding on building the city’s first casino a message: this is a union town.

During a special casino committee of the city council hearing on Monday, the aldermen expressed concerns that the three bidders -- Bally’s Corp., Hard Rock International and Rush Street Gaming -- that are seeking to construct and operate a gaming and entertainment complex don’t have a deal with local labor groups. Chicago Chief Financial Officer Jennie Bennett said during the hearing that a deal with labor was part of the requirements laid out in the city’s request for proposals.