Watchdog group against Rosemont casino

December 4, 2008 9:12:47 AM PST
The Chicago Crime Commission doesn't want a casino in suburban Rosemont. A gaming company that wants to build in the Chicago suburb is one of three finalists for the state's unused 10th casino license.

The watchdog group says in a Thursday press release that's a bad idea because Rosemont has been trying to lure a casino for years amid allegations of possible mob ties.

Back in 2004, Attorney General Lisa Madigan questioned whether the suburb and its then-mayor, Donald Stephens, had ties to organized crime. Stephens has since died.

Rosemont spokesman Gary Mack says the village has been completely transparent in this latest process.

The commission also wants the Illinois Gaming Board to release more information as it works to select a licensee.


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