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Bally’s Gets Chicago Council Nod to Build City’s First Casino

  • Chicago city council voted 41 to 7 to approve the proposal
  • Vote follows debate over three decades about a Chicago casino


Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

The Chicago City Council has approved a $1.7 billion proposal by Bally’s Corp. to build the city’s first casino, a project that has been championed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration as integral to reducing the city’s steep pension costs.  

The city council voted 41 to 7 to move forward with the proposal, a win for Lightfoot who sees the endeavor as a key to Chicago’s economic rebound. While the idea of a casino in Chicago has been debated on for more than three decades, Wednesday’s vote comes after a yearlong process by the city that included sifting through five proposals from three companies.