Smithers: Don’t you think you’ve gambled enough?

Marge: No.

Smithers: Very well, ma’am. We’re required to asked every 72 hours. Enjoy a free round of drinks.

A casino on Block 37? No way! I thought part of the appeal of the river boats and reservation casinos were the fact that you have to drive an hour or two into the boonies to get there. Right? It’s endearing.

I am not getting my hopes up, since every single attempt to get a casino built within close proximity to downtown has been shot down for as long as I can remember. At least 50 zillion plans have gotten the ax. But this one, it’s a keeper. I can feel it.

The plan calls for a casino to be included in what might be a hotel (but will probably end up being condos) and would help generate a crapload of jobs. The building will also house retail stores and offices. Daley is pushing hard to get the A-OK, and Blagojevich might be flexible. Give him a cookie. That always works for me.

2 Comments so far

  1. liz (unregistered) on October 13th, 2004 @ 9:35 am

    we’d be better off with a high speed rail link to o’hare. what happened to that plan?

  2. Shawn (unregistered) on October 13th, 2004 @ 9:21 pm

    I thought the whole thing about casinos was that they’re supposed to bring in tax revenue to economically depressed areas. Been to downtown Elgin lately? The riverboat casino hasn’t done much there. It’s a joke, anyway. The riverboat doesn’t even leave the dock anymore.

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