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Trump has lobbyists readyto gain Illinois casino license

Dec 23, 2002 9:45 PM

Billionaire mogul Donald Trump is expected to fly a group of high-stakes lobbyists to Illinois early next month to gain a license to run a casino in Crestwood, Ill.

The Crestwood Star reported last week that plans for a Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts in the town are "moving along quickly."

A consortium of eight small towns is working closely with Trump organization officials to develop a plan for a casino. Formal agreement between the consortium and Trump could be signed next month, sources said.

Trump owns two casino resorts in Atlantic City, N.J., and one in Gary, Ind. The New York real estate tycoon made news last year by announcing plans to build an 86-story office and luxury condominium tower in downtown Chicago.

Foxwoods set to deal

The Foxwoods Resort Casino unveiled a new training center for card dealers last week.

The Norwich (Conn.) Bulletin reported that the Tech Center will house the engineering and entertainment departments for the casino, along with the training center. The gaming school could accommodate 400 students during the course of a day.

The 85,000-square foot building cost about $9 million and took nearly three years to complete. Before the new center opened, Foxwoods entertainment department was in numerous locations.

Miss near to rockin’

The Mississippi Gaming Commission met with developers of a proposed $25 million casino in East Biloxi last week.

The Rock n’ Roll Casino would feature music memorabilia, a restaurant, marina, an arcade and a 25,000-square foot riverboat casino, according to a Jackson Sun Herald report.

Approval for the casino could come as early as next month when the commission meets again.

Casino fight in Mass

The pending release of a state report supporting casinos in Massachusetts is sparking a counter reaction from church leaders and business executives.

State Sen. Susan Tucker is drawing up plans for an organization that would help anti-casino forces broadcast their arguments to the public.

The state report is expected to portray gambling as "a relatively safe bet for the Bay State," according to a Boston Herald article.

R.I. suits Harrah’s

The attorney for Harrah’s Entertainment came away impressed with their Rhode Island site in West Warwick as a future gaming home.

"I came away impressed with the history in the town and the numerous ethnicities that make it up," lawyer David Satz said last week."

Diane Boschetti, executive director of the Pawtuxet Valley Chamber of Commerce, emphasized West Warwick’s up-and-coming nature and its increase in growth recently.

Also: State budget concerns in Connecticut has taken a bill off the docket of the state General Assembly that could have ended "Las Vegas Nights."