There may have been a brand new Illinois Gaming board, but the new panelists selected the same three cities as finalists for the tenth and last Illinois riverboat casino license.
The finalist cities (all Chicago suburbs) and their backers (from the seven applicants) are Rosemont (Trillant Gaming), Des Plaines (Midwest Gaming) and Waukegan (Waukegan Gaming LLC).
Board members will now more thoroughly check the proposals of the finalists for such factors as adequate financing, minority ownership, and potential to generate revenue for the state.
These cities are the same cities that were finalists several years ago when the license was awarded to Rosemont, then backed by Emerald Casino, that collapsed when some questionable ownership was alleged, and the license revoked. Board members were subsequently replaced by new appointees by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.