A look at Illinois' nine riverboat casinos - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

Illinois law allows 10 riverboat casinos in the state. One casino license has been tied up in a dispute between the state and casino operators planning to build in Rosemont. Here is a look at the nine casinos in operation.< Alton Belle

Hometown: Alton

First licensed: October 1991

Waterway: Mississippi River

Gambling space: 23,000 square feet

Gaming positions authorized: 1,073

Employees: 699

Admissions in 2004: 1.41 million< Par-A-Dice

Hometown: East Peoria

First licensed: February 1992

Waterway: Illinois River

Gambling space: 26,116 square feet

Gaming positions authorized: 1,200

Employees: 873

Admissions in 2004: 1.62 million< Casino Rock Island

Hometown: Rock Island

First licensed: May 1992

Waterway: Mississippi River

Gambling space: 17,200 square feet

Gaming positions authorized: 737

Employees: 404

Admissions in 2004: 753,945< Empress Casino

Hometown: Joliet

First licensed: July 1992

Waterway: Des Plaines River

Gambling space: 50,000 square feet

Gaming positions authorized: 1,200

Employees: 1,076

Admissions in 2004: 1.77 million< Harrah's Casino-Joliet

Hometown: Joliet

First licensed: August 1993

Waterway: Des Plaines River

Gambling space: 39,000 square feet

Gaming positions authorized: 1,200

Employees: 1,122

Admissions in 2004: 1.95 million< Hollywood Casino

Hometown: Aurora

First licensed: July 1993

Waterway: Fox River

Gambling space: 41,384 square feet

Gaming positions authorized: 1,200

Employees: 902

Admissions in 2004: 1.44 million< Harrah's Metropolis Casino

Hometown: Metropolis

First licensed: February 1993

Waterway: Ohio River

Gambling space: 29,760 square feet

Gaming positions authorized: 1,200

Employees: 965

Admissions in 2004: 1.34 million< Casino Queen

Hometown: East St. Louis

First licensed: July 1993

Waterway: Mississippi River

Gambling space: 27,500 square feet

Gaming positions authorized: 1,200

Employees: 1,100

Admissions in 2004: 2.16 million< Grand Victoria

Hometown: Elgin

First licensed: October 1994

Waterway: Fox River

Gambling space: 29,850 square feet

Gaming positions authorized: 1,200

Employees: 1,517

Admissions in 2004: 2.85 million

 

Source: Illinois Gaming Board annual report.

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