Rivers Casino to develop Waukegan venue


The Illinois gambling expansion has shaken the gaming industry in the state. That’s why the developer, operator and owners of Rivers Casino Des Plaines are pushing to build a new venue.

Waukegan venue

The Rivers Casino Waukegan is a proposed 1,625-gaming-seat development. It would create over 2,100 jobs (permanent & construction) and pump US$150 million annually into the local economy.

Owners Churchill Downs Incorporated and Rush Street Gaming want to jointly develop a most successful gambling and entertainment venue.

“We’re happy to be considered to develop and operate what we know will be a leading entertainment destination for the City of Waukegan, Lake County and the State of Illinois,” said Rush Street Gaming CEO Greg Carlin. “It would be an honour to bring the Rivers brand and experience to Waukegan.”

“We are proud of our long history of hiring local people and vendors in every market where we have invested. Rush Street spends more than US$23 million annually on firms owned by women and minorities,” said Chairman Neil Bluhm. “We’re especially proud of our diverse workforce and the career opportunities we have provided our associates.”

“Waukegan and Lake County deserve a world-class facility and together, with our partner Churchill Downs Incorporated, that is exactly what we will develop,” said Bluhm. “We look forward to sharing more about our proposal with city leaders.”

“Churchill Downs Incorporated has a 145-year track record of offering unmatched premium entertainment experiences for horse racing fans, and significant expertise developing premier casino venues for our patrons throughout the United States,” said Bill Carstanjen, Chief Executive Officer of CDI. “We are proud to partner with Rush Street Gaming to bring our shared vision for a world-class entertainment destination to Waukegan.”


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