Illinois casino plans threaten Indiana casinos

September 20, 2007
After having survived the recent opening of Four Winds casino in nearby New Buffalo, Mich., northwest Indiana casinos now face another threat-the possibility of Illinois lawmakers allowing three gambling venues to open to help fund the Chicago-area's mass transit system.

If Illinois proceeds, the Indiana casinos, which recently spent heavily on upgrades to fend off Four Winds, likely would embark on another round of investment, according to the Post-Tribune of Merrillville.

Still, Indiana Gaming Insight publisher Ed Feigenbaum told the newspaper that the Chicago market is so large that the Indiana casinos might fare well even if they make few changes.
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