Cities look forward to new casinos
SPRINGFIELD - Janyce Fadden’s job is to improve the business climate in Rockford, and Illinois lawmakers may have made that job easier. The Illinois Senate on Tuesday approved a measure in a 30-27 vote that would allow Rockford to host one of five new casinos in the state.
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Interesting gambling facts:
- It was during the 1930's that slot machines began to become very popular across America, and in the late 40's Bugsy Siegel added machines to his Flamingo Hilton hotel in Las Vegas.
- During the 1950s, the Senate Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce held a number of hearings on criminal influence in the casino industry. The committee was chaired by Senator Estes Kefauver, and the committee is also known by his name.
- The casino at Spa, a Belgian resort town noted for its mineral baths, was built by the Prince Bishop of the province of Liege in 1763.
- Riverboat Gaming Has Captured 20% of the Casino Market Share. Mississippi now has more gambling square footage than Atlantic City.