Walker’s Bluff reaches next step in casino project


(WSIL) — Walker’s Bluff has crossed another hurdle in the quest for a casino and resort in Williamson County.

The Illinois Gaming Board granted a ‘determination of preliminary suitability.’ This is a step forward in the licensing process, but is not final licensure.

This step means Walker’s Bluff can start construction on a temporary and/or permanent site with Board approval.

Walker’s Bluff revealed plans for a casino, two hotels, event center, and water park in November of 2019, after filing their application with the Gaming Board in October of that same year.

RELATED: New plans in the works for Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort

In March 2021, Walker’s Bluff announced Elite Casino Resorts now plans to do construction in one phase for the casino and resort.

The development is projected to cost more than $150 million and provide hundreds of jobs.

The proposed permanent casino resort will feature over 650 slot machines, 20 table games, ELITE Sportsbook™, a 116-room hotel, pool, spa, a retail shop, show lounge, event center for concerts and events, and signature restaurants including a family dining outlet, Ruthie’s Steak and Seafood and Draft Day Sports Lounge®.

MORE: Williamson County Board gives unanimous approval of Walker’s Bluff Casino and Resort

via WSIL

June 9, 2021 at 05:43PM

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