AURORA, Ill. (WLS) -- The new Hollywood Casino Resort has been approved by the Aurora City Council.
The council approved the plan by unanimous vote. Before they voted, members of the public - both in favor and against the casino plans - had the chance to weigh in.
The casino has been located downtown on the Fox River since it opened nearly 30 years ago in 1993. But casinos no longer need to be on the water, and the owners want to move it to a higher traffic area of town near I-88 and Farnsworth Avenue.
The proposal includes a casino with around 900 slot machines, 50 live table games, the Barstool Sportsbook and a 200-room hotel and event center with restaurants and a spa.
The Aurora Chamber of Commerce supports the proposed move, issuing a statement that says in part, "We are excited to see the progress that is coming from many long months of discussion...and are looking forward to continued collaboration between businesses like Hollywood Casino - Aurora and city government."
Hollywood Casino is asking for up to $50 million in funds from the city, which is all subject to final approval by the Aurora City Council.
Construction would begin in late 2023.