Cincinnati Leaders Push Casino Initiative - Thursday 11th of May 2006

OHIO – As reported by the Kentucky Post: "Two Cincinnati leaders will unveil an initiative Monday that they hope will get the city back into the mix for casino gambling in Ohio.

"A majority of Cincinnati City Council - led by Vice Mayor Jim Tarbell and Member Leslie Ghiz - plan to introduce a resolution Monday calling for the state to include the city in an upcoming ballot referendum on legalizing casino style gambling.

"The measure, to be introduced at Monday's finance committee meeting, demands that ballot language be amended to include Cincinnati for consideration for a casino.

"…An organization called the Learn and Earn committee wants to put slot machines at Ohio's seven horse racetracks and allow up to two freestanding casinos in Cleveland. Penn National Gaming Inc. - owner of Toledo's Raceway Park and the Argosy riverboat casino in Lawrenceburg, Ind. - has gotten behind that proposal.

"The referendum would specifically exclude Cincinnati, and city leaders want to change that…"

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