Danville Mayor Still Hopeful For Additional Casinos

April 29, 2015
In this March 11, 2014 photo, Scott Eisenhauer, the mayor of Danville, poses for a photo in the downtown area

In this March 11, 2014 photo, Scott Eisenhauer, the mayor of Danville, poses for a photo in the downtown area.

(AP Photo/Tammy Webber)

The mayor of Danville is still hoping to cash in on bringing a casino to the city.  Scott Eisenhauer says he's talked about gaming expansion with Governor Bruce Rauner.

"We're very hopeful as we go through this legislative session that as they start talking about alternatives to reductions, and look at revenue opportunities, the gaming expansion bill including Danville will be one of those," he said.

A plan that's long been circulating in the General Assembly would put five new casinos in Illinois - one for Danville; the others in Chicago, the south suburbs, Lake County and Rockford.

Rauner appears open to the concept, though he's repeatedly said he's not willing to talk about bringing more money into state coffers until government's restructured. 

For Rauner, that means limiting the strength of unions, cutting business costs, and setting term limits for legislators.

Story source: Illinois Public Radio