's to Resume Illinois Project Construction - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

As reported by the Paducah Sun: "Harrah's Entertainment says construction of a $62 million hotel and entertainment center should resume within a month and be finished by next spring, now that the project has been approved by the Illinois Gaming Board.

"The five-member board met Wednesday in Chicago and voted unanimously for the seven-story, 258-room development to complement Harrah's Metropolis Casino. The hotel will be accompanied by a 12,000-square-foot multipurpose center with 1,200 concert seats and up to 800 banquet-style seats. A 75-seat restaurant and bar area will also be part of the complex.

"???Approval had had been delayed since September by the lack of a board quorum. Harrah's stopped construction in January with much of the foundation work completed.

"???The hotel is expected to increase the number of annual gaming tourists from 1.3 million to 1.6 million and generate $1.5 million more annually in tax revenue for Metropolis and $11.7 million for Illinois. About 250 construction workers will be needed, followed by 100 hotel staffers???"

Other news from around the same time

Illinois Governor Proposes Doubling Slots, Games - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times: "Ending his long flirtation with expanding gambling, Gov.....


Wynn keeps plans shrouded in secrecy - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

A curtain of secrecy has descended around Las Vegas developer Steve Wynn's new $2.7 billion, 2,716-r....


High-stakes baccarat still rules town - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The spectacular opening of the Sands Macau casino last year shook up the territory's gaming market b....


Lee 'dead set' against gambling but casino decision not his to make - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew said in remarks published Thursday he is "dead set&quo....


Gov. says doubling casino sizes would create 300M Dollars for schools - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday said he would block the creation of more casinos for Illinois but t....


House panel OKs bingo machines, sliding tax scale - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Gamblers going to a jai-alai fronton and three tracks in Broward County to play slots would be sitti....


States bet on gambling for revenue - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Gambling revenues, once a mere trickle, have become a critical stream of income in a number of state....


Younger Singaporeans more open to casino concept - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Many older Singaporeans are against the idea of having a casino in Singapore, compared to the younge....


Former casino manager indicted for scam - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

A former manager at the Cherokee Nation Casino in Catoosa faces up to two decades in prison stemming....


Man gets EI benefits after quitting smoky casino - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

An Orillia man has become the first person in Ontario to get employment insurance benefits after qui....